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Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center Announces Honor Roll

Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center has recently announced its A-B honor roll for fifth and sixth grade students for the spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Fifth grade: Alysson I. Acosta, Ivan d. Almanza Hernandez, Ximena Y. Alvarez, Xahiliany E. […]

Test Drive A School Bus Planned For Saturday

The Garden City Public Schools Transportation Department will host an event for the community to come out and test drive a school bus on Saturday, June 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Garden City High School student parking lot, 2720 Buffalo Way […]

Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center Announces Honor Roll

Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center has recently announced its A-B honor roll for fifth and sixth grade students for the spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Fifth grade: Hanad Abdi, Lidia Arevalo Martinez, Elmer Argueta, Atalya Barnes, Inaky Benitez-Tamayo, Jose Benitez-Hernandez, […]

Garden City Public Schools Summer Bookmobile

The USD 457 Books on the Bus program, better known as B.O.B., will visit various sites in Garden City, Monday through Thursday, starting Monday, June 7th.  The Bookmobile’s last scheduled visit will be held on July 22, 2021.  The Bookmobile will not visit the community July 5th – 8th. B.O.B. […]

USD 457 Virtual Academy Accepting Enrollment

The USD 457 Virtual Academy is currently taking enrollment of nontraditional students in grades nine to twelve and adults looking to continue their education.  The Virtual Academy is an online school that empowers students to seek an education and earn their high school diploma. The Virtual Academy provides individualized learning […]

GCAEOP Honor Staff For 2020-2021

The Garden City Association of Educational Office Professionals (GCAEOP) held their annual Appreciation Awards.  The organization’s membership selects an Administrator of the Year and Office Professional of the Year, who are recognized in the district for their service. This year the organization honored KJ Knoll, Financial Officer, as the Administrator […]

Summer Food Service Program Begins

Garden City Public Schools continues a program that provides summertime meals to children and youth in 2021.  The meals are free for anyone age 18 and under.  No reservations are needed for the meals.  While meals for youth 18 and under are free, adults my purchase a lunch at a […]

NEW EXHIBIT EXPOSES HISTORY OF “UNMENTIONABLES”

The Finney County Museum in Garden City has switched to summer display hours effective June 1 and opened a new exhibit entitled “Unmentionables” in the Front Door Gallery.  In addition, the Historic William Fulton House will open for summer tours June 5.     Museum exhibit hours during winter, spring and fall […]

Horace J. Good Middle School Announces Honor Roll

Horace J. Good Middle School has recently announced its honor roll for seventh and eighth grade students for the spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Seventh grade: Ethan R. Ackerman, Kade M. Andersen, Simon C. Biera, Vanessa Chacon-Arzaga, Michael A.  […]

GCHS Graduate Receives National Merit Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced that Garden City High School senior and recent graduate, Adam Kennington, has earned a National Merit scholarship that is sponsored by colleges and universities.  He is being offered the National Merit W. Harold Otto Scholarship.  This Scholarship is sponsored by The University of […]

Kenneth Henderson Middle School Announces Honor Roll

Kenneth Henderson Middle School has recently announced its A-B honor roll for seventh and eighth grade students for the spring semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Seventh grade: Ricky L. Bailey Jr, Melisa Baracaldo Calderon, Isabelle M. Caballero, Amayah R. Caro-Chacon, […]

District Honors Retirees and Long-time Employees

Garden City Public Schools has honored long-time employees.  Each year Garden City Public Schools proudly salutes all of its retiring employees and those who continue to serve the district after 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service. For many, their service to the district and students […]

City to hold Public Meeting for new Comprehensive Plan

What is your vision for the future of Garden City and the Downtown? Share your ideas with us by attending the second public meeting for the Garden City Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Plan on Thursday, June 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You, your family—including kids, grandparents, friends, and neighbors—are […]

Farmers Market Set to Return this Weekend

The Garden City Farmers Market will begin it’s 2021 season this Saturday, June 5, 2021. The market will begin at 7am and run until noon. Vendors will once again be set up in the Sequoyah 9 Theater parking lot. There is no booth rent or reservation process, but is on […]

GCCC Signs Articulation Agreement with Bethany College

Garden City Community College has entered into anarticulation agreement with Bethany College which will enable GCCC students to transfer alldegree credit to Bethany College.The agreement of understanding assures that any GCCC Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate ofScience (AS) graduate may transfer, as a block, all courses completed as part […]

GCHS To Present “Once on This Island Jr.”

The Garden City High School drama department will present Once on This Island Jr. on June 5th at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on the Florence Wilson Elementary School Playground, 1709 Labrador Blvd., or in the Garden City High School Auditorium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd., if there is bad […]

GCHS Drama Department Nominated For 8 Theatre Kansas Awards

The Garden City High School drama department has received word that it has been nominated for eight Theatre Kansas Awards. This year, the Music Theatre of Wichita Jester Awards were canceled due to COVID-19, and Theatre Kansas organized an event to recognize musical theatre programs from across the state of […]

District Honors Retirees & Long-time Employees

Garden City Public Schools is honoring long-time employees.  Each year Garden City Public Schools proudly salutes all of its retiring employees and those who continue to serve the district after 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service. For many, their service to the district and students […]

Two GCCC Employees Awarded NISOD Excellence Award

Garden City Community College is proud to announce two employees were awarded the annual NISOD Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award. The 2021 NISOD Excellence Award was awarded to Perla Salazar, GCCC Math Instructor, and Lawrence (Larry) Jenkins, GCCC Nursing Instructor.The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is […]

GCCC Partners with Garden City Family YMCA

Garden City Community College and Garden City Family YMCA announce a new partnership to help fill a void for both organizations. Nolan Soto will be the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for GCCC and serve as the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the YMCA. He will specialize in continuing his […]

GCHS Forensics Team State Runner-up

The Garden City High School forensics team finished its Kansas State High School Activities Association season at the State Festival and at the State Speech Drama championship tournament on Saturday, May 1.  The team finished as the State Runner-up.  Every school in the State Speech Drama championship tournament had a […]

GCHS Music Department Rates At State Competition

The Garden City High School music department participated in State Large Group Contest and student solos virtually this year due to COVID.  The large group were judged by a panel made up of three judges and the ensembles were judged by one judge that rated the performances in their particular […]

Garden City High School Prom Set For Saturday

The Garden City High School Junior Senior prom will be held Saturday, May 1st, in the GCHS gymnasiums, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  The theme for this year’s gala event is “A Night of Enchantment”.  Promenade will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. Students and their guests will […]

GCCC to Implement Kansas Promise Scholarship Act in Fall

Garden City Community College is excited that Governor Kelly signed the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act, a last-dollar scholarship program for Kansas high school graduates who complete a CTE certificate or two-year program in specific career and technical education (CTE) programs.House Bill 2064 established the Kansas Promise Scholarship Act which provides […]

GCCC PRISM to Host Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event

GCCC’s PRISM student organization is hosting a come and go Sexual Assault Awareness Month event on April 28th and April 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM in the Campus Quad. As April is sexual assault awareness month, this two-day event will promote community awareness of the public health problem […]

Alternate Education Center and Virtual Academy Graduation Set

Commencement exercises for the USD 457 Garden City Alternate Education Center and Virtual Academy will take place Saturday, May 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. in Clifford Hope Auditorium at Horace J. Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main Street. The school’s administration is requesting that guests do not bring balloons, air horns […]

GCHS Debate Team Qualifies Students And Receives Awards

The Garden City High School Debate team finished the national qualifying tournament for the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) on April 17th.  The team qualified a number of students that will be competing at the national tournament this June. The team also received a series awards from the NSDA.  […]

GCHS To Host State Robotics Competition

Garden City High School will host the state robotics competition on Saturday, April 17, for teams across the state that have advanced to the competition.  The contest will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the main gym at Garden City High School, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  The […]

GCHS Drama Department To Present Puffs

Garden City High school drama department will present the hilarious new comedy “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic”, April 23rd and 24th at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a matinee performance on April 25th at 2:30 p.m.  The performances will be held […]

New Art Exhibition “Stages” Now at Mercer Gallery

The Mercer Gallery is pleased to bring in the University of Kansas Painting Club to wrap up the visiting artists for the 2020/21 academic year. “Stages”, an art exhibition featuring painting students at different points, periods, or steps in their lives, careers, and education, is showcased at The Mercer Gallery […]

Jayhawk Conference President’s Council approved revised safety protocols for outdoor sporting events

After weeks of discussion, the Jayhawk Conference President’s Council approved revised safety protocols for outdoor sporting events. On Monday, conference leaders passed a motion to remove the mask requirement at all outdoor activities. Instead, school officials will now recommend wearing masks where social distancing can be achieved, instead of mandating […]

Emergency Grant Funding Available to Students for Summer 2021 Term

Garden City Community College will distribute $100,000 in federal funding to qualifying students enrolled in the Summer 2021 term at GCCC. This emergency grant funding is from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to alleviate student’s financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The disbursement from the U.S. […]

GCHS Seniors Named Kansas Honor Scholars

There have been a number of Garden City High School seniors that have been named Kansas Honor Scholars by the University of Kansas Alumni Association.  These students are being recognized by the University of Kansas as the top ten percent of the graduating class after seven semesters.  The GCHS students […]

GCCC PRISM to Host Virtual Speaker on March 30th

Life strategist and author, Jody McClure from LifeCore Co., is set to speak on Tuesday, March 30th at 6pm via livestream. This is event is sponsored by the GCCC PRISM club and open to GCCC students and the community. The livestream event will be on the GC3 Media YouTube channel, […]

GCCC to Offer Face-to-Face Classroom Options in Fall

Garden City Community College will remove social distancing protocols from face-to-face classrooms starting in Fall 2021. Marc Malone, Vice President for Instructional Services, noted “Our priority has always been the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the larger Garden City community. We will continue to prioritize this […]

GCCC to Hold Hybrid Commencement Ceremony in May

Garden City Community College is excited to announce a hybrid commencement ceremony will occur in May to honor graduates. A live ceremony for the graduates with two family members allowed will take place, followed by a virtual release of the commencement ceremony video.With everyone’s health and safety in mind, a […]

GCCC Announces 2021-22 Ambassador Scholars

Garden City Community College is excited to announce the 2021-2022 Ambassador Scholars: Anjelina Serrano of Garden City, KS and Heidy Mercado of Liberal, KS.An Ambassador Scholar is a prestigious scholarship accolade based on academic achievement, school and community service, and other important criteria. This award is given to two incoming […]

GCCC Homecoming Week 3/22-3/27 Events

Garden City Community College will celebrate Homecoming Week on March 22-27th. This year’s theme is “mask-querade”. Each day of the week will feature a dress up theme and a fun outdoor activity in the Quad from 11-1. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in the fun!• Monday 3/22: […]

Middle School Music Departments Rate At Competition

The music students from the Garden City middle schools competed in a musical festival on Friday, March 12, at Horace Good Middle School.  The schools brought 13 different music ensembles to the competition to be judged.  A panel made up of three judges rated each of the performances. The Horace […]

GCHS Hospitality Program Named to 2019-20 Elite 50

GCHS students in the culinary studies class. (picture is from archives and is pre-COVID 19 restrictions) The Garden City High School culinary program has been named to the 2019-20 Elite 50 from the National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University, Louisville, Kentucky.  The Elite 50 is an exclusive group […]

City to host Public Meeting for new Comprehensive Plan

What is your vision for the future of Garden City and the Downtown? Share your ideas with us by attending the public meeting for the Garden City Comprehensive Plan and Downtown Plan on Tuesday, March 23d from 6 to 7 p.m. You, your family—including kids, grandparents, friends, and neighbors—are all […]

Garden City Public Schools Foundation To Award Mini-grants

The Garden City Public Schools Foundation Grant Squad will visit schools on Wednesday, March 10th, to award $200 mini-grants to help teachers enhance instruction in their classrooms.  The awards will be presented to teachers in a surprise celebration in their classrooms. The foundation received 12 grant applications from staff around […]

Second Round of Emergency Funding to Benefit GCCC Students

Garden City Community College will distribute $500,000 in federal funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) to qualifying students to help alleviate financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The disbursement from the U.S. Department of Education is intended to reach as many students as possible and […]

Music Concerts Scheduled At Schools During The Week

There will be a number of music concerts scheduled during the week at Garden City Public Schools.  Students will be given a limited number of tickets from the music director so family members can attend the concerts.  Kenneth Henderson Middle School will present a band concert on Monday, March 8th, […]

USD 457 To Celebrate Read Across America

Garden City Public Schools will be celebrating Read Across America from March 1st – 5th to promote reading and adult involvement in the education of our community’s students.  Students at Garden City Public Schools will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the National Education Association’s (NEA) […]

Dual Credit Auto Tech Courses Offered in Fall 2021

Garden City Community College is offering tuition-free dual credit Automotive Technology courses to high school students from Garden City, Deerfield, and Holcomb starting in Fall 2021.High school students interested in training for an automotive technology career, getting a foot in the door with local auto shops, and receiving personal attention […]

GCCC Quiz Bowl to Compete in National Championship Tournament

With their strong finish in the online sectional tournament on Saturday, January 23, 2021, the Garden City Community College Quiz Bowl team College proved themselves worthy to play on a national stage. On Saturday, February 27, the team will represent GCCC in a 16-team national competition: National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ […]

GCHS Hall of Fame Nominations Deadline Approaching

The Garden City High School Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame inductees.  Nominees must be graduates of Garden City High School.  Other qualifications to be considered include professional accomplishments, community service and the capacity to be a positive role model for the […]

Governor Laura Kelly Signs CTE Proclamation at GCCC

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed a proclamation declaring February as Career and Technical Education (CTE) month during a visit to the Garden City Community College campus on Tuesday, February 23rd.The visit began with a campus tour, highlighting two of GCCC’s technical programs. Dr. Clint Alexander, Animal Science Instructor/Meat Judging Coach, […]

GCHS Art Students Receive Awards

Garden City High School art students recently received word on how they ranked in the second annual Mercer Gallery Art Show that took place December 21st through February 5th.  The show was juried by Garden City Community College art students.  Garden City High School winners include: Best in Show was […]

Garden City High School Announces Honor Roll

Garden City High School has recently announced its honor roll for each of the academies for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor rolls include Principal Honor of 4.0 GPA, High Honors of 3.99 – 3.75 GPA, and Honors of 3.74 – 3.50 GPA. The honor roll […]

Fall 2020 Honor Roll Recipients Announced

Garden City Community College is proud to present ourFall 2020 Honor Roll recipients. They include a total of 598 students on three lists: President’sHonor Roll, Vice President/Deans’ Honor Roll, and Honorable Mention.The President’s recipients, 153 in total, achieved a semester GPA of 4.0 or higher.The VP/Deans’ recipients, 335 in total, […]

Enrollment now open for Citizens Academy 2021

The City of Garden City Citizens Academy will begin March 25 and finishon May 13. Interested residents are invited to take part and learn more about the role the Cityplays in their everyday lives.Citizens Academy is an excellent opportunity for residents to get a behind-the-sceneslook at local government and its […]

SOUTHWEST KANSAS ANTIQUES APPRAISAL FAIR CALLED OFF UNTIL 2022

Lead appraiser Jody Bennett discusses an item as volunteer Ray Heinemann shows it to the crowd during last year’s Southwest Kansas Antiques Appraisal Fair.     The Southwest Kansas Antiques Appraisal Fair, normally conducted each March in Garden City, will take a break until 2022. The ninth annual event, originally set for […]

Courtney Prewitt Named Garden City Chief of Police

Courtney Prewitt has been named Chief of Police for the Garden CityPolice Department. Prewitt has worked for the GCPD since May 1999, most recently serving ascaptain of the patrol division.Beginning March 29, Prewitt will fill the post vacated by the retirement of Chief MichaelUtz. The City conducted a nationwide search […]

Color & Canon Art Exhibition Coming to Mercer Gallery

The Mercer Gallery is pleased to host Nick Geankoplis,Kyle Johns, and Flor Widmar from February 16th to March 12th. The exhibition titled Color &Canon will feature recent artwork from the artistic trio along with a select group of ceramicstudents’ artwork.Widmar is currently instructing ceramics at Emporia State University, while Geankoplis […]

2021 SWKS Pro-Am dates set

On June 7, 2021, the Southwest Kansas Pro-Am is coming back, stronger than ever! Although COVID has changed the landscape of philanthropy, it has not changed the mission of the SWKS Pro-Am: to support the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Catherine Hospital and bring quality, professional golf to […]

FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM CLOSING THIS WEEKEND & MONDAY

With high temperatures expected to reach only the single-digit range this weekend, the Finney County Historical Museum will close Feb. 13 and 14.     Regular winter exhibit hours of 1-5 p.m. will remain in effect before and after those dates, along with office hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, but there […]

GCCC DPS Firearm Trainings 2021 Schedule Released

The Department of Public Safety at Garden CityCommunity College will host several firearm training courses throughout the year includingKansas Concealed Carry, NRA Women on Target, and Basic Handgun.The Kansas Concealed Carry training course is required for all Kansas citizens who desire toapply for a Concealed Carry Handgun License. Participants must […]

