The Great Bend Recreation Commission, along with Donna Krug, FCS Agent at Barton County Extension office, will host a Walk Kansas informational meeting from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The public is invited to attend and learn about Walk Kansas, an eight-week program where teams of six form to collectively walk 423 miles - the distance across Kansas.
A 43-year-old Russell man was injured after wrecking a motorcycle while fleeing police at 2 a.m. Saturday.
The Great Bend Public Library is observing Black History Month by featuring works by African American artists in its Fine Arts Room. Works by Thelma Russi, Billie Broils, Danny Nobles, Mike Clark Jr., Sharmara Shellman and Alonzo Snipes are on display.
Karen Sessler of ElderCare will present "Safeguarding Our Seniors," at 1 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Participants can learn how to keep themselves or a loved one safe at home. Sessler will cover tips on fall prevention, medication safety, identity protection, and signs that indicate an individual needs assistance.
Sunday will be the last day people can view the Marko Fields and Carol Long Ceramics Exhibit at Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery. The Black History Month exhibit, "Black Women: Achievements Against the Odds," an exhibit of posters from the Smithsonian Institute, also will end Sunday.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hear a faculty presentation by history instructor Linda McCaffery, with Dr. Bill Brenner of Larned, when it meets at 4 p.m. Friday in room F-30, in the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
Sheriff Greg Armstrong announced that the Barton County Sheriff's Office will be taking over the VIN program again, as noted in Tuesday's Great Bend Tribune.
The Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., will have its Valentine's Day party, with the crowning of the King and Queen, at noon today (Feb. 15) before lunch, and a party at 1:15 p.m. with entertainment by Eisenhower 1st and 2nd graders and refreshments after the program.
A tour of the GBRC Activity Center is on the agenda for the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The purpose of touring the new facility at 2715 18th St. is to consider adding instructional indoor soccer walls.
The Rooster Booster Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its 17th-annual banquet Saturday, March 12, at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center, 3017 10th St. in Great Bend. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner starts at 7:15 p.m.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information about break-ins at Venture Corporation, at both the home office, 214 South U.S. 281, Great Bend, and the plant at Dundee. Copper wire was stolen at both locations, and both buildings had damage. Property loss and damage are estimated at $30,000.
ST. JOHN - Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library, 406 North Monroe, St. John, will host a Quivira National Wildlife Refuge program, "Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching," from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24. The presenter, Barry Jones, visitor services specialist at Quivira NWR, will intended for the beginner or less-experienced birdwatcher. He will share 10 steps to easier birding, followed by a presentaiton on common birds and bird groups of Quivira and the surrounding area. There will be samples of bird field guidebooks and optical aids.
The Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., is asking the public to become a library valentine on Monday.
The next meeting of the Citizens Watchdog Association set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Rosewood Gallery, located at 16th and Main in Great Bend.
A land auction for Habitat for Humanity of Barton County, scheduled for Tuesday evening, was rescheduled because of the unsafe weather conditions. Habitat co-chairman Rachel Mawhirter said the auction will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the board room of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development, 1125 Williams. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the reorganization of the council, election of a council president, an economic development report and a revision to the employee handbook regarding military duty.
The monthly Shine & Show returns this month with an event from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Waters True Value, 1649 K-96 in the Westgate Shopping Center. Shine & Show is a free car show presented by Mid-America Mopars.
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred the afternoon of March 2, but was not reported.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes proclamations for National Crime Victims' Rights Week and National Work Zone Awareness Week, the courthouse video security system and a Fairview Township Board resignation.
Joyce Esfeld will explain the secret to making "The Perfect Pie Crust" in a free program from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. This is a free Stop 'N Learn Session of the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
The Great Bend Area Support Group of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Kansas will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thelma Harms Room at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgical Center.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp will hold his next Barton County town hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, in Exop III, west of Great Bend. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a concealed carry firearms safety class starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the office, 1416 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. This class is a prerequisite for application for a Kansas concealed carry handgun license.
The veteran's representative from the Kansas Commission on Veteran's Affairs will not be making his normal second Thursday visit in April to the Kansas Works Office. Instead, he will be in Great Bend on the third Thursday, April 17th. He will return to the second Thursday schedule in May and the months following.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Nex-Tech Wireless, 3705 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Matt Hiss and Ronda Sjogren. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.