The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
International touring songstress Tia McGraff will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at noon Thursday poolside at the Highland Hotel. The program will be provided by the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pop Singers.
The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
Tickets are now on sale for the next "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, set for Jan. 19, 2013, at Grace Community Church. The event is a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.
Lori Caspers is a woman to be admired for her patience, fortitude and family values. She definitely is a rare combination of hard work, artistic endeavor and thriftiness.
One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
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.
Great Bend High School band directors said the GBHS Jazz, Junior Varsity and Varsity Bands will offer season's greetings to everyone when they perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in the GBHS Gym.
Ron Smith, UWCK Board Member and Frank Kelly, 2015 Oilfield Committee Members, along with Scott Reddig, Edward Neimich and David Thill are helping the United Way make a difference in their community. The group has set a goal of $40,000. Scott and Ron helped sponsor an Oilfield Radio-a-Thon. Karen Reddig, Tama Hanson, Becca Maxwell, Ronda Sjogren, Board Members, made calls for the event that raised over $10,000 from Oilfield supporters in the community. To date the committee has reached 65% of its goal. United Way of Central Kansas is dedicating this oilfield campaign to the late Mike Johnson ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity in Chamber Board Room, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Nancy Sundahl and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Ellinwood School/Community Library is sponsoring the first StoryWalk® during Ellinwood's Chamber's Christkindlmarket, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children's story outside to allow people of all ages to combine physical activity while reading a book. Conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers, and caregivers to take young children outside for physical activity and to learn, StoryWalk® helps build children's interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity for both adults and children. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier ...