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Eric Van Woert, Jim Van Woert, Sharon Van Woert, Brennan Bean, Aaron Van Woert
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A visit with Jim and Sharon Van Woert

Thirty-five years at the helm of Olde World Trading Company ~ By Ben Getz

For Goodness Sake Published Nov 13, 2019
35 years is a long run for any enterprise; a marriage, a career, and especially for a small business. The statistics were not quite as daunting four-decades ago, but they remain fairly consistent that only two out of ten new businesses ...
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Investing in the future of local college students

Investing in the future of local college students

Boeing donates $100,000 to Big Bend Community College aviation programs

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Oct 1, 2019
Boeing officials announced a $100,000 gift to Big Bend Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Commercial Pilot programs during a visit to campus Wednesday. The funds will be used by both programs to purchase equipment and support student scholarships. <...
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Nearly 500 Big Bend grads preparing to March Friday
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Nearly 500 Big Bend grads preparing to March Friday

13th Legislative District Representative Alex Ybarra will address the class

For Goodness Sake Published Jun 12, 2019
Graduates as old as 60, and as young as 17 will cross the stage Friday evening at the 2019 Big Bend Community College Commencement Ceremony to receive their degrees. The ceremony takes place at Lions Field in Downtown Moses Lake and will begin ...
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A visit with the man Chuck Yarbro Jr.
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A visit with the man Chuck Yarbro Jr.

The well-known auctioneer who continues to bring people together to make something positive happen ~ by Ben Getz

For Goodness Sake Published May 24, 2019
Have you ever been to an auction? If you have been to any farm or estate sales in the Inland Pacific Northwest over the last four decades, there is a pretty good chance you have heard the vocal stylings of ...
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To the mom trying really hard

To the mom trying really hard

You are enough

For Goodness Sake Published May 8, 2019
To the mom hiding in the bathroom, because she needs peace for a moment.

To the mom crying after she yelled at her kids and is now feeling guilty.

To the mom trying to fit in ...
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(left to right) BBCC instructor James Leland, Unmanned Systems Operations Coordinator Byron Noel, student Kenniston Vogel and Transforming STEM Pathways Grant Director Rafael Villalobos Jr.

Volunteers lend expertise to Grant County Search and Rescue

Helping the community out in a big way

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 3, 2019
A small group of Big Bend Community College staff and students have taken on the task of using their specialized skills and talents to help their community out in a big way.

BBCC Unmanned Systems Operations Coordinator Byron ...
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Local students Elizabeth Guadarrama and Fatima Cortez awarded $20,000 scholarships

Local students Elizabeth Guadarrama and Fatima Cortez awarded $20,000 scholarships

Two out of only 500 students selected nationwide

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 2, 2019
TRiO Upward Bound students Elizabeth Guadarrama and Fatima Cortez have recently been awarded $20,000 scholarships through the Dell Scholars Program. Photo above is Elizabeth Guadarrama (left) and Fatima Cortez (right).

Guadarrama and Cortez, both seniors at Royal City High ...
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Quincy Community Heritage Barn unveils new exhibit on March 30, 2019
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Quincy Community Heritage Barn unveils new exhibit on March 30, 2019

Quincy Valley Historical Society brings life to history

For Goodness Sake Published Mar 27, 2019

You are invited

to celebrate the public unveiling of the new exhibit inside the Community Heritage Barn Saturday, March 30, 2019, beginning at 1:30 pm. It will be a grand celebration as months of tireless research, design, and fabrication have gone ...
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Penhallurick's on Crab Creek
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Penhallurick's on Crab Creek

Look what Spring brought to Moses Lake

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 28, 2019
Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be. And change is here. A new garden store in Moses Lake is just the pick-me-up needed after months of wet cold weather. It’s a delight for the senses. <...
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Phi Theta Kappa inducts ten new members
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Phi Theta Kappa inducts ten new members

Big Bend Community College students are honored

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 21, 2019
Ten Big Bend Community College students have officially become members of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society following the organization’s winter induction ceremony Tuesday evening.

New inductees took the oath of membership in front of family ...
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Dream it, Be it
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Dream it, Be it

Soroptimist International Moses Lake helps put dreams into action

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 17, 2019
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls is a program designed to help girls grow up to be strong, successful women. The program provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to achieve their ...
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Toss out the D word

Toss out the D word

by Jan Thacker

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published Jan 22, 2019
I'd say the biggest problem I have right now is my rear end. And my belly. Oh, there are other minor problems, such as aging and the resultant falling apart thing, but the mirror declares the behind and tummy problem ...
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Still loading?

Still loading?

by Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Published Jan 20, 2019
I will..... live by new rules. Be open to new possibilities. Make dinner a nightly event. Jump in a pool with my clothes on. Miss my flight home, several times. Acquire a new couch. Enjoy life every day.

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Play. Explore. Discover.
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Play. Explore. Discover.

The Tree Fort Children's Museum in Moses Lake

For Goodness Sake Published Jan 16, 2019
The Tree Fort is an emerging children’s museum in Moses Lake. Children’s museums produce programs and exhibits that transcend age and experience offering great opportunities and unique shared experiences not found in traditional museums for family learning and ...
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COUNTRY SWEETHEARTS Benefit Dinner, Dance & Auction - February 02, 2019
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COUNTRY SWEETHEARTS Benefit Dinner, Dance & Auction - February 02, 2019

Join in for our casual cowboy themed rootin' tootin' heck of a good time!​

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published Jan 10, 2019
The dress is cowboy comfy so feel free to wear your boots, hats & jeans.......just leave the horse at home! February 02, 2018 is an evening presented by the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation to have fun with friends and family and other ...
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Arree

An unlikely rescue from Moses Lake

By Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Published Jan 9, 2019
It was winter. The lake was frozen in spots enough to be unstable to hold the weight of my much-loved dog, Arree.

I received a phone call from my friend Rebecca with the Humane Society in the afternoon ...
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“I remembered that each time I am stretched beyond what I think I can handle; I bounce back much stronger than before I was ever stretched.”~Amy
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Being stretched beyond expected

Darin and Amy Hendrickson share their gratitude

For Goodness Sake Published Dec 23, 2018
By Amy Hendrickson

Agri-Fix was established by Darin and one service truck in 1995 which has now grown to a full diesel repair shop with complete towing services around the clock. Bee Line Frame and Axle was established in ...
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Old Fashioned Christmas in the Pioneer Church circa 1904
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Old Fashioned Christmas in the Pioneer Church circa 1904

Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum invites you and your family

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Dec 13, 2018

You are invited to a meaningful Christmas Celebration in the Pioneer Church with readings, Scripture, traditional Carols, and the lighting of the tree in the German tradition. Refreshments to follow ...

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(From left to right) Big Bend Chief Flight Instructor John Marc Swedburg and BBCC Foundation Executive Director LeAnne Parton accept the keys to the Beechcraft Sport B-19 from Ann and Kevin Peterson.

Christmas comes early for Big Bend Aviation program

Santa delivers a Beechcraft Sport B-19 aircraft

For Goodness Sake Published Nov 26, 2018
The Big Bend Community College Aviation Program received an early Christmas present this year in the form of a Beechcraft Sport B-19 aircraft, and Santa Claus came in the form of Kevin and Ann Peterson of Seattle who delivered the ...
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Big Bend Community College ASB officers helped deliver more than 600 books to kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs.
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Pick out your favorite book and take it home!

More than 600 books delivered to kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin

For Goodness Sake Published Nov 25, 2018
Big Bend Community College ASB officers recently helped deliver more than 600 books to kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin. The delivery was the result of a partnership between the college and First Book.

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You are a part of the land you work

You are a part of the land you work

Thank you to our farm and ranch families

For Goodness Sake Published Nov 24, 2018

(writing below is by an unknown author)

As a child growing up on a ranch or farm you learn to go to bed early so you'll be able to saddle up in the moonlight for an early-morning ...

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Harvest Mazes and Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Mazes and Pumpkin Patch

Saturdays and Sundays in Quincy

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Oct 28, 2018
The Quincy Valley Lions Club in conjunction with Becerra Gardens presents their annual Harvest Mazes and Pumpkin Patch, September 29 through October 28, 2018.

