The eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge hit the mid-way point this week, leaving four weeks for teams to reach their goal. Some six-person teams are collectively walking 423 miles - the length of Kansas - while others are walking 1,200 miles - the perimeter of the state.
Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will celebrate Earth Day from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22, with an after-hours event. Admission will be $3 person, with children under 4 years old admitted free.
Thursday morning, the northwest part of Great Bend is going to sustain significant damage from a powerful tornado that will touch down and cause multiple injuries, requiring the response of emergency workers from around the area - as long as it doesn't rain, that is. In case of severe weather, the tornado will be postponed.
More than 40 people hit the walking trail at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday for "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," promoting awareness of the more than 4,500 adults and children with developmental disabilities who are on waiting lists for services.
The processing fee for dropping a Great Bend Recreation Commission program will increase from $3 to $5, effective May 1. The GBRC Board of Directors approved the fee change when it met Monday.
For about 10 years, Unified School District 428 in Great Bend has shared a Parents as Teachers grant with USD 355 in Ellinwood.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed one of its three competitive grant cycles and awarded $22,236 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
Great Bend's Robert Button, a longtime supporter of the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, has loaned the museum a collection of 30 native American Indian artifacts for a new exhibit. Navaho, Apache, Sioux and Anasazi are just a few of the tribes featured.
HOISINGTON - For those aiming for adventure in their own county, the City of Hoisington will be filled with activities on Saturday, April 16, for the sixth-annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlander's Festival. There will be tours to Cheyenne Bottoms, hands-on talks about the Bottoms, and contests for kids and adults.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will be waiving fines and giving away prizes all week, to celebrate National Library Week.
County Communications Director Dough Hubbard has reported that the county's communications improvements should be done next month.
Barton Community College staff hope to offer a certificate in natural gas measurement in the near future, college trustees learned Thursday. Mike Baugh, coordinator/instructor of Barton's Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution program, said the industry has identified a need for this advanced certificate, and they already have a curriculum approved. Pending final approval by the Kansas Board of Regents, Barton hopes to offer the course this fall, or no later than next spring.
Men, whether you think you look good in heels or not, the second-annual Walk-a-Mile in Her Shoes fundraiser will give a chance to show of those legs.
Members of Habitat for Humanity of Barton County left their shovels inside when an April shower threatened to dampen a scheduled groundbreaking on Thursday. But Rachel Mawhirter, co-chairman on the nonprofit group's board of directors, said a new home will be built at 19th and Hubbard this year.
Whether area patrons have been holding onto dangerous chemicals over the winter, or they just come up with them in spring cleaning, Barton County Landfill Manager Mark Witt has reported that the Household Hazardous Waste Program will start another season soon.
Sen. Jerry Moran said Thursday was his first Town Hall where he was handed a soda and offered popcorn. Moran said he learned about the new Golden Belt Cinema 6, site of the meeting, from his press secretary, Great Bend native Katie Niederee.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees reviewed the policies on "Essential Skills," during Thursday's business meeting.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Vocal Music Department will present "Bye Bye Birdie" for its annual fall musical scheduled for November 14-15.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, Inc. celebrated it's 20th Anniversary during the 4th Annual Kans for Kids Auction & Dinner held Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus. With the theme, "Hog Wild for Kans for Kids", guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening of good food, friends, three silent auctions, a live auction, and a photo booth provided by Kansas Kandids. When it was all said and done, over $25,000 had been raised for the local non-profit organization that provides both emotional and financial assistance for Barton County children who receive a diagnosis of childhood cancer.
The Barton County Health Department will offer out-reach flu shot clinics throughout the county in the coming weeks. The is as follows:
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
Students who wonder what path to take after high school were able to learn some options Wednesday, when Barton Community College held "All About Careers."
Approximately 45 students showed up early Wednesday at Great Bend High School to take part in See You At The Pole, part of a global prayer initiative.
The community will have a chance to "pray our goodbye" to the Allied Services Building (ASB) during a closing ceremony this weekend, said Sister Celeste Albers, worship director at the local Dominican Sisters Motherhouse.
Great Bend High School English instructor Holly Johnson wears green for "Color Day," Wednesday. Color Day was one of the Spirit Week observances leading to Friday's 2014 Homecoming. Green was the color for staff; seniors wore purple.
Great Bend High School will celebrate its 2014 Fall Homecoming Friday. Activities get underway in the afternoon and run through the evening.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 has added a new program, the Ellinwood Eagle Backers Club, to support athletic and activity programs of Ellinwood High School.
CLAFLIN -To spend a fall afternoon with family and friends while supporting Barton County kids living with cancer, join the Kasselman family of rural Claflin for the 9th Annual Fall Fun Festival. The birthday wish of 8-year-old Kylee Kasselman in 2006, the festival began as a small event with a petting zoo and activities for children. All of the proceeds from that event were donated to Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.