The American Scandinavian Student Exchange is seeking volunteers in the Great Bend area to help the non-profit international organization identify host families for exchange students, said Stephanie Weishaar, Wichita-based Kansas coordinator for ASSE. Although the name says Scandinavian, Weishaar said ASSE has expanded and works with high school students in over 20 countries.
Great Bend Middle School students are kicking bullying to the curb – in a positive way.
With only a few months left until Habitat for Humanity plans to break ground on its next building project, the nonprofit organization raised over $17,000 Saturday at the fourth annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater.
The Deines Cultural Center is hosting a free "conversation" with Peter Paul Bruno, "Modern Day Medicine Man" to discuss healing and health from a Native American viewpoint.
New Books for Young Adults at the Library
In musical, theatrical and kung fu performances of the likes rarely seen outside China, Fort Hays State University presents the Hua Xia Orchestra from Henan Museum of China and monks of the Shaolin Temple Kung Fu Team.
Join the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association in Lyons as they celebrate Kansas Day with the program "A Bullwhacker's Life Freighting Supplies over the Plains," a presentation and discussion by Jim Gray on January 29th 2013 at 7 p.m. The program will be held at the Lyons State Bank Community Room, 104 E. Avenue North in Lyons. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. Contact Linda Colle at 620-241-8719 for more information. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
While not generally known as a venue for heavy metal, the Shafer Gallery will be just that as it unveils its exhibit of rustic metal sculptures titled "Chaplets, Copes and Drags," by Ellinwood artists Aaron McCaffery and Casey Westbrook with an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. today.
RUSSELL - "IMpressionist Paintings and EXpressionist Drawings" by Native American artist Peter Paul Bruno will be at the Deines Cultural Center from Jan. 17 through Feb. 24, 2013. The opening reception is Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2-4 p.m.
Due to Barton County offices being closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Barton County Commission will hold its weekly agenda meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the 2013 tax sale, proposals for audit services, a county adopt-a-highway program, a road vacation and a lease agreement for wildlife habitat development on county-owned land in Hoisington.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a marketing plan for the Great Bend Sports Complex, the Wetlands Education Center Annual Report, the America's Promise Award application and abatement requests.
We are well underway with the second semester in the Ellinwood Public School district. Winter athletics are reaching the midpoint of their seasons, and academically the district is diligently preparing students for a rigorous curriculum as we transition to the new common core standards. The district also has many exciting initiatives planned for the second half of the school year. We are greatly looking forward to the many accomplishments our students will achieve during the second semester!
The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the city building. Present were, Mayor Michael Urban, Councilpersons Kirk Schneweis, Kelly Nixon, Casey Hubbard and Leon Oberle. Also present was City Attorney Bob Suelter, City Clerk Patricia Schmidt and Robert Gunder.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs! Kids will turn a 2-liter pop bottle into a gnome bird house complete with a bark or grass roof, make a snowflake and ceramic pot turtle, play games and of course learn more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.
Two weeks into the new year, and many have already forgotten their resolutions for 2013. But many have not, and Barton County Extension FCS agent Donna Krug offered suggestions for how to take the first step towards meeting these goals Wednesday. Over the noon hour, she presented a talk, "An action plan for healthy living," at the Great Bend Recreation Center. Each person in attendance left with a plan to take one simple step which could be achieved in the next week.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
BY JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking With Gloria" from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. During this class, Gloria Hernandez, will be teaching how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WICHITA - A red flag warning for Barton County and Central Kansas has been issued for extreme grassland fire danger until. 7 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service in Wichita.
Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop March 25, at The Front Door on 1610 10th St. in Great Bend. This workshop is available to non-profit organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Stafford and Rush Counties who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.
Dr. Mike Allison announces his candidacy for Mayor of Great Bend.
My work experience in city government stretches from 1974 – 2012. I retired December 2012 after working as City Clerk/Finance Director for Great Bend. After retiring I was elected to the Great Bend City Council April, 2013. With my 38 years working in Governmental Finance and providing information to the City Councils and attending the City Council meetings over this period of time, it has given me a solid background in the workings of a city. During my tenure with the city I worked closely with the zoo director in the development of the zoo to meet AZA Requirements. With ...
Central Plains Middle School recognizes seventh graders, Rebecca Stratmann and Jerred Bieberle, as the March Students of the Month.
ELLINWOOD – United States government commodities will be distributed from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 18, at the United Church of Christ in at 701 Fritz in Ellinwood. For more information, call 620-282-3663.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice receives a $1,772 donation, which represents proceeds from the recent Chili Challenge cosponsored by The Bikers of Central Kansas and the American Legion Riders. From left to right are: Dan Slack, Rae Ann Brack; Donita Wolf, GBHH&H director; Lori Grauer; and Danny Riggs. The funds will help hospice patients.