By Jim Misunas
Students at the "Shake it Up Cafe" Vacation Bible School presented their collection for the Barton County Food Bank to Bob and Evelyn Essmiller on Friday. The VBS was held at First Congregational United Church of Christ and was jointly sponsored by their congregation as well as First United Methodist, King United Methodist and Trinity United Methodist.
In preparation for Holyrood's 125th Jubilee, July 21 to 23, Carol and Don Siemsen have spent months collecting and organizing memorabilia, pictures and histories for a Holyrood history display.
Barbara Stecklein began her art career in 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas. She concentrated on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added charcoal and pastel.
The 2010-2011 Great Bend High School yearbooks have arrived, said GBHS journalism instructor Rachel Basden. The books can be picked up in room 100 at GBHS, 19th and Morton, at the following times:
Helping Hands Preschool, along with USD #428 - Great Bend, is looking for children to fill a limited number of openings still available in the 4-Year-old At-Risk program for the upcoming school year. This FREE program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education. Helping Hands Preschool - through USD #428, administers this program for children living in the Great Bend school district.
"Kansans Tell Their Stories," a traveling exhibition featuring Kansas community history, will be on display at the Flying Pig Studio & Gallery, 123 S. Main Street in Lucas, July 25 - September 2. The exhibition is part of a statewide tour presented by the Kansas Humanities Council. The Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce is the local host of the exhibition. The exhibition will also travel to Lansing and Kinsley.
Due to the triple digit heat, the joint Quivira Chapter / Cottonwood Chapter Santa Fe Trail Association tour of historic Rice County sites scheduled for Saturday, July 23 has been postponed. The tour will be rescheduled later in the year when the temperature cool down. Information will be published when a new date is set.
When Becky Mooney, LPN, was given the ball and asked to run with it, her goal line was a program that provides immunizations to eligible families at no cost. The result is participation in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program at St. Joseph Family Medicine (SJFM).
The Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt construction project on the surface of K-14 Highway, from the north city limits of Lyons continuing north to the junction with K-4 highway, located approximately 11 miles north of Lyons.
By Alan Rusch
ST. JOHN - A suspect in a Stafford County shooting has been charged with one count of a level 4 felony, of aggravated battery with a firearm, according to a criminal court filing in Stafford County. Stafford County Attorney Joe Shepack is working on the case.
The Quivira Chapter and the Cottonwood Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association will join together for a tour of selected sites in Rice County on Saturday, July 23. The tour will be a car caravan. The tour will start at 10 a.m. at the Little Arkansas Crossing/ Cottonwood Grove Cemetery .
ST. JOHN - The shooting victim in an apparent domestic incident has been identified as the stepson of the suspected shooter.
Four Great Bend Senior Companions were honored for their service to frail adults at the August in-service meeting held on Aug. 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Those recognized for their service were Jeanetta Deutsch for one year; Bernita Degenhardt and Earl Lumpkins for ten years and Beverly Davis for eleven years of service to individuals in private homes in the community. These Companions provide daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on the amendment of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) FY 14-17.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet. Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., room D-107, Great Bend.
Barton history instructor Linda McCaffery will teach a course via Barton's Silver Cougar Club titled "From Idealism to Disaster; 1920-1950." Classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The 2003 movie "Luther" will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. There will be refreshments and discussion time.
PAWNEE ROCK - Heartland Farm will hold its annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsors invite the public to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. There is no charge for admission.
Two Great Bend churches will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) series, starting in September.
The 2014 installment of the annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area on Kansas Highway 156.
The Barton Community College library will host "Librarypalooza" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Barton Library. The event, which is open to students, employees and community members, was originally scheduled for Aug. 21.
Larned's Stuff the Bus drive will take place in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Dillons, 423 Main St., and Shopko, 908 E. 14th. This is a change from the Wednesday date originally announced, said Julie Bunger Smith, executive director of United Way of Central Kansas.
At 9:49 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched to 5817 16th St. Terrace for a report of an oven on fire. According to a report released Wednesday, crews found light smoke coming from Apartment 42. Inside, they found a smoldering fire along the baseboard of the wall behind the stove and extinguished the remaining fire.
The Great Bend High School guidance counselors will host a freshman parent meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the GBHS auditorium. Counselors will review their responsibilities as counselors and also discuss attendance, grades, communication, office procedures, graduation requirements, qualified admissions/Kansas scholars requirements for getting into college and expectations for freshmen. This meeting will be about 30-45 minutes in length, depending on questions.
L & M Contractors will begin bridge repairs to the bridge over the flood control channel, located on West Barton County Road (West 10th Street) on Monday, August 25th.
RUSSELL COUNTY – Teresa Magna, 51, Spring Valley, Calif., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wichita. She is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 6 in Russell County.