On Oct. 20, the Great Bend High School debate team traveled to Valley Center High School to compete with two varsity, one junior varsity and four novice teams against 30 other schools with 40 varsity, 39 junior varsity and 66 novice teams. In varsity division, Michael Gieck and Jordan Stoulil placed 8th with a 4-1 win loss record and 26 speaker points. "Open was a great experience I hope to do better next time" Stoulil stated.
Since it soon will be time whip up holiday meals and goodies, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center is sponsoring a free diabetes evening class to offer guidance about sugar as an ingredient.
Ecologist Katherine Fuller and consumer educator Connie McDanel, both nationally known speakers and authors, will present a program entitled "Healing Homes: Our Social Responsibility" from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. They will ask the questions "are our homes making us sick due to exposure to hidden toxins and what can we do about it." There is no charge for the presentation.
Area 5th graders were visited by Julie Smith, Executive Director and an agency director on how United Way works in to help our community through the 21 agencies it supports. Local fifth graders were asked to design a poster depicting some aspect of the United Way, and how the agencies work in the community
Two upcoming events have been announced at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, a branch of Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sterling House at 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be AJ Chrest with greeters Karmi Green and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office, 4500 Broadway. For more information, call the office at 620-793-4167.
Other activities the GBHS Bands have participated in this fall are: Labor Day Parade in Hoisington, State Fair where they received I ratings from all three judges, and the KSU Band Day in Manhattan. They will perform for a Veteran's Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the GBHS gym that the public is invited to attend, and also at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the Veteran's Day ceremony at Vet's Park.
Thirty-four Rosewood Services horse riders collectively had a nice problem to overcome on Saturday during the 8th Annual Rosewood Rodeo. A larger-than-usual crowd of about 300 people was on hand at Great Bend's Expo III Arena to start the rodeo, due in part to a special morning performance by the Double Trouble Trick Riders. The extra attention brought on some early performance jitters, but the riders quickly adjusted and performed well, said Rosewood Ranch manager Eric Hammond.
Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review Exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building. The show ran from Oct. 12-14 and several Barton participants took home some hardware.
The Shafer Art Gallery will be closed until mid-November while it receives cosmetic enhancements, which include tile repairs and new accent tile being installed. The renovations also include new wall coverings.
The Patient Care Fund at Heartland Cancer Center has grown by $58,715, thanks to the generosity of local and area residents, said Mark Mingenback, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center director of business strategy and marketing.
On Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hoisington Novice Debate Tournament, the Great Bend High School debate squad had four novice teams compete. Three teams placed and all were undefeated with a perfect three and zero win/loss record. Jordan Otten and Kameko Schultz placed first with perfect speaker points. Sarah Keller and Mallorie McNett placed fourth and Kimberly Gonzalez and Donovan Salgado placed sixth. "Out of my previous tournaments, I felt I did awful, but after placing at the Hoisington Tournament, it boosted my confidence. I am really looking forward to entering more tournaments." Salgado stated. The GBHS debate group ...
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, the GBHS Orchestra will perform its fall concert in the high school auditorium. Featured selections are themes from the master choral work "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi and the "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1" by Edvard Grieg. The program will also include a lively "Irish Reel," the bombastic "Toccatina" of William Hofeldt, and a spooktacular piece inspired by classic zombie movies that will be frightening as well as entertaining.
The Child Abuse Prevention Education (CAPE) board of directors announces the hiring of Mary Thurman as the new program director.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the city's health insurance renewal, street closures for holiday activities, the Prairie Rose Drive paving project and an auto rental lease agreement for the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an employee recognition award to Donna Shaffer of the Health Department, bridge engineering services, Special Alcohol Funding distribution, Barton County Community Development Advisory Board appointments and longevity pay.
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.