Great Bend's schedule of holiday events will move into Official Christmas Mode at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a parade down Main Street. A 13-foot Serbian spruce was planted in the courthouse square last week, so that the annual lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree can take place at 6:45 p.m., said Scott Keeler, superintendent of the city's parks.
With Thanksgiving just days away, children flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday to talk turkey. Pam Martin and other staff explained the peculiarities of our favorite holiday bird, from head to toe - or snood to spur.
Soon high schools will be required to help students plan their education based on career interests, and Barton Community College can help with that, college administrators told the BCC Board of Trustees on Thursday.
Sunny, the yellow tiger at Brit Spaugh Zoo, received a clean bill of health during its annual physical on Wednesday, Great Bend Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. Dr. Mike Malone, the zoo's veterinarian, and his associate, Dr. Jackie Corbett, conducted the physical, cleaned the tiger's teeth and trimmed its claws. Last week they performed a similar procedure on Max, the male grizzly bear.
Huge snowflakes, a few as big in diameter as softballs, fell on Great Bend late Wednesday morning.
Rescue workers were dispatched to northern Barton County around 4 p.m. Tuesday, after a truck that was pulling a cattle trailer went into a ditch on the Galatia-Susank blacktop (NW 190 Road). Barton County Undersheriff Larry Holliday said the small semi-trailer driven by Russell-area farmer Robert Yarmer went off the road half a mile west of the intersection of NW 190 Road and NW 140 Ave., or 3.5 miles west of Galatia. Yarmer was pinned inside the truck, which had rolled onto its side while the trailer remained upright.
Barton Community College canceled Friday morning classes in its Classroom Building, due to a lightning strike to the building Thursday night. There was a small fire after the first attempt to restore power. Classes after noon were moved to another building if necessary, but the Classroom Building was fully operational by about 1 p.m., according to Michael Dawes in the college's communications department.
Great Bend continues to invite visitors to follow the Trail of Lights from one end of town to the other this holiday season. Folks at home can get involved as greeters on select evenings, said Sarah Krom with the holiday committee.
Centuries of gift wrapping experience didn't go to waste, Monday at Sterling House in Great Bend. Nearly 30 residents at the assisted living center spent part of the afternoon filling more than 40 shoeboxes with gifts for children in Third World countries, and decorating the boxes with Christmas wrapping paper.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will again offer a contest to see who can bring in the longest tail feather from a pheasant once the hunting season starts Saturday. Program coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick announced the contest Monday during the GBRC Board of Directors meeting.
Shawn Ney will stand trial for the first degree murder of Steven Calderwood, and for attempted first degree murder of Sarah Ney, Shawn's wife, on July 10. After a preliminary hearing Friday in Barton County District Court, Senior Judge Barry Bennington found probable cause for both counts, and for a last-minute charge of aggravated burglary.
The conversation at Barton Community College's board study session Thursday centered on the ENDS.
The area Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors will hold auditions next week and the following Sunday, for the second annual Barton County's Got Talent dinner theater. The program, on Jan. 15, 2011, will be a fun, local spin-off on the TV show "America's Got Talent," sponsors said.
Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Mike Malone found himself eyeball to eyeball with an eagle.
Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. The board will also vote on whether to accept an insurance settlement of more than $2 million for the construction of a new Dining Hall at Camp Aldrich, and hold its monthly board study session.