Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is an annual celebration where children, families, schools and communities turn off screens and turn on life. This year it is set for this Monday through Sunday.
Barton Community College's Community Student Organization donated almost $100 cash and various donations they collected on campus including food, blankets, litter and other animal care essentials to the Golden Belt Humane Society. Co-sponsor Shanna Legleiter said the group decided to host this "mini-drive" because several members of the group are animal lovers. "I think animals really just pull on our heart strings," she said. Pictured are, from left: Barton students Kathleen Duncan, Devan Boeger, Jordan Bangert and co-sponsors Legleiter and Kathy Boeger, with resident great dane "Chopper" at the Golden Belt Humane Society on Thursday afternoon.
Barton Community College Art Instructor Steve Dudek has been accepted into the National Watercolor USA 2012 Art Exhibition. The exhibit will be displayed June 9 through August 5 at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Mo.
A recent radiothon for Kans for Kids Fighting Center Foundation Inc. has netted over $39,000, a record for the non-profit organization's 18-year history, directors Duane and Debbie Reif, Hoisington, report.
Jim Curry, who resembles John Denver in voice and appearance, will perform "Take Me Home: A John Denver Tribute" for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's final concert of the 2011-12 season. The show is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 30, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Ellinwood native Trent Green's robust tenor voice has taken him all the way to Spoleto, Italy, where he performed with opera greats Luciano Pavarotti, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, and composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Saturday evening, his voice will bring him home to sing during the Jack Kilby Sculpture Lighting Ceremony, scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Great Bend.
Cattle in pens at Mid-America Feeders mill around as smoke rises from approximately 120 round hay bales that caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported about 1:18 p.m. and after battling the blaze for awhile, MAF and Great Bend Fire Department officials decided it was best to just let the fire burn itself out. Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said this was the third time this month that hay ignited at the feedlot. In each case the cause was spontaneous combustion. Firefighters were at the scene for about three hours to ensure the fire did not ...
Young people from Barton County turned used objects into works of art for the Recycling Rocks!!! contest at the Barton County Arts Center, located at 1401 Main in Great Bend. The entries can be seen there weekday afternoons, through the end of the month.
For the second consecutive year, Sunflower Diversified Services is branching out into the community to raise funds for the July 4 fireworks display at the Great Bend Expo grounds.
Nationally acclaimed youth speaker Mark Brown will present an anti-bullying talk to fifth and sixth graders in Great Bend on Tuesday. Brown is scheduled to speak at 1:45 p.m. at Holy Family School. Fifth and sixth graders from Lincoln Elementary School will also attend the program at HFS, said Kim Griffith with Great American Opportunities.
The largest group of Future Business Leaders of America from Great Bend High School ever to make it to national competition just grew by two more students.
Donna Krug of K-State Research & Extension-Barton County will share her dietary expertise at a free evening diabetes class sponsored by St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, said St. Rose Diabetes Educator Gloria Siefkes, R.N.
Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear
Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.
Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting. Treasurer Lenny Gales will accept dues of $20 from those who have not paid.
Antique and collectibles appraisers to be in Ellinwood
I am sure that a lot of you have read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and know Hedwig, the Snowy Owl that also appeared in the movies. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie about the Snowy Owl, I would encourage you to read and go see it to immerse yourself in a beautiful presentation of a beautiful bird. If you opt out of that, I would suggest that you might spend some time at the Cheyenne Bottoms and see the real deal. We have had one of these beauties in Pool 4 for ...
Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.
The field of information technology (IT) is ever-changing. The only way to stay on the cutting-edge is to deliberately sprint ahead of the curve, ready to learn about the latest and greatest developments. Barton Community College's Networking Specialist Instructor Kris Schneider is well aware of the need to innovate and is continuously finding ways to do so in the classroom.
The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.
One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.
by JIM MISUNAS
The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.
At the Medicine Lodge Speech Tournament on Feb. 12, the Great Bend High School Speech Team qualified three more events to state. Becca Kay qualified to state in Original Oration by placing 2nd in the event. Hadley Murphy qualified in both Original Oration and Serious Solo Acting by placing 1st in both of the events. Sara Allen placed 6th in Original Oration and Becca Kay placed 5th Serious Solo Acting. "The team only brought four students and still placed 4th overall in sweepstakes out of 13 schools which is very impressive." stated GBHS speech coach Barbara Watson.