The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was bestowed upon Tyler John Koelsch on March 12 at the Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Neb. Tyler is the son of Rick Koelsch, formerly of Great Bend and the late Jane Koelsch. Grandparents are LeRoy and Jean Dringmann and June Koelsch, all of Great Bend. Tyler is a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop #2 Cornhusker Council. His scoutmaster is Scott Connors.
The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will conduct an Orientation Meeting at 1 p.m. on April 7 at the Village south of the river bridge on Highway 281. The meeting is for anyone in Barton County who seeks information about volunteer service at the museum. This meeting will help volunteers, new or returning, to become acquainted with life at the Village and to learn more about the new happenings and the many new displays at the museum.
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met March 15 at the home of Reta Lucas. President Brenda Black led the meeting.
There are many 'untold stories' about Great Bend Army Air Field during its brief, but very active, existence during World War II. One of those stories involves six young women, assigned to GBAAF as WASPs or Women Airforce Service Pilots. Karen Neuforth, Research Coordinator of the Barton County Historical Society, will tell that story at the regular meeting of the Society at 7:30 p.m. Monday. As always, the public is welcome to attend and learn more about our county's history.
On Saturday, March 19 kids in the Barton County 4H Shooting Sports project traveled to Pawnee County to compete in the annual Pawnee County Shootout air rifle competition.
Eighteen members of the Great Bend Garden Club met on March 17 at the county extension office.
The Great Bend Rotary Club recently honored five new Paul Harris Fellows. They were Rotarians Ed Mauler, Devin McMillen, Dr. Patrick Stang, Dr. Tom Vernon and Rotary Spouse, Anna Burke. Rotarian Gary Burk was honored as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. District 5670 Governor Peter Marcus from Ness City made the presentation. A Paul Harris Fellow is a Rotarian that has contributed US$ 1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program of Rotary. Rotary International is the world's first service club organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 ...
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel met at 11:30 a.m. on March 11 at the Club at StoneRidge. President Rose Kelly opened the meeting with the flag salute and Becky Dudrey gave the invocation. Thirty-eight members and one guest, Alicia Westhoff, were present. New members Steve Dayton, Janice Friedeman and Marcia Berchek were introduced.
The Progress Club met on March 7. Hostess was Karen Becker. Seventeen members were present.
Several Scouts from Troop 111, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Great Bend, received special recognition for giving service beyond what is normally expected.
Boy Scout Troop 149 recently held Pinewood Derby Race.
The Seventh Annual Barton County 4-H Winter Classic hosted over sixty 4-H members from nearby counties. Members participated in air rifle and archery competition to prepare for the upcoming state 4-H Shooting Sports Competition to be held April 16th at the Expo Grounds west of Great Bend.
League of Women Voters of Great Bend will hold the monthly meeting at noon on Tuesday at Montana Mike's in the north room. Lunch will be from the menu and can be from their "quick serve" menu.
Parnassus Club held their annual piano and voice auditions on March 1 at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. Twenty-three piano and voice students participated in the auditions open to all Barton County music students. The voice students perform two art songs memorized and piano students perform one memorized solo for an adjudicator who then writes an evaluation of the student's performance and gives awards in both the Junior category,(6th grade through 8th grade) and senior division (high school). The adjudicator for both voice and piano was Ms. Tiffiney Harms, McPherson College music instructor.
Brain Awareness Week is March 10-16. BAW is a global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. Public outreach that propagates breakthroughs in recent brain research can help children and adults learn how to live a more brain-healthy lifestyle and, by increasing the public's awareness, also increase their support for funding further research. With these benefits in mind, the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (DABI) created Brain Awareness Week in 1996. Pilot International is a partner in bringing the BAW to the public. You can follow the action on Twitter (hashtag #brainweek) and ...
On March 1, the parents of Barton County 4H Air Rifle kids braved the winter weather conditions and traveled to Hays so the 4H'ers could compete in the Ellis County 4H Air Rifle Match.
The Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting.
The Progress Club met on March 3, at the home of Karen Becker with Janet Engelman and Pat Halbower as co-hostesses. Fourteen members attended. Judy Fox presided in the absence of Norma Ward and opened the meeting with the Lord's prayer. Roll call was followed by the reading and approval of the previous month's minutes. Treasurer's report was given by Darlene Mathers. There was no correspondence or any committee reports. In new business, the topic of officers for the coming year was discussed. Judy Fox will advance to President, Pat Klusener will remain secretary, and Darlene Mathers ...
Preceptor Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi honored its president Cindy Meitler as Valentine Queen during a special dinner attended by members and their guests on Feb. 8 at Great Bend Coffee Company.
On Feb. 13 the TLC Twisters 4-H Club delivered bird feeders they made to Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation residents. They were made from combining gelatin and bird seed and forming them in cookie cutters in the shape of hearts for Valentines Day.
4-H'ers from across the state traveled to Great Bend on Feb. 15, to compete in the Barton County Winter Classic Air Rifle Match.
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