Many people have a strong fear of snakes. However, some people get excited every time they encounter one of these misunderstood critters. One such person is herpetologist Joseph Collins of the Center for North American Herpetology. Collins has many stories about encountering snakes in the wild. He also has recently co-authored a revised edition of the "Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles of Kansas."
Wade Babcock is seeking election to the school board this coming Tuesday. Babcock a western Kansas native moved to Great Bend in 2001. He and his family came to Great Bend when he began employment with Central Kansas Orthopedic Group as a practicing Physician Assistant. Wade and his wife Lisa have three children Kaleb, Jacob, and Sophia. Kaleb and Jacob currently attend school at Jefferson Elementary. Babcock has served on the 428 school board since 2009 after being appointed. Since being on the board Babcock's number one priority has been to put the students first by working to create ...
The BMI Relay for Life Dream Team will hold a Quarter Mania Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Best Western, 2920 10th Street. Tickets are $5. Over $1,000 in products will be auctioned for 25 cents to $1. To see a complete catalog visit www.celebratinghome.com. Get a free second paddle when you order $35 from the catalog. For more information call Michelle at 620-804-1777.
An appearance at Fort Hays State University by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.
Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan has announced her candidacy for USD 428 board of education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, far from a politician. However, after consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she has a vested interest to get involved. "I would approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and embarking on a learning experience where I can add value to this community that has given me so much."
University of Kansas basketball players will be here April 17 for the Kansas Barnstorming Tour, coming to the Barton Community College Gym in the Kirkman Center.
The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will conduct an orientation meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the village, located south of the river bridge on U.S. 281. The meeting is for anyone in Barton County who seeks information about volunteer service at the museum, said Karen Naylor, volunteer coordinator.
Cathy Soeken and Connor Robl have developed such a good rapport and reached so many milestones that they are sharing the Focus on Abilities recognition at Sunflower Diversified Services.
Each year, the Great Bend High School Class of 1971 offers a $1,000 scholarship in memory of a deceased classmate. The GBHS Class of 1971 Memorial Scholarship is being presented this year in memory of Mona Lynn Youtsey.
Dwight Young formally announces his candidacy for the USD 428 School Board. Young's first involvement with the Board of Education started when he Co-chaired the Building Excellent Schools Together (B.E.S.T.) Committee and was appointed to the Board for the 1996-97 school year. That process demonstrated the importance of maintaining the districts structures for future use. Young pledges to care for the infrastructure of the district as well as the students, staff and patrons that utilize them. Young was first elected to the Board in 2001 and has served as Board President since 2003. Young represents the ...
Roxanne Sexton of Albert took home the $750 first-place prize in the recent Sunflower Diversified Services Texas Hold 'Em tournament. Yvonne West of Great Bend won $300 for second, and Craig Grauerholz of Kensington won $150 for third.
DODGE CITY - Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced that entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Congressional Arts Competition. All high school students in the First Congressional District are encouraged to participate. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
Members of the Bikers of Central Kansas and the staff of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice give a thumbs-up on the success of the 12th Annual Chili Challenge. BOCK raised $914 for hospice patients.
Hoisington Middle School Student Council recently held a food drive benefiting the Hoisington Food Bank. HMS Student Council challenged each grade to bring as many items as possible, the grade providing the most items would get to form a human assembly line to fill the truck. The students contributed a total of 670 items with sixth graders getting to fill the truck. "This was a wonderful way for HMS students to provide service for their community," organizers said.
Dolores Burgardt of Great Bend was honored for three years of service; and Beverly Prescott of Larned was recognized for 11 years for their service as Senior Companions, helping adults in the area. Judi Welch of Larned was honored for four years of service as a Foster Grandparent volunteer serving children with special needs at the monthly in-service meeting held on November 19t.h
Roosevelt Elementary School kindergarteners enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast of soup and rolls Tuesday as they donned traditional Thanksgiving garb.
The United Way of Central Kansas is observing Giving Tuesday this coming Monday by combining efforts with the banks in Barton and Pawnee counties, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith.
n the Barton County Commission story that ran in the Tuesday, Nov. 25, issue of the Great Bend Tribune, the cost per ton of sand produced by Barton County Road and Bridge Department was incorrectly reported as being $2.51. Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips actually said the cost was $2.15. The Tribune regrets the error.
At the Ace Invitational debate tournament in Bucklin the Great Bend High School Debate team placed second in sweepstakes out of 11 schools. In the open division the team of Hadley Murphy and Destiny Jackson-Milford placed 3rd with a 4-1 win/loss record. Also in the open division the team of Wesley Carter Sheffield and Ashtin Heath placed 4th with a 4-1 win/loss record. In the novice division the team of Sara Allen and Becca Kay placed 5th with a 3-2 win/loss.
Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: Christmas on the Prairie," a presentation by the Director of the Barton County Historical Society Beverly Komarek at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
On Nov. 13 and 15, Central Plains High School presented "Haphazardly Ever After" by Jeff Fluharty in the high school auditorium at Claflin.
In 1996 the Great Bend Beautification Committee started. Committee members are Chairman, Linda Dougherty; June Hillman; Violet Hiss; Mary Kummer; Deon Lupton; and Loretta Miller.
I would bet that I am not the only one who enjoyed one or two of these recent special nights in the marsh. It was 7:30 and the moon was a replica of the harvest moon at Halloween. It was huge, yellow, and about 30 degrees above the horizon. You could almost reach out and touch it. The temperature was about 12 degrees, but it wasn't the bone-chilling cold of a deer stand. THAT cold starts in your fingers and toes, and works its way up between your shoulder blades to a spot between your heart and your ...
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include reviewing and approving the 2013-14 audit. The college reports it has received a clean audit for the period.
Barton Community College will be closed for Thanksgiving break Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 28. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Dec. 1.