Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.
The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
International touring songstress Tia McGraff will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at noon Thursday poolside at the Highland Hotel. The program will be provided by the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pop Singers.
The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
Tickets are now on sale for the next "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, set for Jan. 19, 2013, at Grace Community Church. The event is a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.
Lori Caspers is a woman to be admired for her patience, fortitude and family values. She definitely is a rare combination of hard work, artistic endeavor and thriftiness.
One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include reviewing and approving the 2013-14 audit. The college reports it has received a clean audit for the period.
Barton Community College will be closed for Thanksgiving break Wednesday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 28. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday, Dec. 1.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing Clark Rusco as the Kansas County Engineer of the Year, an update on the county's social media efforts and the replacement of the sand dredge.
Barton County 4-H members competing at the State Archery competition in Topeka were Robert Frizell, AJ Moshier, Colton McPherson and Alivia Bautista. In Olympic division, Robert Frizell placed 7th in 3D, 10th in FITA and 7th overall. In the Bowhunter competition, AJ Moshier placed 10th in FITA, 11th in 3D and 10th overall. Alivia Bautista and Colton McPherson were competitors in the junior division of Bowhunter placing 48th and 74th respectively.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Cindy Parr and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Ellinwood High School Vocal Music Department presented "Bye Bye Birdie" for their annual fall musical on Nov. 14 and 15, in the EHS Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m..
Lone Wolf Reasturant and Catering hosted the Chamber Coffee as Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System was sponsor on Nov. 14. Richard Shank from the healthcare system delivered some remarks including the following statement.
The headline to the story that ran in the Great Bend Tribune about the Great American Smokeout was incorrect. The smokeout takes place Thursday, Nov. 20, as stated in the article. The Tribune regrets the error.
The Barton County DARE Officers Benefit Association is selling tickets for The World of Magic show featuring David Thomas, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Great Bend Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education programs.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you want to help make profound change for lung cancer – the time is now!
Since 1978, individuals and groups in Sterling have cooperated to host one of the largest feasts in Kansas, the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Nov. 20, at the Great Bend Middle School, 1919 Harrison. Items on the agenda include information regarding the academic programs and school improvement efforts at Great Bend Middle School from Principal David Reiser and other staff members.
Susan Stambaugh, Great Bend High School vocal music instructor, said nearly all of her A Cappella Choir students are up for grabs in the rent-a-student fund raiser. The students have less than eight weeks left to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C.
The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.