Toby, the 5-year-old spotted leopard at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, had his annual physical Wednesday, and a visit from local dentist and mayor Dr. Mike Allison.
Detective Heather Smith from the Great Bend Police Department will present "Warnings About Facebooking" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free program is open to adults and or youths 11 years of age and older accompanied by an adult.
The Bikers of Central Kansas raised more than $900 during its annual Chili Challenge to benefit Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice. The money will be used to help the non-profit agency pay for hospice patients' medications.
The Great Bend High School Forensic Team competed in the Nickerson Forensic Tournament on Saturday, Febr. 26. Eleven students competed and brought home 10 medals. They had four State Speech Championship qualifiers and placed fourth overall in sweepstakes. 29 schools competed at the tournament. The rankings are as follows:
Barton Community College is using star power to help raise money for a renovation project to upgrade its 40-year-old Fine Arts Auditorium. Barton's stars are 10 community members who will compete in a dance competition this spring that will initiate a fund drive and create awareness for the renovation project.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will have several activities for children in March, starting with the birthday celebration of "Green Eggs and Ham" author Dr. Seuss. There will also be free movies, and four days of scheduled activities during spring break, said Eric Coulbourne, children's librarian.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office and other area law enforcement agencies responded to several accidents last Thursday when the roads were icy.
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A woman who intentionally drove into an unoccupied Sunflower Diversified Services mini-bus last Saturday may be charged with criminal damage to property, Captain Bob Robinson at the Great Bend Police Department said.
Many items have already been donated to Sunflower Diversified Services, but it is still collecting auction items for the 6th Annual Charity Gala. Those who attend the non-profit agency's biggest fundraiser of the year will have the chance to bid on a wide variety of products and services.
In its sixth concert of the season, the Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present the world-famous and much-loved classic American folk ensemble, the New Christy Minstrels. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium. The concert is available to concert association members. Full-time students will be admitted for a $5 donation at the door. The auditorium, located at Lakin and Stone, will open at 6:30 p.m.
Great Bend Community Theatre is ready to raise the curtain on its latest production, "The Long Weekend."
Marvin Riggs and Doris Berkley are shown in Valentine's Day regalia after being crowned king and queen at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine Party on Tuesday. They were crowned before lunch. After lunch, Eisenhower 1st and 2nd graders entertained, followed by refreshments.
The Barton Community College Forensics Team had a busy and successful fall semester traveling far and wide from Manhattan, Kan., to Lawton, Okla., Hastings, Neb., and beyond for 18 debate and speech contests.
Marquita Boehnke, longtime Ellinwood resident, retired March 31 after 39 years of service with the Central Kansas Library System. Boehnke served as the Youth Services consultant and worked with libraries in 17 counties.
Plans to offer soldiers at Fort Riley a paramedic certificate through Barton Community College will be discussed at the next BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Karyl White, director of Emergency Medical Services Education, will explain how offering this program at Grandview Plaza (rather than the degree program for paramedics) will enable solders to sit for national EMT boards in a timely manner, supporting the US Army's mandate for national certification.
A Great Bend Police Department vehicle driven by officer Jacob A. Harlow, 28, struck the back of a van driven Alice L. Council, 52, Great Bend, at 8:42 p.m. Saturday at 3920 10th St. Council was transported to Great Bend Regional by Great Bend EMS.
Dean Akings of Great Bend is willing to turn in his police badge for a seat on the Barton County Commission.
It was April Fool's Day, but it certainly was no joke when Shelly Post and Kayci (Scott) Strickland learned that they have been named as USD 428 teachers of the year for the 2014-15 school year.
Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) released the schedule for his Barton County Town Hall. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's inaugural Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Cookie Relay on April 12 is a unique event attracting hundreds of people to Wichita in support of Girl Scouts across the state.
The Golden Belt Humane Society adopted five dogs and one cat during Saturday's Adopt-a-Pet Saturday at Orscheln Farm and Home. Next Saturday, the Golden Belt Humane Society will Adopt-A-Pet at Waters True Value.