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Briefs for Jan. 9, 2011
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BCC Theatre and Forensics to host open house for new students


Barton Community College’s Theatre and Forensics departments will host an open house at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the college’s Fine Arts Auditorium.

The open house will be a chance for new, transfer and current students to learn about BCC Theatre and Forensics and the scholarships, scheduled events and audition opportunities available to them for the 2011 spring semester, said Erin Renard, theater instructor. Barton students will perform some of their work from the fall semester in a showcase format. Refreshments will follow the presentations.

For more information about the open house, contact Renard, 620-786-1187,, or Kenny Hopkinson, forensics instructor, 620-786-1153,

BCC Theatre events planned for the spring semester include "Too Many Sopranos," a student-directed opera, 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 5 in Barton’s Fine Arts Auditorium, and "Baby With the Bathwater," 7:30 p.m., April 15 and 16, Fine Arts Auditorium. For each of those events, students will be admitted free; admission for the general public is $5. Auditions for "Baby With the Bathwater" are set for 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.


Commodities given out


Pastor Clay will be handing out the commodities from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the SRS Building.


GBRC Board to elect new officers


The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors will start the new year Monday by electing officers and reviewing the 2011 meeting calendar, when it meets at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center. There will also be an executive session for administrative personnel evaluation, and this year’s soccer rules will be approved.

Barton offers private pilot ground school


Barton Community College will offer Private Pilot Ground School providing the fundamentals of flying an airplane. Classes will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 1 through May 3, in Barton’s Technical Building, T-178.

The course will provide the ground school requirements allowing students to take the Federal Aviation Administration written private pilot test with the proper endorsement. The written exam is good for 24 calendar months, giving students the time needed to pursue flight training.

The fee for this four-credit-hour course is $336. Textbook fees may be additional.

For more information about Barton’s Private Pilot Ground School, contact the college’s Executive Director of Workforce Training and Economic Development Julie Kramp, 620-792-9278 or 866-812-2462; e-mail,


Board of education meeting


USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education office, 201 S. Patton Road.

Items of the agenda include seventh grade athletics, approval of plan and design for brass name plates, Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act, grant on bullying, and District’s calendar for 2011-12.