ST. JOHN - St. John-Hudson Superintendent James Kenworthy has cast a consolidation line out to two neighboring Stafford County school districts, but the strategy has yielded no "bites" yet. St. John's recent school board minutes indicated Kenworthy would contact a neighboring district to explore the possibility of future consolidation.
STAFFORD - The Stafford County Commissioners met March 14 for a regular meeting at the Stafford County Courthouse. The following are unapproved minutes.
PAWNEE COUNTY - A female suspect will face a variety of traffic charges after she was treated and released for injuries sustained after a high-speed chase that covered 40 miles and crossed four counties Sunday morning.
STAFFORD - The Stafford County clerk has finalized the ballot for the April 5 general election. Polling places are the St. John I.O.F. Lodge, the Stafford Senior Center and the Macksville Christian Church.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson USD 350 board of education met March 7. The following are unapproved minutes.
Terri Hurley's last day as public relations director at the Great Bend Public Library will be March 31. After 34-years of service to the library and the community Terri is retiring.
March 31 will be Terri Hurley's last day as public relations director at the Great Bend Public Library. After 34 years of service to the library and the community, she is retiring.
Grant applications for the final round of funding for the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative are now available. This initiative is part of the Kansas Health Foundation's "change something" campaign and focuses on improving the health of residents of Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties through better nutrition and increased physical activity.
Ever since Great Bend native Jeff Sallee played drums in the Argonne Rebels Bugle Corps more than 30 years ago, he's been captivated by the percussion sound.
Three artists who are ceramics students of Barton Community College art instructor Bill Forst are exhibiting their works in the display cases located outside the Shafer Gallery in the college's Fine Arts Building.
Kansas Highway Patrol reports three people died Wednesday following a head-on collision at 1:55 a.m., five miles east of Wilson on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County.
Boy Scout Pack 149, sponsored by the Trinity United Methodist Church in Great Bend, recently held its Pinewood Derby Race. The top three were, from left: Devin Brown, third place; Ross Phillips, first place; and Austin Moore, second place. Moore was also the Best of Show winner.
TLC Preschool celebrates "Going Green!" in this photo taken on St. Patrick's Day. Cathy LaTourell, school director, and Ron Ensle, Trinity Lutheran Church custodian, are pictured with the children of TLC Preschool. "We are turning off lights, turning thermostats, and helping our friend Ron," LaTourell said. "We have a new green recycling trash container in our classroom." Kids are also selling Jack Links Beef Sticks as a fundraiser for the church's utilities. For information call LaTourell, 620-562-0563.
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.
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, Rep. for District 110 in the Kansas House; Margaret Gabelmann and state Silver Hair Legislature representatives from the area as well as Ellis Mayor Lyle Johnston.
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.
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.