The Barton County Health Community Design Leadership Team focus group for local bicyclists planned for at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse Square has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. A new date will be announced at a later.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its 2012-13 season with the music of 1990s country hit maker Collin Raye. His concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Two upcoming public events will kick off a local fundraising effort, with all proceeds benefiting central Kansans with developmental disabilities and delays. The Sunrise Campaign, which helps Sunflower Diversified Services' clients, has been an annual fund drive for 12 years.
Capital improvement projects approved by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for Fiscal Year 2013 are under way, Dean of Administration Mark Dean told trustees this past week.
Diamond jewelry, an antique gun and University of Kansas items are among the many goodies collected for the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center auction to benefit local cancer patients.
The Barton County Health Community Design Leadership Team wants to make Great Bend more bicycle friendly and is seeking input from cyclists on how to make this happen. The team is holding a focus group-style meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse Square.
(AP) - Great Bend officials are refusing to discuss last week's meeting with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums board in Phoenix, Ariz. Zoo Director Scott Gregory attended a meeting Saturday where the board was set to approve or deny AZA accreditation for the Brit Spaugh Zoo.
United Way of Central Kansas will hold its Mini Golf United at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Walnut Bowling Center. The fee is $30 per three-member team. Cash prizes will be awarded to top golfers and there will be an award to the business that registers the most teams. All money raised will go to UWCK.
Barton Community College will offer health-care professionals a chance learn valuable skills from industry leaders that will help them in their day to day jobs, as well as fulfill continued education requirements, at the 21st annual Clara Barton Colloquium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Club at StoneRidge, 1438 24th St., Great Bend.
A 34-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday after being battered at a Great Bend residence. Keeven Hendricks was listed in fair condition Thursday at Via Christi Health's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory will head to Arizona today, where he and other Great Bend officials will meet with the board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. On Saturday afternoon, they'll learn if the zoo has gained the AZA accreditation it has been working toward.
Due to Labor Day, the Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City Office instead of the normal Monday. The agenda will include selecting an architect for the Great Bend Convention Center project, the Airfest, improvements at 24th and Main, and curb and gutter replacements. There will also be an executive session.
RUSSELL - Russell's Deines Cultural Center is featuring the sixth of its biennial favorite "Chrome, Smoke and Flames."
This photo of "Ms. T," (on tractor) submitted by Linda Seibert, won first place in the Great Bend Recreation Commission's first "My Cute Pet Contest." Seibert received a free portrait session along with a free 8 by 10 photo donated by Riggs Photography & Camera Shop. The second place winner was "Ginger," submitted by Pam and Marcus Boger. They wil receive a $25 gift card donated by the Great Bend Orscheln Farm & Home Store. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick said the GBRC plans to make the contest an annual event.
RUSSELL - The Smoky Hill Public Television Signature Auction is coming to the Deines Cultural Center.
Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.
MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.
Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
BY JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking With Gloria" from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. During this class, Gloria Hernandez, will be teaching how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.