Barton Community College early childhood education students will lead activities for children participating in the observance of Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week Nov. 16 at the Great Bend Public Library.
Vivian Bryant's family was understandably concerned. He had lived at his parents' home for all of his 37 years and was preparing to move into his own place.
Florine Burgardt of Great Bend began attending the regular meetings of the local Heartland Cancer Support Group shortly after her diagnosis. She also participated during the time of her treatment and still attends while in remission.
TOPEKA – At a news conference Wednesday in Topeka, Richard Smalley, marketing manager of the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel and Tourism Division, announced the winners of the Yellow Brick Road Trip Sweepstakes. Carolyn Aviles of Colwich, Richard Castleberry of Inman, Amie Linenberger of Great Bend, and Charles Mohney of Meriden won prize packages from Coleman, Bushnell, the Kansas Bed and Breakfast Association, BikeSource, AAA Allied Group and Dillons.
WICHITA – The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the third-annual Dana Hensly Debate Invitational Tournament, hosted by both Wichita Collegiate and Wichita Independent schools, on Saturday Nov. 6 at Wichita.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will again offer a contest to see who can bring in the longest tail feather from a pheasant once the hunting season starts Saturday. Program coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick announced the contest Monday during the GBRC Board of Directors meeting.
Kim Thomas, the first African-American woman to serve as a mayor in the state of Kansas, will speak at the Great Bend NAACP chapter Freedom Fund Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Avenue in Great bend. In addition to Thomas' speech, there will be entertainment and a dinner for a donation of $20.
McPHERSON – Nine members of the Great Bend High School KAYs and 15 KAYETTEs attended the Area 6 KAY Regional Conference on Friday, Nov. 5, at McPherson High School. The clubs returned with the highest state award possible. The Kays and Kayettes each received the Gold Award, recognizing their student leadership and service to their school, community, nation and world for the 2009-2010 school year.
Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, will host health insurance informational meetings in Hays, Overland Park and Wichita in November and December.
Alina Fernandez, daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, will visit Fort Hays State University to speak from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend will host their Annual Mission Benefit Bazaar from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.13, at 3600 Broadway in Great Bend. There will be coffee and rolls will be served in the morning, soup and pie for lunch, hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items, the famous raffle, unique gift theme baskets, and a silent auction. For more information, call 620-792-1232.
Barton Community College signed four new transfer articulation agreements recently and re-signed two existing agreements with Kansas State University over the last several months. These agreements allow a seamless transition from Barton to K-State.
Musician, actor and television personality John Davidson will perform the fourth concert of the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's 2010-11 season. Set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone, the concert is available to concert association members. Full-time students will be admitted to the concert for a $5 donation at the door. The auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m.
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For the first time in nearly a decade, Girl Scouts of the USA is putting the manufacture of its uniforms out to competitive bid. News of this led to reports that the uniforms might soon be manufactured overseas, and over the last few days, Girl Scouts of the USA has been contacted by parents, members, and volunteers urging the agency to make sure that the iconic Girl Scout uniform continues to be made in the USA.
The next Great Bend Airfest is a year away, but Airfest Committee members said they are excited about the upcoming event, Run the Runway. Community members and visitors have the opportunity to participate in an evening 5K Run/Walk or 1 mile walk on Oct. 3 at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The event will start at 7 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to run or walk at night with the runway lights on.
Central Kansas Association for The Visually Impaired's annual Food/Craft Sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, at the Convent auditorium, 3600 Broadway Ave. Sponsors note there is easy access north of the convent off 17th St. Baked goods, handmade crafts, and new and used items will be sold.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services, 8823 4th Street, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Karmi Green and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Fall Square Dance lessons will start on Sept. 28, and run through Nov. 23, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at the First Presbyterian Church. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome. The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club will sponsor the lessons. Cost for the lessons are $25 per person which includes refreshments. There will be nine sessions with three different callers to prepare dancers to feel comfortable with different types of callers when they attend dances. Contact Virginia Klepper at 620-792-6068 for reservations and for more information.
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.
A series of regional meetings that give Kansans the opportunity to discuss their transportation priorities with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority have been scheduled for this fall.
Kiwanis and the Great Bend Public Library invite community members to help a youngster get a Halloween costume. New or gently used costumes can be dropped off at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation and Barton Community College Foundation are sponsoring a Continuing Education seminar from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sept. 16, at Barton Community College in the Fine Arts Building, Room F-30. The seminar is titled "How Charitable Plans Benefit Clients and Further Their Personal Planning Goals, Featuring Ethics" and will be presented by Pamela Davidson, J.D., of Davidson Gift Design, Bloomington, Ind.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announces he is accepting applications for paid congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for spring 2015.
An Oklahoma man was died and two others were injured Friday in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Pawnee County, 2.5 miles west of Larned on U.S. 56.
Sunday, the Tribune began a four part series about the military service of brothers Jack and Donald Matthews, two Great Bend veterans who served their country during World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict. Both will be memorialized at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park. Don Matthews shared his brother's memoirs with readers, which covered the period between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge during 1944. Today, some history about Donald's service as the Cold War began.
This is part three of a four part series which began Sunday. The Matthews brothers, veterans of World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict, share their stories. Today, Jack Matthews' memoir describes the bond between soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.
Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.
Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.