Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano announced that Eric Yoder was promoted to the rank of captain on Dec. 25, 2011.
Area high school artists will have a chance to sample the life of a professional artist when their work is featured during a special reception for the Shafer Gallery's Vortex High School Exhibit.
KansasWorks will hold a Mini Job Fair from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Work Force Center, 1025 Main in Great Bend. Eight employers will be on hand. Call 620-793-5445 for more information.
Panther Band members will present their Pre-Contest Concert at 7 p.m. on March 13 in the GBHS Gym. The Varsity and Junior Varsity Bands are preparing for their Large-Ensemble Contest which is the following day, March 14.
"The place of my beginning was Great Bend, Kansas on Saturday, February 5, 1916 ... "
Dave Collier, a chili-making competitor, talks with a participant in the recent Bikers of Central Kansas Chili Challenge. BOCK raised $870 for Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice during the event. Gene and A.J. Budig won first place, Kansas Sidewinders MC took second and Brad Brack of BOCK placed third. The American Legion Auxiliary won the traveling trophy for its presentation and Dan (Rooster) Kathrens won the quilt. Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice is part of the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center family.
The League of Women Voters will celebrate Women's History Month next week with a program on a famous Civil War caregiver with a Barton County connection.
After losing more than half his body weight, the Season 8 winner of "The Biggest Loser" reality show on NBC is used to people asking for insights on dieting. Danny Cahill shared some of those tips last Saturday when he spoke at the Crest Theater in Great Bend.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. -2 p.m. on Friday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The rep was scheduled to be in town Thursday, but that has changed. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
On Saturday, members of the Barton County 4H Air Rifle program traveled to Hays to compete in the Ellis County Open Invitational Match.
Every continent has its own story to tell, and hundreds of millions of years ago, Africa was the perfect habitat for one of nature's most ferocious creatures.
HOISINGTON - A Big Dog motorcycle crashed at Susank Road and NE 230 Rd. when it struck a sandy/dirt patch on the highway Sunday afternoon. According to a report by the Barton County Sheriff's Office, driver Curtis Davis of Hoisington lost control of the motorcycle at about 4:30 p.m., slid onto its side digging into the road causing it to flip onto its other side. Davis and passenger Sandra Davis slid into the ditch. Sandra Davis landed against a county sign.
Don Davis, resident of Great Bend, has announced his intention to run as a Republican Candidate for Barton County Commissioner in the 3rd District.
A hands on food preservation workshop has a few openings remaining according to Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at Great Bend High School. Participants are asked to pre-register by July 25, by calling Krug at 793-1910. The $10 fee will cover the cost of supplies plus a light lunch. Karen Blakeslee, director of the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center, will lead the workshop.
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve next year's budget for publication at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also approve the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of 2014-2015 health insurance, and approval of the 2014-2015 budget.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, 1701 K96 Hwy., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Karmi Green with greeters John Sullivan and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A Larned woman was injured Monday in a Finney County accident. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and to a possible injury accident in Russell County involving an Ellsworth woman.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health officials were notified today that Colorado has become the second state in 2014 to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.
The Open Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. July's book club pick is "Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey. The public is invited to attend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information that could help stop the number of vehicular burglaries in Barton County.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Enrollment for the fall term at Incredible Years Preschool is open now for children ages 2 1/2 to 5, and since space is limited, parents are encouraged to register soon.
Lochner Engineering Consults will perform an up-close special bridge inspection on Barton County Bridge No. 202, over the Walnut Creek on Tuesday, July 22. The bridge is located on East Barton County Road, approximately 2.9 miles East of Great Bend. Be advised this will require temporary closure of the bridge to traffic from approximately 1 to 6 p.m.