The Great Bend Fire Department's annual run-walk for MDA will add chipped timers this year, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. The Nov. 7 event, which offers 10K, 5K and one-mile distances, also has a fun new name: The Stache Dash, and participants are encouraged to wear or grow mustaches. Additional awards will be given for the best real and fake mustaches.
The three trumpeter swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo were removed from public display last week to protect them from an increase of avian influenza that is sweeping across the country, Zookeeper Sara Hamlin said. Meanwhile, the zoo's alligators have been moved to their fall/winter quarters.
L.E. "Gus" Shafer is best remembered for his bronze sculptures of Old West cowboys, but a new abstract piece inspired by the artist was dedicated Tuesday outside Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery.
For the past 11 years, Great Bend Middle School instructor Greg Wells has been leaving sticky notes is classrooms throughout the school district. In addition to his teaching duties, Wells serves as the USD 428 energy manager, overseeing a conservation program. The notes may remind a teacher to turn off a computer or the light at the end of the day.
The Barton County Young Professionals group championed the cause of fitness Saturday by sponsoring the first YP5K and Half Marathon at Veterans Memorial Park. Twenty participants started the half marathon at 7 a.m. An hour later, 56 more runners/walkers started the 5K event.