Take part in a butterfly count and learn how to identify our local butterfly species at the Cheyenne Bottoms 2nd Annual Butterfly Quest, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will have a survey team surveying US-56/K-96 through the city of Ellinwood starting the week of July 5, to plan for possible future roadway improvements. The survey work is expected to be complete in about four months on this 1.65 mile area. KDOT asks drivers to be alert to the presence of the survey crew and drive cautiously.
By Jim Misunas
Great Bend and Larned will be stopping points for the Kansas Travel and Tourism's Faces & Places Tour Sunday.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs that will begin July 7 and run through July 28.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K.KIDS Event on Saturday. O.K.Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wildscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an altemative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Rod & Custom Association, 9951 B-29 Way, Great Bend Expo Complex, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Lana Dietz with greeters Erin Powers and Connie Oetken. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend Regional Hospital wants to encourage people to get out and move, as well as help a local agency in need. To this end, the facility is sponsoring Human (e)Motion Saturday.
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Visitors to the annual summer festival in Lee's Summit, Mo., on June 3 and 4 were treated to a flash mob dance performance by more than 50 staff and members of the local Jazzercise fitness center. The flash mobs were to raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease in a fun manner.
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The annual Bike Safety Rodeo for children 5-14 years old will be held Thursday, June 23, at the Brit Spaugh Park south baseball field near 22nd and Morton streets. Free bikes and helmets will be available for children who don't have them, but the event is important for all children who ride bicycles, according to Janel Rose at the Barton County Health Department.
Sunflower Diversified Services – Catch-A-Ride will join with other public transportation systems nationwide in the fifth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.
Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a donation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial from the Great Bend Tribune, the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and the Central Kansas Community Corrections budget.
A hands on food preservation workshop has a few openings remaining according to Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 1, at Great Bend High School. Participants are asked to pre-register by July 25, by calling Krug at 793-1910. The $10 fee will cover the cost of supplies plus a light lunch. Karen Blakeslee, director of the K-State Research and Extension Rapid Response Center, will lead the workshop.
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a pageant performance of "The Miraculous Apparitions of the Virgin Mary," Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. Actors from the Prince of Peace Catholic church will portray the popular Mexican story of the Virgin Mary's miraculous appearance to Juan Diego in 1531. Admission is free.
On July 25, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. the Kendrick Tinkler family will host a Lemonade for Livy stand next to Family Dollar in Great Bend. Lemonade for Livy was created by Livy's Hope, an organization whose mission is to support children with medical needs and their families. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation (www.epilepsy.com) and their goal to find a cure for epilepsy. The intent of the campaign is to turn the country purple (the color of epilepsy awareness) by holding at least one lemonade event in each state.
A park ranger from Fort Larned National Historic Site will talk about Buffalo Soldiers who served at the fort, during a program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, in the main museum at the Barton County Historical Society. Ellen Jones will highlight Company A, US Army 10th Cavalry, one of two Black cavalry units to serve at Fort Larned from 1867-1869.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will approve next year's budget for publication at the next board meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also approve the operational budget for Fiscal Year 2015.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Friday at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of 2014-2015 health insurance, and approval of the 2014-2015 budget.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dr. Mark Judd, 20/20 Optix, 1701 K96 Hwy., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Karmi Green with greeters John Sullivan and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A Larned woman was injured Monday in a Finney County accident. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to the accident, and to a possible injury accident in Russell County involving an Ellsworth woman.
Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health officials were notified today that Colorado has become the second state in 2014 to have a confirmed case of vesicular stomatitis (VS). Four horses tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. The horses involved in these index cases have no history of travel.
The Open Book Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. July's book club pick is "Monstrumologist" by Rick Yancey. The public is invited to attend.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information that could help stop the number of vehicular burglaries in Barton County.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reports vandals opened the valves on three oil lease stock tanks in rural Barton County, causing the release of approximately 188 barrels of oil. The crime occurred sometime between 1 p.m. on Friday, July 18, and 8:25 a.m. on Saturday in the 800 block of SW 10 Road. Bellendir called the vandalism a "senseless act" and said loss is expected to exceed $12,000.
Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator