Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Wednesday that the Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley to a two-year term as Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Chief Judge Mike Keeley has served as a district judge in the district since January 1993. He presides over cases in Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.
Helping Hands Preschool student Aubryuana Delgadillo makes eye contact with Daisy Duke while she pets the horse at Rosewood Ranch on Tuesday afternoon. Also pictured is ranch horse instructor Juan Bodine.
Great Bend Expo III arena will be filled with rodeo family fun in mid-October, all with no admission fee. The public can enjoy children's activities, face painting, Randy the Clown, concessions and three performances of drill-teams on horseback. It happens during the 9th Annual Rosewood Rodeo Oct. 12 at the Great Bend Expo III Arena, two miles west of 10th and Patton.
The Shafer Art Gallery, in conjunction with the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, will host an opening reception for its first ever national juried exhibit "Choreography of Cranes," from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The exhibit will also feature the work of the show's juror; renowned wildlife artist Peter Eades.
Barton Community College art students Leona Kasselman and Deb Clothier will have selections of their art in the Fine Arts Building display cases from now until December. The display cases are located in the lobby of the Fine Arts building.
Ashley Riley has her sights set on the horizon...the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award, specifically. Riley, a special education teacher at Eisenhower School, has been nominated for the prestigious award by her principal, Tricia Reiser. "Ashley is a valued member of our Eisenhower staff," Reiser said. "She has amazing rapport with her students and she is dynamic about meeting their academic and social needs. "She has enhanced our program and she plays an integral part on our special education and Eisenhower team," she said. The recognition is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Cable ...
A two-vehicle collision east of Hanston Thursday afternoon in Hodgeman County sent two people to the Jetmore hospital and closed K-156 from the U.S. 283 junction at Jetmore to the U.S. 183 junction in Pawnee County for a time.
Next Saturday's gathering in Great Bend to pray for world peace is open to everyone (see "Related Content," at right), but it celebrates an important anniversary for the Catholic church: The Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, Portugal.
There's no better way to learn a subject than to teach it. That was the takeaway lesson for students of Andrea Maxwell, who teaches anatomy and physiology at Great Bend High School. The teenagers wrote and illustrated books about major systems in the human body and shared them with Jefferson School first and second graders. "In order to teach the material you have to know the material thoroughly," noted Jaxx Hillman, sophomore.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free doughnuts, coffee, and juice. The free breakfast is being sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming grant opportunities. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties for charitable programs and projects. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
The best answer to a complicated question is often the most obvious. Take Ruthann Spare. Searching for a future career path in college, she spent summers working on the family farm in Ellinwood. Eventually, she realized that returning home and farming full time was exactly the lifestyle she was looking for.
Sunflower Early Education will hold a free developmental screening open to all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 8 a.m. to noon on July 13, at the Sunflower Early Education Center, 1312 Patton Road. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing, and vision. Children 6 months and older will be screened using a brand new electronic spot vision screener donated by the Lions Club.
Information to help consumers protect themselves from identity theft, scams and deceptive business practices will be offered next week at the Barton County Fair, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday July 9, at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
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 Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant for the Family Crisis Center's Domestic and Sexual Violence Center, the local recycling grant award and High Risk Rural Road sign replacement.
In 2013, the Barton County Commission approved partnering with the Family Crisis Center on an application for the Housing and Urban Development Emergency Solutions Grant. It was successful and provided much needed funding for the agency charged with helping families in times of dire distress.
The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The Ellinwood Garden Club is offering tickets for a drawing to win a quilt following the After Harvest Parade on July 18. The quilt is pieced of "Jinnny Beyer Rose Garden" fabric, machine quilted, and measuring 84" x 100". It will be on display in the window at 113 N. Main St., Ellinwood. The suggested donation for the tickets is $1. Contact June Stephens 620-564-2852, P.O. Box 155, Ellinwood, KS 67526, or Helen Urban 620-564-2540, or JoAnn Roth 620-564-2920.
Clara Barton Hospital Foundation's supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. "This annual benefit brings the community together every year," states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It's truly wonderful to see this type of support."
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita office has opened an investigation into the report of an oil field worker's death. Travis Underwood, 30 of Great Bend, was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, who was performing oil field re-work at an existing oil well site north of Great Bend.