TOPEKA – During National Burn Awareness Week held earlier this month, Safe Kids Kansas reminded parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries – children can also be seriously injured by hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.
The Grass Roots Environmental Action Team (GREAT), a gathering of Barton, Pawnee and Rush County residents, presents a series of environmental films January through April, in Great Bend and Larned. This film series is free to the public. Films and schedule are:
The Great Bend High School lady Panther basketball team will once again be participating in the annual "Pink Out" event with Hays High on Friday, Feb. 22, at Hays High School. In conjunction with the game we will be selling "Pink Out" T-shirts. Orders are due Thursday and can be placed with Cathie McManaman in the Clubs Office located in Great Bend High School. Because shirts are being printed in Hays, they will not be able to accept any orders after Thursday. The shirts cost $10 for sizes up to extra large, $12 for 2XL and $13 for 3XL. Shirts ...
Great Bend Community Theatre's valentine to audience members is a romantic comedy, "Enchanted April."
Ticket sales for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are available in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Highland Convention Center. The 2012 inductees include 1968 graduate, Karla (Bender) Leibham and Bill McKown, class of 1974. Tickets are $15. Those planning to attend, but have not sent an RSVP, or wish to purchase tickets, can contact the Activities Office at 620-793-1560.
The Great Bend High School Forensics Team traveled to two tournaments, on Feb. 2nd. One group went to Kinsley and the other went to South Barber High School (Kiowa). Both teams placed 4th overall in sweepstakes and competed against approximately 20 different schools at both tournaments. Six students competed at the Kinsley tournament. Three students qualified to finals in the Informative event. Kameko Schultz placed 2nd, Riley Jones placed 3rd and Rebecca Clark placed 6th. In Original Oration event, Clara Kachanes placed 1st qualifiying to the State Championship Tournament and Jesus Sandoval placed 3rd. In Humorous Solo Acting Schultz placed ...
TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan today unveiled a pilot project to provide persons served on the Home and Community Based Services Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) program with full participation in the KanCare system. The project is scheduled to begin March 1, and will last for 10 months.
In honor of Black History Month, children's author Angela Bates will offer a look at the historical African American settlement town of Nicodemus, circa 1877. Her presentation, "The History of Nicodemus Through the Eyes of a Child," will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Barton Community College Learning Resource Center, with refreshments to follow.
Visiting Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo may be good for your health – physical and mental.
Twenty young men from the Great Bend High School KAYS attended a leadership conference on Monday, Feb 4, at Hoisington. Members of the KAY club learn leadership skills and perform service for their school, community, nation and world. At the conference, the members decorated valentine boxes and gathered items such as crossword puzzle books, magazines and other treats for senior citizens. Shown in the picture are KAY members delivering some of their donations to residents of Cherry Village. The club is sponsored by Tina Hiss. Students pictured are, from left: Ryan Clark, Dallas Schmeidler, Aaron Sanko, Bryce Beck, Greg Burley ...
Brandon Pryce received the rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 26 at the First United Methodist Church in Eureka. Pryce had held positions in the troop as historian and senior patrol leader. He is also involved in the Order of the Arrow, which is an elite group of young men and adult men, where he has earned the Ordeal and Brotherhood and is the Order of the Arrow Representative. His grandfather, Jack Messick, accepted the Father's Pin in memory of Pryce's father, Floyd Duane Pryce, in recognition of the wisdom and guidance given to him by his father ...
On Saturday, Jan. 26, a long time Scout leader from Great Bend, Kenton Abbott, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award at the 2013 Council Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting in Wichita. The award is the highest designation a registered adult leader can receive. Abbott began serving in 1999 and in 2013, became the Kanza District Commissioner of the Quivira Council. All three of Abbott's sons have been active in scouting. Both Michael and Luke acheived the rank of Eagle Scout, and son Daniel is now a Weeblo Scout in Pack 184, which Abbott leads.
Jerry Wendel presents an award for 25 years of service to Rosy Tomlin, director of the Great Bend Senior Center, Saturday, Feb. 2, which was also her birthday. The Senior Center, located at 2005 Kansas Ave., started Dec. 15, 1987, and Tomlin started working there on Feb. 2, 1988. The well attended gathering also celebrated years of service for other employees and volunteers at the center.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. 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. Funds are available primarily for the health and well being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
RUSSELL - The Smoky Hill Public Television Signature Auction is coming to the Deines Cultural Center.
Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.
MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.
Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
BY JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking With Gloria" from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. During this class, Gloria Hernandez, will be teaching how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail at email@example.com.