Today, the Kansas Board of Regents announced Dr. Mirta Martin as the ninth president of Fort Hays State University. The Board voted to approve the appointment and officially introduced the new president during a special meeting in the Fort Hays Ballroom of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus. Martin will begin her presidency on July 1.
Barton Community College art students will line the walls of the Shafer Art Gallery with their work during the "Barton Student Art Exhibit" juried art show from May 9 through June 8. The reception will be Friday, May 9 from 6-8 p.m.
A news brief in the Wednesday, May 1, issue of the Great Bend Tribune indicated that the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association's annual open house was this coming Sunday. The event actually took place last Sunday. The Tribune apologizes for the error.
The District National Qualifying Speech Tournament was held on Saturday, April 19, at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. Great Bend High School had five students advance to semi-finals in five events.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold its annual open house from noon to 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest. Several model trains of all gauges will be running and on display.
The public is invited to a free show featuring the latest Hubble Telescope pictures from a biblical perspective. Different shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the Great Bend Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road (7 SW 30 Ave.)
The Barton Music Department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each, and this couldn't be done without the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 5 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Touched By Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., Great Bend. During the month of May, the group will conduct sharing meetings and discuss three topics from CareNotes (One Caring Place, Abby Press) handouts: "Dealing Positively With The Shock Of Cancer," "Living With Cancer A Day At A Time," and "Confronting Cancer With A Spirit Of Hope"
The Great Bend Airfest is official scheduled for Sept. 18-20. As plans and schedules are being finalized, Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller said early reservation opportunities for those interested in vintage warbird rides during the show. The 2015 Airfest will include 17 different warbirds, and six of these will be offering rides to the public, Miller said. Early booking is available on-line for the B-29 FiFi, the B-25 Miss Mitchell, and the P-51 Gunfighter.
Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.
Rosewood Ranch was a happening place Saturday, June 13, as dozens of energetic children were involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their families participated in the fifth annual "Kids Day at the Ranch," presented by Rosewood Services.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 2 through July 16 and summer day camps held June 26, July 10 and July 20, 22 and 24.