GCCC to allow limited fans beginning on Feb. 11

By Mike Pilosof Garden City, KS-Following the Jayhawk Conference’s decision to begin allowing fans at athletic events, Garden City Community College announced this week that beginning on Feb. 11, fans will be allowed back for games at a 25 percent capacity. “We are excited to start taking initial steps of […]

Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center Announces Honor Roll

Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center has recently announced its A-B honor roll for fifth and sixth grade students for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Fifth grade: Lidia N. Arevalo Martinez, Atalya C. Barnes, Twar H. Dar, Emrie J. Felvus, […]

Kenneth Henderson Middle School Announces Honor Roll

Kenneth Henderson Middle School has recently announced its A-B honor roll for seventh and eighth grade students for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Seventh grade: Ricky L. Bailey Jr, Melisa Baracaldo Calderon, Isabelle M. Caballero, Amayah R. Caro-Chacon, […]

Horace J. Good Middle School Announces Honor Roll

Horace J. Good Middle School has recently announced its honor roll for seventh and eighth grade students for the fall semester of the 2020-2021 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Seventh grade: Ethan R. Ackerman, Logan R. Cornish, Nur Jannah Binti Ezahar Hussin, Trinicia G. […]

Next FHSU Bachelor of Social Work Cohort Begins Fall 2021

The next Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Cohort session through Fort Hays State University will begin Fall 2021 at Garden City Community College.The FHSU Department of Social Work partnered with GCCC to develop a 2+3 outreach program for students in the Garden City, KS area who wish to complete their […]

GCHS Orchestra Students Advance To State Groups

It was recently announced that two Garden City High School seniors in orchestra were selected for the Kansas Music Educators Association (KMEA) All-State Orchestra and All-State 56A Band.  The virtual auditions were held for the All-state instrumental groups during the first week of January.  John Percival, violin, was selected for […]

GCCCA Awarded Tyson Grant for Upward Pathways

Garden City Career Connections Academy (GCCCA) was awarded a grant through Tyson Foods, Inc. to support their participation in the new Upward Pathways Pilot project.The Upward Pathways Pilot project is a workforce development initiative through Tyson Foods with a goal of providing job-specific training to employees. This program will introduce […]

GCFD selected to participate in national program

The Garden City Fire Department has been selected as one of 250 fire departments across the country to participate in Community Risk Reduction (CRR) pilot program by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Aligned to NFPA 1300, Standard on Community Risk Assessment and Community Risk Reduction Plan Development, the tool, […]

FUMC Annual Groundhog Supper will have Drive-Thru Format

This year’s Groundhog Supper is scheduled for January 26 and will have a drive-thru only format. Patrons should plan to enter through the 7th Street driveway. Menu will be served from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Meal prices are $8 for adults and $4 for kids. Pre-purchase is encouraged by emailing […]

USD 457 Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon Designation

The USD 457 Parents as Teachers program has earned the Blue Ribbon Affiliate endorsement, which is highest designation a program can earn. The program has been designated a Blue Ribbon Affiliate by the Parents as Teachers National Center. The designation means that the program implements the evidence-based Parents as Teachers […]

GCHS Driver Education Enrollment Set

Enrollment for the spring session of the Driver Education course at Garden City High School will take place Friday, January 15th, at 4:00 p.m. in Room F108 in the Freshman Academy, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  This course is available to Garden City High School students.  There are a limited number […]

FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM RESUMING FREE NOON & EVENING HISTORY PROGRAMS

The Finney County Historical Society is resuming its free evening and noon-hour history programs for the public, beginning Jan. 13.     The winter-spring sessions for 2021 will take place with socially-distanced seating and additional COVID-19 precautions.  Each is scheduled in the Mary Regan Conference Room of the Finney County Museum, 403 […]

School Board Leaders Honored in January

January is School Board Recognition Month and Garden City Public Schools is joining other school districts across the state to acknowledge the important contributions local school board members make to their communities.  The thousands of elected school board members are honored by their schools and communities for their dedication to […]

Spring Semester Starts January 25 For USD 457

The fall semester for Garden City Public Schools will end on January 21, 2021, because the district started the school year later than what was planned.  The late start helped get the district prepared for the start of the school year with the district operational plan for COVID-19.  The spring […]

Upward Academy Students Celebrate Achievements

Upward Academy students celebrated their educational achievementsin December 2020 during a fun socially-distanced gathering. The students were honored and recognized fortheir accomplishments during the fall semester.Dr. Ryan Ruda, Garden City Community College President, stated “I was honored to be a part of the event.It was very humbling and rewarding to […]

GCHS Hall of Fame Committee Seeks Nominations

The Garden City High School Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Hall of Fame inductees.  Nominees must be graduates of Garden City High School.  Other qualifications to be considered include professional accomplishments, community service and the capacity to be a positive role model for the […]

USD 457 Virtual Academy Accepting Enrollment

The USD 457 Virtual Academy is currently taking enrollment of nontraditional students in grades nine to twelve and adults looking to continue their education.  The Virtual Academy is an online school that empowers students to seek an education and earn their high school diploma. The Virtual Academy provides individualized learning […]

Christmas Tree Pickup scheduled for January 4, 5, and 6

The City of Garden City Parks Departments will be providing its annual free Christmas tree pick-up service on Monday, January 4 through Wednesday, January 6, 2021.Discarded Christmas trees must be placed next to the curb, in front of your residence, before your scheduled pickup date. Please do not put trees […]

FINNEY COUNTY WILL FOLLOW STATE OF KANSAS VACCINATION PLAN

As the state of Kansas unveils their phased plan for distribution of COVID19 vaccinations in Kansas, the Finney County Health Department continues to work closely with theKansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to determine the process of vaccine distributionin Finney County.“We will follow KDHE’s lead in distribution to determine […]

GCCC ONLINE FOOD SAFETY PROGRAM RECOGNIZED BY USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture recently recognized the Garden City Community College Online Food Safety Program for its training and leadership.  “The ability of our program to find very qualified adjunct faculty members that can take extremely complex information and disseminate it to inspectors around the country at an […]

GCHS Principal Named Principal of the Year Region 6

Steve Nordby, Garden City High School Principal, was recently recognized as the Principal of the Year for Southwest Kansas (Region 6) by the KASSP (Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals).  He was nominated and selected by principals across Kansas for his leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism and service to students.  […]

Garden City High School Students Make District Choir

Garden City High School recently received word that the choir students that made the District Honor Choir were announced.  There will be no performance this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The GCHS students that earned spots in the choir include: Rylan Anderson, Bass 2; Kolby Blackburn, Tenor 2; Lezette […]

Nursing program earns high marks

The Garden City Community College Nursing Program is ranked as one of the top 100 schools in the nation according to the Nursing Schools Almanac.   “It’s quite humbling to be honest,” Director of Nursing, Patsy Zeller said. “A lot of our success is predicated on our great faculty and staff. […]

Garden City High School Students Make District Orchestra

The Garden City High School orchestra students had their recorded pieces judged for the Southwest/Northwest District Honor Orchestra.  The other schools that participated in this event for orchestra were: Dodge City, Great Bend, Hays and Beloit.  There will be no performance this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the […]

GCHS Robotic Team Places At Competition

Garden City High School recently competed in the annual BEST robotics competition. This year’s competition format was different than in previous years due to COVID. This year the focus was on designing and programming a virtual robot to compete on a virtual game field. The robot was tasked with identifying, […]

FINNEY COUNTY PARTNERS TO OPEN REMOTE LEARNING CENTER

Finney County has partnered with the Turning Point Church of the Nazarene toopen a remote learning center that will provide access to and assistance with distance learning forchildren of front-line employees. This partnership was made possible by the SPARK grant and thesupport of the Finney County Health Department.At this time, […]

Elementary School To Open Time Capsule

Gertrude Walker Elementary School will hold a time capsule opening event on Wednesday, December 9, at 1:30 p.m.  The school will broadcast the event live on their Facebook page to follow the district’s operational level protocols to keep everyone safe.  The time capsule was interred on the school grounds in […]

GCHS Students Qualify For International Thespian Festival

Garden City High School recently received information that it had two students qualify for the International Thespian Festival (ITF), which will be held virtually this summer. The two students are Adriana Mendoza and Byrant Detvongsa.  They received a Superior rating in Duet Acting qualifying them for the ITF.  Students had […]

Garden City Public Schools Providing Meals To Students

Starting on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, Garden City Public Schools will be providing free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each school day.  The meals will be delivered curbside at the schools.  Parents can pick up meals for all enrolled students in their household at one […]

Three GCHS Teachers Named Crystal Apple Teacher For 2020

2020 Crystal Apple Teachers: l to r: Yuriy Drubinskiy, Jane Schneider and Biju Kalarikkal    Three teachers from Garden City Public Schools were named 2020 Crystal Apple Teachers of Finney County on Thursday, November 19th.  The three teachers who won the highly honored distinction include: Yuriy Drubinskiy, Garden City High […]

NEW HISTORIC CHRISTMAS CARD EXHIBIT OPEN AT FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM

    While the Finney County Historical Museum won’t be hosting a holiday open house this year, due to COVID precautions, it has opened its 2020 Christmas Exhibit in the Front Door Gallery.     Entitled “Season’s Greetings, Historic 19th and 20th Century Christmas Cards,” the display features approximately three-dozen antique Christmas cards dating […]

GCHS Debate Students Place at Tournament

The Garden City High School Debate team has been working hard for the last number of weeks competing at tournaments. The following students placed in the Great Bend tournament on Saturday, November 14. They include: Alejandra Facio/Kiley Kilgore took first place (4-0) in JV and Chris Brahmbhatt/Shawn Dreiling had a […]

District Going To Remote Learning Through December

Garden City Public Schools will be closed to on-site classes and move to Level 6 Remote Learning, from the district’s operational plan, starting on Monday, November 23rd.  The decision to move to Level 6 was made due to several positive COVID-19 cases in the community and district along with the […]

District to Celebrate American Education Week

Garden City Public Schools will be celebrating American Education Week, November 16-20.  American Education Week helps to raise public awareness of the importance of education.  During this week the district celebrates great schools and the partnerships between teachers, support staff, students, parents, and the community. Garden City Public Schools is committed […]

District Moving To Level 5 Starting Monday

Garden City Public Schools has increased the operation level of the district to Level 5 Protective Measures from the district operational plan with some schools operating at a Level 6 Remote Learning.  The protective level will start on Monday, November 9th and the district will stay at the elevated level […]

UPDATE–19th AMENDMENT EXHIBIT DELAYED UNTIL OCT. 30

The Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City now expects to open the statewide traveling exhibit on the 19th Amendment Centennial on Oct. 30, rather than Oct. 28.  Delivery of the display is delayed due to weather-related roadway conditions.     Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kansas, the seven-panel […]

FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM EXHIBIT TO MARK CENTENNIAL OF WOMEN VOTING

19th.tif EEOC.tif The Finney County Historical Museum will host a traveling exhibit before, during and after Election Day that’s designed to bring life to the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Kansas.     The exhibit, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kansas, is scheduled for display Oct. 28-Nov. […]

GCHS Senior Named College Board National Recognition Program Scholar

The College Board National Recognition Program recognized Garden City High School senior Adam Kennington as a College Board National Recognition Program Scholar. He received the National Rural and Small Town Recognition and also the National Hispanic Program Recognition from the program. The College Board National Recognition Programs create pathways to college […]

ADVANCE VOTING HAPPENING NOW AT FINNEY COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE

Advance voting began at the Finney County Election Office last week, and will continue until November 2, 2020, per the schedule below. Dori Munyan, Finney County Clerk and Election Officer, created extended hours again this year for evening and weekend voting opportunities. Tonight is the first evening for advance voting, […]

GCHS Receives NSDA Leading Chapter Award

It was recently announced that the Garden City High School received the 2019-2020 National Speech and Debate Association Leading Chapter Award.  This is the highest recognition a speech and debate charter school can earn.  The school was one of over 100 schools recognized across the nation for this prominent award. […]

GCHS Debate Coach Receives Tech Grant

It was recently announced that Russ Tidwell, Garden City High School Debate and Forensics Coach, received a technology grant for $400 from the Julia Burke Foundation. Tidwell applied for the grant through the National Speech and Debate Association to support virtual speech and debate competition this school year due to […]

GCHS To Present “An Enemy of the People”

The Garden City High School drama department will present “An Enemy of the People”, October 15th and 17th at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a matinee presentation on October 18th at 2:30 p.m.  The performances will be held in the auditorium on the Garden City High School campus, 2720 Buffalo […]

NEW MUSEUM EXHIBIT TRACES HISTORY OF LOCAL WOMEN’S GROUPS

The newest short-term exhibit in the Finney County Historical Museum’s Front Door Gallery has just opened, offering visitors a picture of how local women have founded and developed a wide range of associations, organizations, clubs and societies devoted to improving the quality of life in the community.     The display, entitled […]

LiveWell Finney County Establishes Sister Janice Thome Award

Sister Janice Presented with First Annual Award During 20th Anniversary Event LiveWell Finney County, a coalition of professionals from health, social service, education and the broader community, today announced that it has established the “Sister Janice Thome” award in honor of its namesake acknowledging her vast contributions to the community […]

GCCC Sees Enrollment Growth During Fall Semester

It has definitely been a challenging year for higher education across the board. Despite the hit that schools across the state and the country have taken, Garden City Community College is pleased to announce that enrollment for the fall semester, as of Oct. 1, is up .3 percent compared to […]

Six USD 457 Teachers Named Crystal Apple Finalists

Six teachers from Garden City Public Schools have been named finalists for this year’s Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce Crystal Apple Teacher Recognition Awards. The 2020 finalists from the district are: A’Lana Bates, Horace Good Middle School; Dianna Deniston, Jennie Wilson Elementary School; Yuriy Drubinskiy, Garden City High School; […]

Brandon Stucky, MD, joins Centura-Plaza Medical Center

Bringing a passion for compassionate, patient-centered care, Brandon Stucky, MD, has joined Centura-Plaza Medical Center as a primary care physician and is now seeing patients. His first day at the clinic was Sept. 1. “I am passionate about providing care that works to not only minimize an individual’s sickness, but […]

District To Use Remind As Communication Tool

Garden City Public Schools will be using the Remind system to help improve and streamline communication with our students and families.  Remind offers educators, students, parents and guardians a safe and effective way to communicate about school assignments and grades, ask questions, collaborate and more. Be sure to download the […]

CEMETERY WALKING TOUR TICKETS GOING ON SALE AT 9 A.M. SEPT. 28

Volunteer Shelia Hendershot portrays Reba Hutchison, wife of Kansas Supreme Court Justice William E. Hutchison, during the 2016 Historic Walking Tours of Valley View Cemetery. Tickets are available now at the Finney County Historical Museum. Courtesy photo.     Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 for the Finney […]

Middle School Teacher Receives Book Love Foundation Grant

It was recently announced that A’Lana Bates – Aronson, Horace Good Middle School eighth grade English teacher, received a library grant for $2,000 from the Book Love Foundation.  The grant allowed her to purchase 286 high-interest books for her classroom library.  She is the only grant winner in the state […]

Tommy Austin Arboretum Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The City of Garden City will be joined by the family of Tommy Austin to commemorate the completion of the Tommy Austin Arboretum with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the southwest corner of 5th Street and Kansas Avenue intersection. The dedication will take place on Friday, September 18, at 9:00 […]

Leave a Legacy Run Going Virtual on Oct. 3

Cancer doesn’t stop for COVID, but neither do the hardworking volunteers from the Leave a Legacy Foundation.To protect the health and safety of cancer patients, participants, volunteers and the community during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation will not be having the annual Legacy 10K and Spirit 5K races in […]

GCHS Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist

Garden City High School senior Adam Kennington was recently named a Semifinalist in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  This academically talented high school student has an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $30 million, that will be offered next spring. […]

Broncbuster athletics launching new digital ticket platform

By Mike Pilosof Garden City, KS- Garden City Community College is pleased to announce a new partnership with HomeTown Ticketing to become the official online ticketing provider for Broncbuster Athletics. “We are excited about this new partnership,” Director of Athletics, Greg McVey said. “This new initiative will bring our ticketing […]

GCHS Driver’s Education Enrollment Set

Enrollment for the fall session of the Driver Education course at Garden City High School will take place Friday, September 11th at 4:00 p.m. in Room F108 in the Freshman Academy.  This course is available to Garden City High School students.  There will be a limited number of students that […]

Fall Cleanup to be held September 28 – October 9, 2020

The Public Works Department will be conducting the annual Fall Cleanup September 28 – October 9.To accommodate the needs of residents, as well as the City collection crews, the City has been divided into eight collection areas to be serviced throughout the cleanup:• Sept. 28: North of Kansas Avenue to […]

GCHS Auditions Planned For “An Enemy of the People”

The Garden City High School Drama Department will be holding auditions after school on September 2nd and 3rd in the GCHS auditoriumfor the play “An Enemy of the People”.  Auditions are open to any current GCHS student.  Students interested in performing in the play will need to complete the full […]

FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM RESUMING FREE NOON & EVENING HISTORY PROGRAMS

The Finney County Historical Society is resuming its free evening and noon-hour history programs for the public, beginning Sept. 9.       The fall sessions will take place with socially-distanced seating and additional COVID-19 precautions.  Each is scheduled in the Mary Regan Conference Room of the Finney County Museum, 403 S. […]

