Sterling College Music Department will be presenting "Candlelight," their annual Christmas concert, at 7 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 3 at the United Methodist Church in Sterling.
The biggest news this week at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo was the arrival of a new animal on Wednesday. (See story on page 1.) Seems like the zoo is always adding new animals, especially if one counts the hundreds of migrating birds that visit every December.
Barton Community College's Criminal Justice Team, Sigma Phi Omega chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, won trophies in four divisions of the Region III LAE American Criminal Justice Association national competition Oct. 15-17 in Overland Park.
This weeks Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Health and Rehab Center, 1560 K-96 Highway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Ron Koelsch and Mark Schuckman. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Chicago-based music duo Small Potatoes will perform in The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is $10, with advance reservations or tickets encouraged. Tickets may be purchased weekday afternoons at the Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend, by calling 792-3097, or reserved by e-mail through email@example.com.
A Pawnee Rock woman was injured Sunday after the van she was a passenger in struck a deer in Barton County.
A local downtown business followed the lead of one of its suppliers and recently sponsored a fundraiser for Heartland Cancer Center patients.
The decorated gate at the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, Santa's House, the ice skating rink and other seasonal decorations await local residents and their holiday guests as Great Bend prepares to launch its Christmas celebration Saturday. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6:45 by the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree.
Fourteen GBHS scholars participated in the 32nd annual Fort Hays State University Math Relays. Approximately 542 participants from 44 schools competed at this annual event. GBHS placed 5th overall out of ten teams in the 4 – 6A school category.
A man serving sentences for rape and aggravated burglary committed in Stafford County will be eligible for a parole hearing in February, the Kansas Parole Board reports.
With only a few months left until Habitat for Humanity plans to break ground on its next building project, the nonprofit organization's board is hosting the second annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater with hopes for raising at least $15,000. These funds will be acquired through a combination of ticket sales, table sponsorships from local business, and freewill donations at the event.
By Tribune staff
Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek received the Kansas Watercolor Society Members Patron Purchase Award in the Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition 2010 for his watercolor painting titled "Christina's Koi."
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
A hands on food preservation workshop has a few openings remaining according to Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at Great Bend High School. Participants are asked to pre-register by July 25, by calling Krug at 793-1910. The $10 fee will cover the cost of supplies plus a light lunch. Karen Blakeslee, director of the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center, will lead the workshop.
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve next year's budget for publication at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also approve the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of 2014-2015 health insurance, and approval of the 2014-2015 budget.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, 1701 K96 Hwy., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Karmi Green with greeters John Sullivan and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A Larned woman was injured Monday in a Finney County accident. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and to a possible injury accident in Russell County involving an Ellsworth woman.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health officials were notified today that Colorado has become the second state in 2014 to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.
The Open Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. July's book club pick is "Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey. The public is invited to attend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information that could help stop the number of vehicular burglaries in Barton County.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Enrollment for the fall term at Incredible Years Preschool is open now for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, and since space is limited, parents are encouraged to register soon.