Wishes granted. That's what Prairie Godmothers are all about, said Melanie Calcarra, one of the founding Godmothers. They may not carry a wand or say "Bippity-boppity-boo," but for the women of Barton County who need a hand, the magic is real.
Kenneth Harold Allen, 86, died July 31, at Great Bend Regional Hospital in Great Bend. Born July 4, 1928, in Great Bend, he was the son of James Martin and Bertha (Piel) Allen. On April 28, 1952, he married Maude Evalene Russell in Salem, Ark. She died on Aug. 8, 2007. A lifetime resident of Great Bend he was a carpenter for Marlette Homes.
Approximately 119 calls for service and 71 officer initiated calls were received for the month of June. Officers responded to five medical/fire calls. Nine arrests were made and 11 criminal summons were served in the month of June.
As tomatoes begin to ripen and cucumbers are dripping off the vine, it's time to consider what to do with the harvest. For some, it will mean bringing produce to the office to share with co-workers, or to give to family and friends. For others, preserving summer's bounty for later in the year is the solution.
The League of Women Voters of Barton County conducted a newspaper survey for the Great Bend Tribune the week before the Tuesday, Aug. 5, primary election. All candidates for the Barton County Commission and the Kansas State Board of Education District 5 were sent questionnaires.
An injury accident was reported at 3:31 p.m. Thursday at Broadway and the U.S. 281 Bypass. Northbound vehicles driven by Linda Schlotthauer and Willie Leshore collided when Leshore stopped to turn west onto Broadway. Schlotthauer was complaining of head pain and Leshore was complaining of neck pain, but both drivers refused treatment at the scene.
Representatives from the Barton County Food Bank pick up items donated at the Great Bend Public Library last week. The library was accepting food donations in lieu of fines in celebration of National Library Week.
The Barton Community College Theatre Department is hosting a trip to the University of Kansas to watch the musical "Merrily We Roll Along," by Stephen Sondheim on Sunday, April 29. The cost is $10 for students and $18 for non-students.
Basketball author and historian Steven Michael Farney will speak at the Barton County Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23. The public is welcome to attend this meeting at the Barton County Historical Museum, located south of the Arkansas River bridge in Great Bend on U.S. 281.
Writing a book about the inventor of the microchip led to a lifelong friendship between 2000 Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby and journalist T.R. Reid. When a sculpture honoring Kilby is unveiled on April 28 in downtown Great Bend, Reid will attend the 7:30 p.m. ceremony.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Area Health Foundation received autographed sheetmetal from Jeff Gordons 2011 NASCAR and his crew chief shirt to auction off at the upcoming "Giving is Receiving" fundraising event on April 28.
The Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau has released a new Visitor Guide for Great Bend, Ellinwood and Hoisington featuring historic, recreation and business sites from throughout the area. It includes colorful photos of creatures great and small, and people of the area.