At the end of Jessica Perez's vocal recital last Friday at Barton Community College, following the last notes of Verdi's "Caro Nome," an appreciative audience gave the soprano a standing ovation - and then the audience sang to her. The song was "Happy Birthday," in honor of her 23rd birthday.
The prayers of Great Bend Christians were joined with the faithful around the United States on Thursday, for the National Day of Prayer. About two dozen people met in the courthouse square at noon to offer prayers for the government, military, schools, media, businesses, churches and families in the community, state and nation. They concluded with a prayerful walk around the square.
Barton Community College intends to rebuild the Camp Aldrich Dining Facility that was destroyed by fire on April 12. The dining hall, including the basement, which served as a storm shelter, was a total loss.
This year's Cinco de Mayo celebration for Great Bend will take place Saturday, May 3, in the courthouse square. Once again, the celebration will start with an 11 a.m. parade that starts at Brit Spaugh Park and proceeds south on Main Street to the courthouse square.
Terry Fellers, 59, didn't need to watch the movie "Heaven is for Real" to know that is the case. After seeing the story of a 5-year-old boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, Fellers decided it was time to share his own experience of heaven.
The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to start next Monday has been postponed. It is now schedule to start Aug. 18 in Barton County District Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for May 9.