'Potato Bar Season" will begin Sept. l8, at the Walnut Valley Senior Center in Rush Center. Beginning 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., slow baked potatoes, a large variety of salads and desserts to select from and coffee or tea are served. Planned dates are Sept. 18; Oct. 16; Nov. 13; Dec. 18; Jan. 15; Feb. 19; March 25; April 15; and May 20. The public is welcome. The proceeds help to maintain the former grade school building for use by the community.
The Great Bend High School Booster Club will hold a Tailgate from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, north of the Panther Athletic Center. Costs is $5 for a hambuger and brats dinner. The public is welcome.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc., 8823 4th Street (plant location), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Connie Oetken with greeters Jill Fitzsimmons and Mark Judd. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to act on the five-year Barton Success Plan and on the Barton Yearly College Plan when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Trustee Robert Feldt will also report on the Camp Aldrich Advisory Committee.
The 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 the R.O.S.E. Award, Electronic Communications Policy, the Shady Grove Property, and bond refinancing.
One of the biggest private employers in Barton County made its 9/11 commemoration visible on Friday, when employees at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants wore red T-shirts to work.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will address the cellular phone policy for employees when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. There will be an enrollment report on youth football, soccer and volleyball.
Barton Community College will offer a Certified Nurse Aide Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 3, at Lyons Good Samaritan Center, 1311 S. Douglas, Lyons. Instructor is Linda Runge.
The final tally for the Barton Community College Foundation's 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction is in at just over $75,000, which far exceeds the Foundation's initial goal of $45,000.
Pastor Loyce Clay will be giving out commodities from 5-6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, at the Social and Rehabilitation Services building, 1305 Patton Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides food distribution to low-income families.
First prize will be $1,500 if more than 250 poker players sign up for the next Sunflower Diversified Services Texas Hold 'Em tournament. The event is set for Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Heritage Room at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th, Great Bend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a burglary that occurred sometime between 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 12:45 p.m. on Aug. 24, at 5715 Aspen Drive, Apartment 6, in Great Bend. Someone entered the residence and took a white X-box 360 game system and a 32-inch Panasonic television, serial number LY91180511. Estimated loss was $800.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Sept. 12 through Nov. 14. It will meet each Monday, except Oct. 31, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Thelma Faye Harms Room on the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Melanie Ryan of Great Bend and Nina Jerke of Wichita (formerly of Great Bend) will be performing together at the Kansas State Fair for the fourth year.
The trial dates for Shawn Ney were changed Tuesday to Feb. 27 through March 2, 2012. Last week, the office of Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced a January trial date, but that was changed because the defense counsel had a scheduling conflict. Ney is charged with the first-degree murder of Steven Calderwood, attempted first-degree murder of Sarah Ney, and aggravated burglary, all stemming from events on July 10, 2010, in Barton County.