District To Provide Meals To Remote Learners

Garden City Public Schools will be providing meals to students enrolled in Remote Learning starting on Tuesday, September 1, at designated locations in the district.  The meals will be distributed twice a week on a to-go basis. Menu items included in the meals will be ready to eat and others […]

School Zones Active– Back To School Safety Tips

The summer is coming to an end and the school year will soon begin. School will be back in session for Garden City Public Schools on Monday, August 31, and for students this means the excitement of meeting new teachers, making new friends and the opportunity to learn new things. […]

RENOVATIONS OF STATE-OF-THE-ART ATHLETIC TRAINING ROOMS ARE COMPLETE

For months, the sounds of drills, backhoe loaders and hammers, infiltrated the Perryman Athletic Complex and Broncbuster Stadium. And after nearly a half year’s work, the full remodel on the brand-new, state-of-the-art sports medicine department at Garden City Community College is finally complete.   “I am absolutely thrilled with the outcome […]

First Day of School for USD 457 Monday, August 31

School will be in session during the morning of Monday, August 31st, for Garden City Public Schools, which is the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, seventh grade, ninth and tenth grades and all students new to the district. […]

12 Teachers Named Semi-Finalists for Crystal Apple Award

The Crystal Apple Committee of the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the semi-finalists for this year’s Crystal Apple Teacher Recognition program. This is the 25th year of the program honoring the finest educators in Finney County. The Crystal Apple Committee is made up of representatives from the […]

MERCER GALLERY HOSTING FORT HAYS STATE DRAWING MAJORS EXHIBITION

A new exhibition opened today at the Garden City Community College Mercer Gallery entitled “Fort Hays State University Drawing Majors” and will run through Sept. 11, 2020.   The exhibit is hosted by FHSU Drawing Professor, Amy Schmierbach and features drawing majors: Chandler Reich, Kammy Kennelley-Downs, Kourtney Sweet, Jared Ean Jennings, […]

2020 Banners on Display

The banners for the 2020 Banner Art Walk are now on display along Main Street in Downtown Garden City. The banners were hung last week on the light posts lining Main Street and a few side streets. The Banner Art Project began in 2008 and has steadily gained popularity over […]

Early Childhood Screening Clinic Taking Appointments

USD #457 will hold a free screening clinic for children three to five years of age who are Garden City residents. The clinic will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020.  It will take place at the Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 W. Walnut, Garden City, Kansas.  The screening will […]

Michael Utz, Chief of Police Announces Retirement

After a 36-year career, Garden City Police Chief Mike Utz has announced his retirement effective March 2021. “I have been truly blessed to be a part of the Garden City Police Department (GCPD) family, working for the City of Garden City, and engaging in our community. I grew from a […]

Community Agencies To Distribute Backpacks

Several community agencies will be distributing backpacks filled with school supplies on Monday, August 10th, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at The First Assembly of God Church, 702 Campus Dr.  The backpacks will be delivered to families’ curbside for the safety of those receiving the backpacks and the safety […]

Census Deadline Extended to Sept 30

For those that haven’t had the chance to complete their 2020 census, the deadline to complete the survey has been extended to September 30. Here a few quick facts on the census and why it’s IMPORTANT to fill it out: Population numbers derived from the decennial census are used to […]

USD 457 Plan Offers Three Learning Options

Garden City Public Schools will be offering different learning options for the 2020-2021 school year.  The goal of the district is to provide a quality education in the safest environment for both students and staff.  The learning options for families to choose for their child include: On-Site Learning, Remote Learning, […]

FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM’S RIB SALE FUNDRAISER UNDER WAY

    The Finney County Historical Society’s annual pre-Labor Day spare rib sale is under way as a fund-raising endeavor to support exhibits, educational programs, research efforts and artifact preservation at the Finney County Museum.     While a number of FCHS activities have been called off or curtailed due to COVID-19 precautions, organizers […]

Board of Education Approves Updated 2020-2021 Calendar

The Garden City Public Schools Board of Education approved an updated calendar for the 2020-2021 school year at the July 30th  Board meeting.  The change to the calendar is to give the district more time to get prepared for the coming school year due to the COVID-19 virus. The original […]

Online Application For Free and Reduced Meals Available

The Nutrition Services department at Garden City Public Schools is encouraging parents to submit their Free and Reduced-Price Meal application online this year at https://frapps.horizonsolana.com/GARC01.  Parents will follow the instructions on entering the information online. When the application is completed the parent will receive an e-mail confirmation.  Applications need to […]

Last Week of USD 457 Summer Programs

Monday, July 27, will be the start of the last week for the USD 457 Summer Books on the Bus (B.O.B.) and the Summer Grab and Go meals programs for the summer.  The last day of the programs will be Thursday, July 30, 2020. The sites that the Bookmobile will […]

Three Students Selected for 2020-21 Molz Cooperative Scholarship

The Garden City Community College Endowment Association has selected three area students for the Otis and Mary Lee Molz Cooperative Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year. These students include Paige Lee Ann Crombie, a psychology major from Ulysses High school; Lane Jacob Durst, an engineering technology major from Garden City […]

Broncbuster volleyball lands national award

Garden City, KS-As good as Patrick Hiltz’s recruiting class is expected to be for the 2020-21 season, what the second-year coach’s team is doing off the floor is even more impressive.  On Monday, the Broncbusters were recognized as a part of the 2019-20 American Volleyball Coach’s Association All-Academic Team.  “This […]

After school Program Shows Increases In Reading Scores

An independent matched comparison study of Garden City, Kansas elementary students shows that those attending the Reading Roadmap afterschool programs had higher reading scores than their non-attending peers, all according to school tests.  There will be a press conference to discuss the scores and the impact of the program at […]

ICYMI: Top Five Posts July 11-17

Here are the top 5 posts from this week on Greater Garden City! We’ve had a few older stories make a comeback 😉 FINNEY COUNTY WILDWOOD PARK OPENS TO THE PUBLIC Forged in Elkhart: Local blacksmith to make TV debut GCHS Hospitality Program Named To Sullivan University’s High School Programs […]

Allison Griffin named new Head Athletic Trainer

By Mike Pilosof Garden City, KS-Allison Griffin has seen the world; literally and figuratively. And now her expansive travel resume, which once included a stay in the illustrious land of sand and lava fields in Iceland, pivots to the Midwest as the new Head Athletic Trainer at Garden City Community […]

GCCC Awarded Over $130,000 in State Tax Credits

Garden City Community College has been selected by the Kansas Department of Commerce to receive Community Service Tax Credits in the amount of $130,708. The program will allow the GCCC Endowment Association to sell 70% tax credits towards the purchase of two mobile anatomage tables that the college will share […]

Summer Bookmobile To Continue Through July

The USD 457 Books on the Bus program will continue during the month of July.  The program took a scheduled break from July 6 – 9, 2020.  The program is planned to be back on its normal schedule on Monday, July 13, 2020.  The last day that the bookmobile will […]

GCCC Prepares to Launch Mobile App for Students

Garden City Community College has partnered with Ready Education, an international technology company, to provide students instant access to campus and academic services directly through their smartphones. Through the new app, students will have quick and easy access to personal course schedules, virtual event calendars, mental health support, community building […]

Food Truck Fridays Return to Downtown GC

Friday Food Trucks are back!😋 Food trucks will begin serving at 11am in Stevens Park, Downtown Garden City.Due to social distancing purposes, there will be no tables & chairs in the park. Feel free to get your food “to go” or bring your own chairs to the park. See you […]

Stuff The Bus Project Planned

Several community agencies are collaborating for an event called “Stuff the Bus.” The agencies are working together to collect backpacks and school supplies on Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The group will be collecting donations in school buses that will be stationed […]

Face Masks Will Be Required at GCCC

Garden City Community College, which is set to reopen its front doors to public traffic on July 6, will require employees, students, and visitors to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth while on campus. Because face masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 […]

Alex Huddleston named new Strength and Conditioning Coach

By Mike Pilosof Garden City, KS-Call it the circuitous route, but Garden City Community College, who made headlines in 2016 as the first program in the Jayhawk Conference to employ a full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach, got their man on Wednesday, naming Alex Huddleston the new director of the program. […]

GCCC Adopts Safety & Health Policies Ahead of Reopening

Garden City Community College will be welcoming back employees to campus on July 6 and reopening to public traffic on the same day. In anticipation of employees and visitors returning to campus (which has remained closed to the public since March 23), GCCC has developed a comprehensive reopening plan to […]

