Tickets are now available for purchase to the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner/auction. The fund raiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Highland Convention Center. Tickets are $50 each.
TOPEKA - Storm and crop damage estimates in Kansas for 2011 have hit a record $1 billion, according to the Kansas Department of Insurance.
The Barton Community College Theater Department will present its take on the theme of love and relationships with the production of "Almost, Maine," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in the BCC Fine Arts Auditorium.
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The live and silent auctions promise to appeal to a variety of tastes and budgets at the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center Golf Classic/Auction, said Stacy Hefley, St. Rose marketing and volunteer coordinator.
The line is long at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner. The annual fundraiser attracted a good turnout, with a lot of familiar faces and many newcomers.
Balloons are released at the Heartland Cancer Center's 8th anniversary celebration Sunday. The HCC's Support Group sponsored the event.
The Stafford Oktoberfest will be held on Oct. 1 in Stafford. Everything from arts and crafts to Wiener Dog Races is on the line-up for the day.
Dakota Ochs was quick on her feet and calm, a perfect combination to capture a Monarch butterfly Saturday morning at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield. Items on the agenda include approval of donations, and update on Shady Grove property. Eisenhower Principal Tricia Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Eisenhower Elementary School.
The Kansas Historical Society announced it has published a new children's activity book, "Kid's Kansas". This full-color, 44-page book features stickers, pull-out famous Kansan trading cards and flags, and several pages of puzzles, activities, and Kansas stories. The book will make its debut at the Kansas Book Festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced today that former U.S. Senator Bob Dole will be the first Kansan to be honored on the Kansas Walk of Honor. Sen. Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, will join Governor Brownback and the First Lady to witness the unveiling of the bronze plaque at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the southeast corner of the Statehouse south lawn. The event is open to the public.
Dr. John Cody, dubbed "The Audubon of Moths," has had his paintings featured at the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of Natural History, and soon the Shafer Art Gallery when its next show, "Endangered Journey: Monarch Migrations," opens on Oct. 2.
Ellinwood artist Robert Joy's art, which will be featured at the Shafer Art Gallery's Oct. 2nd opening, can be identified loosely as having an ever-moving and ever-morphing style. In a fairly current phase of his artistic mood, there has been a focus on the insect world.
Great Bend High School wants its students to be successful.
Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Potato and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, located at 24th and Adams in Great Bend. The hall is handicap accessible and an elevator is available. Freewill offerings will benefit the Family Crisis Center and other missions.
RUSH CENTER - The women of the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center, also known as WELCA (Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) have set the date of their annual bazaar for Friday, Nov. 7, in the church basement. A meal will be served from 5-7 p.m., with selections such as sloppy joes, sandwiches, pie and sweet rolls. An auction at 7 p.m. will feature handcrafted items including hand-quilted quilts of all sizes, plants and baked goods.
Barton Community College's music department will begin selling tickets to its production of "A Christmas Carol," on Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. All seats are reserved and are available online at scrooge.bartonccc.edu. Any patron needing ticket assistance can call the box office, 620-786-1150.
The Learning Resource Center at Barton Community College will give away ice scrapers on Monday Nov. 3. Deedra Gibbons said people can stop by and pick up a free Barton Library ice scraper for as long as supplies last. They are available to students, BCC employees and community members.
The First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington, Great Bend, will offer "Treat in Trunk" from 5 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.
Tena Westenhaver of Great Bend is kicking off her Soles4Souls Shoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home, 1801 VanBuren. This is just the first effort in her year-long campaign to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes the Soles for Souls organization can distribute to the needy and victims of disasters.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the city's health insurance renewal, street closures for holiday activities, the Prairie Rose Drive paving project and an auto rental lease agreement for the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an employee recognition award to Donna Shaffer of the Health Department, bridge engineering services, Special Alcohol Funding distribution, Barton County Community Development Advisory Board appointments and longevity pay.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will postpone the Crane Tour scheduled for today due to lower than expected numbers of cranes. The new date is Saturday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register for the tour – space is available in the KWEC's van, or participants are welcome to follow in their own vehicles to crane viewing sites.
The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the second quarter entries for the Focus on the Byway photo contest. Entries for the third quarter are being accepted now, said Cris Collier, president of the visitors bureau.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Creepy Crawly," a free Stop 'N Learn session, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
A Russell man was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 281, 15 miles south of Russell in Barton County.
From Nov. 1 through March 31, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located northwest of Great Bend on K-156, is closed on Mondays. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. After that, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. The Education Center will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center staff will lead a guides tour through Cheyenne Bottoms starting at 5:30 Tuesday, Oct. 28. Tours will begin and end at the KWEC, 592 NE K-156, Great Bend. From there, participants will board the KWEC van for a tour to find groups of cranes in the Cheyenne Bottoms area.
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