By Allen Schmidt
Auditions for Barton Community College's fall play, "Almost Maine," by John Cariani, are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, in BCC's Fine Arts Auditorium.
The public is invited to an Open House by the Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce from 7 to 9 p.m, on Wednesday, to celebrate the Kansans Tell Their Stories Exhibit, currently on display at the Flying Pig Studio & Gallery in downtown Lucas.
With financial support from Golden Belt Community Foundation, Credit Union of America, various donations from many other individuals and organizations, Salvation Army of Barton County has supplied over 400 backpacks to students of Barton County this year. The backpacks were packed with school supplies at Simpson Hall, courtesy of the Meyers Chapel AME Church. Volunteers from the Presbyterian Church packed the backpacks and young men from Morton House assisted in hauling the completed backpacks from Meyers Chapel to the Salvation Army Family store where, on Aug. 11, 12 and 13, the majority of the backpacks were distributed.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 772
Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend-based USD 428, are looking for children to fill a limited number of openings still available in the 4-Year-old At-Risk program for the upcoming school year. This free program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education. Helping Hands administers this program for children living in the Great Bend school district.
"We are remembered forever by the tracks we leave." ~ Unknown
Birding Basics and Cheyenne Birding Field Trip will be held in August at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway.
TOPEKA -The Kansas Bar Foundation has set the deadline for Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) 2011 grant applications to October 7. The KBF awarded $84,500 in grants to charitable organizations across Kansas from funds generated through the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program.
The Barton Community College Foundation Board of Directors recently welcomed five new board members and elected officers for the 2011-12 academic year.
By Jim Misunas
WICHITA - The condition of one Great Bend woman has been upgraded and a second accident victim has been released after being treated for injuries sustained in an Aug. 2 car accident.
Many in the community know that Sunflower's Early Education Center serves children with disabilities. But what they may not realize is the EEC also specializes in helping children overcome delays.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office patrol car driven by Sgt. David Smith took first place in the car show sponsored by the Kansas Juvenile Officers Association during its conference in Wichita. The conference was attended by Kansas DARE officers to gain training and teaching ideas for their Drug Abuse Resistance Education classes.
Most everyone has experienced something like this – especially at night or on weekends.
GARDEN CITY - An Offerle man who was texting while driving went off U.S. 50 Tuesday evening in Finney County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Jeffrey Humiston, was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 that went in the ditch and traveled for 900 feet and struck an obstruction. The car went airborne, coming to rest in the westbound lane facing northwest.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Lodge No. 331, A.F.&A.M., will hold a pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the lodge, located at Second and Vine St. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out will be available. Advance tickets can be purchased from any lodge member.
Jamie M. Bahr, driving while suspended, fine $100, court costs $110
The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include the R.O.S.E. Award; approval of FY 2015 Carl D. Perkins Reserve Grant; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and teacher resignation. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.
An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.
If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...
One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.
Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.
STAFFORD - Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford's south gym.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.