The Great Bend Middle School Bands will present their fall concert this Thursday, Nov. 1, in the gym at Great Bend Middle School. The 7th Grade Band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and the 8th Grade Band will perform at 8:15 p.m. The GBMS Jazz Ensemble will also play at both of these concerts. The concert is under the direction of Kurtis Koch, assisted by Mark DeWald.
After being closed several weeks for remodeling, Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery is ready to open its doors, and to display the 2012 traveling exhibit from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.
There are still a few tickets left for the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
Next week, a job to repave a section of U.S. 281/K-18 in Russell County is scheduled to begin.
On Oct. 20, the Great Bend High School debate team traveled to Valley Center High School to compete with two varsity, one junior varsity and four novice teams against 30 other schools with 40 varsity, 39 junior varsity and 66 novice teams. In varsity division, Michael Gieck and Jordan Stoulil placed 8th with a 4-1 win loss record and 26 speaker points. "Open was a great experience I hope to do better next time" Stoulil stated.
Since it soon will be time whip up holiday meals and goodies, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center is sponsoring a free diabetes evening class to offer guidance about sugar as an ingredient.
Ecologist Katherine Fuller and consumer educator Connie McDanel, both nationally known speakers and authors, will present a program entitled "Healing Homes: Our Social Responsibility" from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. They will ask the questions "are our homes making us sick due to exposure to hidden toxins and what can we do about it." There is no charge for the presentation.
Area 5th graders were visited by Julie Smith, Executive Director and an agency director on how United Way works in to help our community through the 21 agencies it supports. Local fifth graders were asked to design a poster depicting some aspect of the United Way, and how the agencies work in the community
Two upcoming events have been announced at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, a branch of Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sterling House at 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be AJ Chrest with greeters Karmi Green and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office, 4500 Broadway. For more information, call the office at 620-793-4167.
Other activities the GBHS Bands have participated in this fall are: Labor Day Parade in Hoisington, State Fair where they received I ratings from all three judges, and the KSU Band Day in Manhattan. They will perform for a Veteran's Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the GBHS gym that the public is invited to attend, and also at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the Veteran's Day ceremony at Vet's Park.
Thirty-four Rosewood Services horse riders collectively had a nice problem to overcome on Saturday during the 8th Annual Rosewood Rodeo. A larger-than-usual crowd of about 300 people was on hand at Great Bend's Expo III Arena to start the rodeo, due in part to a special morning performance by the Double Trouble Trick Riders. The extra attention brought on some early performance jitters, but the riders quickly adjusted and performed well, said Rosewood Ranch manager Eric Hammond.
Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review Exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building. The show ran from Oct. 12-14 and several Barton participants took home some hardware.
The Shafer Art Gallery will be closed until mid-November while it receives cosmetic enhancements, which include tile repairs and new accent tile being installed. The renovations also include new wall coverings.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet. Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., room D-107, Great Bend.
Barton history instructor Linda McCaffery will teach a course via Barton's Silver Cougar Club titled "From Idealism to Disaster; 1920-1950." Classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The 2003 movie "Luther" will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. There will be refreshments and discussion time.
PAWNEE ROCK - Heartland Farm will hold its annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsors invite the public to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. There is no charge for admission.
Two Great Bend churches will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) series, starting in September.
The 2014 installment of the annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area on Kansas Highway 156.
The Barton Community College library will host "Librarypalooza" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Barton Library. The event, which is open to students, employees and community members, was originally scheduled for Aug. 21.
Larned's Stuff the Bus drive will take place in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Dillons, 423 Main St., and Shopko, 908 E. 14th. This is a change from the Wednesday date originally announced, said Julie Bunger Smith, executive director of United Way of Central Kansas.
At 9:49 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched to 5817 16th St. Terrace for a report of an oven on fire. According to a report released Wednesday, crews found light smoke coming from Apartment 42. Inside, they found a smoldering fire along the baseboard of the wall behind the stove and extinguished the remaining fire.
The Great Bend High School guidance counselors will host a freshman parent meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the GBHS auditorium. Counselors will review their responsibilities as counselors and also discuss attendance, grades, communication, office procedures, graduation requirements, qualified admissions/Kansas scholars requirements for getting into college and expectations for freshmen. This meeting will be about 30-45 minutes in length, depending on questions.
L & M Contractors will begin bridge repairs to the bridge over the flood control channel, located on West Barton County Road (West 10th Street) on Monday, August 25th.
RUSSELL COUNTY – Teresa Magna, 51, Spring Valley, Calif., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wichita. She is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 6 in Russell County.
A traditional breakfast is on the menu again for the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner, which is the official kick-off to the non-profit agency's Sunrise Campaign.
Students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend will start with a half-day Wednesday. The school, 215 McKinley, features classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.