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.
When you walked into HHS on Friday, Nov. 21, you would have wondered who turned the music up so loud. It was Ron Cole performing for the Central Plains Middle School, Otis Bison Middle School and Hoisington Middle School at 9 a.m. and then a repeat performance at 10 a.m. for the Central Plains FCCLA and KAYS organizations, Hoisington High School and the Otis Bison High school.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a Christmas Entertaining Meals program on Wednesday, December 17th, at the Great Bend Recreation Center located at 1214 Stone Street. Get into the Christmas spirit with a wonderful meal and the sounds from the Great Bend Middle School Women In Harmony group. The meal will begin at noon and entertainment will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m. followed by time to visit with your friends before you head back to work at 1 p.m. The lunch will be catered by Delgados.
Feather jewelry is a wonderful way to wear your love of nature! In KWEC's third Christmas Jewelry Workshop, participants will learn all the ins and outs of creating jewelry with natural feathers. Birds produce an incredible variety of colorful and beautifully patterned feathers, and there are a lot of regulations designed to protect these wonderful creatures from harm. Learn what feathers are legal to possess, the best ways to acquire them, and how to turn them into fun, natural jewelry. This free program will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Kansas Wetlands Education ...
Adrian N. Boeck, disorderly conduct, fine $100, court costs $110
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters John Sullivan and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Season's Greetings to everyone as played by the GBHS Jazz, Junior Varsity and Varsity Bands at 8 p.m. on Monday in the GBHS Gym.
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 GBHS Orchestra update; Dance Line travel update; district iPads assigned to board members; replacement for BOE representative to Education Foundation Trustees; presentation of 2013-2014 Business Audit; approval to include Diabetic Plan in District Health Policy; first reading of GBHS Program of Studies Book; approval to purchase lawn equipment; approval of grant to Riley Elementary School; and approval of Park Elementary School grant applications.
Pretend you are a Pied-billed Grebe with a gourmet meal of Leopard Frog. Your buddies are sitting by watching with envy as you claim your prize and start to swallow a very rare meal in winter with mostly frozen water in the Bottoms. There is one small problem-- it is a BIG frog. I watched the Grebe make multiple attempts to swallow the frog which was too large for his throat. He was acrobatic and agile in using gravity and every possible angle to ingest the frog-- all to no avail. When he got the frog exactly over his head ...
Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America Hope Tree for children in need during the holidays
Due to conflicts, the December meeting of Central Kansas Association of the Visually Impaired has been canceled.
The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 7-8 at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Those who ordered fruit should pick up their orders at that time.
The Barton County FSA Office will be holding two informational meetings on the 2014 Farm Bill on December 8 and 9. On Dec. 8, the meeting will be at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway. The second meeting will be the evening of Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and will be at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.