The last decade has been one of non-stop growth for Barton Community College. From its offerings to enrollments, Barton has been progressive and adaptive. That trend shows to be continuing with the college's recent designation as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute, which gives Barton the privilege and responsibility of providing OSHA training to businesses and organizations throughout the entire state of Kansas.
The very concept of prison, by its nature, tends to invoke some of the most negative responses – fear, despair, finality and even oppression. However, thanks to programs offered by Barton Community College, one of the least expected of human emotions shines through – hope.
October Marriage and Divorce Filings
A video on YouTube shows a crime scene tape across the front door of Great Bend's Grace Community Church, and its pastors, including the Rev. Jay Beuoy, being locked up in jail cells.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend will host their Annual Mission Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Motherhouse, 3600 Broadway Ave. The aroma and magic of this festive autumn, pre-holiday excursion includes beverage and coffee cake in the morning, soup and pie for lunch, hundreds of handcrafted and homemade items, two drawings for prizes, unique gift theme baskets and a silent auction.
The next ASK seminar for senior citizens will shed new light on hospice programs in the area, said Donna Baugh, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Central Kansas. The "Nuts and Bolts of Hospice" is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Volunteers have begun clearing away overgrown greenery and redesigning the garden leading up to the lion observation area at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Years ago, cane was planted to add a jungle appeal to the display, but over time, the invasive plant took over the other plantings, as well as the miniature pond and stream feature, covering the mural painted by Great Bend elementary students.
The Great Bend Middle School Bands will present their fall concert this Thursday, Nov. 1, in the gym at Great Bend Middle School. The 7th Grade Band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and the 8th Grade Band will perform at 8:15 p.m. The GBMS Jazz Ensemble will also play at both of these concerts. The concert is under the direction of Kurtis Koch, assisted by Mark DeWald.
After being closed several weeks for remodeling, Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery is ready to open its doors, and to display the 2012 traveling exhibit from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.
There are still a few tickets left for the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
Next week, a job to repave a section of U.S. 281/K-18 in Russell County is scheduled to begin.
On Oct. 20, the Great Bend High School debate team traveled to Valley Center High School to compete with two varsity, one junior varsity and four novice teams against 30 other schools with 40 varsity, 39 junior varsity and 66 novice teams. In varsity division, Michael Gieck and Jordan Stoulil placed 8th with a 4-1 win loss record and 26 speaker points. "Open was a great experience I hope to do better next time" Stoulil stated.
Since it soon will be time whip up holiday meals and goodies, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center is sponsoring a free diabetes evening class to offer guidance about sugar as an ingredient.
Ecologist Katherine Fuller and consumer educator Connie McDanel, both nationally known speakers and authors, will present a program entitled "Healing Homes: Our Social Responsibility" from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. They will ask the questions "are our homes making us sick due to exposure to hidden toxins and what can we do about it." There is no charge for the presentation.
Area 5th graders were visited by Julie Smith, Executive Director and an agency director on how United Way works in to help our community through the 21 agencies it supports. Local fifth graders were asked to design a poster depicting some aspect of the United Way, and how the agencies work in the community
The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a burger and brat barbecue followed by a presentation on nocturnal animals presented by KWEC Education director Jean Aycock. A short annual business meeting will follow the presentation.
WICHITA - Barton County and neighboring counties were placed in a red flag warning for an extreme fire danger through 7 p.m. Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Wichita.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shelter Insurance – Trent Mermis, 1922 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Amanda and Steve. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet.
Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 for Easter break. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 7.
Staff at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will talk about feeding animals is a free Stop 'N Learn program Wednesday. "Food for Thought" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the zoo.
The Great Bend Public Library will close its temporary location at 3407 10th St. on April 7 as the staff prepares for the move back to Williams Street. The library will reopen on Wednesday, April 15, at 1409 Williams St. For more information call 792-2409.
First Assembly of God will host the second annual Benefit 5k Run/Walk for Royal Family Kids Camp at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The race will begin and end at Brit Spaugh Park on North Main Street in Great Bend. The event will benefit Royal Family Kids Camp, a summer camp for abused or neglected foster children in Kansas.
The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.
The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) rehearses Sunday night in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College.
While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.
Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan, CPA, has announced her candidacy for reelection to the USD 428 Board of Education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, not a politician. After consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she believes that she has a vested interest to stay involved. "I will continue to approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and utilizing my experience where I can add value to this community that ...
If you have little ones in your life, our library is a great place to spend with them! These are some of the latest books that Julie has added:
The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on Tuesday, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31, each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Tuesday.