In 1894, Birger Sandzén arrived at Bethany College in Lindsborg to teach languages and assist in the art and vocal music departments. He remained at Bethany for the remainder of his career, becoming the principal art instructor in 1899 and retiring in 1946. Throughout this period, and after he retired as Professor Emeritus, he was a prolific painter and print maker until his death in 1954.
Four live bands will perform at the End Of School Year Bash, Friday evening at CrossPoint Church, 2100 Broadway Ave.
For those with wounded hearts who struggle with doubt and fear, hope will be offered at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, beginning May 18 at Healing Hearts Ranch, 115 SE Ave. in Great Bend.
AmeriCorps members through Catholic Social Services are sponsoring a course to help people in need learn how to be smart with their money and credit score. The Class will be offered free of charge from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Catholic Social Services, 2201 16th St. in Great Bend.
Most people plan their week's projects, vacations and dinner, but very few spend adequate time asking themselves "What's next?" Avoiding or ignoring that question can decimate a lifetime of asset accumulation.
Some heated discussion took place at Monday night's meeting of the Central Plains USD 112 board of education regarding the replacement of bleachers at the Claflin Junior-Senior High School football field.
Barton Community College is accepting enrollments now for its summer workshops in Quickbooks (introduction), Skype, Dreamweaver, Word, Excel, Photoshop (digital composition), Photoshop (photo retouching) and Photoshop (digital painting). To enroll contact Janet Kirmer, 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460.
There is an e-mail circulating offering the chance to purchase advertising on a Great Bend High School football poster. However, said Unified School District 428 Superintendent Tom Vernon, it has nothing to do with the school system.
The Beautification Committee's project of beautifying Main Street is once again in full swing. Thirteen large pots have been planted on the corners of Main and silk flowers have been placed in the arches at Jack Kilby Square. Smaller cement pots are currently being planted in front of downtown businesses. Donations to help with the costs of pots, soil and plants can be made to the Beautification Committee sent to June Hillman at 3216 Broadway in Great Bend.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office will mail out the 2011 Personal Property Valuation Notices on Friday. Once a property owner receives their valuation notice, it is suggested that they review the notice for accuracy of property information.
Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery hosted Central Prairie League Art Day April 27, featuring the works of student artists from nine area high schools. The students were honored with a reception and awards ceremony on the day of the exhibit.
The Great Bend Speed team qualified a full entry (which is 16 events) to the 5A Speech Championship held at Topeka Seaman High School, on Saturday, May 7th.
Beginning mid-May and running through the summer months, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will conduct their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.
Renewal notices for Great Bend High School reserved season football tickets have been mailed to current ticket holders. Watch for this mailing, which includes instructions for renewal, and reply as soon as possible. If you had tickets last year, but do not receive this notification, please email email@example.com, or phone 620-793-1560.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
A hands on food preservation workshop has a few openings remaining according to Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at Great Bend High School. Participants are asked to pre-register by July 25, by calling Krug at 793-1910. The $10 fee will cover the cost of supplies plus a light lunch. Karen Blakeslee, director of the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center, will lead the workshop.
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve next year's budget for publication at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also approve the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of 2014-2015 health insurance, and approval of the 2014-2015 budget.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, 1701 K96 Hwy., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Karmi Green with greeters John Sullivan and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A Larned woman was injured Monday in a Finney County accident. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and to a possible injury accident in Russell County involving an Ellsworth woman.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health officials were notified today that Colorado has become the second state in 2014 to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.
The Open Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. July's book club pick is "Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey. The public is invited to attend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information that could help stop the number of vehicular burglaries in Barton County.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.