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.
By day, Chad Boone enjoys seeing his customers get exactly what they want at Bass-X, an auto sound and accessories business.
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"Rebel Returns" begins Dec. 18 at the Deines Cultural Center with an opening reception from 2 to 4 pm. The show runs through February 12.
St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center representatives donate outdated respiratory therapy supplies that will be distributed during a mission to Ghana, Africa. From left to right are: Lori Vainer, St. Rose respiratory therapist; Brandi Gruber, St. Rose director of cardio-pulmonary services; and Suzanne Bollig and Karen Schell, both respiratory therapists and members of the Kansas Respiratory Care Society. Schell will deliver the items to Ghana next spring.
Farmers Bank & Trust donated $5,400 to local nonprofit organizations this past week, at its 15th annual Charity Holiday Coffee.
The Hays Arts Center's "Five State Photography" exhibition, which opened Friday and runs through Jan. 19, includes the work of individuals from Barton Community College.
The Indian River Citrus Fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Monday at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School. Extra navel oranges and pink grapefruit will be available. Call 620-791-7314 for additional information.
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.
Animal Medical Center recently hosted over 130 members of the Barton County Young Professionals group for a networking mixer, and welcomed over 60 new members. Those in attendance enjoyed free food, social and professional networking opportunities, and drawings for over $1,000 in door prizes.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for sections of central Kansas, including Barton, Russell, Ellsworth and McPherson counties.The Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday.
Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
Join us at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell for the Pickin' Jam Session will be held on Sunday. Bring your acoustic instrument and play along or just come to listen, sing, and dance. Jammin' starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring a dish and have dinner. Potluck is served around 5:30 p.m.
RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 North Main in Russell, will honor its members with a Night at the Deines, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. It will be a special evening of delicious hors d'oeuvres and two art exhibits from Great Bend.
The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Panther Activity Center. Items include appliances, computers, household items, clothing and everything in between.
It's required reading for most high school students. It's regarded by many as the great American novel. There have been numerous film versions of the story but only one musical version. "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" based on Mark Twain's classic will be presented at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15, in the school's theatre. Director Betsy Dutton calls the show a "rewarding challenge."
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC, 1913 Lakin, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Upcoming events at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., have a science-fiction theme.
At the Moundridge Invitational Debate Tournament the GBHS debate squad placed second in sweepstakes. In the open division the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath had a 4-1 win/loss record and placed 3rd. In the novice division the three man team of Urial Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4-1 win/loss record. Also in the novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 8th with 3/2 win/loss record. Everyone on the team placed. The team plans to compete at KMC next weekend.