Five community service providers representing nearly 800 people with developmental disabilities from across the state met recently in Great Bend and discussed the upcoming Legislative session. The Alliance for Kansans with Developmental Disabilities includes: Creative Community Living (Winfield, Ark City and El Dorado); Disability Supports of the Great Plains (Hutchinson and McPherson); Easter Seals Capper Foundation (Topeka); Quest Services (Hiawatha); and Rosewood Services, serving the central Kansas area.
Rosewood Furniture Gallery was filled with holiday cheer last Sunday with the annual "Holiday Tables Spectacular."
Great Bend High School Debate squad placed 1st overall at the Liberal Debate Tournament on Nov. 9, that had Halloween costumes optional. Two novice teams placed in top 6 and the open teams had winning records too. Three individuals also received awards for their creative costumes.
Live entertainment will return to the Barton County Arts Center, with the folk rock group Traveling Broke & Out of Gas performing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. Seats are $10 at the door.
The folks at Sterling House extended the invitation and Incredible Years Preschool took them up on it. And now preschool staff members hope they can return with the children every couple of months.
Those with cancer or other chronic physical illness may benefit from the sounds of music at the next free interactive televideo (ITV) presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
There are a number of events locally to benefit Avah Mills who was born Oct. 18 to Audrey and Davin Mills. Avah was delivered prematurely at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita because of health issues spotted prenatally.
October 2013 marked the 23th anniversary of the opening of the Deines Cultural Center. In honor of the date, the Center is hosting a musical performance and reception, from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15th. The wood engraving prints and engraved blocks by E. Hubert Deines will be on display through the end of the year.
On Oct. 22, Barton County was declared eligible for Public Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to severe storms and flooding that occurred throughout Kansas from July 22 through August 16. An Applicants' Briefing for township officials, cities, county, school districts and certain non-profit organizations within Barton County has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Barton County Courthouse, Room 101, Great Bend. This meeting is for public officials and officers from these agencies and organizations, and elected officials from these entities may be in attendance.
Grace Community Church has created The Loft as a new modern space for high school students. The grand opening will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. The Loft is located in a former garage north of the church, 210 McKinley St.
CrossPoint Church members have been busy the past month as they prepare to move from their current location in downtown Great Bend out to Hart's Corner, south of town.
Riley School's motto is "The School that Reads," and last Thursday students invited their parents to come to their classrooms and see what they're learning.
One segment of the video shared a message from an Internet predator. The message was:
The world's longest running phantom is taking off his mask and heading back in time.
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.
The Great Bend Public Library will close its temporary location at 3407 10th St. on April 7 as the staff prepares for the move back to Williams Street. The library will reopen on Wednesday, April 15, at 1409 Williams St. For more information call 792-2409.
First Assembly of God will host the second annual Benefit 5k Run/Walk for Royal Family Kids Camp at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The race will begin and end at Brit Spaugh Park on North Main Street in Great Bend. The event will benefit Royal Family Kids Camp, a summer camp for abused or neglected foster children in Kansas.
The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.
The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) rehearses Sunday night in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College.
While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.
Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan, CPA, has announced her candidacy for reelection to the USD 428 Board of Education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, not a politician. 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 believes that she has a vested interest to stay involved. "I will continue to approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and utilizing my experience where I can add value to this community that ...
If you have little ones in your life, our library is a great place to spend with them! These are some of the latest books that Julie has added:
The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on Tuesday, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31, each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Tuesday.
Lori Reneau is seeking a seat on the Great Bend USD 428 School Board. Lori has lived in Great Bend for the past 20 years. She received her high school diploma from Chaparral High School in Anthony and her associate's degree from Barton Community College. Lori and her husband, Kenny, have been married for 21 years and have two children in the school district. Keaton is a sophomore at Great Bend High School and Ethan is a 6th grader at Park Elementary School. For the past 20 years Lori has been employed full time as a Certified Evidence Control ...
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Reza the Illusionist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theater. The program is a benefit for Star of Hope and for Great Bend Community Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for students; children under 5 will be admitted free.