Garden City High School Graduation Planned

Garden City High School has finalized graduation plans for the 133rd Garden City High School Senior Class.  High school administration has planned smaller graduation ceremonies for each of the four academies throughout the weekend of July 17-19. Each ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium, 2720 Buffalo Way […]

Summer Food Service Makes Changes To Locations

Garden City Public Schools continues to provide nutritious Grab and Go meals to children and youth age 18 and under each Monday through Thursday. The lunches will be provided through the end of July, with a scheduled break in meal service the week of July 6th – 10th.  The Grab […]

Physician-approved Travel Tips

With stay-at-home restrictions easing across the region, and our upcoming 4th of July holiday, many Kansans are considering making their inaugural trips away from home – but is it safe? And how do we manage to travel in a way that’s still fun, while staying sensitive to current guidelines? Centura […]

USD 457 Bookmobile Program To Make Changes To Schedule

The USD 457 Books on the Bus program continues to provide books Monday through Thursday to children around the community. The program will run through the end of July, with a scheduled break in the service the week of July 6th – 10th.  The bookmobile will resume normal hours on […]

USD 457 Virtual Academy Accepting Enrollment

The USD 457 Virtual Academy is currently taking enrollment of nontraditional students in grades nine to twelve and adults looking to continue their education.  The Virtual Academy is an online school that empowers students to seek an education and earn their high school diploma. The Virtual Academy provides individualized learning […]

CDBG-CV PUBLIC NOTICE OF FUND AVAILABILITY

Local small businesses are currently feeling the unprecedented pressures from the economic and health impacts of COVID-19. In order to help alleviate some of these pressures, the City of Garden City has financial assistance (as available) for working capital through CDBG-CV Funds made available through a $132,000.00 grant provided to […]

Online Enrollment Open For New Students to District

Garden City Public Schools has launched an online enrollment portal to assist families in registering first-time students and those new to the district. Traditionally, students who are new to the district have had to register in person so they can provide verifiable copies of their birth certificate along with other […]

THREE NEW MEMBERS ELECTED TO HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOARD

Three new members have joined the Finney County Historical Society Board of Directors after an election for the 22 person governing body of the 72-year old organization, and nine returning members have been re-elected for additional two-year terms.       The new members include Nikki Geier, who will fill out the […]

Spring 2020 Honor Roll Recipients Released

Garden City Community College is proud to present our Spring 2020 Honor Roll recipients. They include a total of 548 students on three lists: President’s Honor Roll, Vice President/Deans’ Honor Roll, and Honorable Mention. President’s recipients, 147 in total, achieved a semester GPA of 4.0 or higher. VP/Deans’ recipients, 317 […]

GCCC Classes Will Resume on Campus August 17

Garden City Community College will resume on campus classes August 17, 2020 and finish the fall semester online following Thanksgiving break. This August date reflects the original start date of the 2020-21 academic calendar. Neither the start nor end date is changing for the fall term. The last day of […]

Three Broncbusters sign to play with four-year schools

By Mike Pilosof Photo by Adam Shrimplin Garden City, KS-When Patrick Hiltz arrived in Garden City, he promised a two-phased plan: first, to improve incoming recruits and second, to make sure they found a home once their time as a Broncbuster came to an end. Well, mission accomplished. Three Garden […]

GCHS Seniors Receive Honors and Awards

Garden City High School seniors have been recognized for their academic achievements and other important honors. The school normally holds a ceremony to recognize the seniors.  But due to the school closure because of the pandemic and social distancing protocols the seniors were recognized through social media. The following students […]

FINNEY COUNY MUSEUM REOPENS WITH AMERICAN FLAG EXHIBIT

The Finney County Historical Museum has re-opened, effective June 8, with a new Front Door Gallery display in time for Flag Day and Independence Day.   The museum, which closed to the public March 30 due to the state-mandated pandemic stay-at-home order, has also made additional updates and is observing […]

Visitor Procedures Implemented At Garden City Public Schools

The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority at Garden City Public Schools.  The district has enacted a number of policies and procedures relating to visitors at the district’s buildings during regular business hours.  Members of the community that are planning to visit the Educational Support […]

GCCC Nursing Dept. Receives Grant to Improve Lab Technology

Nursing students at Garden City Community College will benefit from a new, high-tech medication dose delivery systems, thanks to a recently-approved grant from the Kansas Board of Regents. KBOR approved $32,022 from the Kansas Nursing Grant Initiative last week, providing about half the funds necessary to purchase two high-tech medication […]

GCCC Endowment Auction Will be Held Online June 24-28

The Garden City Community College Endowment Association will be holding the 2020 Endowment Auction online from June 24-28, 2020. The annual auction, GCCC’s signature scholarship fundraiser, was originally scheduled for March 27 but postponed due to the COVID-19 health pandemic. The Endowment Association has partnered with Scott Auction to host […]

Horace Good Middle School Announces Honor Roll-edited

Horace J. Good Middle School has recently announced its honor roll for seventh and eighth grade students for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Seventh grade: Hailey M. Brown, Taran B. Castro, Vanessa Chairez-Zamora, Isabella M. Frey, Piper J. […]

Kenneth Henderson Middle School Announces Honor Roll

Kenneth Henderson Middle School has recently announced its A-B honor roll for seventh and eighth grade students for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year.  The honor roll includes: The A Honor Roll students: Seventh grade: Katelyn R. Barrett, Justin O. Contreras, Eleanor K. Crotts, Quang V. Dang, Christy […]

GCCC Utilizing CARES Act Funds for Free Student Laptops

Garden City Community College is offering up to 150 new laptops at no cost to students who need reliable computer access for their studies. The new laptops – Lenovo Thinkpads, valued at just under $500 each – will be made available to degree-seeking students who demonstrate substantial need through an […]

Centura-St. Catherine Hospital nurses settling into new normal

As frontline caregivers in Centura Health – St. Catherine Hospital’s battle against COVID-19, Registered Nurses Kaylee Chavez and KayLoni Sandoval admit they have never experienced anything quite like the pandemic that has spanned the globe and continues to infect people at an alarming rate. The virus can spread rapidly and […]

Broncbusters hire Amy Schmeckpeper as new softball coach

By Mike Pilosof Garden City, KS-After nearly a decade, the Broncbuster softball program has a new face with Amy Schmeckpeper taking the reigns as the team’s next Head Coach, college officials announced on Friday. “Amy has so much passion for softball; that was apparent when we first interviewed her,” Director […]

No Grab-and-Go Meals Served This Week

There will be no Grab-and-Go meals served this week (May 25 – 29) for Garden City Public Schools.  The district will start the program back up on June 1st.  The meals are free to children age 18 and younger.  The district would like to remind the community that during this […]

Garden City Alternate Education Center Recognizes Early Graduates

The Garden City Alternate Education Center is recognizing students for their academic success.  There are 13 students that are going to graduate in three years from the school.  The students include: Grecia Aguilar-Moreno, Nayeli Cantu, Melasny DeLeon Rodriguez, Devin Fisher, Tianna Fry-Hernandez, America Barrientos H., Gilberto Lopez, Pablo Lucas, Alazae […]

USD 457 Virtual Academy Student Awards and Early Graduates

The Virtual Academy is recognizing students for their academic success.  Sydney Bunch and Laren Hunt have received the Principal’s Achievement Award with a Grade Point Average of 3.5 and above.  Student that received the Academic Achievement Award with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 to 3.4 include: Alexis Dominguez-Aguirre, Vonnyaye […]

Last Day of School for USD 457 Thursday, May 21

The last day of school for Garden City Public Schools will be Thursday, May 21st.  The district will be wrapping up the continuous leaning plan that was started on March 30th due to the Governor’s order to close school facilities in the state for the rest of the 2019-20 school […]

Garden City Public Schools Opens Online Enrollment

Garden City Public Schools opened online enrollment on Monday, May 18, for returning students for the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents will need to go to the district’s website at www.gckschools.com to complete the online enrollment process. Parents will need their Family Access username/password for the enrollment process.  If they do not […]

COVID-19 Impacts May Not Be Felt Yet for Class of 2020

Many adults have been adjusting to their disrupted life for the past two months, but the emotional impacts on high school seniors may be delayed – and that is concerning mental health providers at Centura Health. Consider the class of 2020 did not have prom, their final semester of sports, […]

Grab-and-Go Meal Distribution May 18-21

Garden City Public Schools will continue to provide daily breakfasts and lunches for children 18 and under.  The meals will only be distributed at Horace Good Middle School, 1412 N. Main Street, May 18 – 21 from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.  The Nutrition Services Department will be distributing the meals […]

Hall-of-Fame Baseball Coach, Joe Slobko dies at 83

By Mike Pilosof Photo by Brad Nading Garden City, KS-Joe Slobko, the face of a program, and the man that brought Garden City Community College baseball to extraordinary heights in more than two decades in the dugout, passed away on May 5. He was 83.    “Joe will always be […]

