On Oct. 20, the Great Bend High School debate team traveled to Valley Center High School to compete with two varsity, one junior varsity and four novice teams against 30 other schools with 40 varsity, 39 junior varsity and 66 novice teams. In varsity division, Michael Gieck and Jordan Stoulil placed 8th with a 4-1 win loss record and 26 speaker points. "Open was a great experience I hope to do better next time" Stoulil stated.
Ecologist Katherine Fuller and consumer educator Connie McDanel, both nationally known speakers and authors, will present a program entitled "Healing Homes: Our Social Responsibility" from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. They will ask the questions "are our homes making us sick due to exposure to hidden toxins and what can we do about it." There is no charge for the presentation.
Area 5th graders were visited by Julie Smith, Executive Director and an agency director on how United Way works in to help our community through the 21 agencies it supports. Local fifth graders were asked to design a poster depicting some aspect of the United Way, and how the agencies work in the community
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sterling House at 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be AJ Chrest with greeters Karmi Green and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Other activities the GBHS Bands have participated in this fall are: Labor Day Parade in Hoisington, State Fair where they received I ratings from all three judges, and the KSU Band Day in Manhattan. They will perform for a Veteran's Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the GBHS gym that the public is invited to attend, and also at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the Veteran's Day ceremony at Vet's Park.
Thirty-four Rosewood Services horse riders collectively had a nice problem to overcome on Saturday during the 8th Annual Rosewood Rodeo. A larger-than-usual crowd of about 300 people was on hand at Great Bend's Expo III Arena to start the rodeo, due in part to a special morning performance by the Double Trouble Trick Riders. The extra attention brought on some early performance jitters, but the riders quickly adjusted and performed well, said Rosewood Ranch manager Eric Hammond.
Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review Exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building. The show ran from Oct. 12-14 and several Barton participants took home some hardware.
The Shafer Art Gallery will be closed until mid-November while it receives cosmetic enhancements, which include tile repairs and new accent tile being installed. The renovations also include new wall coverings.
The Patient Care Fund at Heartland Cancer Center has grown by $58,715, thanks to the generosity of local and area residents, said Mark Mingenback, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center director of business strategy and marketing.
On Monday, Oct. 15, at the Hoisington Novice Debate Tournament, the Great Bend High School debate squad had four novice teams compete. Three teams placed and all were undefeated with a perfect three and zero win/loss record. Jordan Otten and Kameko Schultz placed first with perfect speaker points. Sarah Keller and Mallorie McNett placed fourth and Kimberly Gonzalez and Donovan Salgado placed sixth. "Out of my previous tournaments, I felt I did awful, but after placing at the Hoisington Tournament, it boosted my confidence. I am really looking forward to entering more tournaments." Salgado stated. The GBHS debate group ...
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, the GBHS Orchestra will perform its fall concert in the high school auditorium. Featured selections are themes from the master choral work "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi and the "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1" by Edvard Grieg. The program will also include a lively "Irish Reel," the bombastic "Toccatina" of William Hofeldt, and a spooktacular piece inspired by classic zombie movies that will be frightening as well as entertaining.
The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of flooring bid for Eisenhower Elementary School; approval of 2015-2016 BOE meeting schedule; approval to alter District Education Center summer schedule; assessments updates; grounds improvements; and licensed teacher resignations and licensed teacher appointments.
Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County's Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will hold a special board meeting for discussion of flower placement for Memorial Day at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1209 Williams, Great Bend. The public is invited to attend.
The Great Bend Public Library Board's next meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center of the library, 1409 Williams St. Unfinished businesses items on the agenda are heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the 2016 budget. "Safe Child Policy" is on the agenda as new busines.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will hear a report from the playground advisory committee when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The board will also discuss goals for the coming year. There will be an executive session for discussion of a personnel matter. Board action will be needed in connection with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) National Congress, set for Sept. 15-17.
The Barton Community College recital of instrumental and vocal performances that was scheduled for Thursday, May 7 has been rescheduled for noon on Monday, May 11 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
A traffic accident blocked traffic at Navajo Road and K-96 Friday morning in Great Bend. The accident involved a Chevrolet 1500 4x4 and a Toyota Corolla. Police report the driver of the Chevrolet truck failed to yield right of way at a stop sign and collided with the northbound Toyota. The Corolla sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene. The driver of the car was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital with possible injuries. Names of the drivers were unavailable.
Saturday May 30, 2015 the Kansas Wetlands Education Center along with the Central Kansas Photography Club will sponsor a day-long photography workshop. The workshop will feature Jim Griggs, photographer and founding father of the Great Plains Nature Photographers.