The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for the last Florida citrus for this season. Navel oranges, tangelos and pink grapefruit are available, as well as pecans.
Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
2014 has been a busy year at the library! Starting with the beginning of the year in January, the Kansas Photography Exhibit was held. In February, ESCL was honored as one of four runner-up finalists for the 2013 AWE, Inc. Literacy Success Awards. March was a busy month with a visit from author, Cynthia Kadohata, Chamber Coffee, and the popular Quilt Show. In April, the library hosted a Student Art Show and a special event featuring Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas. Closing out the school year in May, students showcased their talents at Forensics Night, and a Repurposed Book ...
A Veterans Service representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
It will be next year when you read this on Sunday, but I am writing it on New Years Eve to make the paper deadline. I have some "house cleaning", and musings to share with you.
Two-step dance lessons will be offered from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-27, at the Great Bend Activity Center. All participants must have a partner for this class. Lessons are open to anyone 18 and older. The entry fee is $11 per person.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory in effect for Barton County and south central Kansas from midnight Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a report from Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters, a letter of support for a SeaPort Airlines ticketing and baggage agreement and an a consultant agreement for FAA airport grants regarding a building a fire truck at Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes 2015 insurance rates, the Health Department's Gold Level Breastfeeding Employees Support Award from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and a renewal of membership for the Kansas Association of Counties.
Starting around Monday, Jan. 5, 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 4,000 feet east and west of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary of Blood Creek, located 2.9 miles northwest of the east US-281 junction with K-4 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend has been recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) for its participation in a three-year national Partnership for Patients initiative known as the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN).
Coronado Quivira Museum is seeking items for its next exhibit, Hometown Teams in Rice County, which is scheduled to open Feb. 8th. Balls, uniforms, trophies, banners, mascots, stories of rival teams, royalty dresses or suits, and sponsorship advertisements of games are needed. The sports which will be featured include football, baseball, basketball, swimming, volleyball and any other sport which generates enthusiasm among local residents. Since sports royalty will be included, photographs of past and current queens, princesses, and kings are especially needed. All loans will be returned at the close of the exhibit.
Great Bend Public Library's Marketing/Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King announced the following events for January.
BY JIM MISUNAS
Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club wanted to give the gift of warmth this holiday season. So the club, comprised of more than 30 members from Rosewood Services, conducted a nearly month-long blanket drive. They concluded the drive last Tuesday afternoon by donating approximately 20 blankets and quilts to Great Bend's Family Crisis Center.
An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.
If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...
One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.
Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.
STAFFORD - Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford's south gym.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.
Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.
Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
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.