The recent moderate days with cool nights have given me the itch to go tent camping. Hiking to a destination and pitching a tent along a cool mountain stream or the sandy shore of the Atlantic Ocean is a great experience but you don't have to travel to a distant location to enjoy a night out-of-doors. Your backyard will do just fine, especially if you have younger kids.
Wednesday morning, nine year-old Dade Cannon, a participant in vacation Bible school at Great Bend First United Methodist Church, shared with his fellow campers his appreciation for their work to raise money for Kans for Kids. Cannon has personally benefitted from the services provided by the charitable program during his five-year long battle with Leukemia.
Claflin area children have been enjoying the "Dig Into Reading" summer program at the Claflin Independent Township Library. Shown below is BriA'na Lewis reading a story about snakes. The participants then created a "snake" from a paper plate. On Tuesday, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center was at the library for a presentation on local wildlife.
An Independence Day celebration has been properly scheduled for 16 Great Bend neighborhoods, according to Great Bend officials.
The effects of last week's thunderstorm can still be seen at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
The 2013-14 activities calendar for USD 428 is now available online. Go to www.usd428.net and click the icon at the upper right of the screen to view or print.
"It takes a village" is the proverb about raising a child but the same holds true in producing a community theatre production. That is certainly the case with the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe's production of the musical comedy whodunit, Curtains, which will be presented at 8 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, in the Sterling High School Theatre.
Larry Klusener was searching for Ford Model A parts when he stumbled on a homeowner wanting to unload some old license plates.
Eight members of Rosewood Services' AKTION Club, along with two sponsors, participated in the Self Advocate Coalition of Kansas (SACK) Conference in mid-June in Topeka.
Great Bend Regional Hospital's staff put a lot of effort into this year's Human eMotion Event and all the hard work paid off, sponsors said. Five hundred eighty-seven participants and over 50 volunteers enjoyed a beautiful morning of running, walking and biking and raised more than $15,000 for the Family Crisis Center and Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America.
Great Bend artist Chet Cale said he's thrilled that his latest work faces paintings by internationally famous Charles B. Rogers, who became known as "The Kansan." Cale's bas relief sculpture at the Barton County Historical Society is all about central Kansas.
ALDEN - Vintage cars collected by the late Rep. Bob Bethell will be auctioned at 10 a.m. Saturday in a sale coordinated by Carr Auction of Larned. Rep. Bethell represented the 113th District for 13 years and died in a car accident May 20, 2012 upon returning home from a legislative session.
A couple from Branson, Mo., was taken to Ellsworth County Medical Center following a collision at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County, after their Dodge Caliber was rear-ended a Toyota Highlander. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Dodge was driven by Mark G. Rice, 66, of Branson, who applied his brakes when the trailer on a tractor-trailer combo ahead of him swung onto the shoulder, kicking up dust and decreasing visibility.
The Golden Belt Humane Society's Animal Rescue Operation is more than halfway home.
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.