Harry Willems, director of the Great Bend Public Library and Central Kansas Library System, may not retire next year as previously announced. The GBPL Board of Directors will meet at 4:45 p.m. Monday and one item on the agenda is a request from Willems to change his retirement date to 2017.
Information about advanced placement (AP) courses at Great Bend High School will be shared at the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, at 4 p.m. Monday at the District Office, 201 S. Patton Road.
The Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave., will have a hog feed with all the trimmings on Saturday, Nov. 14, featuring a hog cooked by Ed Crosby of Larned. It is open to the public and should use the north dining door off 12th Street.
Student-inmate Parrish Bourn has been incarcerated for more than 23 years, but will release March 8 of 2016. He began his education through Barton Community College at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility in 2012. He has taken 57 credit-hours and maintained a 3.87 GPA.
Barton Community College has been awarded a grant of more than $1 million, paid out over three years, to develop its already robust inmate education programming at Ellsworth Correctional Facility and Larned Correctional and Mental Health Facility.
Presidio Brass, known for its bold style in its presentation, "Sounds of the Cinema," will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
The Great Bend Pilot Club members wanted to do something for the Great Bend Fire Department during its Care and Kindness Week, but the firefighters chose a gift they could pass on to community children, said Pilot Club chapter president Betty Schneider.
The time for light hearted comedy comes a little earlier this year, as the Great Bend Community Theatre moves its curtain time to 7:30 p.m. for "'Til Beth Do Us Part," opening Thursday at the Crest Theater.
Following the Royals' World Series win last week, The Great Bend Tribune received a request from long-time Great Bend resident Jean Volosin, now living in the Wichita area, if we could locate the Oct. 29, 1985 edition of the paper that depicted students at St. Patrick's School celebrating the last Royal's World Series win on Oct. 27, 1985. It was on behalf of her son, Doug Klepper, who appears in the photo, she said. Happily, we still had a copy in our basement archives.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
The Rice County Coalition for Children and Families will meet next week on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at First Christian Church in Lyons instead of the Health Department due to Veterans Day. New officers will be nominated, and discussions will include a K-SPF grant update, community garden update and the Kids Count Data release. There will be networking from 11:30 a.m. until noon, and the meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m.
HOISINGTON - Jeff Zoller, avid KU fan, and Alan Hoffman, equally avid K-State fan, fulfilled their obligation of dressing like the opposing team's cheerleaders on Thursday morning, Nov. 5, at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee at State Farm.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 5.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.13 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.18.