The renewal of contracts for 2011-12 will be on the agenda when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building on campus.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Historical Society, 85 S. Highway 281, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Karmi Green with greeters Jan Westfall and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
State tourism officials and other Kansas travel enthusiasts (a.k.a "roadies") will travel the state this summer in a "driving billboard" to promote Kansas tourism as part of the recently announced Faces and Places Tour. The tour's goal is to foster tourism in Kansas through social media, promote Kansas as a desirable destination and increase tourism expenditures. The announcement was made in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week.
On Friday, the second-annual Kansas Freedom Ride will be held across Kansas. The annual event is intended to recognize Armed Forces Day and honor those who serve whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve for their service and defending our freedom.
HUDSON - Unfortunately, it's back to square one for Brenda and Ken Grabast.
In 1894, Birger Sandzén arrived at Bethany College in Lindsborg to teach languages and assist in the art and vocal music departments. He remained at Bethany for the remainder of his career, becoming the principal art instructor in 1899 and retiring in 1946. Throughout this period, and after he retired as Professor Emeritus, he was a prolific painter and print maker until his death in 1954.
Four live bands will perform at the End Of School Year Bash, Friday evening at CrossPoint Church, 2100 Broadway Ave.
For those with wounded hearts who struggle with doubt and fear, hope will be offered at 7 p.m. on Wednesday nights, beginning May 18 at Healing Hearts Ranch, 115 SE Ave. in Great Bend.
AmeriCorps members through Catholic Social Services are sponsoring a course to help people in need learn how to be smart with their money and credit score. The Class will be offered free of charge from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Catholic Social Services, 2201 16th St. in Great Bend.
Most people plan their week's projects, vacations and dinner, but very few spend adequate time asking themselves "What's next?" Avoiding or ignoring that question can decimate a lifetime of asset accumulation.
Some heated discussion took place at Monday night's meeting of the Central Plains USD 112 board of education regarding the replacement of bleachers at the Claflin Junior-Senior High School football field.
Barton Community College is accepting enrollments now for its summer workshops in Quickbooks (introduction), Skype, Dreamweaver, Word, Excel, Photoshop (digital composition), Photoshop (photo retouching) and Photoshop (digital painting). To enroll contact Janet Kirmer, 620-792-9294 or 1-866-813-2460.
There is an e-mail circulating offering the chance to purchase advertising on a Great Bend High School football poster. However, said Unified School District 428 Superintendent Tom Vernon, it has nothing to do with the school system.
The Beautification Committee's project of beautifying Main Street is once again in full swing. Thirteen large pots have been planted on the corners of Main and silk flowers have been placed in the arches at Jack Kilby Square. Smaller cement pots are currently being planted in front of downtown businesses. Donations to help with the costs of pots, soil and plants can be made to the Beautification Committee sent to June Hillman at 3216 Broadway in Great Bend.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office will mail out the 2011 Personal Property Valuation Notices on Friday. Once a property owner receives their valuation notice, it is suggested that they review the notice for accuracy of property information.
Great Bend's Allen Winder coordinated Meadowlark Lemon's interviews for the ESPN 30-for-30 Short (about 12 minutes) that premiered Thursday entitled "From Harlem with Love."
It is not at all uncommon for a Sunflower Diversified Services client to reach a new milestone. But Thelma Northcutt has hit the trifecta in recent weeks, taking personal growth to the next level.
Danny Riggs presents a $700 check to Donita Wolf, director of St. Rose's Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, while Lori Grauer, left, and Annette Schremmer look on. The three joining Wolf represent the Bikers of Central Kansas, who raised money for GBHH&H at their recent Chili Challenge.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from May 5 through June 30. It will meet each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin. Entrance is on Lincoln Ave.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Hereford Women Board of Directors recently elected Hereford enthusiast Michelle Beran of Great Bend to its board representing the northwest quadrant of the United State. The quadrant includes Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a thunderstorm watch for Barton County and north central and western Kansas at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. The watch includes the following counties until 11 p.m. Wednesday - Barton, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Scott, Sheridan, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wichita.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has launched a new online storm report form for storm spotters and the general public to use.
Steve Elmore, early childhood music teacher from Wichita Collegiate School, will offer a presentation about his travels through Kansas. The presentation, "Kansas Like You've Never Seen It," conveys information about interesting or unusual Kansas sites. The sites are little known to most tourists.
Barton Community College music student and opera specialist Jessica Perez will present a special recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building.
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a Regional Mitigation Plan Kickoff Meeting at 1 p.m. on April 25, in the Stafford County Annex Building, 201 E. 3rd St., St. John. Entities, including school districts, municipalities, special districts, and certain non-profits, within Barton County have been invited to attend the meeting. Interested individuals are also invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the plan and the planning process.
The CPI Barton County Endowment was established in 2009 through the Golden Belt Community Foundation when CUNA Mutual Group acquired CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) and made a generous donation establishing the corporate grantmaking fund. Since then the fund has grown and CPI employees have begun reviewing projects that will benefit Barton County. Earlier this year CUNA Mutual Group announced the rebranding and newly targeted focus for CPI, which included a new name: CPI is now known as CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions.
Children at Tiffany's Day Care in the 900 block of Williams enjoy an early Easter visit from the Eastern Bunny. The business is operated by Tiffany Nily.
Several runners and walkers came out for the first Roger Berger Memorial 5K, April 12 at the Barton Lake Trails.
Sunflower Diversified Services will hold its first bowling tournament at 6:30 p.m. on May 13 at Walnut Bowl.