The Barton County Arts Council is accepting entries for its second annual photography competition, "People, Places and Things."
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Ken Schwamborn with greeters Ron Koelsch and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
A budget hearing, study session and executive session will all take place Thursday afternoon at Barton Community College.
A two-day defensive driving course will be taught next Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Classes will meet from 1-4 p.m. both days and will be taught by Steve Billinger with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Area residents are invited to form a bowling team for the annual Bowl For Kids Sake, sponsored by Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Barton and Pawnee Counties. This year's event is set for Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Walnut Bowl in Great Bend. All money raised will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters. For more information call Christina Hayes, event chairwoman, at 620-282-0553. Team packets can also be picked up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Office, 1125 Williams St.
St. Francis Community Services will offer a free 10-week course for individuals interested in becoming foster parents. Classes start this week and will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the St. Francis office, 1508 Main, Great Bend. The course is required by the state of Kansas before becoming a foster parent. For more information call 1-866-999-1599.
This week the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will launch a series called Summer Keeper Talks, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Golden Belt Wood Carvers will offer a five-week beginners course, starting Aug. 18.
WILSON - Several thousand people will make their annual trip to Wilson Friday and Saturday for the 51st annual Wilson After Harvest Czech Festival.
Sometime between 9 p.m. on July 14 and 4:30 p.m. on July 15, a white Morton building at 5406 Seventh St. in Great Bend was burglarized. A window air conditioner, a 3/4 inch drive socket set and a 12-ton floor jack were stolen. Loss was $360.
Barton Community College will host the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp Friday through Sunday at Camp Aldrich. RYLA is a worldwide program that provides future leaders the opportunity to expand and hone their leadership skills. The program enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations, improve leadership and communication skills, and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends.
The Po.L.K. of A. Kansas Chapter will hold its 25th annual Polka Days, Aug. 19-21 at the Highland Hotel Convention Center in Great Bend.
The second annual Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo Pig Roast fundraiser will be held Aug. 6 at Great Bend's American Legion Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. A meal will be served from 5-8 p.m., followed by a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
A representative from Angels Care Home Health will present a free program at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Heart of Kansas Quilt Guild will hold their "Quilts on the Prairie" quilt show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 29 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 30 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Domestic Arts Building in Hutchinson. Quilted items will be for sale. "Trunk Show" by Lola Jenkins will be held at 11 a.m. on July 30. Cost for the two days is $5.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Hiss Sherman Wealth Management, 2001 Broadway (SW corner of Broadway & Main), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Allene Owen with greeters Sarah Panning and Aaron Andrews. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. Note this is a change from the regular meeting time. Jamie Hutchinson from the HCC will speak.
Great Bend Public will show the movie "Gravity" on Teen Movie Monday, March 17, at 4 p.m. Teen activities are open to students in grades 7-12.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session, "Let's Live A Little: Physical Activity For Fun And Fitness," at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Barton Community College forensic coach Bill Sheffield will present "Test Your Kansas History Skill: Battle of the Brains," at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the college library.
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: approval of the 2014-2015 school calendar; first reading of the 2014-2015 Student Handbooks, Teacher Handbooks and Activities and Athletics Handbooks; approval to purchase technology hardware and approval of sale of used technology items; 2014 summer projects; audited student enrollment; approval of contributions; approval of Family and consumer Science donation; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and licensed teacher resignation.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Johnson Electric, 2212 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters John Sullivan and Eric Gotsche. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Adam P. Kephart, 33, of Hoisington was injured early Saturday after a sport utility vehicle rolled on a northern Barton County Road.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Vegan Cooking" from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for the spring shipment of Bithell Berries from Boring, Oregon. The 14 pound boxes of fresh fruit are flash frozen so to better divide them upon arrival. Available now are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries sliced with sugar, strawberries whole, loganberries, pie cherries, sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and rhubarb. Also available are frozen jams of various flavors and puree.
American AgCredit will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate start of construction of its Great Bend office. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the site, 5634 10th St.
The dynamic demographics of the United States come with many advantages, but they also present some challenges, like communication barriers.
The March 10 Teen Movie Monday at 4 p.m. at the Great Bend Public Library is open to students in grades 7-12.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend has released more information about a robbery reported Saturday morning by a Great Bend resident.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Best Western Angus Inn, 2920 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Judy Reed and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.