Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.
The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.
Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.
There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.
Nearly 17 years after 5-month old Lance Jasper died as the result of shaken impact syndrome, his killer may be released on parole. The Prisoner Review board will hold a parole hearing in February for Lance's aunt, Crystal J. Jasper, now 36 years old.
A rural Great Bend man was in custody Tuesday afternoon after a woman sent a text message that she'd been kidnapped. The 43-year-old man was stopped in Ellis County by the Kansas Highway Patrol and arrested on outstanding warrants. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the suspect had been transported back to the Barton County Jail and the county attorney's office was reviewing the case Wednesday afternoon to see if new charges should be filed stemming from Tuesday's incident.
The cold weather on Wednesday made it the perfect day for an indoor activity. Great Bend Recreation Commission obliged by setting up its Imagination Playground inside the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
ELLINWOOD - The 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 12. Freshman Rep. J. Basil Dannebohm (R-Ellinwood) hosted an early Legislative Coffee on Tuesday at the new Gather Coffee House, located at 19 Main St. in Ellinwood. In addition to Dannebohm, Representative of the 113th District, Sen. Mitch Holmes, (R-St. John), spoke at the coffee.
Great Bend Firefighters were dipatched three times Friday when people saw steam coming from dryer vents and thought it was smoke. Although these were all basically false alarms, at least one potential fire hazard was revealed, Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Mike VanCampen doesn't know how many World War II veterans are living in Kansas, but he continues to hear from them. As president of the Kansas Honor Flight program, VanCampen routinely schedules expense-paid trips so that veterans can see their war memorials in Washington, D.C.