The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer two free crane tours, starting at 5:30 p.m., on Oct. 27 and 29 at Cheyenne Bottoms.
By Jim Misunas
With the federal government shutdown ended, local WIC clinics can resume normal check issuance.
The Rev. Angela DeVore has a long history of caring for other people who need a helping hand, which ultimately led to her answering a call to the ministry.
On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Great Bend High School Debate team competed at the Arrowhead Invitational held in Hays. Four teams competed and took home a total of 10 medals, placing 2nd in sweepstakes out of 13 schools and 42 teams total.
The 2013 Public Library Books Sale will be open to the public Oct. 20-22 in the basement meeting room of the Library located at 1400 Williams in Great Bend. Hours for the sale are: Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m.; Monday, noon to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Prices are set at $1 for hardback books and 50 cents for paperbacks.
Donations in the amount of $807.30 from an annual Music for Mission concert were recently presented to Pastor Adam Wutka, president of Barton County Emergency Aid. Making the presentation are Carol Woodmansee, chairman of the Mission Outreach Team, and the Rev. Scott Solether, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend.
Lincoln Mayorga, versatile pianist and performer who has enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood, will present the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's next concert set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
WASHINGTON – In spite of the ongoing political showdown in the Nation's Capital, Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-1) and the entire Kansas delegation welcomed Kansas veterans to the World War II Memorial. Despite a soggy Wednesday morning, the rain drops didn't damper the pride and excitement of those who made the trip from the 1st District.
Rosewood Furniture Gallery will once again be a showplace of warm holiday cheer for the seventh straight year in downtown Great Bend during the annual "Holiday Tables Spectacular." This year's event, which is slated from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 10, represents a changing of the guard. After many years of presenting the event that ushers in the area's holiday season, the Great Bend Beatification Committee has handed the event off to the Rosewood Services.
Great Bend USD 428 classes will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, and there will be no school Oct. 18-21.
TOPEKA – Ten Kansas communities, including Lyons and Stafford County, will share $2.1 million in funding to build moderate-income housing and infrastructure in rural areas. The Moderate-Income Housing Program, an initiative funded by the State of Kansas and administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, works to help cities and counties develop multi-family rental units, single-family for-purchase homes, and water, sewer and street extensions in communities with populations fewer than 60,000 people.
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 proclamation recognizing pregnancy and infant loss awareness, a Union Township Board appointment, Special Alcohol Funding distribution and an update on the county employee handbook.
The two-story brick building at the heart of Faith Community Church compound was originally built for the county poor farm. Blueprints dated Oct. 15, 1929, show the official name of the structure was the Barton County Home. Mann and Company, Hutchinson, was the architect.
Faith Community Church of Great Bend will be celebrating 61 years of ministry and dedicating the new church addition at 10 a.m. this Sunday, Oct. 13. Speakers will include the Rev. Fred Kirkpatrick, founding pastor of 52 years, and Sandy Kennedy, senior pastor.
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.
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 social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.
Starting on Wednesday, April 22, and continuing for one week, a railroad crossing replacement project on K-14/K-96 highway in the city of Sterling will be underway. K-14/K-96 highway will be closed at this crossing, so highway traffic will be detoured on city streets using Garfield Avenue, 1st Street, and Cleveland Avenue. No oversize loads will be allowed through this detour due to narrow city streets with tight turns, so oversized loads will need to use an alternate route. Local traffic will have access into the downtown area from each side of the railroad but won't be able ...
The Barton County Quality of Life Endowment Fund is now accepting grant applications. The intent of the fund is to improve the quality of life in Barton County. Projects eligible for funding must make a visible enhancement to the community. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designated IRS status. The application deadline is June 15th.
Severe Thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow across central and south central Kansas. The main threats include hail up to the size of golfballs and damaging winds. There is also a small chance of a tornado, with the better chance being on Saturday. Across eastern Kansas a strong storm with small hail and gusts to 50 mph may be possible.
A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners.
Local wheat tours for Barton County and neighboring counties are scheduled in May.
A Great Bend man said he swerved into a ditch to avoid a collision around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Barton County Road. The vehicle was not damaged but the driver reported he may have hurt his back.