People took advantage of this week's warmer weather by spending time at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
When members of the Central Kansas Partnership held a meeting with a potluck meal, the samples of hearty soups and sweet snacks were abundant. Afterward, Partnership member Janel Rose from the Barton County Health Department fielded requests for the sharing of some recipes, starting with her own recipe for Taco Soup.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles updating Barton County government projects for 2011.)
From typewriters and carbon paper to prescriptions ordered on iPads, Mary Klinge has seen it all. But St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will have to continue with its electronic-health-records advancements without her.
George O. Martin Jr., Ellinwood, reads selections of poetry from his newest book, Thursday at the Barton County Arts Center. Martin also signed copies of the book, "Lovers' Moon," which is available at the Arts Center.
Barton County and the Byway Steering Committee have established aWetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway Fund at the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
Wilson State Park will be taking campsite reservations for the 2012 camping season beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Reservations will be for the following areas only: Big Bluestem #26-40, Goldenrod 1-8 and Lovegrass Group Camp.
Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP), for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. The course begins Jan. 5 and will be held every Thursday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Francis Community Services, 1508 Main Street, Great Bend.
Their sweaters were ugly enough to be funny, but the job at hand was serious when members of the Barton County Young Professionals group met on Dec. 13. This price of admission to their second annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party was a donation to the Barton County Food Bank, YP chair Kristy Straub said.
American State Bank believes Christmas is a time for sharing. So, the bank sponsored its seventh-annual Mitten Tree event.
PRATT – The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the Pratt Invitational Debate Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 10. They had one team place individually and the squad as a whole placed in the top three overall in sweepstakes out of 15 schools.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing Clark Rusco as the Kansas County Engineer of the Year, an update on the county's social media efforts and the replacement of the sand dredge.
Barton County 4-H members competing at the State Archery competition in Topeka were Robert Frizell, AJ Moshier, Colton McPherson and Alivia Bautista. In Olympic division, Robert Frizell placed 7th in 3D, 10th in FITA and 7th overall. In the Bowhunter competition, AJ Moshier placed 10th in FITA, 11th in 3D and 10th overall. Alivia Bautista and Colton McPherson were competitors in the junior division of Bowhunter placing 48th and 74th respectively.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Cindy Parr and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Ellinwood High School Vocal Music Department presented "Bye Bye Birdie" for their annual fall musical on Nov. 14 and 15, in the EHS Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m..
Lone Wolf Reasturant and Catering hosted the Chamber Coffee as Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System was sponsor on Nov. 14. Richard Shank from the healthcare system delivered some remarks including the following statement.
The headline to the story that ran in the Great Bend Tribune about the Great American Smokeout was incorrect. The smokeout takes place Thursday, Nov. 20, as stated in the article. The Tribune regrets the error.
The Barton County DARE Officers Benefit Association is selling tickets for The World of Magic show featuring David Thomas, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Great Bend Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education programs.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you want to help make profound change for lung cancer – the time is now!
Since 1978, individuals and groups in Sterling have cooperated to host one of the largest feasts in Kansas, the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Nov. 20, at the Great Bend Middle School, 1919 Harrison. Items on the agenda include information regarding the academic programs and school improvement efforts at Great Bend Middle School from Principal David Reiser and other staff members.
Susan Stambaugh, Great Bend High School vocal music instructor, said nearly all of her A Cappella Choir students are up for grabs in the rent-a-student fund raiser. The students have less than eight weeks left to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C.
The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.
Sandy Vink, right, presents a Quilt of Valor to Army National Guard member and Iraqi War veteran Don Moore.
TOPEKA (KHI) - The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas has opened. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.