The District National Qualifying Speech Tournament was held on Saturday, April 19, at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. Great Bend High School had five students advance to semi-finals in five events.
The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold its annual open house from noon to 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest. Several model trains of all gauges will be running and on display.
The public is invited to a free show featuring the latest Hubble Telescope pictures from a biblical perspective. Different shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, at the Great Bend Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road (7 SW 30 Ave.)
The Barton Music Department awards 11 scholarships every year at about $1,000 each, and this couldn't be done without the community's support of the annual Music Endowment Concert, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 5 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
The Touched By Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, and 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., Great Bend. During the month of May, the group will conduct sharing meetings and discuss three topics from CareNotes (One Caring Place, Abby Press) handouts: "Dealing Positively With The Shock Of Cancer," "Living With Cancer A Day At A Time," and "Confronting Cancer With A Spirit Of Hope"
The Barton Community College music department will sponsor the "Double Reed Ensemble" concert featuring well-known double reed specialist Kay Werth at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the tragic accident Tuesday that killed Barton County Commissioner Don Cates. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.
Barton County Community College hosted the Kansas State High School Activities Association Regional Music Festival on April 5. "I" ratings were awarded to: Allison Regehr, french horn; Anna Frizell, clarinet; Jordan Otten, Michael Raymer, alto saxophone; Ozioma Ofoma, tenor saxophone; Ben Diel, Gatlin Reed, trumpet; Michelle Rooney, euphonium; Clara Kachanes, Dorian Lueth, strings; and the Brass Trio of Ben Diel, Kayn Milholland and Andrew Erb.