TOPEKA - It is natural for children to explore their surroundings – unless they're getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and medicines are kept. As National Poison Prevention Week (March 17-23) approaches, the Poison Control Center and Safe Kids Kansas remind parents to make sure they store poisonous materials – such as medication – out of their children's reach.
The Great Bend High School forensics team traveled to the Hoisington Speech Tournament on March 9. The team of 13 students competed against 15 different schools in 26 events. In Original Oration, Clara Kachanes placed fifth, and Nathaniel Cheney placed third. In Serious Solo Acting, Chase Pumford placed fifth. In Informative, Sarah Keller placed fifth and Kameko Schultz placed third. In Poetry, Jesus Sandoval placed seventh. In Prose, Kachanes also placed second, which qualified her to State Championship. In Humorous Solo Acting, Keller placed fourth, Schultz placed third and Pumford placed first. Catherine Barrington, Makenna Dirks, Marissa Hoisington, Jordan Otten ...
The oil paintings of Great Bend artist Margaret Ann Younker will be on display at Family Jewels through the end of March. For more information, call 620-793-3144.
The Barton Community College Foundation's Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign titled "Leave a Legacy" is under way. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college, Craig and Jolene Biggs, are honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
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, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.
If anyone had told Gloria Siefkes, R.N., a few years ago that she would be leading a presentation called "Reversing Diabetes," she wouldn't have believed it. But now, because of new information, the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center diabetes educator has scheduled an event to share what she has learned.
One of the great wonders of the cosmos will be viewable with the naked eye through this week - the comet known as Pan-STARRS, which is estimated to make another appearance in about 100,000 years.
A dinner and dance will be held as a fundraiser for 6-month-old Ava VonFeldt, daughter of Dalton VonFeldt and Kenda Smith. Kenda works at Central Kansas Family Practice, and Dalton is a student at Kansas State University.
I would like to urge each of you to vote in the upcoming city election on April 2. Again this year, I am running for the office of Council for the Third Ward. Although many of you know me, I would like to give those people who do not some personal information' about me.
Recognizing the Great Bend High School bowling team's championship accomplishments will be on the agenda when the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. Other items of discussion will include commercial software for the county, and grants for the Juvenile Justice Authority and Health Department.
Hundreds of people turned out for the 55th annual Great Bend Kiwanis Club Pancake Day, Thursday at Expo I. This is the club's only fundraiser, with money supporting youth activities and other causes.
Barton Community College graduate Dena Popp is the supervisor for the Barton County 911 Dispatch team, a reserve sergeant for the Barton County Sheriff's Office and also works as a volunteer emergency medical technician in Ellinwood – and she can't imagine doing anything else.
Few people turned out for Danielle Ricklefs' recent program on being an amateur paleontologist, coming as it did after a series of snow days. But Ricklefs, the new education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, promised she'll be repeating the program this spring. She also introduces paleontology, the study of fossils and the science of prehistoric life, to teach kids about extinction events, past and future.
The public is invited to observe a Vocal Masterclass forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus.
Antique and collectibles appraisers to be in Ellinwood
I am sure that a lot of you have read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and know Hedwig, the Snowy Owl that also appeared in the movies. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie about the Snowy Owl, I would encourage you to read and go see it to immerse yourself in a beautiful presentation of a beautiful bird. If you opt out of that, I would suggest that you might spend some time at the Cheyenne Bottoms and see the real deal. We have had one of these beauties in Pool 4 for ...
Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.
The field of information technology (IT) is ever-changing. The only way to stay on the cutting-edge is to deliberately sprint ahead of the curve, ready to learn about the latest and greatest developments. Barton Community College's Networking Specialist Instructor Kris Schneider is well aware of the need to innovate and is continuously finding ways to do so in the classroom.
The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.
One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.
by JIM MISUNAS
The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.
At the Medicine Lodge Speech Tournament on Feb. 12, the Great Bend High School Speech Team qualified three more events to state. Becca Kay qualified to state in Original Oration by placing 2nd in the event. Hadley Murphy qualified in both Original Oration and Serious Solo Acting by placing 1st in both of the events. Sara Allen placed 6th in Original Oration and Becca Kay placed 5th Serious Solo Acting. "The team only brought four students and still placed 4th overall in sweepstakes out of 13 schools which is very impressive." stated GBHS speech coach Barbara Watson.
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year's Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.
Two local siblings wanted to donate their dad's memorial fund to a place that would do the most good for families trying to do the best for their terminally ill loved ones. They found such a place at Almost Home Inc., 1919 Van Buren.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Dale Hogg and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
St. Johns Episcopal Church, located at the corner of 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend, will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing the spring order for frozen fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Feb. 25 and the fruit will arrive in late March or early April. Available are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries which are sliced and sugared, strawberries whole without sugar, loganberries, red pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and red rhubarb. Also available are freezer jam and purees.