The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27, Great Bend, will hold its monthly meeting from 4-5 p.m. Saturday Feb. 1, at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 northeast conference room, 1011 Kansas Ave.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2014, election of 2014 Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, South Central Kansas Regional Commodity Flow study, and a presentation on mapping resources by Bj Wooding, Cartographer, Barton County.
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 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.