Despite predictions, rain failed to fall and dampen the spirits of nearly 50 children from across the state Wednesday as they took part in activities at the Rolling Hills Zoo, midway through their KidzKamp experience at the Webster Conference Center, 2601N. Ohio. Sponsored annually by Saint Francis Community Services, KidzKamp provides a place where children in foster care can forget their worries, form friendships and enjoy being a kid for three days at summer camp.
This summer, the Barton County 4-H Shooting Sports Program added a new discipline, Small Bore Rifle, to compliment the other disciplines, Air Rifle, Archery and Hunting Skills, that they already have in place.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, review of 2013-2014 budget, approval of BOE policies, approval of local consolidated plan allocations, approval of mill levy for Great Bend Recreation Commission, proposed BOE retreat, 5 R's for accreditation, college and career ready standards, professional development, assessments update, curriculum adoption schedule, approval to accept grant application/awards, licensed position changes for 2013-2014, project updates at GBMS and parking lot at Great Bend High School, and student transfer request report
The Suicide Prevention Task Force of the Central Kansas Partnership is holding the "Golden Belt Run for Life" with a family and friends survivors' ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Barton Community College. September is Suicide Prevention month and the local coalition wanted to promote Suicide Prevention in our community and hold an event that would help provide for needed community education.
Barton Community College will host an opening reception for the "Lineage" exhibit on Friday, August 16 from 6-8 p.m., which will showcase the impact art instructors have had on two emerging ceramic artists. Artwork from all of their past educators will be on display to illustrate the lineage, which will include a featured installation by Fort Hays State University Art Professor Linda Ganstrom. Music, refreshments and gallery talks will be provided. The show will run through August 30.
Brandi Demel has been a registered nurse for 13 years but in her position at Sunflower Diversified Services she is seeing the rewards of offering care and treatment in a new type of environment. Demel is the new full-time nurse at the non-profit agency.
Math and reading are great subjects for classroom settings, but Staff Sgt. Cory Payne said learning to save the life of a fellow soldier in the middle of a combat situation requires more than textbooks and whiteboards.
This year's Storm Co-Ed Benefit Softball Tournament, played Aug. 3 at Veteran's Fields in Great Bend, is in the books but the tourney certainly wasn't played by the book. Heavy and intermittent rain along with muddy field conditions prompted tournament organizers to delay play, shuffle schedules and, in the end, flip coins in order to complete the fifth-annual event.
WILBER, Neb. – Anna Hand of Ellsworth County was crowned as the national Czech queen at the Miss Czech Slovak U.S. pageant held in conjunction with the national Czech Festival Aug. 4 in Wilber, Neb.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about the person who shot at a Kansas Highway Patrol officer in his patrol car last month. At 12:56 a.m. on July 28, the trooper was driving east in the 1400 block of 10th St. in Great Bend when he heard a gunshot and the rear window glass shattered.
The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College is calling for entries for its national juried art exhibit "Choreography of Cranes." The deadline to submit work is Sept. 1. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between the Shafer Gallery and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center to raise awareness of the precarious plight of the endangered whooping cranes and the daunting task of conserving their habitat.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct selective enforcement from 7-9 a.m. on West Barton County Road. (10th Street Extension) between the Great Bend city limits and SW 70 Ave. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said officers will be paying particular attention to speed violations and occupant restraint usage.
It doesn't take long before new Great Bend area residents hear the name "Tim Miller." Miller (1940-2012) was one of the area's greatest businessmen and philanthropists, and his large company Tim Miller Enterprises was honored with the 2011 Business of the Year Award by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.
By Jim Misunas
The inaugural Windy Hill Disc Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at Barton Community College as a fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life of Barton County. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and tee-off is at 9 a.m. for the 18-hole tourney. Entry fee is $10 per person and hole sponsorships are available for $50.
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.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.
Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.
Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.