By Jim Misunas
ST. JOHN - St. John-Hudson USD 350 and St. John High School will broadcast the Class of 2011 graduation ceremony live on the Internet at www.ihigh.com/stjohn.
BARTON COUNTY - Long-viewed as the 'Landmark of the Plains,' Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church north of Ellinwood was seriously damaged in May 2007 when the steeple collapsed during a tornado. Standing firm for over a 100 years, the church was a center of activity during most of the twentieth century, where those seeking solace in times of trouble and those celebrating the good times could both find a place of rest.
Eric Zamora finally has a voice - in two languages.
STAFFORD -- The Stafford High School Class of 2011 will graduate at 2 p.m. Saturday at the high school.
Professor Jim Hoy from Emporia State University will present the program, "Home on the Range: Kansas Folklore," at the Barton County Historical Society.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County volunteers hope to raise at least $8,000 for their next building project with Habitat's third annual golf tournament, June 18. Hole sponsorships and team registration are being sought now, tournament organizer Matt Hiss said.
The Family Crisis Center Inc. is one of 10 organizations that will benefit from a recent fundriaser by Kansas Department of Corrections employees.
A semi-trailer driver was injured Tuesday on Interstate 70 in Russell County. John Kenneth Arthurs II, from Independence, Mo., was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with undetermined injuries.
The renewal of contracts for 2011-12 will be on the agenda when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building on campus.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Karmi Green with greeters Jan Westfall and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
State tourism officials and other Kansas travel enthusiasts (a.k.a "roadies") will travel the state this summer in a "driving billboard" to promote Kansas tourism as part of the recently announced Faces and Places Tour. The tour's goal is to foster tourism in Kansas through social media, promote Kansas as a desirable destination and increase tourism expenditures. The announcement was made in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.
On Friday, the second-annual Kansas Freedom Ride will be held across Kansas. The annual event is intended to recognize Armed Forces Day and honor those who serve whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve for their service and defending our freedom.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will postpone the Crane Tour scheduled for today due to lower than expected numbers of cranes. The new date is Saturday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register for the tour – space is available in the KWEC's van, or participants are welcome to follow in their own vehicles to crane viewing sites.
The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the second quarter entries for the Focus on the Byway photo contest. Entries for the third quarter are being accepted now, said Cris Collier, president of the visitors bureau.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Creepy Crawly," a free Stop 'N Learn session, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
A Russell man was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 281, 15 miles south of Russell in Barton County.
From Nov. 1 through March 31, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located northwest of Great Bend on K-156, is closed on Mondays. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. After that, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. The Education Center will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center staff will lead a guides tour through Cheyenne Bottoms starting at 5:30 Tuesday, Oct. 28. Tours will begin and end at the KWEC, 592 NE K-156, Great Bend. From there, participants will board the KWEC van for a tour to find groups of cranes in the Cheyenne Bottoms area.
Share the holiday spirit and save money on a delicious meal. A complete Thanksgiving dinner all together in one box ready to unpack and cook. The "Holiday Dinner Pak" from Prairie Land Food includes: one 12-14 lb. whole turkey (uncooked), sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, oranges, apples, and a pumpkin pie (24 oz), all for $34. Consider purchasing an extra one for someone you know who could use a bit of joy. Large orders from groups or organizations will be accepted now through Nov. 11.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Riley Elementary School, 1515 10th Street. Items on the agenda include change in teacher recruitment software and approval to accept an anonymous donation of $5,000 for playground equipment at Park Elementary school. Riley Elementary School Principal JoAnn Blevins and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Riley.
The Touched By Cancer (TBC) support group meeting for Nov. 21 has been canceled due to conflicts. The next meeting for the group will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Heartland Cancer Center.
Sisters of Hope, a new support group for recently widowed women, is planning an informational "meet and greet." It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Fireside Room at First Assembly of God Church, 601 S. Patton Road in Great Bend.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is hosting a hunting showcase at 10 a.m. today at HorseThief Reservoir in Jetmore to spotlight the economic benefits of Kansas hunting and fishing and to release the 2014 Tourism Economics data.
GBHS Band and Orchestra students are selling Cherrydale products through Nov. 2, for their 2016 trip. There are many food items as well as a wide variety of gift items. Items can also be ordered online and sent directly to someone. The items will arrive around Dec. 4. Call GBHS (620-793-1521, ext. 189) and leave a message to have someone place your order or answer any questions.
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 letter of support for a Sunflower Diversified Services grant application to KDOT and the Kansas Association of Counties legislative platform.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Karmi Green and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Parkinson's disease patients who want to enhance their vitality, balance and coordination may benefit from an upcoming presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.