The world's longest running phantom is taking off his mask and heading back in time. Best known for his decade-long portrayal of the lead role in the Tony Award-winning musical, "The Phantom of the Opera," Franc D'Ambrosio will showcase his newest creation, "I'll Be Seein' Youz: A Bronx Boy's Musical Perspective of World War II," when he performs for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in the Great Bend ...
A stage full of assorted gamblers, gangsters, chorus girls and missionaries can only mean one thing: the classic Broadway musical "Guys and Dolls" is coming to town. Sterling High School Theatre will present the Frank Loesser masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 14, 15, and 16, in the school's Theatre.
Golden Belt Community Foundation recently received its re-accreditation with the nation's highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations™ establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere.
Auditions for the Habitat for Humanity "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Grace Community Church, 201 McKinley St.
Great Bend Fire Department firefighters and friends serve spaghetti, Thursday night at their Ninth Annual Spaghetti feed. There was also a drawing for prizes. The line waiting to be served sometimes stretched outside the Knights of Columbus Hall and down the block.
On Nov. 2 the Great Bend High School Debate Squad competed at Salina-Sacred Heart's Debate tournament. Four teams competed in two divisions. In the novice division, Trae Black and Malia Clark placed 3rd. In the varsity division, Marissa Hoisington and Kameko Schultz placed 3rd. The debate squad placed 3rd in sweepstakes with 10 wins against 18 schools and 60 teams. The open teams, Kris and Michael Gieck and Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield, also competed ...
The week of November 11, Sunflower Diversified's recycling program will be collecting Electronic Waste and bicycles while joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will host a carry concealed handgun class on Nov. 16. This is a basic, eight-hour firearm safety class that Kansans must complete prior to application for a carry concealed license from the Kansas Attorney General's Office.
Nationally renowned artist Peter Eades has donated one of his paintings to the Shafer Art Gallery, at Barton Community College.
Most people experience a little forgetfulness now and then but for those who believe it has gone beyond that, a memory screening may be in order. And thanks to Sunflower Diversified Services, the screenings will be offered locally this month.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report that a 14-year-old girl was raped last month at an unknown location in the county.
The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports of parked vehicles being hit by unknown motorists in recent days.
The Great Bend Police Department received three burglary reports on Saturday. Audio equipment was taken from a car at 206 Barton Dr. Tools were taken from a vehicle at 2702 Williams St. Loss was estimated at $1,200. Pills were taken from 1054 Warner Rd. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports a burglary occurred sometime Friday morning at 361 NW 50 Ave.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports several accidents involving deer on county roads in recent days. There was also a report of a duck flying into a windshield at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on northeast K-156, at mile marker 134. The Garden City motorist said there were hunters by the road, which is located in Cheyenne Bottoms, and he believed the duck fell to the windshield after it was shot. He said the vehicle, a Ford ...
Student artists from Bickerdyke and Simpson Elementary Schools in Russell will host Holiday Art Open House, an exhibition of holiday inspired artworks, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Deines Cultural Center, 802 N Main Street in Russell.
Dance by Design presents Winter Wonderland, a winter dance recital with a whimsical twist. This 8th Annual Winter Show has tap, jazz, and lyrical dance routines performed by local youth from Great Bend, Hoisington and Larned. Owner/Instructor Lee Ann Bashor says, "This adventure will take you down the rabbit hole and off to a curious land. I'm so proud of all my dancers. They have worked hard and we want to share our joy of dance."
On Friday student artists enrolled in the ART 653, Professional Development course will host Studio 653, an exhibition in Moss-Thorns Gallery of Fine Art in Rarick Hall on the FHSU campus. All are welcome to join these student artists and their instructor in a celebration of their achievements in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.
Great Bend Children's Learning Center held a food drive for the local food bank the past couple weeks. The kids were very excited to help out families that may be in need this holiday season. The kids brought in a total of 366 items to donate.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will offer a free community program, "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the November competitive grant cycle awarding $17,694.42 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, and Stafford counties.
While the Thanksgiving and Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.
The Rev. Angela DeVore realizes that sometimes people are not feeling particularly merry at Christmas time. Instead, they may be feeling blue because of a significant loss in their lives.
Last year, Great Bend Community Theatre's holiday gift to the community was "It's A Wonderful Life, a Radio Show." This year director Sally O'Connor will deck the halls with "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)." The play opens Thursday, Dec. 5, with nightly shows at 8 p.m. through Dec. 7, and ends with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. The box office will be ...
For those wanting to avoid adding pounds during the holidays, the Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its late fall exercise classes.
Nine-year-old Haley McCormick recently surprised Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory with a donation for the zoo.
Preparation for the Russell Area Artists Exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center has begun. The exhibit will run from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7th. The show is open to any adult artist within a 60-mile radius of Russell.
A good local health care system may itself be part of the prescription for maintaining a healthy rural economy.
Those who donated money and time, and played in the golf tournament collaborated to raise more than $45,000 for local cancer patients. The recent St. Rose Auction & Golf Classic proceeds will benefit the Heartland Cancer Center Patient Care Fund.
The Great Bend Public Library is once again holding Food for Fines to support the local food bank. From Dec. 2 until Jan. 4, bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in late fines on library materials. Food may be dropped off inside the library anytime during library hours.