Cost is $6 per person and includes the mazes, a pumpkin of choice, games, and activities. Children 2 years ...
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Care Sack lunches delivered to Serve Moses Lake

Care Sack lunches delivered to Serve Moses Lake

Over 5500 lunches have been made to feed those in need

For Goodness Sake Food & Drink Published Oct 6, 2018
For the past 21 months, a group of volunteers gathers every Tuesday evening to make sack lunches for those in need. The group varies from week to week but they show up, take their places and begin the assembly process. Spreading ...
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Rob Johnson studies the water for his swim
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Swim Across America

The Moses Lake Swim in 2013 revisited. For a purpose.

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Rise & Shine Published Sep 1, 2018
In 2013, Moses Lake hosted a swim event in coordination with the Seattle SAA to raise funds for cancer research. swim. The Director of the Seattle Swim, David Day, attended the Moses Lake swim to encourage our community and support our ...
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Quilt made and donated (for a past auction event) by Mary Cender Miller, Seattle, WA
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Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale October 6, 2018

Supporting relief in the midst of a hurting world

For Goodness Sake Published Aug 30, 2018
The Mennonite Country Auction & Relief Sale is one of over 47 relief sales held in the United States and Canada.  Proceeds from these relief sales support the international relief, development and service ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Service is ...
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Back-to-School Brigade distributes school supplies

Back-to-School Brigade distributes school supplies

BBCC Veteran Resource Office hosts annual event August 21 and 22

For Goodness Sake Published Aug 14, 2018
The Big Bend Community College Veteran Resource Office will help military veterans and their families prepare for the upcoming school year during its first ever school supply distribution event on August 21 and 22.

The event is being held in ...
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Open Doors for students ages 16 - 21

Open Doors for students ages 16 - 21

MLSD, Big Bend to partner in Step Up to College Open Doors program

For Goodness Sake Published Jun 29, 2018
The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has approved the Moses Lake School District (MLSD) to operate a new “Open Doors” program. The youth re-engagement initiative, in partnership with Big Bend Community College, will begin on September 1.
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Get busy living

Get busy living

By Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Jun 29, 2018
What if you wake up some day and you're way past 50, and you never went swimming in cool lakes all those years because your thighs were jiggly and your bathtub seemed just fine?

What if you were just ...
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There is a voice that doesn't use words

There is a voice that doesn't use words

LISTEN

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published Jun 29, 2018
Listening is often the only thing needed to help someone that is hurting.
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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FOR HUNGRY CHILDREN
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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM FOR HUNGRY CHILDREN

During summer vacation, kids age 2 - 18 are welcome to enjoy a nutritious meal.

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Food & Drink Published Jun 28, 2018
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Columbia Basin welcome children age 2 thru 18 years of age to enjoy a FREE lunch. There are NO forms to fill out, just show up and you will be served by caring people in your ...
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Big Bend Community college HS/21 and GED graduates pose after their recognition night in front of the Wallenstien Theater.

BBCC students receive GED or high school equivalency

New beginnings are celebrated for 129 deserving students

For Goodness Sake Published Jun 19, 2018
Big Bend Community College (BBCC) celebrated new beginnings last week along with 129 students and their families who received their General Equivalency Diploma (GED®) or High School Equivalency at a celebration ceremony.

More than 600 students enrolled in the Transitional ...
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Harvest Mobile Market comes to Quincy JUNE 20

Harvest Mobile Market comes to Quincy JUNE 20

FREE FOOD for anyone who needs some

For Goodness Sake Food & Drink Published Jun 19, 2018
The 2nd Harvest Mobile Market is coming to the Port of Quincy Community Center this Wednesday, June 20th, from 12:00 noon to 2PM. Through the generous support of Microsoft and several other major sponsors free food, such as produce and other ...
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Spring into Summer at the Soroptimist Dinner Party
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Spring into Summer at the Soroptimist Dinner Party

Dine, Give, Dance

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published May 31, 2018
The Spring into Summer – Soroptimist Dinner Party is the annual fundraiser for Soroptimist Moses Lake. Introduced to the community in 2014, the fundraiser has provided funding for Moses Lake Soroptimist to serve the local community, including 500 care packs & 1000+ hygiene kits to ...
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IMG_1936: Big Bend Community College students stand in front of some of the data center equipment that was recently donated by Microsoft to aid in the school’s data center specialization training.

