The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, featuring the work of Barton students in a juried exhibit and will include refreshments, a juror's talk and an awards ceremony.
During a recent April meeting, Great Bend Garden Club members made several decisions which will honor memorials given to the Great Bend Cemetery Rose Garden, enhance its beauty and ready the garden for the spring and summer seasons.
To commemorate its 15th anniversary next month and to help raise funds for its non-profit foundation, Rosewood Services is bringing the world's largest big-top circus to Great Bend on May 16. The Carson & Barnes Circus will host two shows – one at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m., at the Great Bend Expo Complex.
McPHERSON - The Christian Howes Jazz Trio will appear at the McPherson Opera House at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27. A portion of the program will include the McPherson High School Orchestra, with whom Howes will have worked in a two-day series of workshops.
It was a great showing at regional competition and an even better one at state.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes approval of Resource Management Inc, a waste tire processing company, continued membership in the National Association of Counties and a proclamation on National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Winners of this year's Great Bend Recreation Commission Snow Sculpture Contest have been chosen. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick said first place goes to the John Kaba family, who submitted three sculptures: A green faced "Chihuahua Eater," polar bear and cub, and a dragon. They win a $25 gift card donated by Walmart. Second place goes to Maci and Ashley Reifschneider, who win a $15 gift card.
Both current and future Barton County children diagnosed with cancer will benefit from the fifth annual Spring Kans for Kids Golf Tournament to be held Friday, May 10, at The Club at StoneRidge in Great Bend. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The four-person team fee includes a cart and meal. A raffle and auction will be held following golf.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda will include discussion on Tier II Reporting Facilities in Barton County, a review of the Barton County Household Hazardous Waste program, an LEPC by-laws update and reports from members.
By Jim Misunas
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
The Great Bend High School Forensics Team competed at the Jetmore Invitational Tournament on Saturday, April 13th. The team had nine individual placings like they did at the last tournament they competed in earlier in the week, on Monday, April 8th. The team also qualified three new events to the State Championship tournament giving them a total of 16 events which is a full entry. Every team member broke into finals in at least one event, which consisted of Nathaniel Cheney, Kenna Dirks, Michael Gieck, Mallorie McNett, Jesus Sandoval, Kameko Schultz, and Kane Schumacher. Cheney and Schumacher broke into finals ...
Kick off spring gardening with a workshop about making your own faux stone pots for succulents. The first in a year-long series of hands-on exploration workshops is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. Carolyn Bigham and Doris Johnson will help participants explore some of the possibilities for creating custom garden pots using a mix of concrete, vermiculite and plaster. Objects can be cast in a rough mold and then further embellished with carving before the mixture hardens completely. Students can try their hand at carving on a small ...
On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, the Stone Church in Luray will be transformed into a huge railway system of blue-track Thomas trains just waiting for young engineers and playful adults. Besides the trains and yards and yards of track, there will be concessions available from the trackside depot. The playday runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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.
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 ...
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.
Antique and collectibles appraisers to be in Ellinwood
I am sure that a lot of you have read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and know Hedwig, the Snowy Owl that also appeared in the movies. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie about the Snowy Owl, I would encourage you to read and go see it to immerse yourself in a beautiful presentation of a beautiful bird. If you opt out of that, I would suggest that you might spend some time at the Cheyenne Bottoms and see the real deal. We have had one of these beauties in Pool 4 for ...
Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.
The field of information technology (IT) is ever-changing. The only way to stay on the cutting-edge is to deliberately sprint ahead of the curve, ready to learn about the latest and greatest developments. Barton Community College's Networking Specialist Instructor Kris Schneider is well aware of the need to innovate and is continuously finding ways to do so in the classroom.
The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.
One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.
by JIM MISUNAS
The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.
At the Medicine Lodge Speech Tournament on Feb. 12, the Great Bend High School Speech Team qualified three more events to state. Becca Kay qualified to state in Original Oration by placing 2nd in the event. Hadley Murphy qualified in both Original Oration and Serious Solo Acting by placing 1st in both of the events. Sara Allen placed 6th in Original Oration and Becca Kay placed 5th Serious Solo Acting. "The team only brought four students and still placed 4th overall in sweepstakes out of 13 schools which is very impressive." stated GBHS speech coach Barbara Watson.
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year's Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.
Two local siblings wanted to donate their dad's memorial fund to a place that would do the most good for families trying to do the best for their terminally ill loved ones. They found such a place at Almost Home Inc., 1919 Van Buren.