GCCC Receives USDA Grant to Supplement New Carpentry Program

Garden City Community College is the recipient of a $16,000 Rural Business Development Grant for its new fall carpentry program. This news was presented by GCCC administration during a regularly scheduled meeting of the GCCC Board of Trustees, which met Tuesday. The grant, awarded by the Rural Development division of […]

iPad Return Scheduled For District

Garden City Public Schools has set the dates for students to return their iPads back to the schools. Each building will have a designated point for parents to drop-off the devices. During the drop-off process, parents will need to provide their student’s name and passcode to unlock the device.  Staff […]

GCCC & FHSU Begin “Transfer Connect” Partnership

Five students at Garden City Community College have already signed up for a new “Transfer Connect” program between Fort Hays State University and GCCC. Transfer Connect went live on April 20, 2020. A key to the system is partnership between academic advisors at Garden City and a dedicated FHSU Transfer […]

ICYMI–Weekly Recap May 10, 2020

It’s been awhile since we did a weekly recap, we’ve just had so much GOOD news coming to us to report! In case you missed some stories from this past week, here are the top five stories from the Greater Garden City site. Happy Mother’s Day and we wish you […]

Garden City High School Graduation Date Planned

The Class of 2020 graduation will probably look different than those of the past.  Graduating amid a pandemic shouldn’t make the day any less special.  Graduation is still something to celebrate and we all know that the seniors have worked hard to get to where they are over the last […]

GCHS Student Wins Jester Award

Garden City High School drama department student Laren Hunt won a Jester Award for Technical Achievement from the Music Theatre of Wichita.  The awards announcement was digitally broadcast on Sunday, May 3rd, due to the pandemic.   Garden City High School was nominated for a total of 12 Jester Awards […]

GCHS Debate Students Qualify For National Competition

The Garden City High School (GCHS) Debate Team completed the 2020 season with nine students applying for nationals, and seven earned spots based on the applications that were submitted to the West Kansas National Speech and Debate Association. The application process was for students to qualify for the virtual National […]

GCCC To Livestream 100th Commencement Ceremony

Class of 2020 Represents 100th Graduating Class, Largest in History Garden City Community College is excited to announce that it will be livestreaming a virtual commencement program to recognize its 100th graduating class this Friday, May 8, 2020. This year’s 100th Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube’s Buster TV […]

CARES Act Funding to Directly Benefit Federal-Aid Eligible Students

Garden City Community College will distribute $641,003 in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to qualifying students in order to alleviate financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The disbursement from the U.S. Department of Education is intended to reach as many students as possible […]

Garden City Public Schools Developing Online Enrollment

Garden City Public Schools is currently developing an online enrollment solution for the 2020-21 school year.  Families will be required to login to the district’s Skyward Family Access to complete the online enrollment process.If parents of currently enrolled students in the district do not have Skyward Family Access or if […]

GCCC Facilities Remain Closed While Operations Continue Virtually

Garden City Community College continues to operate virtually while complying with both a local public health order and re-opening guidelines governed by the state. Campus facilities, which have remained closed to the public since March 23 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to be closed while college officials review and […]

Modified Operations Continue for City Facilities

Through at least May 15th, City facilities will operate predominantly in the same manner they have been operating since prior to the Governor’s Stay‐At‐Home Order. Doing so allows us to continue delivering virtually all the critical public services requested of us by the community while building resiliency through modified work […]

GCHS Senior Receives Edgerley-Franklin Leadership Scholarship

Jade Valdez-Gomez, GCHS senior Garden City High School senior Jade Valdez-Gomez is one of four high school students that are recipients of Kansas State University’s Edgerley-Franklin Leadership Kansas Scholarship.  The scholarship recognizes outstanding high school seniors who have made contributions to the communities in which they live. The following students […]

Extra Precautions for Common Errands

As our communities transition to “Safer-at-Home” status, Centura Health wants to share important guidance with older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease and diabetes, that places them at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. “While many of us are […]

District Helps Families Through Grant From Tyson

Garden City Public Schools has started this week to deliver nutritious boxes of food to families that are in need in the community.  The district received a grant for $10,000 from Tyson Fresh Meats that would help support families that are having difficulty during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The district’s Nutrition […]

New Carpentry Program to Fill Area Workforce Needs

One Semester Certificate Program Commences Fall 2020 With widespread community support, Garden City Community College has developed a new carpentry program that will begin Fall 2020. The new, 18-credit hour program which has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents is designed to be completed in one semester to […]

MayDay! Nonprofit Relief Drive

In this time of uncertainty, nonprofits find themselves sending out an S.O.S., calling “Mayday! MAYDAY!” while hoping to find support and relief on the horizon.   There’s one fundamental truth that gives us hope – together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past several weeks, the world has been coming […]

GCHS Senior Named To Senior Leaders Conversation Group

Garden City High School senior Ethan Fisher was one of 64 seniors from across Kansas named to the Senior Leaders Conversation group.  The seniors been selected to share their own stories and give guidance to their peers on how to transition from high school to postsecondary plans during the COVID-19 […]

No School Monday For Garden City Public Schools

There will be no continuous learning for Garden City Public Schools on Monday, May 4, 2020.  There will also be no Grab-and-Go meals distributed on Monday.  Nutrition services staff will provide an extra day of meals for children on Friday, May 1st. The school board meeting scheduled for Monday, May […]

Local Businesses Help Supply Face Masks to Community

On March 28, 2020, Governor Laura Kelly issued a state-wide stay at home order instructing Kansans to stay in their homes unless performing essential activities.  The order was then extended and is set to expire this Sunday, May 3.  News sources indicate that Governor Kelly does not intend to extend […]

GCHS Principal Named Region 6 Principal of the Year

DCIM\101MEDIA Steve Nordby, Garden City High School principal, was recognized as the Principal of the Year for Southwest Kansas (Region 6) on Thursday, April 23rd, by the KASSP (Kansas Association of Secondary School Principals).  He was nominated and selected by principals across Kansas for his leadership, school improvement, dedication, professionalism […]

USD 457 Schools Announces Challenge Award recipients

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 92 schools, including Edith Scheuerman Elementary School, Florence Wilson Elementary School, Georgia Matthews Elementary School, and Gertrude Walker Elementary School, in the Garden City Public Schools district as recipients of the 2019 Challenge Awards. The awards recognize Kansas schools that […]

“Maker’s” Unite To Meet A Crisis

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created significant challenges for many in health care and essential industries. Access to personal protective equipment has been hampered greatly by the sudden, unprecedented demand. As area businesses began reaching out to Finney County Economic Development Corporation to look for solutions, it only made sense to […]

Sunflower Kids Academy Debuts Newest Video in Series

The Garden City Journal has released another video in the Sunflower Kids Academy series. The videos were debuted around a month ago and are meant to entertain and educate kids and their families while they are practicing social distancing and stay at home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The newest […]

Centura Health Facilitating Connections for COVID-19 Patients

Recognizing the importance of familiar connections in the healing process, Centura Health is using iPads and virtual meeting technology to fill the critically important needs of patients isolated with the COVID-19 infection to connect with their loved ones. “The infectious nature of coronavirus has made it difficult for families to […]

April 21 City Commission Meeting to Be Held Remotely

In an effort to follow social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, the April 21 City Commission meeting will be conducted as a virtual meeting. Members of the public are encouraged to watch the meeting live on Channel 8, the City’s Facebook or YouTube pages, or at their own convenience […]

GCCC to Continue Online for Summer 2020

Garden City Community College will maintain its transition to online and remote course delivery through Summer 2020 and will offer all students a discounted tuition rate during this term. Like many colleges and universities across the nation, the decision to continue online through GCCC’s summer term – May 26 through […]

A Resilient Community: Stepping Up to Meet Today’s Needs

Our community has always been flexible and resilient. This is true especially now. When the Centers for Disease Control issued guidance for the use of cloth facemasks, Finney County Economic Development Corporation and the Great Plains MakerSpace set out to see what needs we could meet regionally for masks and […]

GCHS Drama Department Nominated For 12 Jester Awards

The Garden City High School drama department has received word that the Music Theatre of Wichita has announced their nominees for their 19th Annual Jester Awards.  Garden City High School was nominated for a total of 12 Jester Awards for the fall musical Disney’s Newsies, which was performed on November […]

No School Instruction On Friday and Monday

Garden City Public Schools will follow the 2019-2020 calendar for the remainder of the school year.  As scheduled, there will be no Continuous Learning instruction for all district students on Friday, April 10th and Monday, April 13th due to Spring Vacation. There will be no Grab-and-Go meals distributed on Friday […]

