The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make a point to give blood before the busy holiday season arrives. The next opportunity to donate blood in Great Bend will be from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave.
Claflin Lions Club will sponsor the 53rd annual Hunters' Breakfast on Saturday. The meal will include all you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and ham along with a drink. Serving will begin at 5:30 a.m. and continue until 10:30 a.m. at the new Claflin Community Center, located on "A" street between Williamson and Park Street. Cost for the meal is a free-will donation. Proceeds will enable the club to continue to provide funding for local individuals, organizations and for community events including thier strong commitment to the youth of Claflin and the surrounding area.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Moeder Oil Company , 2302 Railroad Ave., at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Cindy Parr and Marty Steinert. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
NEWTON - Barton Community College theater major and vocalist Maili Kee of Salina earned the right to sing with five Broadway stars at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bethel College's Memorial Hall, 300 East 27th St. in Newton as part of Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway" show. Kee won a runner-up spot in Hesston-Bethel College's "Singing with the Broadway Stars" contest by submitting a video of herself singing.
Mike Westerman, retired Ellinwood High School English teacher, thrilled a crowd last week by appearing as Edgar Allan Poe for an Oct. 30 program at First United Congregational United Church of Christ in Great Bend.
Lessons about pumpkins and how they grow came to life recently at Incredible Years (IY) Preschool, thanks to a local business.
The regular pheasant hunting season begins this Saturday, Nov. 8, and continues through Jan. 31, 2015. Megan Hammeke at the Great Bend Recreation Commission reminds hunters that GBRC holds a Longest Tail Feather contest. The contest will run through the 2014-15 pheasant hunting season. The winner will receive a $30 Great Bend Chamber Gift certificate donated by Smokin Aces Gun Shop.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present Fernando Varela, whose strong tenor voice has endowed him with the power and raw emotion for singing both rock and opera. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Tree Care For All Seasons" at noon today at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent, will discuss different tips and strategies for keeping trees healthy in all our seasons and changing weather.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission invites parents to bring their children to the Imagination Playground, which will be open Wednesday, Nov. 5, inside the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free drop-in activity will be open from 9:30-11 a.m. and 6:30 -7:30 p.m. It is recommended for children ages 2 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Barton County office buildings will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. The Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed that day. The Landfill will be open until 11 a.m. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is again selling H&S citrus fruit as their annual fundraiser. The navel oranges and pink grapefruit are available during the first sale which arrives Dec. 7-8. In January the navels and grapefruit are again available but the main feature of the January order is the Honeybell tangelo, which is a specialty fruit. The January order will be available Jan. 18-19. The H&S fruit is handpicked, packed, and shipped within a week with no artificial color or ripening.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will have a sharing meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.
Great Bend Fire Department will hold its 10th annual spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 723 Main. Admission is $5, and children under 5 eat free. There will also be a drawing for prizes.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Thursday in observance of Christmas. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Landfill will all be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
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.