On Saturday afternoons when I was a boy growing up in the little North Texas town of Electra, I would often steal into the basement of my Dad's church and sit for hours under the quilting frame set up by the Women's Missionary Council. The ladies of the church would sing hymns, gossip and generally catch up on the goings-on in their world. All the while, thimbles clicked and nimble fingers darted in and out of the batting suspended on the quilting frame. I was always amazed at how they could piece together all those disparate pieces of ...
Even though the headlines and newscasts aren't abuzz with dire warnings about an especially nasty virus, influenza remains a threat.
Susan Herndon will appear in the Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center at 8 p.m. Saturday.
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Venture Corporation will be working on 24th Street between McKinley and Harrison Streets starting through Wednesday, Oct. 13. Expect to see lane closures, traffic diversions, rough roads without lane lines, and increased dust during construction.
At some point, Brit Spaugh Zoo underwent a branding change, and started being known at Great Bend Zoo. But in recent days, city officials have reaffirmed the inclusion of the zoo's founder's name. City Administrator Howard Partington said the zoo's name is "Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo."
Mark Dvorak, a nationally known folk singer and songwriter, will appear in The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center, Forest and Main, Great Bend at 2 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $10 and, since seating is limited, advance reservations or tickets are encouraged. Tickets may be purchased weekday afternoons at the Arts Center or seats may be reserved by e-mail through email@example.com or by calling 620-792-3097.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will host the Dallas Brass, one of America's foremost musical ensembles, on Thursday. The group will conduct a high school band clinic in the afternoon and perform a concert that evening.
Fall Square Dance Lessons sponsored by the Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club and the Great Bend Recreation Commission will begin Friday evening at the Recreation Center Burnside Room, 1214 Stone, on the west side of the City Auditorium. This is a new location as previous classes.
WICHITA - A Rice County man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Tuesday.
The top prize in the upcoming Sunflower Diversified Services poker tournament will depend on the number of people who play. If more than 250 players sign up, first prize is $1,500.
A Chris Cakes crew member flips flapjacks at the recent Sunflower Diversified Services fundraiser at the Prince of Peace Parish Center. A pancake-and-sausage dinner was served to 567 people and Sunflower raised $1,417. All proceeds go to central Kansans with special needs.
Three Great Bend residents were arrested on aggravated battery charges Wednesday after a 25-year-old male was hit in the head with a golf club. The Great Bend Police Department was dispatched to 1445 Park Ave. at 1:34 p.m. and located suspects over the next hour.
Items for the silent and live auctions that benefit Heartland Cancer Center patients are now being accepted. The event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Club at Stoneridge.
An injury accident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Wednesday when two vehicles collided at K-96 and Patton Road. The Great Bend Police Department reports Jairo Martinez was driving northeast on Patton Road in a Lincoln Navigator and failed to yield right of way to a Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Leroy Rube, who was traveling northwest on K-96. Rube and passenger Dorothy Rube were transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital.
The League of Women Voters is conducting a newspaper questionnaire to run in the Great Bend Tribune the week before the primary election. All candidates for the Barton County Commission and The Kansas State Board of Education District's were sent
Great Bend High School Panther card sales will begin on Saturday, Aug. 9. High school student athletes will be canvassing the community beginning on that date to raise funds for the athletic department.
Free physicals for USD 428 high school and middle school athletes will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 in the commons area at Great Bend High School. This is the only date these physicals will be offered.
Enrollment dates are quickly approaching for USD 428 schools.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Murray Chiropractic, 2100 Kansas Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Monday, Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-13 to prepare for the upcoming marching season. Drum majors and section leaders will congregate at 7:30 a.m., with freshmen needing to check out a school instrument meet at the high school at 7:45. The schedule has few days, but longer times this year so the Panther Pride Marching Band will be prepared for the many fall activities. The entire freshman band will start playing at 8-11:30 a.m. and also from 1-3 p.m.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking the public's assistance in the recovery of an all-terrain vehicle stolen last week from a building north of Ellinwood.
Renewal notices for Great Bend High School reserved season football tickets have been mailed to current ticket holders. Watch for this mailing, which includes instructions for renewal, and reply as soon as possible. If you had tickets last year, but do not receive this notification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 620-793-1560.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
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.