Microsoft donates data center equipment to Big Bend Community College

With the donation will come a very real-world application

For Goodness Sake Published May 2, 2018
MOSES LAKE — Computer equipment valued at $60,000 has just arrived at Big Bend Community College, thanks to a recent donation by Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Datacenter Community Development team donated laptops, servers and other related fixtures to the college’s ...
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Hike 22 for the 22

Hike 22 for the 22

22-kilometer hike scheduled to shine light on suicide prevention

For Goodness Sake Rise & Shine Published May 2, 2018
Moses Lake residents Aaron Molina and Carlos Avila are hoping to shine a light on suicide prevention and awareness within our community. The two have organized a 22-kilometer (roughly 13.6 miles) hike through Moses Lake for Saturday, May 12 at 8 a.m.<...
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Fathers, You Can't Afford a Stay-At-Home Mom

Fathers, You Can't Afford a Stay-At-Home Mom

She is more precious than rubies

For Goodness Sake Published May 2, 2018
I've had this thought in my head for a while now. I’ve been thinking that I can’t afford for my wife to be a Stay-At-Home Mom. Now, I don’t at all mean to offend anyone with this ...
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Kevin Parker

Mayors Prayer Breakfast

Welcome Speaker Kevin Parker

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 30, 2018
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 / 7:00 am until 9:00 am / ATEC Bldg, BBCC (See EVENTS for map)

About Kevin Parker

In fall 2013, Kevin was a Facilitator and Alum in Residence at Harvard in the Executive Leadership program.

Kevin ...
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Being a Foster Parent is pure love
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Being a Foster Parent is pure love

Have you ever had the tug on your heart to love a child that is not yours?

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 24, 2018
There are nearly 9,000 children currently in foster care in Washington State. Children enter foster care through no fault of their own. Most children in foster care have endured some form of abuse/neglect which made conditions unsafe to remain in ...
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The Big Bend Community College women’s basketball team pose with their third place trophy after the last game of the season during the Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament in Everett, WA. In the midst of their historic run, the team still held it down in the classroom recording a 3.65 GPA during the winter 2018 quarter.

Big Bend athletes earn combined 3.07 GPA during winter quarter

Setting the standard for teams that follow after them

For Goodness Sake Rise & Shine Published Apr 18, 2018
Big Bend Community College Athletes had another stellar quarter in the classroom boasting a combined 3.07 grade point average (GPA) during the winter quarter.

The Big Bend Athletic Department is known for recruiting student-athletes that have success both inside ...
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TRiO Upward Bound inducted 40 high school students into its program during a special ceremony at Big Bend Community College Tuesday night.

Big Bend Community College's TRiO Upward Bound inducts 40 new members

Students from Moses Lake, Warden, Royal City and Othello high schools were welcomed

For Goodness Sake Published Apr 18, 2018
­­Forty high school students from Grant and Adams counties were formally welcomed into Big Bend Community College’s TRiO Upward Bound Program Tuesday night.

The program aims to get more high school students into college, and by joining ...
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FREE YOUR FEET

FREE YOUR FEET

By Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Published Mar 27, 2018
Look what spring brought. Fresh perspective. Close your eyes and free your feet from furry boots and spread your toes. Enjoy a seemingly weightless walk. Breathe it in. Spring is here.

Can you feel it? Like hugs, your ...
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Growing up with the gate open

Growing up with the gate open

By Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Published Mar 24, 2018
He wasn't really a horse. He was a Welsh pony and an ornery one. I was only seven years old, my sister nine, when we looked up from outdoor play to see our dad coming down the driveway with an ...
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The 2017 Japanese Agricultural Training group outside of the ATEC Building on the Big Bend campus.

Big Bend Invites Families to Host 2018 Japanese Agricultural Trainees

Give the opportunity for a trainee to get a glimpse of family life in America

For Goodness Sake Published Mar 22, 2018
For the 53rd consecutive year, Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is participating in the Japanese Agricultural Training Program (JATP). Forty-six trainees will arrive on the BBCC campus Friday (March 23) eager to begin their 19-month adventure in the United States.
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Earth Day is EVERY DAY

Earth Day is EVERY DAY

It's our home. Let's keep it clean!

