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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 […]

MUSEUM PROGRAM FEB. 18 FOCUSING ON EL QUARTELEJO PUEBLO

The next program coming up in the Finney County Historical Museum’s series of Brown Bag Lunch and Evening at the Museum lectures IN Garden City is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 18, featuring the El Quartelejo pueblo site in Scott County.     Prior to the program, the museum will be closed […]

College Players Present “Almost, Maine” February 20-23

The Garden City Community College Players are proud to present “Almost, Maine,” a dinner theater, during four evenings later this February. Just following Valentine’s Day, the program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. each evening on Thursday, Feb. 20, Friday, Feb., 21, Saturday, Feb. 22, and Sunday, Feb. 23, […]

Enrollment now open for Citizens Academy 2020

The City of Garden City Citizens Academy will begin March 26 and go until May 14. Interested residents are invited to take part and learn more about the role the City plays in their everyday lives. Citizens Academy is a great opportunity for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look at […]

GCCC To Host Author & Philanthropist

Garden City Community College will host author and area native Bob Hopkins on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, to promote his new book and share his discoveries about the gift of giving back. Hopkins, a 1961 graduate of Garden City High School, recently published “Philanthropy Misunderstood: One Hundred Plus Stories from […]

Early Childhood Screening Clinic Taking Appointments

USD #457 will hold a free screening clinic for children 3-5 years of age who are Garden City residents. The clinic will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020.  It will take place at the Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 W. Walnut, Garden City, Kansas.  The screening will take approximately […]

GCHS Forensics Team Qualifies Students For State

The Garden City High School forensics team competed at Southwestern Heights High School on Thursday, January 30th and Holcomb High School on Saturday, February 1st for the opening of the season. There were a number of students that qualified for KSHSAA State Speech/Drama in May.  The team placed third in school […]

GCHS 2020-2021 Enrollment and Course Selection Planned

Garden City High School counselors will conduct enrollment sessions for GCHS students during school for the 2020-21 school year. Students will receive their credit checks, enrollment forms, and review the guide to determine the courses they prefer to take starting in August. Counselors will be working with the sophomore class […]

My Hope’ Grief Support Group Meeting February 11

St. Catherine Hospice Chaplain Rev. Gerry Dupuis will be leading the Tuesday, February 11, meeting of “My Hope,” a support group for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at High Plains […]

8th Grader Wins Finney County Spelling Bee

Jerry Serrano earned the title of Finney County Spelling Bee champion on February 1st.  The Horace Good Middle School eighth-grader earned the title after going through seven rounds with some of the county’s best spellers from elementary through middle school at the Garden City High School auditorium.  Kate Strandmark, a […]

Raising A Reader Training Seminar

Garden City Public Schools along with Kansas Children Service League have partnered together to offer two different training sessions in one day for parents, caregivers, educators and more. The sessions will take place on Saturday, February 8, in the Horace Good Middle School cafeteria, 1412 N. Main Street. The trainings […]

“Sociopolitico” Engraving Exhibit to Open Friday

The Mercer Gallery at Garden City Community College is pleased to announce the opening of “Sociopolitico,” an exhibition featuring engraving arts professor James Ehlers from Emporia State University. The solo exhibit will feature prints and engravings by the artist which delve into our complicated relationships with mass media and social […]

GCHS FCCLA Students Qualify for State Tournament

Garden City High School Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students competed on Wednesday, January 30th at Satanta High School to qualify for the state tournament that will be held in Wichita, Kansas on April 5th – 7th.  FCCLA takes only the top student in each district and […]

Students Advance To Finney County Spelling Bee

Students from Finney County have advanced to the Finney County Spelling Bee that will be held Saturday, February 1st, at 9:00 a.m. in the Garden City High School auditorium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  Students from elementary through middle school grades will be competing in the spelling bee.  The first place […]

GCHS Show Choir To Provide Singing Valentines

Garden City residents can show their affection for friends and loved ones with a singing valentine from the Garden City High School Modern Show Choir.  Community members can have the choir serenade their beloved with a song for $25.00.  The choir will perform the singing valentines from 9:00 a.m. to […]

GCHS Art Students Receive Awards

Garden City High School art students participated in the Annual Western Kansas Scholastic Art (WKSA) Competition and Exhibition 2020 and recently received word on how they ranked in the competition.  The students work will be on display at the Stauth Museum in Montezuma, Kansas January 28th – February 20th. Garden City High School […]

Sam Curran, Director of Public Works Announces Retirement

GARDEN CITY – After a 28-year career, Garden City Public Works Director Sam Curran has announced his retirement effective July 3, 2020. “Garden City is where the story of our family with our three children begins. The five of us built wonderful relationships with so many people, enjoying the traditions, […]

