Eisenhower Elementary School fifth-grade-student Joseph Ragan received a fun surprise on Jan. 13. He was named winner of the month in the DARE program's "I Make A Difference" contest. For earning that distinction, he received a special visit by Great Bend DARE Officer Jefferson Davis to his school, and he along with his classmates received a party and DARE T-shirts, which state "I Make A Difference."
January is School Board Recognition Month and Unified School District 428 joins school districts across the state to say thank you to these community leaders for their untiring dedication to public education.
It is not every day that high school students are summoned to appear before the Kansas State Department of Education. But then, these are not everyday high school students. Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America members Sarah Niederee, junior, and Zachary Reynolds, senior, traveled recently to Topeka to visit with state school board members during a special meeting and citizenship day. Sarah is the Kansas Future Business Leaders of America state president and Zach is the vice-president of the FBLA district 5 region. "Sarah was assigned to talk about how FBLA has helped her make ethical decisions ...
The Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society are holding a fundraiser on Jan. 27 at the Lyons Town & Country Club. The event opens with a social at 6:15 p.m. Appetizers, wine, tea, and coffee will be available. KWCH Ross Janssen with Millie will present a program at 7 p.m.
On Jan. 10 and 11 two novices from the Great Bend High School debate squad traveled to the Novice State Championship Debate tournament. The whole novice squad qualified with a 50-percent win/loss record at least five invitational tournaments, but most were unable to attend due to other school activities.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the State of Kansas are making substantial progress in discussions that would allow the state to move forward in including long-term services and supports for Kansans with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in KanCare, the state's integrated Medicaid managed care program, starting Feb. 1.
Christmas came again for the Food Bank of Barton County on Jan. 10 when Rosewood Services delivered more than 200 food items and representatives donated money raised from last month's Holiday Cookie Contest.
A program by Delores Baker entitled "Planning for Winter Interest in the Garden" was enjoyed by the members of Great Bend Garden Club at their January meeting. With a number of dried plants from her own garden as illustrations, Baker shared ideas for creating attractive landscaping scenes and bouquets of dried plants and shrubs.
The Great Bend Anti-bullying Task Force will have a reshowing of "Bullying: The Movie" from 7-8:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. After the film, there will be information packets available and T-shirts for sale. The movie is free, but seating is limited.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are a Great Bend Municipal Airport hanger lease, support for Job Fest, a consulting agreement for the Railroad Avenue/U.S. 281 project and Rural Housing Incentive District public hearings.
Barton Community College has announced its 2014-15 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors each year. The winners this year were Jordan Tebow of Quinter and Kami Maxwell of Odin.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the placing of flowers at Great Bend Cemetery, the Community Improvement District public hearing and ordinance for the new Holiday Inn Express and the Kansas Department of Transportation Federal Funds Exchange Program.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an introduction of the new Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, the purchase of a replacement Sheriff's Office patrol car and a report on city-wide clean-up efforts.