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.
HUTCHINSON – While visiting the Kansas State Fair on Sunday, Keith and Tammy Bell of Great Bend stopped by the Kansas Lottery Building to try their luck at winning a "muscle car" in a second-chance drawing. Although they didn't win the car, they did walk away with a $5,000 cash prize playing a $5 Muscle Car Money instant scratch ticket.
TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend consumers and especially persons at high risk for listeriosis to not eat cantaloupes marketed from Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region of Colorado due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious illness.
By Jim Misunas
A community "Music for Mission" Concert will be held in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 24th and Washington, on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. A variety of instrumental and vocal musical groups representing a diverse makeup of churches located in Great Bend will join together for an afternoon of musical praise to God, said Carol Woodmansee of the Presbyterian Church Mission Committee.
Friends of the Great Bend Public Library will be holding their annual Used Book Sale the third week in October. Donations of books to the sale from the public will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 30. The library is located at 1409 Williams in Great Bend. Donated books can be brought to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.
Chicago's legendary comedy theater, "The Second City," will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The performance, sponsored by Fort Hays State University's University Activities Board, will feature some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from Second City's 45-plus year history.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal investigators on Saturday began looking into what caused a 74-year-old pilot to lose control of his World War II-era plane and crash near a VIP section at a Reno air race in an accident that killed three people and sent dozens to the hospital.
The anniversary tradition will continue with a balloon launch and other activities at Heartland Cancer Center (HCC), 204 Cleveland, on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, in partnership with the Fort Hays State University's Department of Art and Design's ceramics program, will be hosting a recycling art exhibition beginning next week entitled "Second Nature: Art from Reclaimed Objects," and recycling art workshops in November.
A Great Bend man was transported to a Wichita hospital Thursday afternoon after he was injured in a work-related accident at Great Bend Industries, the Great Bend Fire Department reported.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is again selling H&S citrus fruit as their annual fundraiser. The navel oranges and pink grapefruit are available during the first sale which arrives Dec. 7-8. In January the navels and grapefruit are again available but the main feature of the January order is the Honeybell tangelo, which is a specialty fruit. The January order will be available Jan. 18-19. The H&S fruit is handpicked, packed, and shipped within a week with no artificial color or ripening.
Touched by Cancer Support Group will have a sharing meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.
Great Bend Fire Department will hold its 10th annual spaghetti supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 723 Main. Admission is $5, and children under 5 eat free. There will also be a drawing for prizes.
CrossPoint Church, located on Hart's Corner at 57 SE 20 Road, will hold a Family Fall Festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7. Activities and refreshments will be free, but goodwill donations will benefit Healing Hearts Ranch in rural Great Bend.
The second annual food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Barton County will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the 10th Street Dillons. This year's food drive in memory of Cindy Huslig.
The City of Great Bend is partnering with the K&O Railroad to adjust the railroad crossing at the intersection of 10th & Harrison, City Engineer Rob Winiecke said. Work is anticipated to begin on Monday and take about a week to complete.
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.