Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information about recent thefts from storage sheds. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings reports that between Nov. 11 and 23, a storage shed at 708 Jefferson St. was broken into and loss was in excess of $2,500. Items reportedly stolen included four 18-inch tires and wheels for a GMC Yukon, Nascar items, oil, filters, a double-texture brush and a Delta-brand kitchen faucet.
USD #428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Great Bend High School Library, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include Superintendent's Evaluation/Executive Session.
Great Bend Public Library will accept food donations in place of overdue book fines, library spokesman Jennifer King said.
Ticket sales start Monday for Habitat for Humanity's "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater on Saturday, Jan. 21. The non-profit organization has hopes for selling out the Grace Community Church sanctuary and raising at least $10,000 through a combination of ticket sales, sponsorships from local businesses, and freewill donations at the event.
Local history enthusiast Joe Boley will present "Planeview, the Miracle City," at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
The Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. Youngsters from Central Kansas Christian Academy will be singing Christmas carols, and candy canes will be distributed.
Barton Community College will again host the Jingle Bell Swing dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 17-piece big band made up of area musicians. The dance runs from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
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 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 9 through May 9, in BCC's Technical Building, T-178.
Young Living will present the "Raindrop Technique" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1st at The Front Door Facility, 1615 10th Street in Great Bend. This event is free to the community. Following a video presentation will be a hands on demonstration. This energizing technique has been used for years as a highly effective method for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body. Powerful benefits include reduced pain and inflammation, improved circulation, stress relief, improved immune function and facilitating the release of emotions. For more information call 793-9258.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is taking reservations for a Christmas Entertaining Meals luncheon program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick invites the public to "get into the Christmas spirit with a wonderful meal and the sounds from the Great Bend Middle School Women In Harmony group. The meal will begin at noon and entertainment will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m., followed by time to visit with your friends before you head back to work at 1 p.m."
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in BCC's Fine Arts Building, F-157.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss college vehicle replacement bids at its December study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Other items on the agenda include military certificates, the BCC financial statement, EduKan budget, plans to meet with legislators in the BCC service area, iPad training and the 2012 Association of Community College Trustees' Legislative Summit, Feb. 13-16 in Washington, D.C. Trustees will also discuss changing the date of the December business meeting from Dec. 15 to Dec. 13.
The Central Kansas Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired will hold its Christmas potluck dinner at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Convent Auditorium, 3600 Broadway. All members and guests are welcome.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Waters True Value, 1649 West K-96 Highway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Karmi Green with greeters Julie Smith and Jan Westfall. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend Regional Hospital will host a Lab Fair Dec. 6 and 9 from 6-7:30 a.m. in the east entrance foyer of the hospital, located at 514 Cleveland St.
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.