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Member Spotlight: State Theatre

The State Theatre is owned by the community and operated completely by volunteers. They are proud to offer comfortable wide seats and a new Digital Projector with 3D capabilities.

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing.

Soldier Life: From the Garrison to the Campaign Trail for the 2016 Candlelight Tour

Somebody once described Army life as “months of boredom punctuated by moments of terror”. This is especially true for soldiers on garrison duty in the many frontier forts of the post-Civil War Indian Wars era. Soldiers could spend weeks, or even months, on incredibly boring garrison duty, only to quickly transition to the excitement and fear of the campaign trail. This year’s Candlelight Tour will highlight the contrast of garrison duty and the campaign trail for soldiers who were stationed at Fort Larned during its active period.
This year’s Candlelight Tour is on Saturday, October 8th starting at 7:30 pm with tours leaving every 15 minutes after that, for a total of 12 tours. The tours are limited to 20 people and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. You can make your reservation starting Monday, September 26th at 8:30 am, either in person at the Fort Larned Visitor center, or by calling 620-285-6911.
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Fort Larned National Historic Site invites you to discover the meaning of national parks, how your park inspires you – both in personal connections and memorable experiences. Fort Larned National Historic Site is located six miles west of Larned on Kansas Highway 156. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., information on visiting is on the internet at, or by calling 620-285-6911. There is no admission fee.
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The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce Held Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 15th

We recently held our Annual Meeting for the purpose of providing an extra opportunity to inform the community and our members on what the Chamber has been up to over this past year and what we are planning to do, including our goals for 2016 and beyond.

A big portion of what we do is bring events and programs to the community that will create a higher quality of life, bring growth to our businesses, and make Larned and Pawnee County a better place to Live, Work and Play. This includes planning the Annual Antiques and Collectibles Show, Santa Fe Trail Days, Last Chance Golf Tournament, and Christmas Celebration. It also extends out into programs we have created to provide additional opportunities and resources for our businesses, such as our monthly Business Roundtable, Monday Night Madness and Learn at Lunches.

Tying in with the Pawnee County Economic Development Commission, we have also been focused on promoting an entrepreneurial mindset throughout the community to help spur business growth and development.

We are continuously listening to our businesses’ needs, what they want and how we can better serve them. Our priority is our businesses and our community. We hope that through our strategic plan, conducting member surveys and providing extra opportunities to gain feedback, we can reach our goals and continue to provide value to our members.

The meeting last week ended with a highlight into the strategic plan and goals set forth for 2016 and beyond as well as a look into the responses of the recently conducted member survey.

We appreciate the support of our businesses and welcome them to come visit the Chamber office or call anytime. Our work would not be possible without the support of our members and community.

For more information on the Chamber, its strategic plan and goals, and/or survey responses please contact, Sydney Blanton at or 620-285-6916.


Great Bend Regional Hospital Facilitates Forensics Training for Local Law Enforcement

Late last month, Great Bend Regional Hospital sponsored a special forensic training for local law enforcement officers at the Front Door Facility in Great Bend, Kansas. Forensic nurses Deb Higgins, RN SANE from Great Bend and Jennifer Johnson, MSN, APRN, AFN-BC, SANE-A, SANE-P from Shawnee facilitated the meeting, which covered numerous forensic topics.

“The goal for the training was to improve and build on the services we already have in place for victims who come through our doors at Great Bend Regional Hospital,” says Higgins. “We helped them understand the services we can provide to these types of patients, and we learned from them how we can work together to get the best possible outcomes for those victims.”

Topics included strangulation, medical forensic examination and evidence collection by the medical professional, human bites, patterned injuries, patterns of injury, sexual assault, suspect examinations, gunshot wounds, forensic photography, and what the medical forensic examination means for a criminal investigation.

Present at the training were officers from law enforcement agencies such as the Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sherriff’s Department, Ellinwood Police Department, Lyons Sherriff’s Department, Ellis County Sherriff’s Department, along with nurses from Great Bend Regional Hospital and the Barton County Health Department.

