Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free doughnuts, coffee, and juice. The free breakfast is being sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming grant opportunities. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties for charitable programs and projects. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. In addition to the regular competitive grants the foundation ...
By Jim Misunas firstname.lastname@example.org STAFFORD - When Stafford's Julynn Whitlock started thinking about ways to energize the Stafford Oktoberfest, she immediately thought of her dachshunds. "The Stafford Oktoberfest was starting to lose interest and I knew Wiener Dog Races would be a big draw," she said. "I wanted to start an event that would help our annual Oktoberfest Celebration that will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. Wiener Dog Races are very popular but there ...
The Great Bend High School Debate Squad competed at their first tournament of the season at Valley Center's Debate tournament on Sept.the 28th. Six teams competed in three divisions. In the novice division, Ashtin Heath and Aaron Miller placed 6th and Trae Black and Malia Clark placed 2nd. Black expressed, "It was so much fun for my first time! I can't believe how well we did for our first tournament! I know I wouldn't be ...
A small fountain has been added to the front of the Barton County Detention Center. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a trusty dug and lined a pool and installed a pump using a "junk" fountain on hand at the Administrative Building. "No tax dollars were used," Bellendir said.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting Oct. 7, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, in Great Bend.
A Cheyenne Bottoms Photo Safari is one of the unique items to be featured at the Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) Benefit Auction.
More information on recent accidents was released Friday when reports were made available at the Great Bend Police Department. At 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, a vehicle hit a trailer and pickup in the 1300 block of Frey St., knocking a large tool box and items onto the road. The driver then left. As one officer arrived to investigate, another found the suspect vehicle in the 1500 block of Lakin Ave. A sport utility vehicle ...
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 rezoning request in Olmitz, firearm conceal-carry exceptions in county buildings and the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line.
Faith Community Church will host a celebration Saturday, Sept. 28, to kick off the expected 15,000 shoebox gifts that southwest Kansas residents will collect this year for needy children overseas. The event for Operation Christmas Child starts at 9:30 a.m. at the church, located at 293 West Barton County Road, Great Bend.
The Community Music for Mission Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Presbyterian Church Sanctuary at 24th and Washington.
After weeks of collecting coats, Trinity United Methodist Church is ready to conclude its Community Coat Redistribution project. Anyone who wants a free used coat may come to the church at Broadway and Patton Road on Saturday, Sept. 28, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Everyone will be welcome, said Karla Essmiller with the church missions committee. There are no income requirements and this is not a need-based program, Essmiller said. No ...
Update: The earlier accidents actually involved men on bicycles, not pedestrians. More information on these and other cases was posted on Sept. 27.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be sponsoring a Fall Middle School Dance from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. It is for all Great Bend Middle school students.
There will be a fall square dancing organizational/dancing meeting from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Recreation Center's Burnside Room, 1214 Stone. The class is sponsored by the Hoisington Swinging Stars and the GBRC, and all singles and couples are invited and there is no dress code.
HUTCHINSON – In the Prairie Nutcracker, 1869 Kansas' dances to life in this new century twist on the traditional ballet. Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker music remains, masterfully adapted by Boston composer, Rick Kuethe, a native of Omaha, Neb. Prairie Nutcracker is a biennial event held on the second weekend in December, odd numbered years, and is produced by Prairie Nutcracker Foundation Inc.
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Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified Services executive director, left, accepts a donation of $365.30 from John Clayton, Ellinwood Knights of Columbus Grand Knight. The K of C donated proceeds from its recent Tootsie Roll fundraiser to the non-profit agency. Johnson expressed gratitude on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and delays who receive Sunflower's services.
Military veterans in Great Bend and surrounding areas are invited this week to visit Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., to learn more about the organization. State headquarters staff from the American Legion will be in town Thursday through Saturday to discuss veterans' benefits and service to the community. Paul Sanford, Kansas membership chairman, said all wartime veterans are invited to learn more about the American Legion and veteran benefits. Membership and veteran information staff ...
Those visiting the Shafer Art Gallery last Sunday could walk in a winter wonderland, yet stay completely protected from the harsh elements of the Kansas cold season at the "Big Holiday Show – Holiday Open House" reception.
Farmers Bank and Trust gave away $5,350 Wednesday to 34 area charities at their 17th Annual Holiday Charity Coffee.
Student artists from Bickerdyke and Simpson Elementary Schools in Russell will host Holiday Art Open House, an exhibition of holiday inspired artworks, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Deines Cultural Center, 802 N Main Street in Russell.
Dance by Design presents Winter Wonderland, a winter dance recital with a whimsical twist. This 8th Annual Winter Show has tap, jazz, and lyrical dance routines performed by local youth from Great Bend, Hoisington and Larned. Owner/Instructor Lee Ann Bashor says, "This adventure will take you down the rabbit hole and off to a curious land. I'm so proud of all my dancers. They have worked hard and we want to share our joy of dance."
On Friday student artists enrolled in the ART 653, Professional Development course will host Studio 653, an exhibition in Moss-Thorns Gallery of Fine Art in Rarick Hall on the FHSU campus. All are welcome to join these student artists and their instructor in a celebration of their achievements in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program.
Great Bend Children's Learning Center held a food drive for the local food bank the past couple weeks. The kids were very excited to help out families that may be in need this holiday season. The kids brought in a total of 366 items to donate.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will offer a free community program, "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in Great Bend.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the November competitive grant cycle awarding $17,694.42 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, and Stafford counties.
While the Thanksgiving and Christmas season is a time for gathering with family and friends, it is also a time for remembering loved ones who have passed away.
The Rev. Angela DeVore realizes that sometimes people are not feeling particularly merry at Christmas time. Instead, they may be feeling blue because of a significant loss in their lives.
Last year, Great Bend Community Theatre's holiday gift to the community was "It's A Wonderful Life, a Radio Show." This year director Sally O'Connor will deck the halls with "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)." The play opens Thursday, Dec. 5, with nightly shows at 8 p.m. through Dec. 7, and ends with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. The box office will be ...