Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo is still planning an Earth Day celebration on Friday, but it will not be showing a movie as announced earlier, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The zoo will reopen at 6 p.m. Friday for this after-hours event. This event is now free to the public.
Pastor Clay will be giving out commodities from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 9 at the SRS Building on Patton Road.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Arts Council, 1401 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Connie Oetken and Robert Rugan. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend Police received several reports Sunday of thefts from homes and vehicles.
The Great Bend Police Department reports Charles Rupp was driving north on Patton Road at 4:43 p.m. Saturday and his vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Jasmine Velasco, who was westbound on 10th St. turning south onto Patton. Velasco was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital, where she was treated for injuries and released.
The youth of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School and Church are working to earn money to go to Broken Arrow Summer Camp. Students are available for jobs such as lawn, cleaning, cleaning flower beds and minor painting for $5 per hour.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Africa," from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Kay Hallenbeck will talk about her trip to Africa - the food, interesting facts and culture.
The annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis club is set for 9:30 a.m. sharp, Saturday at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the North side of Veterans Memorial Park, just off McKinley Street. The event is open to all area children, pre-school through 6th grade. Sponsors said there will be lots of Easter eggs and prizes will be given for special eggs.
The Citizens Watchdog Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rosewood Gallery, 16th and Main. Meetings are open to anyone who is concerned about the continuing burglaries in Great Bend.
Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman will recommend the hiring of Trevor Rolfs as the next athletic director, when the BCC Board of Trustees meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, located in F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Heilman will review screening process as well.
Barton Community College will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Gallery also will be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 26.
The Great Bend district-wide sixth-grade band concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 18, in the Great Bend High School gym. Elementary band members from Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Central Kansas Christian Academy and Holy Family School will participate in the program. The program will feature a variety of elementary band selections. Special pre-concert music will be provided by the Great Bend High School Jazz Band. The concert is free and open to the public.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a burglary that occurred sometime between 2 and 8:15 p.m. on March 7 at 2316 12th St. in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings reports that a 37-inch Viso flat-screen television, along with a PlayStation3 an X-Box 360 gaming system, were stolen from the unlocked residence. Loss was about $1,000.
Helping Hands Preschool, along with Barton County Cooperative of Special Services and USD #428 - Great Bend, is looking for children to fill a limited number of openings still available in the 4-Year-old At-Risk Program for the 2011-2012 school year. This free program is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education. Helping Hands Preschool offers this program for children living in the Great Bend school district.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn session titled "Spring Flowers" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. Gerry Esfeld from Northview Nursery will talk about some of the new perennials and annuals available this year. She will also share tips on selecting the perfect flowers, fertilizing, mulching and care of flowers.
Great Bend Public Library announced the following upcoming events:
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. today at the Great Bend Cemetery building.
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.