USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include: Administrators David Reiser and Kathy Hafner will provided a status report regarding the addition of 7th grade athletics and new sports at Great Bend Middle School; Riley School HVAC project; approval of Site Council Members; update on Mentor Program; Assessment Performance Index data report; project updates on gym construction and parking lot north of Great Bend High School; and approval of Grant Award and Memorial Contributions.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2013-14 season with Exile, famed as the 1960s rock band that gained greater popularity with its country hits in the 1980s. Reunited after two decades apart, J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman look back on a career arc that embraces 11 No. 1 country and pop hits, two gold albums and thousands of fans.
Connie Ruble is playing it safe.
Shafer Art Gallery Director David Barnes (from left) and Barton Community College Foundation Director Darnell Holopirek pose with Joe Unrein and his mother Barbara Unrein Wednesday morning at Barbara's home in Great Bend. The Unreins donated a valuable Birger Sandzén painting to be added as part of the permanent collection at Barton's Shafer Art Gallery. Barbara has served on the gallery's advisory board and has been an active member of the local art community in Great Bend via Art Inc.
Birds carved by Great Bend artist Robert Button fill a display case at the Great Bend Public Library. Examples of works by Button and other members of the Golden Belt Wood Carvers' Club can be seen at the library this week during regular hours. Guests are also welcome to visit the wood carvers, who meet from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, unless it's a holiday, at the Great Bend Senior Center
The Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired will hold its annual Craft and Food Sale on the last weekend of September. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28, at the Dominican Sisters Convent auditorium, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Easy access is on the north side of the Convent off 17th St.
Since Brandi Demel, R.N., knows that studies indicate Tai Chi is an excellent resource for addressing physical and cognitive concerns, she is sharing her expertise with Sunflower Diversified Services clients.
Organizers of a recent series of classes for cancer survivors listened to local feedback and added to the list of topics for the next series.
Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City invites married, engaged, dating and single individuals to attend a free marriage or relationship education workshop for tips and tools to enrich existing or future romantic relationships.
Guest speaker Lora Jones from Liberal returns to Great Bend on Saturday, Sept. 14, when she will speak at the Aglow meeting at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begins at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9:30.
The Central Kansas Missions Conference will be hosted by Faith Community Church, Friday and Saturday, Pastor Sandy Kennedy announced. The public is invited to attend tonight's evening service at 7:30, and Saturday sessions at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend.
In an effort to encourage employment over welfare dependency, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced Wednesday, that it will allow a federal waiver to expire. The waiver currently allows adults, ages 18 to 49, who are capable of working but who are not employed and who do not have dependent children to receive food assistance. Those individuals currently benefitting from the waiver will be required to meet a minimum work requirement or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program.
Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.
Traffic stops after a Pontiac Bonneville SE and Ford F-150 truck collide at Broadway and Harrison, around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. There was also a collision at the intersection Friday afternoon. The intersection was once a regular spot for traffic accidents, before the city removed part of the center island and added a left-turn lane on the east side of Broadway in 2011. Now collisions are not a regular event at Broadway and Harrison.
About 300 auction-goers decked out in "Denim and Diamonds" came together to raise money for Barton Community College scholarships and program enhancements at the Barton Foundation's 35th annual Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 24.
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.
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.