The Barton Community College main campus and Center for Adult Education will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. The college will resume regular summer hours on May 29.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host the program "Summer Pond Care" from 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
Great Bend Police are investigating a vehicular burglary that occurred Wednesday in the Walmart parking lot. Detective David Bailey said the victim estimated the loss at $4,000, including a $2,000 pair of eyeglasses. The thief took a small bag that contained the glasses, a $1,400 hearing aid and front dentures. The face plate on the stereo was also stolen.
Authorities are investigating a counterfeit $100 bill and a counterfeit $20 bill found in the Barton County Jail deposits.
Barton Community College has announced its new Computer Aided Drafting & Design 21-hour certificate program with classes beginning from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5 through July 26. Students who start coursework this summer can earn their certificate by as early as Spring 2013.
The Great Bend Public Library announces an open call for artists for an exhibit in celebration of the June Jaunt. This show is open to any artist from Barton County, said Jennifer King, Young Adult/Marketing librarian.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Kansas has memorial flowers for sale at the RSVP office, 1025 Main D114, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at the RSVP Thrift Store in Hoisington, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Joe Boley will present a free program, "Titanic and the Music," at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Crime Stoppers seeks information about a vehicular burglary that occurred between 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and 6:50 p.m. on Sunday in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings said a 1995 Toyota pickup parked at 1400 18th St. was broken into and items stolen.
Contract renewals fill the agenda for the next Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 in the Fine Arts Building. Following an executive session for discussion of personnel matters, the board will vote on renewing contracts for faculty, head coaches, management staff, the vice president and deans, and the college president.
Prospective pilots from the area will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of flying as Barton Community College will offer private pilot ground school classes from 6-9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5 through July 26 in Barton's Technical Building, T-184.
A Loraine man led law enforcement officers on a vehicular pursuit Saturday morning in Barton County.
Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to the Robert Wiley home 2403 31st St. at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday for a house fire.
The Central Kansas Off Road Association will host a youth ATV safety training session for youths 15 years and younger this Saturday. The session will be held at 1 p.m. the Radium bridge riding area.
Crime Stoppers seeks information on the theft of a 2005 Diamond T trailer. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said it was stolen April 25 or 26 from behind a residence at 3010 17th in Great Bend.
Late registration is still available for the second annual Wild Goose Chase 5K/3K Fun Run, 9 a.m. Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Registration and check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, northeast of Great Bend.
Smoke from a large grass fire burning north of Interstate 70 on Monday caused a chain reaction accident involving five vehicles, Kansas Highway Patrol reports.
Kansas historian Leo Oliva will present the program, "What Did They Eat on the Santa Fe Trail?" when the Barton County Historical Society hosts a joint meeting with the Quivira Chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association next week. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281 (Main Street) in Great Bend.
A dinner and raffle fundraiser for Kadin White medical expenses will be held at 6 p.m. on May 17 at the Ellinwood American Legion. Free will donations will be taken for the dinner. Raffle tickets are $10 or five for $40. To donate for raffle tickets message Roch Miller II at 620-786-0405; Ryan Wirtz at 620-617-1355; Shannon Peterson at 620-639-5919; Joe Vinduska at 785-393-4882; or call Toyia Roblyer at 620-796-2133.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include prgram changes at Great Bend Middle School; approval of administrator retirement and licensed teacher resignatioins; and supplement salary committee recommendations. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.
Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Great Bend man Monday after a burglary in progress was report at 9:18 in the 200 block of Bermuda Drive, just southwest of Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the resident at that location advised that a person was breaking in and officers were needed.
Individuals from Greensburg and Woodston died and two people from Garfield sustained possible injury Friday when two pickups collided in Ellis County.
The Kansas Commission on Veterans affairs mobile office will be visit Great Bend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. It will be located in the Walmart parking lot.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality is offering an overnight bird watching tour in the Great Bend and Cheyenne Bottoms wetland area, May 9-10.
Great Bend Knights of Columbus is selling tickets to a chicken fried chicken dinner to raise money for repaving the Columbus Club parking lot. The meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the K of C Hall, 723 Main.
MACKSVILLE - The Fifth Annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 3-4 at City Park in Macksville. The event starts at noon Saturday and continues until noon the following day. Food vendors will be available for lunch and supper, and camping in the park is free, according to Macksville residents Don and Rhea Overbey with Oberbey Ministries.
Members of Rosewood Miracle Workers, a Kiwanis Aktion Club at Rosewood Services, will be selling peanuts from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25. They will be in front of the Walmart Supercenter at both entrances. The club is also selling trail mix. It is available at the Rosewood Gallery.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
BISON - An American Red Cross Blood drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, April 21, in the Bison Gymnasium. Walk-ins are welcome.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be John Sullivan with greeters Steve Swigart and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.