QUIVIRA WILDLIFE REFUGE – Armed with nets, a set of keen eyes and determination, children and adults will head into the trees and fields surrounding Quivira Refuge Visitors Center to tag Monarch butterflies during the 14th annual Monarch Mania event on Saturday, Sept. 18.
TOPEKA – Kansas byway travelers can win one of five Flip HD video camcorders by entering their favorite Kansas byway story now through Dec. 31 online at www.mykansasbywaystory.com.
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The Barton Community College Foundation's 32nd Annual Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 28 gave people a taste of the wine country with its theme, "A Night in Napa," inspiring good times and a generous community spirit. Held at the Highland Hotel and Convention Center, the Big Benefit Auction raises funds each year for academic scholarships and program enhancements at Barton.
Monday, Sept. 20, has been named the International Day of Prayer for Peace. Locally, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, along with Heartland Center for Spirituality, will sponsor an ecumenical prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, Great Bend.
Three days of summer remain.
Pursuit begins in city, ends in county
After many years at the St. Rose Auditorium, the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner will be held in a new location. The popular event is set for 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4100 Broadway.
Lois Alban, who for many years has given generously to Barton Community College, traveled 1,000 miles to attend the Aug. 12 Renovation Celebration showcasing the college's renovations involving three buildings on its campus. Now living in Mission, Texas, she continues giving to the college.
The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center at Forest and Main in Great Bend will feature concerts tonight and Monday.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is advising the public to avoid contact with water at the following locations: Central Park Lake, Shawnee County; Centralia City Lake, Nemaha County; Meade State Lake, Meade County; and Veteran's Lake, Barton County (Great Bend).
HOISINGTON - Hoisington will host its 114th-annual Labor Day Celebration, "Proud of our Past - Focused on our Future," with activities for the entire family from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6. This year, a number of new events have been added.
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.
Lochner Engineering Consults will perform an up-close special bridge inspection on Barton County Bridge No. 202, over the Walnut Creek on Tuesday, July 22. The bridge is located on East Barton County Road, approximately 2.9 miles East of Great Bend. Be advised this will require temporary closure of the bridge to traffic from approximately 1 to 6 p.m.
In the story that ran in Thursday's Great Bend Tribune about Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation receiving tax credits, there were two errors. First, Camp Aldrich was misspelled. Second, Kans for Kids was referred to as Kansas for Kids in the first paragraph. The Tribune regrets the errors.