Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT) game wardens and Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) troopers will conduct a joint checkpoint in south central Kansas in early December. The firearms deer season will open Dec. 3, pheasant and quail seasons opened Nov. 8, the greater prairie chicken regular season started Nov. 15, and duck and goose seasons are also underway. The checkpoint is intended to help enforce state and federal wildlife laws, as well as the state's driver's licensing laws.
A Whole Hog Feed Cancer Benefit will be held for Valarie Smith-Dellrocco at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Central Baptist Church, Lakin and Harrison in Great Bend. Valarie, a resident of Great Bend, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2014. She is now in remission. Funds from the feed will help pay hospital bills.
Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 13.
The Hoisington Masonic Lodge 331, will meet on Saturday at 351 West Second Street. Coffee and doughnuts will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Work will start at 8:30 a.m. on several Degrees (two Firsts and at least one Second Degree). A light lunch will be served after work is completed. All Master Masons are welcome.
It only takes a look to the sky during this time of year to see one of (or thousands) of our avian winter visitors. Barton County plays host to thousands of geese every winter, and many people wonder what these geese are doing when we see the huge flocks overhead daily.
The Ellinwood Chamber Coffee was held at Ellinwood School/Community Library on November 21st. Mary Jeroue was the guest of honor. FBLA shared stories with the group about their leadership conference in Minneapolis, Minn. They also created posters to promote staying at home to shop for Christmas.
Teens at the Great Bend Public Library are celebrating the cold this December, according to YA/Marketing Librarian Jennifer King.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the creation of a police chief search committee, revisions to the standard traffic ordinances and a lease agreement for the land formerly leased by Wichita Southeast Trucking.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.
Hoisington Middle School Student Council recently held a food drive benefiting the Hoisington Food Bank. HMS Student Council challenged each grade to bring as many items as possible, the grade providing the most items would get to form a human assembly line to fill the truck. The students contributed a total of 670 items with sixth graders getting to fill the truck. "This was a wonderful way for HMS students to provide service for their community," organizers said.
Dolores Burgardt of Great Bend was honored for three years of service; and Beverly Prescott of Larned was recognized for 11 years for their service as Senior Companions, helping adults in the area. Judi Welch of Larned was honored for four years of service as a Foster Grandparent volunteer serving children with special needs at the monthly in-service meeting held on November 19t.h
Roosevelt Elementary School kindergarteners enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast of soup and rolls Tuesday as they donned traditional Thanksgiving garb.
The United Way of Central Kansas is observing Giving Tuesday this coming Monday by combining efforts with the banks in Barton and Pawnee counties, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith.
The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, "God and Country."
Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month's performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association's first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will also be closed. The Landfill will only be open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
All are invited to attend the Soup Sampler Supper, sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the St. Patrick Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave. Several varieties of soup will be available. Cost is $7 per meal; children 6 years and under eat free. Raffle tickets will also be available.
The Knights of Columbus men's stag will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Columbus Club, 723 Main, Great Bend. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. with prime rib dinner served at 6:30.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, Jefferson Elementary School Students' Sportsmanship Awards; School Board Recognition Month; GBHS Student Council, Community Service Project; BOE Education Foundation board of trustees representative replacement; BOE approval of teacher representative for Education Foundation Board of Trustees; approval of fundraiser requests for 2015-2016; BOE policies first reading; K-6 Math curriculum adoption; technology update; assessments update; personnel update; approval of laundry equipment purchase; consideration of 2015 summer projects; approval of contributions; and licensed teacher retirements and ...
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