The Kansas Historical Society today announced a partnership with Ancestry.com that will allow individuals with a valid Kansas driver's license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website. Users can access Kansas State Census Records from 1865-1925 (years ending in "5"), Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments (1862, 1863, 1868), Russell County Vital and Probate Records, selected World War I manuscripts, and the United Spanish-American War Veterans certificates collections.
Friendship Bread is a baking tradition that works best when shared - an edible chain letter of sorts. Someone prepares a cup of Friendship Bread Starter, places it a one-gallon resealable "zipper" bag and delivers it to a neighbor. If the neighbor follows the instructions, in 10 days he or she will have four cups of batter - one to bake and three to give away.
Great Bend resident Brian J. Bellendir announced today his intention to file for the Republican nomination for Sheriff of Barton County. A veteran law enforcement officer and administrator, Bellendir said he promises to bring competence, cooperation, experience and accountability to the office.
The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for its next exhibit, "Native Witness: Indians in the Shafer," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Refreshments will be served.
KWEC has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs! Kids will turn the birdhouse gourds grown in KWEC's garden into homes for our feathered friends, make a feather bookmark, play games and of course learn more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.
American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas, Great Bend, will host a meeting for all veterans and their families who wish to learn more about their earned VA benefits from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. on Wednesday. Veterans and their families who have specific questions regarding VA benefits are urged to attend this meeting. We'd also like to extend a personal invitation to eligible veterans and spouses to join our organization and take part in the many programs and services available.
Former Great Bend resident Kory Brunson, leader of the Denver, Colo., Kory Brunson Band, sings at the Crest Theater, Thursday night in Great Bend. The band gave a benefit concert for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation. The title song of the band's newest CD, "Hard Country," gives new meaning to the phrase, "more cowbell," and Brunson said he wrote the song "Take Me Home" with Great Bend in mind.
December Marriage License Filings
Those who want to help with the upcoming Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala have a list of items to choose from. The event is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th, Great Bend.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present Carpe Diem String Quartet in its fourth concert of the 2011-12 season. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
ELLINWOOD – Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes will address the community ambassador class of High School seniors at the Ellinwood High School and fifth and sixth graders at the Ellinwood Elementary School Tuesday. The treasurer will address the community ambassador class on the importance of credit card responsibility and the grade school students on the topics of saving and budgeting.
People took advantage of this week's warmer weather by spending time at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
When members of the Central Kansas Partnership held a meeting with a potluck meal, the samples of hearty soups and sweet snacks were abundant. Afterward, Partnership member Janel Rose from the Barton County Health Department fielded requests for the sharing of some recipes, starting with her own recipe for Taco Soup.
Interested Barton County citizens are invited to review the Final Draft of the Region E Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan until September 4, 2014. Comments on the document are welcomed and individuals should go to the Barton County website to view the proposed plan. Participation by citizens is an important element in the development of emergency plan development.
Whether you are getting ready for the last bash of the summer or getting ready for the start of football season it's helpful to know what is on the road ahead. Before you get stopped by a big detour, check out the Kansas Department of Transportation's travel planning system.
The Barton Community College music department will host auditions for its holiday musical, the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 for adults. There will be a separate audition for children only on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition. The total cast number will be around 35.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session is on the agenda for discussion of personnel, and the hiring of several individuals for the Barton County campus is on the consent agenda, as well as a part-time military programs instructor. BCC has classrooms at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.
Barton Community College and the Center for Adult Education will be closed and there will be no classes in observance of Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 1. Offices will reopen and classes will resume on Sept. 2.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Chamber Boardroom, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Jim Vopat and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Kanopolis Lake will be hosting its annual waterfowl blind permit drawing at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 6, at the Kanopolis Lake U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Information Center, 105 Riverside Drive in Marquette. The drawing will be at random to determine the order of site selection and permit application. There will be 25 blind sites available.
The Mud Creek chapter of the Kansas Anthropological Association (KAA) will host its annual Artifact Identification Workshop on Sept.20, in the city of McPherson. The event will take place in the lobby of the McPherson Museum, 1111 East Kansas. Hours for the event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Interested persons from the central Kansas area may drop by the museum and speak with Kansas State Historical Society archeologists. Well-experienced avocational archeologists from the KAA will also be available. Collectors can bring Native American artifacts or early historical items throughout the event for assistance in identification and ...
A ServSafe Employee workshop is set from 1:30-4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street. The workshop is designed to cover safe food handling practices and would be a good training for anyone who is a food handler. There is a workshop fee of $10 payable by Sept. 2, to cover the cost of materials. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at (620)793-1910 with questions or to register. Donna Krug and Ralph Sunley will be the presenters.
Four Great Bend Senior Companions were honored for their service to frail adults at the August in-service meeting held on Aug. 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Those recognized for their service were Jeanetta Deutsch for one year; Bernita Degenhardt and Earl Lumpkins for ten years and Beverly Davis for eleven years of service to individuals in private homes in the community. These Companions provide daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on the amendment of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) FY 14-17.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet. Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., room D-107, Great Bend.
Barton history instructor Linda McCaffery will teach a course via Barton's Silver Cougar Club titled "From Idealism to Disaster; 1920-1950." Classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The 2003 movie "Luther" will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. There will be refreshments and discussion time.