Convention and Visitors Bureau meets

The Finney County Convention and Visitors Bureau will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday in the main conference room at the Sleep Inn.

School hosts Math, Health Night

Gertrude Walker Elementary School will hold a Math and Health Night on Thursday. The event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and pizza will be served. There also will be card games and a health booth for students and parents to visit and get information.

The evening provides students and parents a chance to obtain materials that will help them work together on math skills at home, as well as health information.

School's out on Friday

There will be no school for Garden City Public Schools Friday, which is a scheduled inservice day for teachers in the district.

The district offices and facilities will be open with regular business hours on Friday.

Classes will be back in session on Monday.

Get your tickets for zoo banquet

Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo will have its annual banquet Jan. 30 at the Finnup Center for Conservation Education. Doors for seating will open at 6 p.m. Smokehoss BBQ of Meade will cater the dinner, served at 6:30 p.m.

FOLRZ will present a wrap-up of 2013 and touch base on the 2014 zoo plan. The banquet will end with special guest speaker Dale Leeds, curator of Toyota Elephant Passage at the Denver Zoo. He will share his expertise on elephants, as Lee Richardson Zoo will be expanding the elephant yard later this year.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members and must be purchased by Saturday through the FOLRZ office or at

For more information, call 276-6243.

Commoddities available Jan. 28

USDA commodities will be distributed Jan. 28 at the Senior Center of Finney County, 907 N. 10th St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and at the Salvation Army, 216 N. Ninth St., from 1 to 3 p.m.

Items to be distributed include corn, carrots, green beans, peanut butter, cranberry juice concentrate and apple juice (bring your own box).

To obtain commodities, you must furnish proof of residency in Finney County and proof of income for each member of the household. Income guidelines apply.

For more information, call Barbara Jensen at 272-3620.

Pageant winners announced

Rylan Davis of Sublette was crowned 2014 Miss Southwest Kansas and Kayla Norton of Syracuse was crowned Miss Santa Fe Trail at the pageant Saturday at Kepley Auditorium in Ulysses.

Second runner-up was Ashlin Bohl of Ulysses. Dakota Derstein of Dodge City was third runner-up. She also claimed the Swimsuit Award.

Davis was the winner of the Katie Gregg Interview Award and the Kimberlee Grice Talent Award.

The People's Choice Award went to Libby Hickman of Ulysses.