NEW KANSAS SOCIAL DISTANCING RACES ANNOUNCED

After the marathon a Kansas man had been training for was cancelled, he took positive action by creating the Social Distancing race that will be held in Garden City, Kansas on April 25, 2020.  Brandon Mumgaard published the 26.2-mile marathon course online, made t-shirts and is encouraging others to join […]

Garden City Public Schools Makes Changes To Grab-and-Go Program

Garden City Public Schools continues to provide free Grab-and-Go breakfasts and lunches at designated school locations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at varying times at locations throughout the community.  Beginning on Thursday, April 9, parents will be able to pick up a permit for their children’s meals.  The […]

BAA donates snack baskets to St. Catherine Hospital

By Mike Pilosof The Broncbuster Athletic Association announced on Monday that it was donating several food and snack baskets to St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City to show its’ gratitude towards the nurses, doctors and first-responders working on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. BAA President, Doyle McGraw, issued […]

April 7 City Commission Meeting to Be Held Remotely

For the April 7, 2020, City Commission meeting the Commission Chambers will be closed, and the Mayor, Commissioners, and staff will be participating in the meeting remotely. The public may participate in the meeting by using the free digital conferencing service, Zoom. • Please click the link below to join […]

Finding the Silver Lining

Happy Friday! (It’s Friday, right???) As many of you may know (or not), the Greater Garden City site is a partnership between Garden City Journal and Finney County Economic Development Corporation.  Which means FCEDC staff split the duties of maintaining the GGC website and social media sites.  In normal times, […]

USD 457 Establishes Technology Help Hotline

The Garden City Public Schools Technology Department has set up a Technology Help Hotline at 620-805-7178.  The hotline is for families that need assistance with technology for delivery of instruction to students.  The hotline will be available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Families can also visit the Parent […]

Mini Grants being offered to Kansas Childcare Providers

Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund is offering Child Care Action Lab Grants to licensed childcare providers in Kansas.Child Care Action Lab Grants are $500 mini-grants to help child care providers in Kansas during the COVID-19 crisis. The application is very simple with just a few short questions. Click here for […]

St Catherine Hospital Accepting Donations

St. Catherine Hospital is calling on the community to help with donations of various items the facility is in need of.  Listed are the items the hospital needs AND can accept: SUPPLIES ABLE TO ACCEPT: -Boxed masks and N95s (single or used masks cannot be accepted) -Gloves that are still […]

FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM CLOSED FOR STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

The Finney County Historical Museum is closed as of March 30 in compliance with the statewide stay-at-home executive order issued by Governor Laura Kelly.     The museum closed exhibits on March 24, but continued office and research operations.  Offices have now closed as well.  In addition, all planned museum events have […]

City of Garden City to Offer Financial Assistance Through CDBG Funds

Local small businesses are currently feeling the unprecedented pressures from the economic and health impacts of COVID-19. In order to help alleviate some of these pressures, the City of Garden City has financial assistance (as available) for working capital through recaptured Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Funds will be in […]

Garden City Public Schools Continuous Learning Starts Monday

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Garden City Public Schools will start to provide students instruction through the Continuous Learning plan.  The finalized plan was approved by the Board of Education at its March 26th meeting for submission to the Kansas State Department of Education. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly and Education […]

City of Garden City implements Emergency Fund to help local business

PUBLIC NOTICE OF FUND AVAILABILITY Local small businesses are currently feeling the unprecedented pressures from the economic and health impacts of COVID-19. In order to help alleviate some of these pressures, the City of Garden City has financial assistance (as available) for working capital through recaptured Community Development Block Grant […]

USD 457 Launches “Continuous Learning” Help Page

On March 17, 2020, Governor Kelly issued a statewide order mandating all schools to close for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year, to help “flatten the curve” and slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  In the days since, many school districts have spent their spring breaks coming […]

Great Ways to Donate During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As our communities pull together in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Centura Health is incredibly grateful for the influx of donated supplies. To help manage these donations as effectively as possible and limit potential for exposure to both donors and our caregivers, we are working on setting up drop […]

Garden City Journal Debuts Sunflower Kids Academy

The Garden City Journal facebook page, in partnership with American Implement, the City of Garden City and Finney County Economic Development Corporation, is featuring a new video series developed especially for kids during this critical time of social distancing—Sunflower Kids Academy.   The first video, which premiered Tuesday morning, features […]

State, Federal Agencies Stand Ready to Assist Businesses

The past few weeks of social distancing and self-imposed quarantines have delivered a gut punch to many of our local businesses.  Many state and federal agencies have deployed resources and dedicated funds to assist businesses during this critical and uncertain time.  Below is a list of resources available to businesses […]

Zoo, Public Library offering virtual options

In the past week, our community has seen an about face of our normal day-to-day lives. With the spread of the COVID-19 virus inevitable, residents have begun to limit their activities and most are practicing the 6-foot social distancing rule and limiting their group sizes.   Many local businesses have […]

Garden City Public Schools To Provide Meals To Students

Garden City Public Schools will be providing meals to district students during the school facilities closure.  Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, Garden City Public Schools will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at 16 designated school locations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and at varying times at nine […]

City Administrative Center Remains Open, Closed to Walk-in Traffic

All services out of the City of Garden City Administrative Center (301 N. 8th) remain operational, however, beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, and extending through April 6, 2020, the building will be closed to walk-in traffic. Staff will deliver services using phone, video conference, online, drive-thru, and drop-off methods. There […]

New Normal: Working from Home, Schooling from Home

We live in interesting, and confusing, times.  For many, working from home has become a requirement, not a choice.  And as of March 17, in the State of Kansas, our kids’ normal has now been altered drastically. Due to the concerns over the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, school facilities across […]

Orchestra Teacher Wins Award

Haley Rotenberger, orchestra teacher at Kenneth Henderson Middle School, Charles Stones Intermediate Center, Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, Abe Hubert Elementary School, Jennie Barker Elementary School, and Plymel Elementary School, has won the Outstanding Young Teacher award from the KASTA (Kansas chapter-American String Teacher’s Association). She is currently the Middle School […]

Spring Cleanup to be held March 30 – April 10, 2020

The Public Works Department will be conducting the annual Spring Cleanup March 30 – April 10. To accommodate the needs of residents, as well as the City collection crews, the City has been divided into eight collection areas to be serviced throughout the cleanup: • March 30: North of Kansas […]

GCHS To Celebrate Theatre in Our Schools Month

Garden City High School is celebrating Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOS) during the month of March.  Garden City High School will be hosting a Community Wide Talent Show on March 3rd for TIOS. TIOS is a grassroots effort to educate everyone about the benefits of having theatre in the […]

Two GCCC Students Named to PTK All-Kansas Academic Team

A pair of international students from Garden City Community College have been named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Kansas Academic Team, joining the ranks of more than 50 other top scholars across the state. Alpha Xi Upsilon members Han Berdiyev and Zarina Davletova, both from Turkmenistan, will be honored with […]

USD 457 To Celebrate Read Across America

Garden City Public Schools will be celebrating Read Across America from March 2nd – 6th to promote reading and adult involvement in the education of our community’s students.  Students at Garden City Public Schools will join millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the National Education Association’s (NEA) […]

Fall 2019 Honor Roll Recipients Released

Garden City Community College is proud to present our Fall 2019 Honor Roll recipients. They include a total of 584 students on three lists: President’s Honor Roll, Vice President/Deans’ Honor Roll, and Honorable Mention. President’s Honor Roll recipients, 132 in total, achieved a semester GPA of 4.0 or higher. Vice […]

GCCC Hosting 8th Annual Polar Plunge

Garden City Community College will be hosting the Garden City Plunge & Strut, a benefit for Special Olympics Kansas (SOKS), on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. More than 30 individuals have already pledged to plunge into the icy waters of a pool that will be constructed in the parking lot of […]

GCCC Procures $300,000 Grant Toward Athletic Training Renovations

Garden City Community College is pleased to announce procurement of a $300,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation toward renovation and remodel of two athletic training facilities. The grant will significantly offset the cost of a $491,000 planned project to update the athletic training facilities inside the Dennis Perryman Athletic Complex […]

KHMS To Host Robotics Competition

Kenneth Henderson Middle School will host a robotics competition on Saturday, February 22, for teams across western Kansas.  The contest will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Kenneth Henderson Middle School gymnasium, 2406 Fleming Street. The teams will bring their own robots to the competition, which […]

Garden City High School Announces Honor Roll

Garden City High School has recently announced its honor roll for each of the academies for the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year.  The honor rolls include Principal Honor of 4.0 GPA, High Honors of 3.99 – 3.75 GPA, and Honors of 3.74 – 3.50 GPA. The honor roll […]