It won't be snowing today, but the Kansas Department of Transportation's 511 Traveler Information Map (511.ksdot.org) may look like a blizzard is covering the state.
WILSON - Several thousand people attended the 51st annual Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival Saturday.
Otis library meeting Monday
Unified School District 428 now has a presence on Facebook.
The Kansas Department of Transportation is scheduled to start an asphalt sealing project on the surface of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The project location is from the intersection with K-4 Highway approximately four miles west of Hoisington north to the Barton/Russell County line.
By Jim Misunas
Students at the "Shake it Up Cafe" Vacation Bible School presented their collection for the Barton County Food Bank to Bob and Evelyn Essmiller on Friday. The VBS was held at First Congregational United Church of Christ and was jointly sponsored by their congregation as well as First United Methodist, King United Methodist and Trinity United Methodist.
In preparation for Holyrood's 125th Jubilee, July 21 to 23, Carol and Don Siemsen have spent months collecting and organizing memorabilia, pictures and histories for a Holyrood history display.
Barbara Stecklein began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas. She concentrated on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added charcoal and pastel.
The 2010-2011 Great Bend High School yearbooks have arrived, said GBHS journalism instructor Rachel Basden. The books can be picked up in room 100 at GBHS, 19th and Morton, at the following times:
Helping Hands Preschool, along with USD #428 - Great Bend, is looking for children to fill a limited number of openings still available in the 4-Year-old At-Risk program for the upcoming school year. This FREE program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education. Helping Hands Preschool - through USD #428, administers this program for children living in the Great Bend school district.
"Kansans Tell Their Stories," a traveling exhibition featuring Kansas community history, will be on display at the Flying Pig Studio & Gallery, 123 S. Main Street in Lucas, July 25 - September 2. The exhibition is part of a statewide tour presented by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce is the local host of the exhibition. The exhibition will also travel to Lansing and Kinsley.
Due to the triple digit heat, the joint Quivira Chapter / Cottonwood Chapter Santa Fe Trail Association tour of historic Rice County sites scheduled for Saturday, July 23 has been postponed. The tour will be rescheduled later in the year when the temperature cool down. Information will be published when a new date is set.
When Becky Mooney, LPN, was given the ball and asked to run with it, her goal line was a program that provides immunizations to eligible families at no cost. The result is participation in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program at St. Joseph Family Medicine (SJFM).
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.
It's been 33 years since an Ellinwood resident was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. On Monday, J. Basil Dannebohm took the oath of office as the third Ellinwood resident to serve in the Kansas Legislature.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
A record number of people participating in the Great Bend Cookie Contest resulted in $610 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County last Wednesday.
Leadership Golden Belt is now accepting grant applications to attend Kansas Leadership Center's "You. Lead. Now." and "Teaching Leadership" conferences, in Wichita. Interested parties may attend as an individual or with a group. Awarded grants will be used to cover the conference registration fee and $50 per diem lodging reimbursement with a two day maximum.
On Dec. 6, Relay for Life of Barton County's Team Hope held a Winter Wonderland Pageant at the Elk's Lodge in Great Bend. There were 25 girls and 1 boy competing from the Central Kansas Glamour Kids.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by A440 Music, 1207 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Brian Ewing with greeters Cindy Parr and Candice Moeder. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Gloria Hernandez's name is becoming synonymous with vegetarian cooking in Great Bend. After teaching classes at the Parent Resource Center and also the Great Bend Recreation Center she now is offering a one-day vegan vegetarian cooking class from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton in Great Bend.
The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, "God and Country."
Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month's performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association's first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will also be closed. The Landfill will only be open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
All are invited to attend the Soup Sampler Supper, sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the St. Patrick Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave. Several varieties of soup will be available. Cost is $7 per meal; children 6 years and under eat free. Raffle tickets will also be available.
The Knights of Columbus men's stag will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Columbus Club, 723 Main, Great Bend. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. with prime rib dinner served at 6:30.