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 Aaron's Sales and Lease, 4905 W. 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Eric Gotsche, with greeters Lynda Jamison and Rebecca Ford. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
A burn ban in effect for Pawnee County has been extended for another week. During Monday's Pawnee County Commission meeting, commissioners extended the burn ban for seven days.
A Hoisington man was injured in a one-vehicle accident in the 10 block of NW 100 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports James Lyons, 25, was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital by Hoisington ambulance with undetermined injuries.
The After Harvest Czech Festival will be held on July 30 in Wilson. A Czech Buffet, made by St. Wenceslaus Altar Society will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or when the food runs out, at 2811 Ave. D. Menu consists of roast beef, roast pork, jaternice, potatoes in dill gravy, sauerkraut, dumplings, vegetables, rohlicky, kolaches and a drink. Price is $11 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 10. Kolaches and other homemade items will be sold at the Country Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Simple Haven Bed and Breakfast, 615 27th Street in Wilson, will host an Art and Music Festival from 2 to 4 p.m. on July 30. Featured will be works by Jim Pruner, Terri Horner, Debbie Wagner, Becky Hyberger, Mark Swiderski, Gordon and Rae Zahradnik and Marilyn Pfeiffer-Hake. Music will be provided by John Andrews on the piano at 2 p.m. and The Backwater Boys, bluegrass/country/gospel/folk/Americana, at 4 p.m. by the historic water tower.
Dutch oven cooking is on the educational menu at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center near Great Bend at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 31.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be host the free program "Agriculture Around the World," at 1 p.m. Monday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Rena Berrett, Barton County Extension intern, will share some of the experiences she has had with agriculture through her exchange program.
Great Bend Fire Department units were dispatched to the Red Barn plant Tuesday evening after ammonia vented from a condenser unit on the air conditioning cooling tower. Battalion Chief Rick Robison said there were no injuries and the vapors soon dissipated.
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.