Barton County 4-H Junior Leaders will have 18-19-pound boxes of Colorado peaches available for $30 on Aug. 16. The 4-H members are earning money to help pay registration fees for Kansas Youth Leadership Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 to reserve a box.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.
The Barton Community College Theater Department will host open auditions for its upcoming fall production, "Steel Magnolias," by Robert Harling at 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 25 and 26 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
ELLIS - Four teenagers from central Kansas were injured Tuesday morning in a one-car accident on Interstate 70 in Ellis County, about half a mile west of Ellis. Kansas Highway patrol reports the driver, 18-year-old Kasey D. Wagner, Great Bend, fell asleep at 7:55 a.m. at the 1999 Cadillac DeVille was eastbound on I-70. The car entered the south ditch, hit a tree and rolled, coming to rest on its top.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend is seeking information on a truck stolen last week from Aaron's Repair & Supply Inc., 170 SW 40 Ave. Sheriff Brian Bellendir, speaking for Crime Stoppers, said the black, 2001 Dodge Durango 4 x 4 bearing Kansas tag 521 AQI was stolen between 5 p.m. on Monday, July 28 and 7 a.m. on July 29.
HAYS – Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland troops will welcome new and returning girls and volunteers with back-to-school bashes this month. The following events are open to all girls, and adults are encouraged to accompany their daughters, said Nancy Haney, area spokesman.
A police pursuit that began shortly before 2:30 Sunday a.m. near 24th and Odell St. in Great Bend ended a short time later near 29th and Quivira Ave. Suspect Joshua Smith from Hays allegedly fled on foot but was later found and arrested, according to Lt. Williams Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
At 11 p.m. Sunday, the Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports from people who heard shots fired in the area of Sixth and Odell St. Two men and a woman were contacted in the front yard of 521 Odell St., and a case was taken. No one was arrested.
Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed a competitive grant cycle and awarded $21,331.00 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. The July 2014 competitive grant recipients are:
At first glance, the wooden boxes popping up in Barton County might be mistaken for a new version of Great Bend's big, decorative "bird houses." But these structures have something inside - books - all free for the taking.