The last decade has been one of non-stop growth for Barton Community College. From its offerings to enrollments, Barton has been progressive and adaptive. That trend shows to be continuing with the college's recent designation as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute, which gives Barton the privilege and responsibility of providing OSHA training to businesses and organizations throughout the entire state of Kansas.
The very concept of prison, by its nature, tends to invoke some of the most negative responses – fear, despair, finality and even oppression. However, thanks to programs offered by Barton Community College, one of the least expected of human emotions shines through – hope.
October Marriage and Divorce Filings
A video on YouTube shows a crime scene tape across the front door of Great Bend's Grace Community Church, and its pastors, including the Rev. Jay Beuoy, being locked up in jail cells.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend will host their Annual Mission Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave. The aroma and magic of this festive autumn, pre-holiday excursion includes beverage and coffee cake in the morning, soup and pie for lunch, hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items, two drawings for prizes, unique gift theme baskets and a silent auction.
The next ASK seminar for senior citizens will shed new light on hospice programs in the area, said Donna Baugh, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Kansas. The "Nuts and Bolts of Hospice" is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Volunteers have begun clearing away overgrown greenery and redesigning the garden leading up to the lion observation area at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Years ago, cane was planted to add a jungle appeal to the display, but over time, the invasive plant took over the other plantings, as well as the miniature pond and stream feature, covering the mural painted by Great Bend elementary students.
The Great Bend Middle School Bands will present their fall concert this Thursday, Nov. 1, in the gym at Great Bend Middle School. The 7th Grade Band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and the 8th Grade Band will perform at 8:15 p.m. The GBMS Jazz Ensemble will also play at both of these concerts. The concert is under the direction of Kurtis Koch, assisted by Mark DeWald.
After being closed several weeks for remodeling, Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery is ready to open its doors, and to display the 2012 traveling exhibit from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.
There are still a few tickets left for the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
Next week, a job to repave a section of U.S. 281/K-18 in Russell County is scheduled to begin.
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
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.