Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."
The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club and the Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor square dance lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting on Friday and running through March 9 at the Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street, west end of City Auditorium. There will be no session on Jan. 18 so the dancers can attend the Annual Snow Ball Festival in Hays.
"Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars", a reading and discussion series led by Leo Oliva, PhD, will begin from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.13 at the Kinsley Library. There is still time to sign up for this once-a-month series featuring visits to Fort Larned, Fort Dodge and Fort Hays in February, March, and April, respectively. Dr, Oliva will facilitate group discussions over readings. There will be guided tours of the forts, and interpretive presentations. Participants are asked to plan on attending the whole series if possible. At the first meeting a $10 registration fee which will be ...
The Great Bend High School Debate Team traveled to Wichita East high school and competed at the Sunflower Novice State Championship Tournament on Jan. 4-5. Two teams from the squad qualified to State and competed against 123 teams. GBHS teams competed in the 10th-12th grade division. The sophomore team of Jordan Otten and Kameko Schultz barely missed qualifying into the elimination rounds by a couple of quality points, but they tied with the other schools in the elimination brackets on win-loss records. "Being able to argue with people as a sport and almost qualifying to elimination rounds is a big ...
The Seventh-day Adventist congregation is celebrating the grand opening of its newly constructed sanctuary located at the corner of 10th Street and SW 30th Ave. (one mile west of 10th and Patton Road) this Saturday, Jan. 5. The service will begin with Bible study hour at 9:15 a.m. and the consecration service at 11. There will be a baptism at 2 p.m., followed at 3 by a short open house and musical concert. Representatives from the Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Topeka will be represented as Elder John Sweigart, vice president for administration, will present the ...
American Legion Auxiliary is having an After-Holiday Snowman Tea from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., Great Bend. There will be finger foods and desserts, and those attending are welcome to bring a favorite treat.
First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St., Great Bend, is starting a divorce care support group. Meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Jan. 15. For more information call the church, 620-793-8444.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo received eight new animals in 2012, not counting rehabilitation birds. The year-end report from Zoo Director Scott Gregory also notes that three agoutis were born at the zoo. An agouti is a burrowing rodent.
The Grinch gets his nose pinched by Evelyn Essmiller at the Food Bank of Barton County on Friday afternoon, while he places a furry hand atop the head of Bob Essmiller. The husband-and-wife Food Bank Board co-chairs and the Grinch are joined by Food Bank manager Jenny Gordy. In true Grinch fashion, the green guy delivered more than 100 food items in trash bags. The food was donated by Rosewood Services employees who conducted a food drive this month. Starring as the Grinch was Rosewood employee Ric Loiland.
Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...
According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.
Jill Doerfler, M.D., has seen up close and personal what can happen during a bicycle or motorcycle accident. She has treated people who have been injured and acknowledged that she has been "pretty banged up" herself.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Brookdale of Great Bend (Sterling House of Great Bend), 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.
Being chosen to be the class valedictorian will carry more meaning at Hoisington High School in the coming year, thanks to clarifications made to the honor at a special meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education Wednesday, June 17 at the central office.