Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."
The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club and the Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor square dance lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting on Friday and running through March 9 at the Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street, west end of City Auditorium. There will be no session on Jan. 18 so the dancers can attend the Annual Snow Ball Festival in Hays.
"Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars", a reading and discussion series led by Leo Oliva, PhD, will begin from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.13 at the Kinsley Library. There is still time to sign up for this once-a-month series featuring visits to Fort Larned, Fort Dodge and Fort Hays in February, March, and April, respectively. Dr, Oliva will facilitate group discussions over readings. There will be guided tours of the forts, and interpretive presentations. Participants are asked to plan on attending the whole series if possible. At the first meeting a $10 registration fee which will be ...
The Great Bend High School Debate Team traveled to Wichita East high school and competed at the Sunflower Novice State Championship Tournament on Jan. 4-5. Two teams from the squad qualified to State and competed against 123 teams. GBHS teams competed in the 10th-12th grade division. The sophomore team of Jordan Otten and Kameko Schultz barely missed qualifying into the elimination rounds by a couple of quality points, but they tied with the other schools in the elimination brackets on win-loss records. "Being able to argue with people as a sport and almost qualifying to elimination rounds is a big ...
McPHERSON - Billy McGuigan and his band bring the Buddy Holly tribute show "Rave On" to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m.
The Seventh-day Adventist congregation is celebrating the grand opening of its newly constructed sanctuary located at the corner of 10th Street and SW 30th Ave. (one mile west of 10th and Patton Road) this Saturday, Jan. 5. The service will begin with Bible study hour at 9:15 a.m. and the consecration service at 11. There will be a baptism at 2 p.m., followed at 3 by a short open house and musical concert. Representatives from the Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Topeka will be represented as Elder John Sweigart, vice president for administration, will present the ...
By Jim Misunas
American Legion Auxiliary is having an After-Holiday Snowman Tea from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., Great Bend. There will be finger foods and desserts, and those attending are welcome to bring a favorite treat.
First Southern Baptist Church, 3301 19th St., Great Bend, is starting a divorce care support group. Meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Jan. 15. For more information call the church, 620-793-8444.
Great Bend Police Department reports the snow caused a few fender benders on Monday.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo received eight new animals in 2012, not counting rehabilitation birds. The year-end report from Zoo Director Scott Gregory also notes that three agoutis were born at the zoo. An agouti is a burrowing rodent.
A sweet time had by more than a dozen Great Bend retail businesses and shoppers in late November resulted in more than $350 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County earlier this month.
The Grinch gets his nose pinched by Evelyn Essmiller at the Food Bank of Barton County on Friday afternoon, while he places a furry hand atop the head of Bob Essmiller. The husband-and-wife Food Bank Board co-chairs and the Grinch are joined by Food Bank manager Jenny Gordy. In true Grinch fashion, the green guy delivered more than 100 food items in trash bags. The food was donated by Rosewood Services employees who conducted a food drive this month. Starring as the Grinch was Rosewood employee Ric Loiland.
BY JIM MISUNAS
By Jim Misunas
Brenna Martin, senior piano major at Wichita State University, will give her senior piano recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel as part of the Barton Music Department's Visiting Artist Series.
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 recognition of Great Bend High School All-Conference athletes; approval of Title VI B and Early Childhood Flow-Through budget application; approval of BOE representative to the GBRC Board; approval of Capital Outlay Resolution; report on Curriculum Day, KSDE Fall conference, Danielson Instructional Model course and MTSS training; update on disaster preparedness; approval of Lincoln Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization donation; update on Optimist Club speaker, negotiations workshop, distribution of Rotary Club dictionaries to 3rd ...
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Cooking Ahead For The Holidays" at noon Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free one-hour program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's 2013-14 audit will be presented for approval at the next GBRC Board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. There will also be an executive session for the discussion of administrative personnel evaluation.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is again selling H&S citrus fruit as its annual fundraiser. The navel oranges and pink grapefruit are available during the first sale which arrives Dec. 7-8. In January the navels and grapefruit are again available but the main feature of the January order is the Honeybell tangelo, which is a specialty fruit. The January order will be available Jan. 18-19. The H&S fruit is handpicked, packed, and shipped within a week with no artificial color or ripening.
There were no fires in Great Bend on Thursday, but firefighters were busy serving spaghetti at the Knights of Columbus. It was the Great Bend Fire Department's 10th annual Spaghetti Supper, which included a drawing for many prizes, all donated by area businesses.
Gentiva Hospice will sponsor a program, "The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease," for those who are or know someone who is affected by Alzheimer's disease, at 1:15 and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 13, at the Carl Soden Recreation Building-Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street. The program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more. Tips for dealing with the holidays will be discussed.