“The hospital is also announcing its new policies in place to forensically photograph injuries from sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, stab wounds, and gunshot wounds,” Higgins says. “This is all part of our hospital’s effort to advocate for the victims and document their injuries in case of a future criminal trial.”

About Great Bend Regional Hospital

Great Bend Regional Hospital is a state-of-the-art 33-bed physician owned hospital offering emergency and urgent care services, orthopedics and general surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics, imaging and diagnostics, respiratory therapy, physical and occupational therapy, an in-house laboratory, and more. Learn more at And be sure to like the Great Bend Regional Hospital page on Facebook. “Committed to and caring for the community!”

Member Spotlight: Midwest Energy, Inc.

Midwest Energy, Inc., is an electric and natural gas cooperative serving 92,000 customers in central and western Kansas.

Midwest Energy’s mission is to:
– Provide safe, reliable and efficient energy services;
– Deliver innovative, affordable and environmentally sound solutions, and
– Foster leadership and growth throughout our region.

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing.

Larned United Methodist Church’s Annual Turkey Dinner 

The Larned United Methodist Church will be hosting their Annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, November 6th from 11:30 to 1:30 pm at their church, 701 Main Street in Larned. Advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 12 and Free for children 5 years old and younger. Carry out is available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Beth Pinkston at (620) 923-6027.

The Last Chance Golf Tournament Reaches Its 26th Year

Join the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce on Sunday, October 2nd for a final opportunity to partake in the game of golf before winter sets in.  Entering its 26th year, the Last Chance Golf Tournament will provide one last tournament opportunity. The tournament is run as a 4-Person Team Scramble. The entry fee is $200 per team which includes a 70% payback based on 18 teams, prizes, and lunch. Mulligans are $5 each.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Enter today! Teams check-in from 8:30 to 9:00 am on Sunday, followed by a shotgun start at 9:15 am.

Eagle Sponsors include: Ward Feed Yard, Ike Shaver Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, The Tiller & Toiler, Bert & Wetta, Taco Bell, Farmer’s Bank & Trust, Doerr’s Ace Hardware, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, The Great Bend Tribune, and Straub International.  Birdie Sponsors include: Beckwith Mortuary, First State Bank & Trust Company, Schartz Automotive, Pawnee County Coop, Country Living of Larned, Janssen Ford of Larned, Haynes Electric, Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine, American State Bank & Trust Company, and Dillons. Our Raffle Basket Sponsor for this year is B&B Quality Meats.

For more information and to register your team, contact the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce at 620-285-6916.

About The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce

The Larned Area Chamber of Commerce works creatively to find innovative ways to improve the business atmosphere in Larned and surrounding areas. Learn more at And be sure to like the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce page on Facebook and Twitter.

Dine United at Pizza Hut in Larned on September 20th from 4:00 to 9:00 pm 

Dine United is a great way for you to support United Way of Central Kansas and get dinner on the table! Let the Larned Pizza Hut prepare your dinner on September 20th.

Pizza Hut will donate 20% of their proceeds from 4:00 to 9:00 pm to United Way!

Take advantage of Dine In, Carryout, or Delivery from Pizza Hut and support UWCK at the same time.

Call 620-285-3101 or visit to make a difference in your community!

Member Spotlight: Golden Belt Telephone Association

Our Larned office is located at 122 W 5th Street and can be contacted at 620-910-7676. We offer wireless internet and computer repair drop off, plus we are an agent for Nex-Tech Wireless phones.

Golden Belt has always been recognized as a leader in technology and the latest offerings in the field of communications. We continually work hard to maintain that reputation. We are also highly regarded for our personal customer service.

– Phone
– Internet
– Cable
– Cell Phone
– Security (alarms)
– Farm (irrigation systems)
– Computer

For more information, you may also visit their Directory Listing.

Fort Larned NHS has a Maintenance Mechanic Term Position Opening

Fort Larned NHS has a Maintenance Mechanic (HVAC, Plumbing, etc)  Term position WG-09, application are being accepted via usajobs web sit listed below. Application period is from 09/01/2016 and closing date of 09/15/2016.