Larned is ready to collect Christmas cheer in the form of a shoe box. Local residents have set a goal of 200 gift-filled shoe boxes and by the end of National Collection Week, every Operation Christmas Child drop-off site hopes to be bursting with these gifts of love that bring joy to needy children worldwide, according to Pastor Mark Slattery at Larned's First Southern Baptist Church.
There are going to be a lot of Christmas-y things going on on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2nd and State streets in Larned. One of them will involve George Weber of Great Bend as Santa Claus, in his wagon drawn by his 14-year-old mule, Babe. Babe is a jenny, or female. Weber made all of his wagon, he said, except for the axles and springs.
The City of Larned is concerned about possible leaks in the city's sanitary sewer system. Leaks in the system can allow large amounts of rain water to enter the city's wastewater system, City Manager Don Gaeddert said Saturday.
Veterans Day (Thursday) is fast approaching, and a local man and his brothers were recently honored with a plaque and words of praise.
Dawn Skelton, co-owner of Country Seasons Flower Shoppe, showed Chamber Coffee Hour attendees Thursday a large inventory and many other improvements and changes at the store. Items have been rearranged, and the front/facade of the building has been enlarged and beautified.
You can't keep a good man - or dealership - down. As of Sunday, Oct. 31, Al Hanken Motors in Larned is no longer a General Motors dealership. But, as proprietor Don Hanken told a large crowd at last Thursday's Chamber Coffee Hour, when one door closes, another usually opens.
Bryce Young, chief operating officer, and Bill Overbey, chief financial oficer, both of Hays Medical Center, told Pawnee County commissioners at their Oct. 18 meeting that Dr. David Sanger, M.D., would begin seeing patients on Monday, Nov. 1, at the Pawnee Valley Clinic near Pawnee Valley Community Hospital. They also gave commissioners an update about the mobile nuclear stress testing, the MRI, lab, patient and employee surveys and scheduled health fairs.
The Fort Larned Historical Society will host its Annual Meeting with a program, The German Heritage of Kansas, a presentation and discussion by William D. Keel on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum and Library. Members of the community are invited to attend the meeting and free program. Contact the Santa Fe Trail Center at 620-285-2054 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Larned High School's October Spotlight winners
By Pawnee Annie
By JIM MISUNAS
BY JIM MISUNAS
Larned will feature several Christmas-related events Saturday in town and at Fort Larned National Historic Site.
LARNED -- The Larned Indians roared into the semifinals of the Gene Keady Classic with an 87-35 victory Monday. Larned (2-0) will meet Ellinwood Friday. Larned led 23-12 after one quarter and 46-20 at halftime.
PRATT - Hoisington High's three-time state champion Brandon Ball led three Cardinal wrestlers to first place at the Pratt Tournament. The Cardinals scored 160 points and finished third behind Wichita Northwest and Augusta.
Larned High featured four first-team selections for the Central Kansas League football team. Hoisington and Kingman tied for the CKL West Division title.
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