This Sunday is Earth Day - an annual, international celebration of environmental awareness. It began in 1970 in the era of hippies and "flower power," and some consider it the "birthday" of modern environmentalism.
Great Bend Community Theatre wraps up its 2011-12 season with a small miracle: a satire about the lower-class residents of the south – rednecks – that avoids stale cliches and somehow locks in freshness. In "Messiah on the Frigidaire," a series of comic events takes place in Elroy, S.C., at the trailer of Dwayne and Lou Ann Hightower.
It seems the nation is rushing to judgment on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Some are also rushing to judgment on whether or not Zimmerman is a racist, and/or whether police were wrong or perhaps corrupt when they did not immediately arrest him, in light of Florida's 2011 statute on "justifiable use of force."
Barton Community College will implement changes to its Medical Assistant and Medical Coding programs starting in the fall of 2012, administrators said recently. The staff will follow statewide "alignment" of course content that was approved last year by the Kansas Board of Regents. The college plans to allow students in either program to work toward a certificate, requiring a minimum 45 credit hours, or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, requiring 63 or more credit hours.
Five girls will vie for the title of Cinco de Mayo Princess at the 2012 celebration of Hispanic culture on Saturday, May 5. The candidates met with sponsors on Tuesday to learn more about the opportunities and responsibilities that come with the title.
Great Bend Recreation Commission Board members took a tour of the new Great Bend Sports Complex on Monday. The ball diamonds and facilities are in use now, with a May 8 grand opening planned by the city.
A Great Bend man told police he pulled from a car, beaten, and then driven into the country late Saturday. At 5 a.m. Sunday, the car he was driving was found burning on an oil lease road north of Great Bend. The Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.
Years before Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit, the future Nobel Prize winner was learning about electronics at a Radio Shack at 12th and Monroe in Great Bend. Now the Barton County Historical Village and Museum is displaying some of the objects that sparked young Kilby's interest in science.