Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.
Voters in Hoisington approved a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and that is really good news for the present and future students of that district. But as the news reached some readers, disappointment over the demolition of another piece of history (the existing school building) was expressed.
Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.
Saturday was what people in the racing world call a "junk air day," said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. That means some high performance race cars have a hard time "breathing" in the humidity. Still, with Great Bend the only division track in Kansas racing this weekend, racers from around the state and Oklahoma made the drive to the Great Bend track to increase their points rating and to have some fun.
There's something about flags. And a huge display like the one that sets off the impressive Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library can't help but draw in visitors looking for a place to cool off during the June Jaunt celebration in Great Bend this weekend. The display is made possible thanks to a collaboration between the Kansas Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution's Hometown Teams project.
ELLINWOOD - Wolf Park in Ellinwood was graced Friday with an eye catching piece of art thanks to the creativity and artistic know-how of three of the communities local artists. Rosa Lyn Borchers, Ellinwood, met Friday with Chamber of Commerce Director Jacque Isern and Renee Miller of Sentinel Gallery at Wolf Park. She was presented a $50 Chamber gift certificate for her winning design for Ellinwood's June Jaunt Barn Quilt. Miller and partner Aaron McCaffery transformed the design into it's finished form including a three-dimensional sheaf of wheat created from wood and wire.
Sixteen youth and their sponsors from First United Methodist Church in Great Bend will travel to Chicago July 5-11 to take part in an ongoing mission helping the homeless of that city. They will be sleeping on the floors of Chicago churches by night, and by day serving at food banks and kitchens, and working directly with homeless youth. They will meet people who have spent the previous night sleeping on the street, said Growth and Youth Minister Matt Aycock.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
Volunteer-led communities offer us a glimpse of what is both best and sometimes worst in all of us. Sometimes, apathy prevails, and we see the gradual decline of a town, as residents struggle to answer the question, "who cares?" For those on the outside looking in, that may have been the impression of Barton County's City of Pawnee Rock for several years.
Monday night, Pawnee Rock's City Council met and received a clear picture of the status of the fire department, along with many helpful suggestions from its new fire chief. A proposal, presented by new resident Basil Dannebohm, also provided a vision for how the city could put its greatest attraction to use. While it became clear the city has many needs, changes made over few years are beginning to build momentum.
"To be the Church that God is calling us to be, we felt like we needed to create a space that would really connect with our kiddos," explained Rev. Josh Lue, senior minister at First Christian Church in Great Bend. " Our kids are now so excited about Sunday school they are dragging their parents, and not the other way around."