Great Bend took five teams to compete at the Buhler Invitational Debate tournament and tied for 3rd in team sweepstakes out of 28 schools. There were 55 teams in both the Open and Novice divisions. Nate Cheney and Spencer Johnson had a 3-2 win loss record in the Novice Division. Alex Smith and Mickey McNett ended the day with a 2-3 win/loss record in the Open Division. Also in the Open Division Michael Gieck and Paige VanSteenburgh finished with a 3-2 record. Courtney Seever and Nathan Stoulil competed in open to finish with a 4/1 win/loss record ...
TIMKEN – The Timken Hill and the Timken Fire Department are teaming up for a hamburger feed fund raiser for cancer victim Jeanette Holopirek from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the restaurant, just off K-96 outside of Timken. There will be a free-will donation. For more information, contact Linda Hampton at 620-285-7455.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars announces that State Service Officer, Larry Rowlison from the Wichita VA office will be at the Great Bend Post 3111, 504 Washington, at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 to help veterans and families with V.A. claims.
Tickets are now available for purchase to the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner. The fund raiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Highland Hotel. Tickets are $50 each, the same price as when the fund raiser started in 1989.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will host their annual "Carve-n-Show" event on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Great Bend Senior Center, located at 2005 Kansas Street. The public is invited to attend from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Local wood carvers will be displaying completed wood carvings and will be working on projects in progress.
After learning that kindergarten teachers in Kansas reported that as many as half of their students enter school without the literacy skills needed to learn to read, the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) developed Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. (TAP-TAM) in 2004. TAP-TAM is an early literacv program that takes advantage of the trusted and consistent relationship between a child's physician and parents. In just seven years participating physicians have distributed over 200,000 new, developmentally appropriate books to Kansas kids 6 months through 5 years old.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Rocking M Radio, 5501 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Randy Bahe and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The recent Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church featured musicians from six different Great Bend Churches: Central Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church. The offering from this cooperative effort raised over $757. Ninety percent was donated to Barton County Emergency Aid, with 10 percent going to the Presbyterian Church Crisis Management program, which works along side Barton County Emergency Aid in providing Crisis Aid to those in need in Barton County.
At 2:24 p.m. Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received a request from Reno County to assist in pursuit of a white GMC Jimmy entering Barton County from Rice County. The units first responded to the southeast corner of Barton County, but the suspect vehicle was later seen in the northeast corner of the county. When the vehicle was seen in a tree line at 2:38 p.m. with the suspect on foot, the K-9 unit was requested. Kansas Highway Patrol and Wildlife and Parks also responded. The K-9 search ended unsuccessfully at 4:07 p ...
The Kansas Historical Society announced that Fort Hays State Historic Site will host "Graveside Conversations" at Fort Hays Cemetery on Oct. 29. Tours will be offered at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling Fort Hays at 785-625-6812 or by e-mailing the fort at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost of the tour is $3 per adult and $1 per child.
The seventh annual Fall Gospel Sings Concerts start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and continue on Saturday, Oct. 22, with live music from 1-9 p.m., all at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium, 245 NE 30 Road.
The Friends of the Library members have sorted books, videos, audio books and more for the annual Great Bend Public Library Book Sale. The sale for the public begins at noon Monday, running until 8:30 p.m., and continues Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 8th the Great Bend High School Debate team traveled to Hays for the Hays Arrowhead Invitational Debate Tournament.
RUSSELL – The monthly jam session/pot luck regularly held at the Deines Cultural Center will be held Sunday at 820 N. Main in Russell.
Associated Youth Services, headquartered in Wyandotte County, will host an open house at its Great Bend office to acquaint current and prospective foster care parents and child welfare professionals with their foster care program for at-risk youth in south-central Kansas.
Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.
Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: E. Haldeman-Julius: Controversial Publisher and Free-Thinker," a presentation by Dean of Library Services and Curator of Special Collections at Pittsburg State University Randy Roberts, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.
USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.
The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, and Georgia pecans will be available. For information call 620-791-7314.
HOLYROOD - Keeping in mind the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Central Plains Elementary School students in Holyrood were asked to bring their loose change to donate to the Kansas Food Bank to help fund the Food 4 Kids backpack program.
At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.