Now that the trees and bushes have lost their leaves, and a blanket of snow covers the ground, it's a great time to get out and spot wildlife. While in Barton County, we don't have to go far -- the nearest field, trail, or windbreak -- because of it's proximity to water and food, the Cheyenne Bottoms is guaranteed to be a good place to see native species and start identifying tracks.
Eisenhower elementary school is the recipient of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Habits for Living grant for a program to be team taught for kindergarteners and first graders this spring, it was announced in a press release last week.
Looking ahead to tomorrow at noon, when all the Christmas gifts have been opened, an unsung ritual will take place across the area. While the kids play busily with new toys, parents will be folding tissue paper and gift bags to stash for next year, and gathering wrapping paper and stuffing it into the giant sack that will later be carried to the curb with all the other debris that inevitably comes with Christmas morning.
Winter break has arrived, and this year, students at Great Bend High School Kayettes kicked it off in grand style with the annual Holly Ball affair. This year's theme, "Elegance under the sea," transformed the high school gym into a magical coral reef, complete with giant clams, glittery seaweed and a sunken ship.
At the December school board meeting Monday evening, USD 428 Director of Curriculum John Popp presented the 2013 Kansas Communities that Care survey results. They provide a picture of how students in the district feel the community and schools are doing in addressing serious issues like drug and alcohol use and abuse and bullying in schools. Board members learned students in the district had more struggles with the prevalence of drugs and alcohol than the state average, but that some of the measures undertaken by the district to combat bullying were having a positive results.
Tuesday, the Kansas Association of School Boards pulled out of the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, deciding instead to continue having the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation produce state assessment tests as it has for over 30 years.
This week in 1903, while the people of Great Bend....., half way across the country, in Kittyhawk, N.J., Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight at 10:35 in the morning on the 17th. While they weren't the first to make it into the air--several glider pilots before them succeeded--they were the first to sustain and control their flight.
"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."
TOPEKA - Noted local artist, Louise Brock Hamilton, passed away on Dec. 5. She was born in Great Bend on April 25, 1932, to George and Ella Jane Heim of Ellinwood. Louise completed her early education in the Ellinwood schools. She majored in drawing and painting in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She continued her education at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., and Washburn University, Topeka.
A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.