Early Childhood Screening Clinic Taking Appointments

USD #457 will hold a free screening clinic for children 3-5 years of age who are Garden City residents. The clinic will be heldon Friday, January 24, 2020.  It will take place at the Garfield Early Childhood Center, 121 W. Walnut, Garden City, Kansas.  The screening will take approximately an […]

District Art Show People’s Choice Awards

Garden City Public Schools held a School District Art Show November 21st through December 20th at the Educational Support Center, 1205 Fleming Street. The show featured works from all the schools in the district from kindergarten to 12th grade.  The community also had an opportunity to vote for their favorite […]

Robotics Scrimmage On Saturday at GCHS

A robotics scrimmage will be held at the Garden City High School gymnasium, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd., on Saturday, January 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The teams will be putting their engineering and problem solving skills to work by having their robot that they have built compete in […]

GCHS Drivers Education Enrollment Set

Enrollment for the spring session of the Drivers Education course at Garden City High School will take place Friday, January 17th, 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 […]

GCHS Hall of Fame Committee Seeks Nominations

The Garden City High School Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 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 […]

Kenneth Henderson Middle School Announces Fall 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 2019-2020 school year.  The honor roll includes: A Honor Roll Seventh grade: Katelyn R. Barrett, Madison O. Bennett, Eleanor K. Crotts, Quang V. Dang, Victor J. Devora […]

GCCC to Boost Continuing Education Opportunities

Beer-Tasting Class Tops List of Non-Credit Offerings in 2020 Garden City Community College, in partnership with Finney County Economic Development Corp., plans to increase its non-credit course offerings in 2020, starting with a unique opportunity to expand one’s taste buds. GCCC’s first non-credit course for the calendar year is titled, […]

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 […]

empirical to Open Ground Beef Facility in Kansas

Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. December 23, 2019 —The empirical family of companies announced today that it will soon begin the construction of a new ground beef facility in Garden City, Kansas. The new facility will supplement empirical’s existing production at its South Sioux City, Nebraska location and represent the largest […]

District To Hold Reading Challenge During Winter Break

Garden City Public Schools will hold “12 Days of Reading Challenge” each day during the winter break starting on Monday, December 23rd.  Families can following the school district on its social media sites and watch for the reading challenge for that day.  Families are encouraged to post a picture of […]

Garden City finishes No. 9 in final NJCAA Poll

By Mike Pilosof Photo by Adam Shrimplin Garden City, KS-For the third time in four years, Garden City finished the season in the top 10 of the final NJCAA poll released on Monday, coming in at No. 9. The Broncbusters have now been ranked in 29 straight polls and 44 […]

GCHS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee Announces Inductees

Michael (Drew) Thon, GCHS Director of Athletics /Chairman, GCHS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, has announced that eight individuals, two legendary coaches and two state championship teams are among the inaugural class of inductees into the newly-formed Garden City High School Athletics Hall of Fame.  The first induction ceremony will […]

4th Annual Buffalo Ball Planned

The Buffalo Living Legacy Fund will hold its 4th annual Buffalo Ball, on December 31, 2019, at the Golf Club at Southwind.  Tickets for the event are $75 and will include gourmet buffet, complimentary wine with dinner, drink specials, music, and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year.  […]

Rotary Club To Provide Dictionaries to Students

The Rotary Club is distributing dictionaries to all Garden City Public Schools students this week. The Garden City Rotary Club will be distributing dictionaries to third graders at Garden City Public Schools during the week of December 9th as part of the Rotary Dictionary Project.  The club will provide Scholastic […]

GCHS Thespians Troupe To Perform at State Theater Festival

The Garden City High School Thespian Troupe 2846 will present “Miss You Like Hell” at the Kansas Thespian State Festival that will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita and Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. This year’s festival will be January 9-11, 2020. Each year, approximately 1600 high school […]

MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE FEATURING CHRISTMAS EXHIBIT, LIVE MUSIC & ART

           People across Southwest Kansas are invited to celebrate Christmas at the Finney County Historical Museum, where the annual holiday open house has been scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 14.            The come and go gathering will offer seasonal snacks, live music and the museum’s Christmas […]

GCCC Department of Music Fall 2019 Concerts

The Garden City Community College Department of Music will present three concerts in the Pauline Joyce Fine Arts Auditorium in early December. The Instrumental Band concert will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. and will feature Concert Band, Jazz Band, Brass Choir, and Percussion Ensemble.  The Christmas Choral […]

Spring 2020 Enrollment Opens for All Students Dec. 2

Spring 2020 enrollment at Garden City Community College opens to the public on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. The spring semester begins Jan. 13, 2020. Early high school graduates and other prospective students are encouraged to start the enrollment process for spring as early as possible to take advantage of the […]

