TOPEKA - Thirty-one Great Bend wrestlers set out to compete with 1,400 other wrestlers from the state in the final tournament of the Kansas Kids State Wrestling Championships on March 29-30 at the Kansas Expocentre.
The next Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at Northview Nursery and Landscape, 172 North U.S. 281. There will be coffee, refreshments and door prizes. Jim Vopat is the ambassador in charge, Randy Bahe and Shay Kasselman are greeters.
RUSSELL - Entries are arriving at the Deines Cultural Center for the 2013 First Congressional High School Arts Competition. The winning "best of show" artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
A free program, "Home Modifications for Aging in Place," will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and at 1 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College's newly founded Volunteers in Action group will host their inaugural event, a food drive titled "Check-Out Hunger" alongside Barton's other volunteer group, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program on Saturday, April 6, at Wal-Mart and the 10th Street Dillons in Great Bend.
The Independence Day holiday travel period is officially underway, with more than 35.5 million travelers expected on the road through Sunday, July 5. That's an increase of 0.7 percent, but represents a record volume of auto travel for the Independence Day holiday, breaking last year's record of 35.3 million auto travelers.
FORT LARNED - During the holiday weekend on Friday July 3, and Saturday July 4, Fort Larned National Historic Site will come to life with living history activities for a celebration of our Independence Day.
West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins, commenting on proposed rule changes and the need to change college basketball: "I thought we had a great game. I don't know why we're doing what we're doing.
After a 1-1 split against Dodge City Tuesday the Great Bend Chiefs doubled up on their counterparts from Pratt Wednesday. Great Bend routed their guests in the first half of Wednesday's doubleheader by a 9-1 decision. Jacob Milton started his third contest on the mound for the Chiefs and saddled a no-hitter in the process. Walks and a passed ball contributed to Pratt's only score in game one.
The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution-their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. But yes, it was their idea.
The Barton County Historical Society will be closed Saturday for Independence Day. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Barton County Museum and Village is located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge in Great Bend on U.S. 281.