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USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include the R.O.S.E. Award; approval of FY 2015 Carl D. Perkins Reserve Grant; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and teacher resignation. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Estate planning workshop

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.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


How about those hawks?

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 ...

January 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

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.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Kansas Day lecture

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.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Stafford County Spelling Bee scheduled Wednesday

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.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 27

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.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


​HHS basketball team raising funds with Soup Supper

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.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified accepting auction items for Charity Gala

Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Prairie Land Food now available to order

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.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Sen. Moran now accepting applications for summer internships

Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

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.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Dr. Watts impressed with health-care legacy at St. Rose

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.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Personnel on BCC agenda

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.

January 20, 2015 | | Local News


BCC Library to host History Snapshot

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.

January 20, 2015 | | Local News


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Movies with a Message Canceled due to weather

The Heartland Center for Spirituality show the movie "October Sky," originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled due to weather.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Evangelist Hinkle to speak Sunday

The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking Sunday, March 1 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Seventh-day Adventist school to present musical

The Students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present the musical "Don't Rock the Art" on Saturday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend the program at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. at the church, or at 2 p.m. at Sterling House.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


​Library programs include how to ‘upcycle’ VHS cases

The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Sheriff's Office to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund applications now being accepted

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. Rose Foundation, the fund will continue a vision of helping local people.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


​Silver Cougar Club to offer second part of Google Drive class

Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a continuation course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Kiwanis selling pancake tickets

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis club are selling tickets to next week's Pancake Feed. The 57th annual pancake and sausage dinner will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Expo I building west of Great Bend. Tickets are $4 and will also be available at the door. Proceeds allow the Kiwanis to sponsor many of the activities for youth and needs of many individuals in the Great Bend area.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


​Shafer Gallery program rescheduled

Due to the potential for winter weather, the demonstration by and reception for Joel T Dugan in the Shafer Art Gallery scheduled for Feb. 27 has been postponed until March 6. The new times for the portrait paintings demonstration are 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 6. The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 6. Dugan will be explaining the story he is telling in the cycle of narrative images and also the symbolism to be found there.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Assembly of God, 601 South Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Matt Aycock with greeters Terry Lewis, Shawn Panzer and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Speech Team qualifies four more to state

At the Greensburg Speech Tournament on Saturday, six students competed and seven events placed. Carter Sheffield qualified all three of his events to state again of by placing 1st in Serious Solo Acting, 1st in Poetry Reading Interpretation and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Municipal Court - Feb. 19

Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Companions recognized for service to elderly

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.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


State Kansas Music Educators Honor Band

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 ...

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


BCARSP meeting

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.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


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