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published Mar 14, 2018
SUNDAY, APRIL 22 .....AND EVERY OTHER DAY!

On April 22, people around the globe will observe, individually or collectively, Earth Day.

Since the spring of 1970, Earth Day has been an annual clarion call for responsible stewardship of the ...
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Enjoying the silent auction portion of the evening
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Cellarbration! for Education

A festive evening filled with delectable food, local wine, and a lot of fun!

For Goodness Sake Food & Drink Published Mar 14, 2018
SATURDAY, MAY 19
ATEC Bldg at Big Bend Community College, Moses Lake

In the beginning, Big Bend Community College Foundation organizers were unsure how fruitful a black tie optional, $100 per plate dinner would be accepted as a fundraiser ...
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What are my career options?
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What are my career options?

BBCC connects job seekers and students with employers and career programs

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published Mar 2, 2018
The 25th Annual Big Bend Community College Job & Career Fair took place, March 1, on the college campus. By afternoon, more than 1500 job seekers and students were served by putting them in touch with the more than 80 employers and career programs ...
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8th Annual Children's Art Show
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8th Annual Children's Art Show

Big Bend Cooperative Preschool Focuses on Learning through Play

For Goodness Sake V Gallery Published Feb 28, 2018
You will be delighted to see what our community preschoolers have been working on! They are excited for you to see! Original artwork by the preschool children will be on display and for purchase at the 8th Annual Children's Art ...
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Big Bend Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 19 New Members

Big Bend Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 19 New Members

Congratulations to these Big Bend Community College students

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 15, 2018
Nineteen Big Bend Community College students became members of the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society during the organization’s fall induction ceremony in February 2018. Family and friends gathered to witness the inductees as they took the oath of ...
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A Farmer's Story
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A Farmer's Story

You are Part of the Land You Work

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 11, 2018
(writing below is by unknown author)

As a child growing up on a ranch or farm you learn to go to bed early so you’ll be able to saddle up in the moonlight for an ...
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Now please

Now please

By Melea Johnson

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 5, 2018
I will..... live by new rules. Be open to new possibilities. Make dinner a nightly event. Jump in a pool with my clothes on. Miss my flight home, several times. Acquire a new couch. Enjoy life every day.

...
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By Jan Thacker

By Jan Thacker

For Goodness Sake Published Jan 28, 2018
New Year’s Eve is such an interesting time. The whole world celebrates the fall of one year and the rise of the next. At the stroke of midnight, bleary-eyed partiers in plastic hats plant slobbery sentimental kisses on spouses ...
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100 Percent Pass Rate for Big Bend Community College Nursing Grads

100 Percent Pass Rate for Big Bend Community College Nursing Grads

Health Matters For Goodness Sake Published Aug 26, 2017
Big Bend 2017 nursing program graduates pose for a photo before their official pinning ceremony on June 17. All 17 of the graduates passed the NCLEX-RN licensure exam on their first attempt.

The Big Bend Community College Nursing program has been ...
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Sue Tebow Named Charles Eastin Award Recipient

Sue Tebow Named Charles Eastin Award Recipient

Press Release posted by Randy BLODGETT on February 20, 2017

For Goodness Sake Published Feb 20, 2017
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) has named Sue Tebow, agri.CULTURE, Moses Lake, Washington, the Charles Eastin Award Recipient for 2017. This award honors an individual who stands out as an advocate for accurate communications between rural and urban audiences. ...
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Top 5 Ways to Show Your Local Law Enforcement Some Love
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Top 5 Ways to Show Your Local Law Enforcement Some Love

For Goodness Sake Published Jul 28, 2016
Once every 51 hours, an officer is killed in the line of duty. That number is staggering. These 5 little ways to show your love for officers in your area sounds so simple and minor after reading that number, doesn't it? One ...
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A Man Cave Gone Right - A Celebration of Love, Friends, and Family
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A Man Cave Gone Right

A Celebration of Love, Friends, and Family

For Goodness Sake V Gallery Published Jun 16, 2016
“Orlando is about as far away geographically as we can be from a US neighbor. However, the hurt and harm done there resonates deeply with myself, the staff of the Venue, and likely most of our readers. We have a ...
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