TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that eight additional counties certified by the Kansas Legislature to participate in the Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program have decided to partner with the state in the student loan repayment program. Doniphan, Haskell, Meade, Morris, Nemaha, Ottawa, Rice and Stevens counties have voted to opt in to this portion of the ROZ program.
Bonny Boultinghouse, a TLC Twisters 4-H Club member, served as president of her Club, as Vice-President of Barton County 4-H Council and as 4-H Ambassador. Bonny led her club in "Random Acts of Kindness", an activity that invited the members to assist or help a community organization each month. She is the daughter of Shane and Jill Boultinghouse of Great Bend.
The names of 344 students who completed requirements for associate, bachelor and graduate degrees during the summer 2013 term at Fort Hays State University have been released by FHSU Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joey Linn, who is also university registrar.
Barton Community College honored 18 employees during an all-college forum Aug. 22, recognizing them for their years of service to the college. Awards were presented for five or more years of service with a recognizance at every additional five-year mark.
Great Bend High School FFA Officers attended the 84th Kansas State FFA Convention this summer. Alaycia Ryan and Logan Evers were the GBHS FFA Chapter Delegates for the Convention. Logan Evers received the Bronze Award on his chapter scrap book. Three officers were selected to be part of the State FFA Choir - Mackenzie Thornburg, Erin Bowers, and Melanie Maneth. Mackenzie Thornburg was also selected to sing the National Anthem at the start of one of the sessions.
On June 15, Janna Lang Chibry, graduated from KU Wichita Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency. At that ceremony, Janna received the award, "Special Resident in Minimal Invasive Gynecology". Janna graduated from the University of Kansas in 2005, with a B.S. in Biochemistry and received her medical degree from the KU Medical Center in 2009. Janna is a member of the Daniel K. Roberts Professional Society. Dr. Chibry has accepted a position with the Heartland Women's Group, which is affiliated with the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.
Justin Moyers, fourth-year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, is receiving hands-on clinical training in Great Bend, from Dr. Jean Pringle at Great Bend Internists this month.