Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo offers teens a chance to learn about animal care and experience zoo careers as part of this year's Spring Break Zoo Crew. This program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, March 21-22. According to Danielle Ricklefs at the zoo, teens will work alongside zoo staff and will assist with the educational program and development. "This is an excellent opportunity for the youth to directly connect ...
Supporters of Sunflower Diversified Services set records recently at its 8th annual Charity Gala. The non-profit agency raised more than $52,000 and reported 169 guests.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from March 18 through May 20. It will meet each Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin (entrance on Lincoln St.) in Great Bend.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include congratulations to the Great Bend High School Boys State Champion Bowling Team and recognition of the GBHS Women's Bowling team; congratulations to GBHS State Champion Wrestler and teammates; approval of the 2013-2014 school calendar; first reading of the health textbook adoption, 2013-2014 student handbooks, 2013-2014 teacher handbooks, and 2013-2014 ...
Sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 and 12:30 p.m. on the 28th, an Arctic Cat four-wheeler valued at $8,422 was stolen from Gottschalk Equiptment, at 160 south U.S. 281, near Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers, reports the vehicle is sunset orange in color and its vehicle identification number is 4UF13ATV3DT208637. Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call Crime Stoppers, 792-1300 or 888-305-1300.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is providing consumers opportunities this week to fight identity theft by destroying personal documents and conducting consumer education programs throughout the state.
An unknown person entered a power substation of Midwest Energy at 530 NW 30 Road, cutting two locks, it was discovered Monday morning. A Sunflower Electric power station at 335 NW 50 Ave. was also broken into. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendier said nothing was taken, but the damage was reported to the Department of Homeland Security. "Transformer stations are part of the critical infrastructure," he explained.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Completely Kids, 2025 Forest, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Shawn Panzer and Robert Rugan. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "The Snakes of Kansas," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Jean Aycock from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, will share fascinating facts about one of the most misunderstood groups ...
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will show "Wreck-It Ralph" on Teen Movie Monday, March 11. The movie will be shown at 4 p.m. and is free to students in grades 7-12.
There will be a soup supper from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 11, at American Legion Post 180, located at 1011 Kansas Ave. The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will serve three different kinds of soup.
The Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Irish Stew from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the church's Fellowship Hall, located at 24th and Washington St. in Great Bend. Presbyterians will be serving Irish stew and homemade pie. Tickets are $6 and available at the door; preschoolers can eat for free. Carry-out can be purchased and picked up at the northeast church entry.
Kiwanis will be serving pancakes and sausage from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Expo I building, for the 55th annual Great Bend Kiwanis Pancake Day. Tickets are $3. Proceeds allow the club to sponsor a number activities for youths and other nonprofit entities.
Mark Mingenback from St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will talk about updates at St. Rose at the next Touched by Cancer support group meeting, set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.
The Barton Community College Silver Cougar Club will host a class on the ultimate presentation tool, Microsoft's PowerPoint, from 1-4 p.m. every Wednesday, March 13 – April 17 at the Great Bend Workforce Center, 1025 Main St., room D-107.
The Tomy trains will roll again at the Stone Church in Luray this week-end. Station doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, giving railroad enthusiasts of all ages another chance to play with a large collection of battery-operated trains on loan from Bruce Libal; the last run of the day on both days is at 4 p.m. Free rail passes will be issued at the door, and concessions will be ...
The Barton Community College campus and Center for Adult Education will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The college will resume regular summer hours on Tuesday, May 28.
The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will be open from 1-5 p.m. on Monday for Memorial Day. Executive Director Beverly Komarek noted the museum is usually closed on Mondays. "This special opening is to accommodate families and visitors here for the holiday." Regular admission will be charged. The historical society is located just south of the Arkansas River bridge in Great Bend on U.S. 281.
Graduation days are celebrations of hard work expended and the future opportunities that have been earned. They are a chance to look back on what it took to get there, as well as to look forward to what lies ahead. And many thanks are offered to those who helped along the way.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Bank, 3600 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Ronda Sjogren with greeters Connie Oetken and Karmi Green. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve contracts for head coaches, management staff and administrative personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. There will also be an executive session for discussion of personnel.
KANOPOLIS - The public is invited to take part in a short nature hike and free fishing this Saturday at Kanopolis State Park. Meet at the Wildlife Viewing Area west of the office at 9 a.m. and follow the park naturalist on the trail. Bring a fishing pole for fishing in the ponds after the hike.
After a one-vehicle accident at 6:26 a.m. Sunday at U.S. 56, milepost 211, the driver was arrested by the Barton County Sheriff's Office on suspicion of driving under the influence. At the jail he requested medical assistance for shoulder pain. At 9:27 a.m., a Great Bend Police Officer responded to a disturbance at the Great Bend Regional Hospital Emergency Room, and the BCSO was called to assist. The suspect was served a notice to appear ...
Several people from Colorado Springs, Colo., were injured at 6:10 p.m. Sunday in Russell County, when a Suburban pulling a camper-trailer attempted to pass a semi-trailer on Interstate 70, 1 mile east of Bunker Hill. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the vehicle became unstable as it passed the semi, entering the median. The driver over-corrected and the vehicle entered the ditch, rolling several times. The trailer broke free and landed upright, while the Suburban landed on its roof.
A 2-year-old boy died Monday and others were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Pratt County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 10:18 a.m.. on K-61, 1.5 miles north of Preston.
The Great Bend Public Library will be closed Sunday and Monday, May 26 and 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The library will also switch to summer hours on May 28. It will be open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Sundays through Labor Day.
WICHITA - Donors who present to give blood between May 23 and 31 in honor of Memorial Day could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, the American Red Cross announced. In addition, their donations will honor those who gave their life for our country and support those in need of care. The Red Cross serves about 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including many Veterans Affairs medical centers.
The Panther Paw Restaurant staff and management at Great Bend High School have produced a cookbook containing recipes of dishes served throughout the school year.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Arts Council, 1401 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Marty Steinert with greeters Shawn Panzer and Jim Vopat. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
USD 428 has partnered with Harris Connect to produce an alumni directory. Post cards, phone calls and e-mails may be forthcoming this summer. This is a reputable company that the district has worked with for the past 20 years.