Local Science Educator Completes Innovative Seed to STEM Program

Rebecca Burnfin, a science teacher at Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center, recently completed the Seed to STEM workshop sponsored by the Kansas Corn Commission. The Seed to STEM workshop provided 18 middle school science teachers with classroom lessons and lab exercises to teach about corn, biotechnology and ethanol. Each teacher also […]

Raffle Planned to Help GCCC Meats Judging Team Recoup Losses

After the Garden City Community College Meats Judging Team fell victim to theft on their trip to compete in the national competition, the GCCC Endowment Association, Klaus Wood Pellets, and Rocking M Media are sponsoring a raffle to help raise funds to replace the stolen personal items belonging to students […]

GCHS to host annual Career Fair

Garden City High School will host a freshman career fair on Friday, December 6, 2019.  The career fair is being presented by the Finney County Workforce Connection and will assist freshman students in choosing one of 15 career pathways available at GCHS. During their first year of high school, Garden […]

Sports of the World Groundbreaking Ceremony

American Warrior Construction, Inc. will host a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate construction for the Sports of the World complex, the expansive tournament and outdoor entertainment space, on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The event will include a reception at the Heritage Inn & Suites at 10:00 a.m. with the Groundbreaking Ceremony […]

Garden City Public Schools Foundation To Award Mini-grants

The Garden City Public Schools Foundation Grant Squad will visit schools on Tuesday, November 12th, to award $200 mini-grants to help teachers enhance their classrooms.  The awards will be presented to teachers in a surprise celebration in their classrooms. The foundation received 20 grant applications from staff around the school […]

City of Garden City Names New Fire Chief

The City of Garden City is pleased to announce the appointment of William “Bill” Beaty as the City’s new Fire Chief. Beaty will fill the position vacated by the retirement of Chief Allen Shelton earlier this year. “Bill’s enthusiasm for the fire service and his commitment to education and training, […]

GCCC Admissions to Host Parent Night Nov. 19

The Admissions Office at Garden City Community College is bringing together nearly a dozen GCCC representatives from across campus in a convenient forum designed specifically for parents of high school juniors and seniors. Parent Night will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Endowment […]

GCHS To Present The Musical “Newsies”

Garden City High School drama department will present the musical “Newsies”, November 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m.  There will be a matinee on November 17th at 2:30 p.m.  The performances will be held in the auditorium on the Garden City High School campus, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd.  This hit […]

Pace With A Provider Thursday, Nov. 7

Terri Worf, APRN and Certified Diabetes Educator, featured caregiver St. Catherine Hospital’s November Pace with a Provider series, co-sponsored by LiveWell Finney County, will feature Terri Worf, APRN, who specializes in adult family medicine and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. The event is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm Thursday, […]

STONE ARTIFACTS AND BEE-KEEPING PROGRAMS COMING UP

Brown Bag Lunch and Evening at the Museum series sessions Nov. 13 & 19 Two more fall season presentations are coming up as part of the Finney County Historical Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch and Evening at the Museum history lecture series in Garden City, one about a surprising aspect of […]

SIGNS & SCENES EXHIBIT OPENS AT FINNEY COUNTY MUSEUM

Visitors to the Finney County Historical Museum in Garden City can take a short trip down Memory Lane through a small new exhibit that opened today in the Front Door Gallery.             The exhibit, which will remain on display until Thanksgiving, is entitled “Signs and Scenes…Images and Iconography from Finney […]

Broncbusters win heart stopper over No. 4 Hutchinson

By Mike Pilosof Photos by Adam Shrimplin Garden City, KS-Growing up in Brazil, Andre Dos Santos Aires‘ dream was to play college football in the United States. But he couldn’t get anyone to give him a scholarship. Instead he played soccer at a Junior College in Iowa. Then, after last […]

Big Brothers Big Sisters to host Women Helping Women Expo

Grab your friends for a day out and come enjoy yourselves at the Women Helping Women Expo! They will feature a Handbag Bingo Activity where more than 20 authentic designer handbags can be won (Coach, Michael Kors, Donna Karan, Kate Spade, Consuela, and more!), a silent auction, vender booths, photo […]

Traeger Turkey Day on Nov. 16

Garden City Community College is partnering with Klaus Wood Pellets & Outdoor Living to bring “Traeger Turkey Days” to campus just in time for Thanksgiving. This is your chance to learn how to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving turkey, plus all the trimmings! Taught by Traeger experts, you’ll learn how to […]

Fire Chief candidates to participate in assessment center

The search for Garden City’s next Fire Chief continues. Four candidates will take part in an assessment center next week. The assessment center will provide opportunities for City Staff and several community partners to assess an applicant’s skills, abilities and suitability for the specific job. The assessment center will be […]