Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Wednesday that the Kansas Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley to a two-year term as Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Chief Judge Mike Keeley has served as a district judge in the district since January 1993. He presides over cases in Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties.
Helping Hands Preschool student Aubryuana Delgadillo makes eye contact with Daisy Duke while she pets the horse at Rosewood Ranch on Tuesday afternoon. Also pictured is ranch horse instructor Juan Bodine.
Great Bend Expo III arena will be filled with rodeo family fun in mid-October, all with no admission fee. The public can enjoy children's activities, face painting, Randy the Clown, concessions and three performances of drill-teams on horseback. It happens during the 9th Annual Rosewood Rodeo Oct. 12 at the Great Bend Expo III Arena, two miles west of 10th and Patton.
The Shafer Art Gallery, in conjunction with the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, will host an opening reception for its first ever national juried exhibit "Choreography of Cranes," from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. The exhibit will also feature the work of the show's juror; renowned wildlife artist Peter Eades.
Barton Community College art students Leona Kasselman and Deb Clothier will have selections of their art in the Fine Arts Building display cases from now until December. The display cases are located in the lobby of the Fine Arts building.
Ashley Riley has her sights set on the horizon...the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Horizon Award, specifically. Riley, a special education teacher at Eisenhower School, has been nominated for the prestigious award by her principal, Tricia Reiser. "Ashley is a valued member of our Eisenhower staff," Reiser said. "She has amazing rapport with her students and she is dynamic about meeting their academic and social needs. "She has enhanced our program and she plays an integral part on our special education and Eisenhower team," she said. The recognition is sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Kansas Cable ...
A two-vehicle collision east of Hanston Thursday afternoon in Hodgeman County sent two people to the Jetmore hospital and closed K-156 from the U.S. 283 junction at Jetmore to the U.S. 183 junction in Pawnee County for a time.
Next Saturday's gathering in Great Bend to pray for world peace is open to everyone (see "Related Content," at right), but it celebrates an important anniversary for the Catholic church: The Miracle of the Sun on Oct. 13, 1917, at Fatima, Portugal.
There's no better way to learn a subject than to teach it. That was the takeaway lesson for students of Andrea Maxwell, who teaches anatomy and physiology at Great Bend High School. The teenagers wrote and illustrated books about major systems in the human body and shared them with Jefferson School first and second graders. "In order to teach the material you have to know the material thoroughly," noted Jaxx Hillman, sophomore.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free doughnuts, coffee, and juice. The free breakfast is being sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming grant opportunities. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties for charitable programs and projects. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.
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Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will deal with personnel matters at the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session for private discussion of personnel is on the agenda, followed by the renewal or non-renewal of faculty contracts for next year.
Barton County Historical Society will host "Kansas BC," a presentation and discussion by Donald Blakeslee, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Schulz Library at the Historical Society Museum. Barton County Historical Society is located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge at Great Bend on U.S. 281.
A benefit dinner for Charles Ultan Bahr to help with hospital costs will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olmitz. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a dessert will be served. There will also be a cash raffle. Charles is the son of Joey and Anita Bahr. A free will donation will be taken.
The Eagles Women's Auxiliary 646 donated $3,431 to the Kans for Kids radiothon fundraiser held March 27. The held an auction and faffle at the Eagles on the 21st to raise money for the organization that helps families who are facing a battle with childhood cancer. From left to right: Corry Herrman, Darlene Blake, Hunter (Ambassador) and Yvonne West.
Many of the Great Bend High School Band entries earned a trip to the State Music Festival by receiving a I at regionals last Saturday: Brass Sextet: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Michelle Rooney, Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland; and soloists: Eric Vazquez, Allison Regehr, Anna Frizell, Taylor Dougherty, Kaitlin Adams, and Andrew Curtright. II's were awarded to the Woodwind Trio: Shenay Lee, Kaia Parks, Daniella Astrain; the Brass Trio: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Andrew Curtright; and soloists: Shenay Lee, Daniela Astrain, Maycie Hestand, Michelle Rooney, Ben Diel, Michael Raymer, Ozioma Ofoma, Jordan Otten, and Kaia Parks. III's ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Pilot Club of Great Bend at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.