Many Kansans are unaware that radon gas may be sneaking into their homes, businesses or schools. January has been named Radon Awareness Month to help educate communities and provide free testing in participating counties. Barton County Health Department will be distributing free radon testing kits on a first come, first served basis beginning on Monday, January 6, during regular business hours.
The feeling in America in the early 1970s was changing, full of turmoil and political unrest. America was beginning to retreat in Vietnam, and the Watergate scandal was draining citizens of their patriotism. The negative public sentiment and disrespect toward America and the flag deeply disturbed our owner at that time, Wyman Nelson. During all of this, Perkins was expanding rapidly with an average of two store openings per month bringing the total up from 12 stores to over 350 in a few short years.
A foot of snow with school out may be the perfect combination for a prolific season of snow art. Garet Fitzpatrick at the Great Bend Recreation Commission reminds area residents that its annual snow sculpture contest runs through March 31, 2014.
WICHITA - Great Bend received 11 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita, which covers southern and south central Kansas. McPherson County received in excess of 10 inches of snow.
As the snow fell Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office warned motorists to stay off the roads if possible, and the Emergency Accident Reporting System went into effect. Motorists did not have to immediately report non-injury accidents if no alcohol was involved and the roadway was not blocked, but were advised to report accidents as soon as possible after the storm had cleared.
Great Bend-area residents should approach their snow shovels with caution, the American Heart Association says. Research shows cardiovascular events like sudden cardiac arrest may increase during cold winter months.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter storm watch in effect from Saturday through late Sunday morning for Barton, Ellsworth and Rice counties.
Tristan Mitchell was recently awarded the prestigious Eagle Scout award at a Boy Scout Troop 184 Eagle Court of Honor. The Eagle Scout award is the highest youth honor in Scouting.
Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold its all-school Christmas program at 7 p.m. Thursday in the First Assembly of God Church's main auditorium, 601 S. Patton Rd., Great Bend. The public is invited.
James Leon Weber, Great Bend and Tierra Danielle Lara, Great Bend
By Jim Misunas
The chefs in Sunflower Diversified's Cooking Corner have been learning new meal-preparation and kitchen skills, while celebrating several special days during classes this fall.
Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified Services executive director, center, presents a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to Chris Kruger of the American Legion Riders on behalf of Home for the Holidays Parade sponsors. Sunflower, which organizes the annual holiday event as a way to thank the community for its support, recognized the Riders for many years of leading the parade and their many other community-service efforts. Others pictured are Kenny Smith, far left, Roy Titsworth, second from right, and Bill Titsworth.
Local law enforcement officers conducted a warrant sweep last Friday, resulting in several arrests.
The Great Bend Police Department's K-9 unit was called to investigate after a traffic stop in the 900 block of Kansas Ave. at 11:05 p.m. Saturday. Suspected methamphetamine was found and two people were arrested.
A vehicle driven by Patton Mills of Great Bend was backing and collided with a Great Bend Police vehicle driven by Joel Hamlin at the Kwik Shop, 2334 Main, around 2:41 a.m. Saturday.
The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 spring grant recipients. The Foundation received 37 grant applications with requests totaling more than $200,000. A total of $99,620 in grants were awarded for charitable projects across the Russell County area.
Ellinwood School/Community Library is proud to host the 2015 EHS Art Show. Pieces on display include: Wheel thrown functional Pottery, Hand-Built decorative Ceramics, Mosaics, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Metallic Scratchboard, Charcoal Drawing, Pencil Drawing, Colored Pencil, Collage, and Mixed Media.
It has been a fairly hectic week. I have a group of friends from Canada who come to spend a week hunting turkeys with traditional archery. It is funny to watch spectacular hunters who successfully hunt moose, caribou, elk, deer, bear and other big game with their long bows and recurves get the "shakes" over a turkey. There is high tension when gobblers are 10-15 yards from the blind and gobbling or just looking over the blind and decoys for a reason to be nervous or vacate the place. Their eyesight is so good, and their hearing is so sensitive--it ...
"Suicide Punchline", a free, one-woman live multimedia performance is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.
Central Kansas Dream Center (CKDC) is interested in creating a community bike rental program that would promote a healthier community and bring people together, and CKDC Executive Director Kimberly Becker and many others are excited about the possibilities. With the efforts being made on Great Bend's walking and biking paths, more residents will be encouraged to walk and ride but may need a bicycle.
The Prince of Peace Altar Society is taking orders for its spring Kolache Bake and Take. Orders can be picked up from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the St. Rose Auditorium.
The members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This is a fundraiser where all items are by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local missions including the Prairie Godmother's, Barton County Emergency Aid and missions throughout the year. Pictured are Lou Ann LeRoy, Marilyn Button and Juanita Weathers. For questions or more information, please contact the church office 792-5346.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.
Veterans and other guests who meet regularly for coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Post in Great Bend will changes things up a bit this Wednesday, April 22. The coffee and doughnuts will be at the Doonan Truck Museum east of Great Bend at 9:30 a.m. Any veteran who needs a ride may call Bill or Cheryl Pickle before Tuesday. Bill's telephone number is 620-791-7017 and Cheryl's number is 620-617-6757.
"Flowers Popping Color" is the title of the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Stop 'N Learn session. The free one-hour program will start at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the appointment of the new police chief, the appoint of a First Ward council member and the Veterans Lake algae remediation project.