The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014, election of 2014 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, South Central Kansas Regional Commodity Flow study, and a presentation on mapping resources by Bj Wooding, Cartographer, Barton County.
Eisenhower Elementary School fifth-grade-student Joseph Ragan received a fun surprise on Jan. 13. He was named winner of the month in the DARE program's "I Make A Difference" contest. For earning that distinction, he received a special visit by Great Bend DARE Officer Jefferson Davis to his school, and he along with his classmates received a party and DARE T-shirts, which state "I Make A Difference."
January is School Board Recognition Month and Unified School District 428 joins school districts across the state to say thank you to these community leaders for their untiring dedication to public education.
It is not every day that high school students are summoned to appear before the Kansas State Department of Education. But then, these are not everyday high school students. Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America members Sarah Niederee, junior, and Zachary Reynolds, senior, traveled recently to Topeka to visit with state school board members during a special meeting and citizenship day. Sarah is the Kansas Future Business Leaders of America state president and Zach is the vice-president of the FBLA district 5 region. "Sarah was assigned to talk about how FBLA has helped her make ethical decisions ...
The Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society are holding a fundraiser on Jan. 27 at the Lyons Town & Country Club. The event opens with a social at 6:15 p.m. Appetizers, wine, tea, and coffee will be available. KWCH Ross Janssen with Millie will present a program at 7 p.m.
Winter weather in Kansas can be very unpredictable. That's why it's nice to know that the people in charge of clearing what the weather throws at us are very predictable.
On Jan. 10 and 11 two novices from the Great Bend High School debate squad traveled to the Novice State Championship Debate tournament. The whole novice squad qualified with a 50-percent win/loss record at least five invitational tournaments, but most were unable to attend due to other school activities.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Kansas are making substantial progress in discussions that would allow the state to move forward in including long-term services and supports for Kansans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in KanCare, the state's integrated Medicaid managed care program, starting Feb. 1.
Christmas came again for the Food Bank of Barton County on Jan. 10 when Rosewood Services delivered more than 200 food items and representatives donated money raised from last month's Holiday Cookie Contest.
Only 750 men will be chosen nationwide for a prostate cancer clinical trial and Dr. Mark Fesen wants local residents to be aware of the possibilities.
TOPEKA - A LaCrosse woman was one of four people charged in federal court last week on drug trafficking charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
A program by Delores Baker entitled "Planning for Winter Interest in the Garden" was enjoyed by the members of Great Bend Garden Club at their January meeting. With a number of dried plants from her own garden as illustrations, Baker shared ideas for creating attractive landscaping scenes and bouquets of dried plants and shrubs.
The Great Bend Anti-bullying Task Force will have a reshowing of "Bullying: The Movie" from 7-8:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. After the film, there will be information packets available and T-shirts for sale. The movie is free, but seating is limited.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
Being realistic about your health at any age is the focus of the 2014 Full Circle on Aging, held in Hays at the Messiah Lutheran Church, on Friday, April 25. This event, sponsored in part by K-State Research and Extension, Fort Hays State University and the Northwest Area Agency on Aging, brings together aging experts to help caregivers and individuals alike. With both a public track and a professional track for those involved in the health care industry, Full Circle offers a unique learning opportunity.
The 17th Annual FHSU Foster Grandparent Program Recognition Celebration was held on Thursday, April 10, at the FHSU Memorial Union. Approximately 90 people were in attendance including State Representatives Sue Boldra and Travis Couture-Lovelady, District Representative for Senator Jerry Moran, Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
Central Plains Elementary School library in Holyrood has been awarded a Kansas Book Festival Grant for $750. On March 31, Kansas First Lady Mary Brownback announced the winners of the 2014 Kansas Book Festival Grants during a news conference at the Statehouse. Eight libraries throughout the state received book grant money. CPES library will be using the grant to purchase nonfiction books for the lower elementary grades that will help satisfy Common Core standards.
Months of hard work will culminate Monday night at 7 p.m. as all of the Great Bend Sixth Grade Band members join forces for their annual concert at GBHS gym. Schools represented include Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Holy Family and Central Kansas Christian Academy.
The final sprayer demonstration of the 2014 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo never got off the ground.
Stress is part of everyday life for most people. But when a chronic illness such as cancer is involved, stress can be an especially disruptive influence on a patient's daily routine – including sleep patterns.
How far would you go to defend your belief in God?
Angela DeVore, chaplain at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, has been participating in the Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy events this year and encourages others to join in.
The Barton Community College Library is holding an art contest to determine the artwork for 10 Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. This contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
Marquita Boehnke, longtime Ellinwood resident, retired March 31 after 39 years of service with the Central Kansas Library System. Boehnke served as the Youth Services consultant and worked with libraries in 17 counties.
Plans to offer soldiers at Fort Riley a paramedic certificate through Barton Community College will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Karyl White, director of Emergency Medical Services Education, will explain how offering this program at Grandview Plaza (rather than the degree program for paramedics) will enable solders to sit for national EMT boards in a timely manner, supporting the US Army's mandate for national certification.
A Great Bend Police Department vehicle driven by officer Jacob A. Harlow, 28, struck the back of a van driven Alice L. Council, 52, Great Bend, at 8:42 p.m. Saturday at 3920 10th St. Council was transported to Great Bend Regional by Great Bend EMS.
Dean Akings of Great Bend is willing to turn in his police badge for a seat on the Barton County Commission.