A nonprofit organization with the motto "Reaching Hurting People, Restoring Families, Realizing Dreams" quietly got underway in Great Bend last August. Now the Central Kansas Dream Center, located at 2100 Broadway Ave., will host some guests from Phoenix, Ariz., to train local program leaders and help others better understand the vision for central Kansas.
At the Haven Invitational Varsity Debate Tournament on Oct. 26, two Great Bend High School novice debate teams competed and both finished with winning records against varsity debaters. There where 22 schools and 58 teams that competed at the tournament. Trae Black and Ashtin Heath finished with a 3-2 win loss record with 25 speaker points and tied with their teammates Aaron Miller and Makinna Dykes with the same record and speaker points. GBHS Debate coach Barbra Watson commented "I was proud of all of my first year debaters that were brave enough to compete at this huge varsity tournament ...
Two former front-running candidates for president from the Democratic and Republican parties will take the stage at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
On Friday, October 18, the Kansas Museums Association awarded a 2013 Institutional Grant Award to the Rice County Historical Society. The award was one of two presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the Kansas Museums Association in Lawrence. The $500 award will be applied to the purchase of two dehumidifiers for the Historical Society's storage areas.
The 9th Annual Rosewood Rodeo is now in the books, but the Oct. 12 event will long be remembered by participants and spectators alike. That's because many of the more than 30 participants turned in stellar therapeutic rides and the new Rosewood Drill Team wowed the crowd, which was on hand to witness the team's debut performance at the Great Bend Expo III Arena.
The Barton County Commissioners are seeking a volunteer to represent the county's older population on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging's Sub-Region Council, the Barton County Administrator's Office announced Friday.
Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for families in need of affordable housing offered through the non-profit organization. With hopes of starting the next building project in the summer of 2014, interested families should submit an application as soon as possible, said Rachel Mawhirter, chairman of the local Habitat board.
On Oct. 19, the Great Bend High School Debate team competed in the Buhler Invitational Debate tournament. They had five teams contribute to an overall placing of 3rd in sweepstakes and two medals with a 1st place finish in the varsity division.
Raising children is one of the most important jobs a person will have during their life, but there are very few opportunities to receive parenting training. Join Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science Agent, for a three part "Successful Parenting" workshop. Some of the topics covered include: self-esteem, communication and discipline. The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, 14, and 21 at the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room, 1800 12th Street, Great Bend.
Spring has arrived and the local Soroptimist International club wants to drive that point home, despite all the rain. The 2015 Gardens Galore garden tour runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, as part of the June Jaunt weekend.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility (HCF) in Hutchinson, will host a Wild Horse Adoption and Open House on June 5-6. The public is invited to observe training demos all weekend by inmates in a rehabilitation program at the facility. Free screenings of the documentary film "Unbranded" – the dramatic story of four riders and 16 mustangs making a 3,000-mile trek across country – will be shown throughout the weekend.
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 at 6 p.m. Monday, June 1, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
Summer asphalt work is now underway, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told to the County Commission Monday morning. On Monday, May 4, work began at U.S. 56 going north on Dartmouth Road (NE 60 Avenue).
A Rush County man was driving a semitrailer that was hit by a Union Pacific railroad train, Wednesday evening in Clark County. The truck driver, 30-year-old Joshua L. Coleman from Alexander, was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured.
Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.
Starting around Friday, May 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt overlay project on US-281 Highway in Barton County, from the west US-281/K-4 junction continuing north 11 miles to the Barton/Russell County line. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface milling and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.