In honor of Black History Month, children's author Angela Bates will offer a look at the historical African American settlement town of Nicodemus, circa 1877. Her presentation, "The History of Nicodemus Through the Eyes of a Child," will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Barton Community College Learning Resource Center, with refreshments to follow.
Visiting Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo may be good for your health – physical and mental.
Twenty young men from the Great Bend High School KAYS attended a leadership conference on Monday, Feb 4, at Hoisington. Members of the KAY club learn leadership skills and perform service for their school, community, nation and world. At the conference, the members decorated valentine boxes and gathered items such as crossword puzzle books, magazines and other treats for senior citizens. Shown in the picture are KAY members delivering some of their donations to residents of Cherry Village. The club is sponsored by Tina Hiss. Students pictured are, from left: Ryan Clark, Dallas Schmeidler, Aaron Sanko, Bryce Beck, Greg Burley ...
Brandon Pryce received the rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka. Pryce had held positions in the troop as historian and senior patrol leader. He is also involved in the Order of the Arrow, which is an elite group of young men and adult men, where he has earned the Ordeal and Brotherhood and is the Order of the Arrow Representative. His grandfather, Jack Messick, accepted the Father's Pin in memory of Pryce's father, Floyd Duane Pryce, in recognition of the wisdom and guidance given to him by his father ...
On Saturday, Jan. 26, a long time Scout leader from Great Bend, Kenton Abbott, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award at the 2013 Council Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting in Wichita. The award is the highest designation a registered adult leader can receive. Abbott began serving in 1999 and in 2013, became the Kanza District Commissioner of the Quivira Council. All three of Abbott's sons have been active in scouting. Both Michael and Luke acheived the rank of Eagle Scout, and son Daniel is now a Weeblo Scout in Pack 184, which Abbott leads.
Jerry Wendel presents an award for 25 years of service to Rosy Tomlin, director of the Great Bend Senior Center, Saturday, Feb. 2, which was also her birthday. The Senior Center, located at 2005 Kansas Ave., started Dec. 15, 1987, and Tomlin started working there on Feb. 2, 1988. The well attended gathering also celebrated years of service for other employees and volunteers at the center.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Cardinals fans usually wear red, but a group hoping to raise awareness about autism has announced a "Blue Out" for Feb. 15. The Kanye Cross Autism Awareness Project and the Cardinals are selling blue T-shirts for people to wear that night at the home basketball game with Hutchinson Trinity.
Get ready, 'cause here they come. The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present Masters of Motown as its fourth concert of the 2012-13 season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1209 Williams. On the agenda is a presentation by Barton Community College Trustee Mike Johnson and President Carl Heilman, a Convention Center update, a public hearing on creating a Community Improvement District for Golden Belt Cinema 6, an ordinance exempting certain the Fuller Industries property from ad valorem taxation, township fire contracts and an economic development report from Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Moday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the recognition of numerous county employees, a grant to enhance the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook a Health Advisory Board appointment and a renewal of the county's membership in the Kansas Association of Counties.
There are still a few openings for the Kansas Wetland Education Center's Feb. 2 winter kid's program, "Wild About Wetlands". Designed for children ages 6 through 12, the program runs from 10-11 a.m. at no charge.
HOISINGTON - Repair of the bridge over Blood Creek drainage located two miles northwest of Hoisington on U.S. 281 will start next week, Kansas Department of Transportation reports.
The Great Bend High School Forensics team traveled to the Kingman Invitational Forensics tournament on Jan. 26th. Four members competed in two events in the first tournament of the season, which consisted of (freshman) Clara Kachanes, (sophomore) Sarah Keller, (senior) Chase Pumford, and (sophomore) Kameko Schultz. All three students that competed in Humorous Solo Acting, qualified to finals. Placing 1st was Chase Pumford, placing 5th was Sarah Keller, and placing 6th was Kameko Schultz. Pumford qualified to State Championship in this event with straight one's throughout the day and also perfect quality points in finals. He also competed in ...
The Barton County Sheriff's Office handled injury accidents Saturday afternoon and early Sunday.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...
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.
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.
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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.