A school janitor commented to USD 428 Food Service Director Karl Sprague this week that he had to add an extra waste basket in the lunchroom because the volume of waste had increased. It's not paper plates, napkins or milk cartons filling the extra space. Its food. Colorful, crunchy vegetables and fruits and whole grain breads, and leaner proteins.
By JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend High School debate squad traveled seven two-person teams to two different tournaments on Sept. 22 and won six medals and a sweepstakes trophy.
The Kiowa Gun Club will sponsor a shooting exhibition range day by Savage Arms, partnering with Hornady Ammunition and Nikon Sport Optics. The range day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will feature several of Savage Arms selection of sport rifles.
The First Presbyterian church invites Great Bend and Barton County communities to a "Music for Mission" concert which will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 24th and Washington. A variety of instrumental and vocal musical groups representing a diverse make-up of churches located in Great Bend will join together for an afternoon of musical praise to God.
The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated an accident about 5:32 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 56 and K-156. The patrol reports that a GMC 1500 pick-up operated by Tanner Cain, 20, of Beaver, Okla. had stopped at a stop sign before driving onto U.S. 56 into the path of a westbound Mack semi-tractor operated by Brian Wick, 39, of Ness City. Cain was injured and transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital. Wick was not injured. Traffic was diverted at the intersection.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is accepting enrollment for the fall programs, which start next week.
Great Bend Police responded to two unrelated domestic calls Sunday that resulted in felony arrests.
Barton Community College sophomore Drew Reisner spends his afternoons each day creating a new world inside of the Fine Arts Auditorium as a member of the stage production team for Barton Theater's fall production of William Inge's play "Bus Stop." Once he's done with that, he puts on his costume and rehearses with the rest of the cast into the evening. Oh, and he's also learning to play the guitar for the show and handling a full class load. The Hoisington native has a lot on his plate, but it's nothing he can't handle.
The first meeting of the Great Bend City Council Health Insurance Independent Consultant Selection Committee will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at the City Office. The meeting is open to the public. At its Sept. 4 meeting, the council voted to study hiring a consultant to help the city in bidding its insurance coverage. It named council members Dale Westoff, Dana Dawson and Randy Myers to the committee to make a recommendation. They are joined by three city staff members.
Richard Shank will talk about his restoration of his family farm in Saline County when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the museum, located just south of Great Bend's Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281. Admission is free and open to the public.
Erica Price with Chris Cakes flips a pancake, Thursday at the Prince of Peace Parish Center in Great Bend. The annual Sunflower Diversified Services Pancake Dinner featured the nimble Chris Cakes crew at an all-you-can eat dinner to raise funds benefitting area people with developmental disabilities. One person ate at least 15. The oldest person in attendance was 99-year-old Mildred Sherwood from Holton.
The Barton County Health Community Design Leadership Team focus group for local bicyclists planned for at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse Square has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. A new date will be announced at a later.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2012-13 season with the music of 1990s country hit maker Collin Raye. His concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Two upcoming public events will kick off a local fundraising effort, with all proceeds benefiting central Kansans with developmental disabilities and delays. The Sunrise Campaign, which helps Sunflower Diversified Services' clients, has been an annual fund drive for 12 years.
Great Bend resident Helen Asher has new neighbors.
A new survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows discrepancies between what Kansans want and what the state Legislature is doing on some key public issues.
Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.
By JIM MISUNAS
Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.
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Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.
A Great Bend man received minor injuries Tuesday when he lost control of a motorcycle on NE 30 Road and U.S. 281.
A Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in a minor injury accident Wednesday morning, after pulling in front of another vehicle at 24th and Harrison St. in Great Bend.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will deal with personnel matters at the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session for private discussion of personnel is on the agenda, followed by the renewal or non-renewal of faculty contracts for next year.
Barton County Historical Society will host "Kansas BC," a presentation and discussion by Donald Blakeslee, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Schulz Library at the Historical Society Museum. Barton County Historical Society is located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge at Great Bend on U.S. 281.
A benefit dinner for Charles Ultan Bahr to help with hospital costs will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olmitz. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a dessert will be served. There will also be a cash raffle. Charles is the son of Joey and Anita Bahr. A free will donation will be taken.
The Eagles Women's Auxiliary 646 donated $3,431 to the Kans for Kids radiothon fundraiser held March 27. The held an auction and faffle at the Eagles on the 21st to raise money for the organization that helps families who are facing a battle with childhood cancer. From left to right: Corry Herrman, Darlene Blake, Hunter (Ambassador) and Yvonne West.
Many of the Great Bend High School Band entries earned a trip to the State Music Festival by receiving a I at regionals last Saturday: Brass Sextet: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Michelle Rooney, Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland; and soloists: Eric Vazquez, Allison Regehr, Anna Frizell, Taylor Dougherty, Kaitlin Adams, and Andrew Curtright. II's were awarded to the Woodwind Trio: Shenay Lee, Kaia Parks, Daniella Astrain; the Brass Trio: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Andrew Curtright; and soloists: Shenay Lee, Daniela Astrain, Maycie Hestand, Michelle Rooney, Ben Diel, Michael Raymer, Ozioma Ofoma, Jordan Otten, and Kaia Parks. III's ...