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: approval of 2012-2013 business audit; trip proposal for the GBHS Dance Line; 2014-2015 fundraiser requests; Technology Committee update; Riley Elementary School HVAC and GBMS gym construction updates; and approval of two grant applications from Eisenhower School and Jefferson School.
Sterling College is welcoming back new and old acquaintances on Saturday, Jan. 25, for Robert Burns Night. Recognizing the achievements of Robert Burns, Scottish poet and songwriter, this event will be one of many similar events held around the world on Jan. 25 to celebrate Burns's birthday. Tickets for the event, which includes a traditional Scottish meal, are available to the public for $18.
TOPEKA – Driver's education permits are speeding up starting April 1, when the Kansas Department of Revenue will shift to an online application portal.
The Great Bend High School Madrigals are selling chili supper tickets for homecoming night on Friday, Jan. 17. The supper will be at Park School. The $6 tickets are available from Madrigal members or by texting 620-792-5374.
The local National Alliance on Mental Illness will meet from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Great Bend Regional Hospital cafeteria. Larned State Hospital Program Consultant Sean Murray will speak on trauma-centered care. He works with both staff and patients at LSH. For more information on this meeting or NAMI, call 620-617-1690.
Great Bend Regional Hospital and Barton County welcomed the first baby of 2014 on Jan. 3. Raegan Denae Alefs was born at 3:44 p.m. She weighed 5 pounds 1 oz. Her parents, Ashley and Ryan Alefs, were surprised as she was about three weeks early. Ashley is a RN at GBRH and had actually worked the few days before the birth. If she continues in her mothers footsteps, she will be a fourth generation nurse in the family.
HUTCHINSON - The hourglass was ticking on Jason Friesen's fleeting life when his two guardian angels arrived.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced the nomination of Senator Jay Emler to the Kansas Corporation Commission.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main St., to assist veterans and their families in applying for Veterans Administration 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.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a Great Bend High School Student Council service project, a resolution supporting housing tax credits, an amendment to the Blizzard Energy lease and an essential air service recommendation.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a new printer for the Register of Deeds Office, official depositories for county funds and renewal of memberships in statewide organizations.
Starting Monday, the Great Bend driver licensing office will be open five days a week.
Barton County and most of Kansas will encounter potentially dangerous wind chills between 10 below and 15 below late Sunday night and early Monday morning. A wind chill advisory may likely be required.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its New Year sessions of exercise classes. The following classes start next week and will be held at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and will run through the end of January.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Reza the Illusionist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theater. The program is a benefit for Star of Hope and for Great Bend Community Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for students; children under 5 will be admitted free.
Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold their annual Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Current students attending CKCA are invited to check out their school projects, have refreshments and join in fellowship. Prospective students and their families, along with families interested in the school, are welcome to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the classrooms, sign up for Kindergarten screenings, meet the teachers and learn about the school curriculum. CKCA is independent of any local church. For more information call the school office at 792-3477.
The Great Bend High School Kayette's annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the high school auditorium. The evening features eight of the high schools finest senior boys competing in various pageant categories to help raise money for Mrs. Annetta Schaub, who is battling cancer for the second time. Seniors competing include Jayce Brack, Grant Harris, Walter Helms, Adam Jacobs, Josh Moran, Branden Paden, Blake Sullivan, and Ty Yager. Tickets are $3 for general admission and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds to benefit Mrs. Schaub.
A Great Bend Police Department patrol officer was placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Saturday on a domestic battery charge.
Vicki L. Batt, open container, trail April 16
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Amy Habiger and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Kansas Supreme Court announced the three cases it will hear April 13 at Fort Hays State University, its next destination in ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.
Law enforcement officers work the scene of a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon 5 miles west of Great Bend at U.S. 56 and SW 50 Ave. Kansas Highway Patrol reports this was a non-injury accident.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Live From Nashville," a country music song-and-dance spectacular from Nashville-based Matt Davenport Productions. Tracing the history of country music from its roots to its sold-out stadiums of today, this production represents a century of celebrities and songs – and the tradition that gave Music City its name.
The current strategic plan for Barton Community College is scheduled for renewal and development and to be in place for fiscal years 2016-2021. The first phase of strategic planning is underway and involves the establishment of a strategic planning framework that will be considered at the next BCC Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
WICHITA - Barton County is included in a red flag warning for extreme grassland fire danger until 7 p.m. Tuesday, issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield. Items on the agenda include the 2015-2016 school calendar; a resolution maintaining BOE member elections in April; and licensed teacher retirements, resignations and personnel appointment. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Tricia Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Eisenhower.