Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents "Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The big gamble" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The program is free and open to adults and children.
A prize drawing for two $500 Barton Foundation scholarships, as well as other prizes, will be just one part of a day full of festivities available for area high school seniors as part of the Barton Community College Admissions Department's Senior Day, with registration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Kirkman Visitor Center on the Barton campus.
20th Judicial District Teen Court Program recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition to implement youth activities targeted for tobacco use prevention in 20th Judicial District. Teen Court is part of a statewide youth movement against tobacco.
Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.
Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to 812 Stone St. at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The first crew on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from a window, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. "The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down; however, the house had a large amount of belongings throughout the structure making it difficult to totally extinguish the fire." No one was hurt, but several dogs in the house died. Damage was estimated at $50,000 and at last report the cause of the fire had not been determined.
The Great Bend High School Madrigal Pops Singers will deliver singing Valentines from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 for a $25 donation. The recipient will be serenaded with a love song. The recipient will also receive a decorated cookie.
Barton Community College trustees will learn more about the Legislature's plans to change how state community colleges are funded, during the Board of Trustees' next study session, at 4 p.m. Monday in room F-30 of the BCC Fine Arts Building.
Holy Family School sixth graders who participated in the District 5 Kansas Music Educators Association Elementary Honor School on Jan. 21 are shown with Connie Schneweis: From the left, back row, they are Halley Sanders, Kelsey Hofeling, Alaina Schneider, Baleigh Fry and Krista Schneider; and front row, Karlie Stanley, Sydney Soukup, Alyssia Strickland and Lauren Miller. The Sixth Grade Honor Choir from Holy Family Grade School traveled to Dodge City Middle School for this event. Honor Choir students spent the morning with a vocal director and about 200 other elementary students. The session closed with a concert at noon for ...
AUGUSTA – On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Great Bend High School Forensics Team traveled to the first tournament of the year at Augusta High School. The team took home seven awards and qualified two students to state. The results are as followed:
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes street closures for June Jaunt and Summer Street Stroll, Great Bend Events Center improvements and upgrades for the Police Department.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the Great Bend Zoo and World Binturong Day, proclamations for Mental Health Month and National Bike Month and the K-4 scenic overlook project.
The next Prairie Godmothers event is a Build-A-Bag Brunch that will benefit single mothers in the Barton County area. The come-and-go event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at Renue Salon & Spa, 1419 Main in Great Bend. There will be a brief program and door prize drawing at 12:30 p.m.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
The Barton Community College music department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each and 20 performance awards for non-music major students, which enables them to participate in ensembles. This could not be done without the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Starting Monday, NE 60 Avenue north of U.S. 56 and NE 30 Road one mile east of K-156 will be closed due to road and bridge construction, The Barton County Road and Bridge Department announced Friday. The work will take approximately one week.
Great Bend High School musicians achieved superior ratings at the State Festival last Saturday at Emporia High School. Instrumentalists are, front row: Andrew Curtright, Anna Frizell, Michelle Rooney, Kaitlin Adams, Allison Regehr, Eric Vazquez. Back row: Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland, Dorian Lueth, Aaron Schultz, Taylor Dougherty, Ben Diel. Soloist who received "I"s were: Andrew Curtright, euphonium; Anna Frizell, clarinet; Eric Vazquez, bass clarinet; Kayn Milholland, tuba; Allison Regehr, french horn; and Dorian Lueth, viola. Receiving "II"s on their solos were: Taylor Dougherty and Kaitlin Adams, clarinet. The Brass Sextet received a I. Members are: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz ...