USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include the budget hearing, athletic league affiliation, approval of math grant and the Superintendents report.
Barton County Farm Bureau members will hold its annual dinner/meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Student Union at Barton Community College. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Aug. 22. Call Jerry Esfeld, 620-792-2236, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will host a Sign Up for Scouting night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Great Bend Public Library's basement meeting room, 1409 Williams St. Girls in grades K through 12 and their parents are invited to attend. There will be activities for the girls from scouting's new series: "It's Your Story – Tell It!"
Auditions for "Don't Talk to the Actors," the first show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2011-2012 season, will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Crest Theater. The play is a comedy Tom Dudzick and will be performed Oct. 6-9.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board of Directors will take action on a T-shirt bid when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Other items on the agenda include information on the latest rules for flag football, outdoor soccer and adult volleyball. Information on the fall program time line will also be shared.
The Great Bend Senior Center's August potluck dinner will feature pizza. The dinner will be held at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. The fee for the pizza is $1.50 and those planning to attend should call 792-3906 to make a reservation. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish and their own table service to the dinner.
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.
Driver's education permits will be available through the online application portal beginning on May 5, 2014.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Aaron's Sales & Lease, 4905 W. 10th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Cindy Parr and Sarah Panning. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
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.