We are well underway with the second semester in the Ellinwood Public School district. Winter athletics are reaching the midpoint of their seasons, and academically the district is diligently preparing students for a rigorous curriculum as we transition to the new common core standards. The district also has many exciting initiatives planned for the second half of the school year. We are greatly looking forward to the many accomplishments our students will achieve during the second semester!
The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the city building. Present were, Mayor Michael Urban, Councilpersons Kirk Schneweis, Kelly Nixon, Casey Hubbard and Leon Oberle. Also present was City Attorney Bob Suelter, City Clerk Patricia Schmidt and Robert Gunder.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for boredom – winter nature programs! Kids will turn a 2-liter pop bottle into a gnome bird house complete with a bark or grass roof, make a snowflake and ceramic pot turtle, play games and of course learn more about the world around them and the creatures living there. So don't delay, sign-up soon, as the maximum for each class is 20 children.
Two weeks into the new year, and many have already forgotten their resolutions for 2013. But many have not, and Barton County Extension FCS agent Donna Krug offered suggestions for how to take the first step towards meeting these goals Wednesday. Over the noon hour, she presented a talk, "An action plan for healthy living," at the Great Bend Recreation Center. Each person in attendance left with a plan to take one simple step which could be achieved in the next week.
Eight Ellinwood High School Debaters represented EHS at the 321A 2-Speaker State Debate Championships held at Tonganoxie High School on Jan. 11-12. The eight students paired into four 2-Speaker teams, which marked the first time EHS qualified the maximum of four teams for the tournament.
Even though Joan League is a local Tai Chi instructor, she took advantage of a recent class at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to add to her knowledge. That mission was accomplished but there was another benefit.
The Great Bend High School Varsity Debate Team traveled to Hutchinson for the 2 Speaker Varsity State Championship Tournament on Jan. 11-12. To qualify for state the teams must have competed in four varsity tournaments and have a 50% win/loss record. Two teams qualified which consisted of the team of Michael Gieck and Kameko Schultz, as well as the team of Marissa Hoisington and Chase Pumford. They competed against 23 schools and 70 teams. The elimination rounds, which consisted of six, were directly power matched, which kept the teams on their toes throughout the two days they competed. The ...
Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to attend the GriefShare program held at Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway, Great Bend. Meetings are at 3 p.m. on Sundays, beginning Jan. 20.
Tickets are on sale and auction items are being collected now for the Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala. This 8th annual event is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Heritage Room at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th, Great Bend.
The Central Kansas Chorale, which is sponsored by Barton Community College, is recruiting singers for the spring 2013 season. The CKC strives to provide challenging performances of quality literature for the enjoyment of the residents of the Central Kansas area.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include presentation of R.O.S.E. Award to Officer Jefferson Davis; Boardmanship Academy Awards presented to Wade Babock, Kevin Mauler, Cheryl Rugan and Dwight Young; Challenge Awards presented to 6th grade math at Eisenhower Elementary School and 5th grade reading at Jefferson Elementary School; insurance plan health survey/tests and permission to revise health plan; update on wellness initiative; fundraiser requests for 2013-2014; approval to market the district's insurance; consideration for use ...
The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Community Church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said everyone is welcome.
Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."
I thought he was exaggerating when my friend called and said he had snakes in large numbers in a water trap in his front yard. I grabbed the camera and drove out to his farm. I was amazed when he lifted the iron cover to expose the mass of reptiles inhabiting that small area. Practically every crevasse housed a serpent. They were mainly Bull Snakes with some King Snakes and Rat Snakes. The temperature was in the 70's, and the snakes were lively and active. There were no venomous snakes that I could discern. We agreed that the large ...
A voice came over the loud-speaker system filling every room at Great Bend Middle School.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the renaming of the Convention Center, Rotary Club activities and the appointment of a public lands director.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes: proclamations for County Day of Recognition for National Service, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; the county's exchange server; and Planning Commission appointments.
Teachers were gifted with nearly $30,000 by the USD 428 Education Foundation when the non-profit group recently awarded 28 minigrants. The amount distributed was higher than any previous year. Successful fund raisers, gifts from benefactors and investments resulted in more money being available than in the past, according to Matt Hiss, president. Education Foundation trustees also agreed to not cap the limit for each minigrant this year. As a result, two applicants received significantly more than $1,500.
Two individuals and three groups are receiving the state's 2015 People Saving People Award for their efforts to improve traffic safety on April 1 as part of the 21st annual Kansas Transportation Safety Conference in Wichita.
The River of Life Church in Great Bend will sponsor a local Easter egg hunt at Heizer Park, 8th and Heizer, at 11 a.m. Saturday.
First Assembly of God, 601 Patton Road, will hold its seventh annual Big Cannon Candy Shoot at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, behind the church.
The Sons of the American Legion will hold a hamburger and brat feed from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the Argonne American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. Hamburgers and brats will be available for $5 each for members and guests. Proceeds will support the Sons of the American Legion's programs such as child welfare and the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
Children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities are the beneficiaries of the community's generosity and compassion once again, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services.
Patients and visitors at St. Rose Health Center will notice virtually no disruption in services during the move into its new location next door, Administrator Leanne Irsik said.
For the third consecutive year, the Kansas House of Representatives will formally declare the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.