"Happiness is a warm puppy," Charles Schultz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, said.
Wednesday afternoon, the GBHS A Cappella Choir and Madrigals Pops Singers put the finishing touches on the 2012 Christmas Vespers concert. Dressed in robes, the group of 110 were picture perfect for videographers taping the program at Barton Community College.
On Tuesday, members of the Barton County Young Professionals group gathered for their third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas party. While the mood was festive and light-hearted, the group was doing some serious good as well, said YP chairman Kristy Straub. Members collected a large box of items for the Barton County Food Bank, along with over $100 in cash donations.
They are the go-to gift for many of us during the holidays. For those who are hard to buy for, a gift card seems to be the simple solution. No need to wrap it. It's easy to mail.
Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend celebrated the 481st anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe with prayers, dancing and music this week.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its third competitive grant cycle for 2012 and awarded $10,122.54 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
ELLINWOOD - Ryan J. Placher, 25, of Ellinwwod was travelling west on highway U.S. 56 approximately half a mile east of Ellinwood when the vehicle went off the right shoulder at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening. He overcorrected, came back onto the roadway, and slid sideways in to oncoming traffic. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash log, a Ford 2008 F250 driven by Marion D. Newkirk, 55, of Lyons saw the vehicle , but was unable to avoid the collision.
Phil Shoemaker may be "retiring" from coaching NCAA volleyball, but his work is only beginning at Barton Community College. The board of trustees approved his appointment as the college's new head volleyball coach at Tuesday's meeting.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, but one of the best is the gift of giving, "Christmas is the spirit of giving. And what we try to do is give ourselves. It is the little things that mean a lot. You don't have to win the lottery before you can give back," said Randy Smith.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office is gearing up to set property values for 2013 and office personnel are answering questions pertaining to 2012 values as tax bills have been mailed.
"Failure has been my greatest teacher," John Keenan said Tuesday afternoon at Perks Coffee Shop in Great Bend. The 28 year old Great Bend High School graduate was dropping off a stack of his newly cut CDs with uncle Greg Keenan, who will make them available to the public. The journey to create the album of songs, along with younger brother Mark and friend Scott Martz has been both illuminating and life changing.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.
Members of the Barton County Commission had their eyes opened Monday morning when Pattie McGurk with Catholic Social Services addressed them about a grant the agency received to help the homeless find homes.
Fuller Industries LLC officially took possession of the former Fuller Brush Company's manufacturing and distribution facility in Great Bend on Saturday morning Dec. 1, as part of a bankruptcy settlement bid to purchase all personal property, real estate and industrial business segments, which includes the custom brush and commercial janitorial supply businesses. This overall effort was made possible with the commitment and cooperation of numerous local investors who rallied local resources to purchase this company and retain the 200 plus jobs in our community.
Rich Fox, a member of Great Bend's model train club, has been busy recently sharing the Christmas spirit by transporting and setting up model trains around the city. A few weeks ago, he brought an HO gauge set out to Waters True Value Hardware. He brought an "old timey" steam locomotive G gauge to the Shafer Art Gallery, and a slightly more modern version that looks like an old narrow-gauge railroad to the Barton County Historical Museum which will be on display this weekend.
Twenty-three life sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, are basking in the ambience of a newly created winter wonderland of lighted artificial fir trees and festive holiday décor. The display, known as "Santas Around the World," can be viewed at 1223 Main Street in downtown Great Bend.
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Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider wants to get two messages out regarding flu vaccinations.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors thanked outgoing board member Dr. Mary Misegadis for eight years of service at its Monday meeting. Misegadis' term as an elected board member expires at the end of the year and is not eligible for another renewal at this time.
When it comes to Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra, it boils down to a matter of trust, or the lack of it, County Commissioners said Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.
Thursday afternoon, the Subway restaurant in the Great Bend Walmart filled briefly with excited children dressed in red t-shirts, checking in with adults, barely able to contain themselves. They were the third and fourth grade students that are part of this year's class of America's Promise participants, and they were ready to do some holiday shopping.
Before the spectacles of Christmas lights and stories, the special dinner and the ball, Main Street in Ellinwood was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon. Children enjoyed the interactive story walk, stopping at several shop windows to read passages and act out the instructions at each. A German St. Nick strolled along, handing out small candy canes to children as they passed, on his way to the Abendbrot (German dinner) to be held at the Ellinwood Senior Center. Inside, authentic German ornaments adorned an old-fashioned style feather tree, and William Keel of the German Department of Kansas University met with locals ...
The revelation Monday that the Barton County Treasurer's office failed to distribute $1.9 million in tax money from May that should have been distributed in June has left public entities, as well as the general public, stunned and scrambling for answers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, recently introduced the Physician Ambassadors Helping Veterans Act. The legislation would enable volunteer physicians to serve in Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities that are struggling with appointment wait times or staffing shortages.
A shared desire to bring back something authentic about Christmas drew two friends, Sharon Schartz and Dr. Catherine Strecker. Together they created a tradition the people of Ellinwood have been celebrating together since 2007.
The similarities are as startling as the differences, but two first- year teachers seem to have found their happy places – on opposite sides of the world.