St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center representatives donate outdated respiratory therapy supplies that will be distributed during a mission to Ghana, Africa. From left to right are: Lori Vainer, St. Rose respiratory therapist; Brandi Gruber, St. Rose director of cardio-pulmonary services; and Suzanne Bollig and Karen Schell, both respiratory therapists and members of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society. Schell will deliver the items to Ghana next spring.
Farmers Bank & Trust donated $5,400 to local nonprofit organizations this past week, at its 15th annual Charity Holiday Coffee.
The Hays Arts Center's "Five State Photography" exhibition, which opened Friday and runs through Jan. 19, includes the work of individuals from Barton Community College.
The Indian River Citrus Fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Monday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School. Extra navel oranges and pink grapefruit will be available. Call 620-791-7314 for additional information.
American State Bank and Trust Company will sponsor its seventh-annual Mitten Tree Project at its six locations through Dec. 15. The Mitten Tree gives bank customers and the community a chance to donate new hats, gloves, scarves, coats and mittens to children and families in need as a way to brighten their holiday season.
Prince of Peace Parish Catholic Church will celebrate a miracle when members observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday at the St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Religious dances known as "matachines," food and worship are scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.
Instrumental sounds of the holiday season can be heard at Great Bend High School on Monday, Dec. 12. The seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school orchestras, will be directed by Mr. Isaac Enochs at 7 p.m. in the GBHS auditorium. Following their performance, the music will more to the GBHS gymnasium where the jazz, junior varsity, and varsity bands will add to the Christmas cheer starting at 8 p.m. The junior varsity and varsity band will combine for three selections to conclude the concert. The bands are directed by Mark DeWald, and he is assisted by Enochs ...
The works of two young Barton County artists, Petr Grigorev and Angela Waite, will be featured at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend, through the month of December. A reception will be held Friday evening, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.
The weather says differently, but inside the Rosewood Service Inc. greenhouse, it's still tomato-growing season. In its first full year of operation, the greenhouse is filled to capacity with 265 tomato plants producing two varieties – brand names Celebrity and Truss. Their success is dependent upon a few dozen clients at Rosewood who work to care for and grow the tomatoes and then bring them to market.
Community members will have the opportunity to be immersed in a Christmas wonderland when Barton Community College hosts a holiday open house for its "Festival of Trees" exhibit, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Shafer Gallery.
Great Bend High School members in the Southwest Kansas Music Educators Association District Honor Band are: Addison Baxter, first chair percussion; Taylor Fry, second chair flute; Estella Schumacher, trumpet first alternate; and Luke Abbott, second chair euphonium. They are part of the 22-county district band that meets in Dodge City on Saturday, Dec. 3. A concert will be given at 3:15 p.m. in the Dodge City High School auditorium. Also at the concert David Meter, activities director at GBHS, will be honored as the District Honored Administrator.
A Larned man and a Hoisington man were injured early Thursday afternoon when their cars collided on U.S. 281 on the north edge of Great Bend.
Thanks to three recent gifts, Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be able to offer guided tours – over a cell phone.
Leadership Golden Belt graduated 15 participants from the three-month leadership training program on Nov. 21. Key note speaker, Larry Straub, Chairman and CEO of Straub International kicked off the celebration with a formal graduation ceremony following. The Leadership Golden Belt Class of 2011 joins a growing alumni class, with now four years of alumni.
Somewhere between 4 and 5 a.m. seems to be the time my internal alarm clock dings. As I have aged, my sleep requirements seem to have diminished. That's not to say that I can't nap at the drop of a hat especially if nothing is happening -- but night time seems to exist for me and the cat.
The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the Kinsley Library $2,705 in support of the "It Blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series. Joan K. Weaver serves as the project director.
New books at Ellinwood Library
While the recent razing of the ASB Building on Broadway was obvious to any passerby, the extreme makeover next door won't be apparent for a few months yet.
Shortly after Joey Cregger's first birthday, his doctor referred him to Sunflower Diversified's Early Education Center. By age 3, he had met developmental milestones and no longer needs special education services.
Snowfall totals reached a surprising six inches in portions of eastern Barton County, western Rice County and Ellsworth County. About two to three inches of snow had been forecast by the National Weather Service.
Much like those fabulous Kansas City Royals ... we hit our own homeruns with new companies such as Central National Banka, Plains State Bank, and Almost Home.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Regan Ochs and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
Barton Community College offices will close for holiday break Monday, Dec. 22. All offices will reopen Monday, Jan. 5. Spring semester classes will begin Monday, Jan. 12.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce, 110 1/2 Main, invites the public to help residents at Woodhaven Care Center and veterans across the state during the holidays.
Before and after Thanksgiving, many of us find ourselves overindulging in treats. According to one news source, many people gain 6 pounds this time of year.
Rosewood Ranch, a full-working horse ranch, near Pawnee Rock, that offers therapeutic riding sessions to people with developmental disabilities, was awarded a grant for $1,800 by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health.