At first glance, the wooden boxes popping up in Barton County might be mistaken for a new version of Great Bend's big, decorative "bird houses." But these structures have something inside - books - all free for the taking.
The Great Bend Police Department received two more reports Thursday of counterfeit money being passed at businesses.
Three Great Bend residents were arrested on aggravated battery charges Wednesday after a 25-year-old male was hit in the head with a golf club. The Great Bend Police Department was dispatched to 1445 Park Ave. at 1:34 p.m. and located suspects over the next hour.
Items for the silent and live auctions that benefit Heartland Cancer Center patients are now being accepted. The event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Club at Stoneridge.
An injury accident was reported at 12:22 p.m. Wednesday when two vehicles collided at K-96 and Patton Road. The Great Bend Police Department reports Jairo Martinez was driving northeast on Patton Road in a Lincoln Navigator and failed to yield right of way to a Chrysler Town and Country van driven by Leroy Rube, who was traveling northwest on K-96. Rube and passenger Dorothy Rube were transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital.
The League of Women Voters is conducting a newspaper questionnaire to run in the Great Bend Tribune the week before the primary election. All candidates for the Barton County Commission and The Kansas State Board of Education District's were sent
Great Bend High School Panther card sales will begin on Saturday, Aug. 9. High school student athletes will be canvassing the community beginning on that date to raise funds for the athletic department.
Free physicals for USD 428 high school and middle school athletes will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9 in the commons area at Great Bend High School. This is the only date these physicals will be offered.
Enrollment dates are quickly approaching for USD 428 schools.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Murray Chiropractic, 2100 Kansas Ave., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Monday, Aug. 4-8 and Aug. 11-13 to prepare for the upcoming marching season. Drum majors and section leaders will congregate at 7:30 a.m., with freshmen needing to check out a school instrument meet at the high school at 7:45. The schedule has few days, but longer times this year so the Panther Pride Marching Band will be prepared for the many fall activities. The entire freshman band will start playing at 8-11:30 a.m. and also from 1-3 p.m.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking the public's assistance in the recovery of an all-terrain vehicle stolen last week from a building north of Ellinwood.
Renewal notices for Great Bend High School reserved season football tickets have been mailed to current ticket holders. Watch for this mailing, which includes instructions for renewal, and reply as soon as possible. If you had tickets last year, but do not receive this notification, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 620-793-1560.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
Free skin cancer screenings and other tests will be available to visitors at the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) booth during the annual Women's Expo. The event is scheduled for 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Great Bend Convention Center.
The annual celebration and meet-n-greet of Barton Athletics and the community will take place this Sunday, Sept. 21. Hosted by the Cougar Booster Club, the event will kick-off at 6 p.m. at Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend with social interaction including free refreshments.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Simply Sinatra" as its first concert of the season. The show features Steve Lippia, accompanied by a 10-piece big band, singing many of the songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. Lippia is noted for blending classic and contemporary styles in his music. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Plains Computer Service (CPCS), 608 Patton Road, Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Terry Lewis and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Madrigal Pops Singers are now selling tickets for their fall chili supper fund raiser. The event is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, at the high school's Jack Kilby Commons area, prior to the football homecoming game against Wichita North.
The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership held the "Golden Belt Glow for Life" Walk and competitive 5K Run at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Veterans Memorial Park in Great Bend. Members of the task force said the event was well attended and thanked the community for its participation and support for suicide prevention.
The Great Bend Madrigal Pops Singers are now selling tickets for their fall chili supper fundraiser. The event is set for 5-7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the high school's Jack Kilby Commons area, prior to the football homecoming game against Wichita North.
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 21st & Jackson, Great Bend, will host a Walking Taco Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, in the church fellowship hall. The menu includes build-your-own tacos, dessert and drink. Admission is by freewill offering and all proceeds will go to the Education Assistance Fund to assist children of the church who are attending Christian-based schools.
The Great Bend Public Library will host an extra movie night this month for adults 18 and older. "Moms' Night Out" will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. The movie and the popcorn are free. North doors open at 6:45 p.m. and close at 7:10. For more information check out the library's website at greatbendpl.info or call 792-2409.
Barton Community College will offer an iPad and iPhone training course 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 20 through Nov. 12 in the Technical Building, room T-115.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church and School announces Let's Move Day will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the church parking lot, across from the Great Bend Trailhead on west 10th Street.
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.