Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.
The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
The local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at noon Thursday poolside at the Highland Hotel. The program will be provided by the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pop Singers.
One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of flooring bid for Eisenhower Elementary School; approval of 2015-2016 BOE meeting schedule; approval to alter District Education Center summer schedule; assessments updates; grounds improvements; and licensed teacher resignations and licensed teacher appointments.
Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County's Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will hold a special board meeting for discussion of flower placement for Memorial Day at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1209 Williams, Great Bend. The public is invited to attend.
The Great Bend Public Library Board's next meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center of the library, 1409 Williams St. Unfinished businesses items on the agenda are heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the 2016 budget. "Safe Child Policy" is on the agenda as new busines.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will hear a report from the playground advisory committee when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The board will also discuss goals for the coming year. There will be an executive session for discussion of a personnel matter. Board action will be needed in connection with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) National Congress, set for Sept. 15-17.
The Barton Community College recital of instrumental and vocal performances that was scheduled for Thursday, May 7 has been rescheduled for noon on Monday, May 11 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
A traffic accident blocked traffic at Navajo Road and K-96 Friday morning in Great Bend. The accident involved a Chevrolet 1500 4x4 and a Toyota Corolla. Police report the driver of the Chevrolet truck failed to yield right of way at a stop sign and collided with the northbound Toyota. The Corolla sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene. The driver of the car was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital with possible injuries. Names of the drivers were unavailable.
Saturday May 30, 2015 the Kansas Wetlands Education Center along with the Central Kansas Photography Club will sponsor a day-long photography workshop. The workshop will feature Jim Griggs, photographer and founding father of the Great Plains Nature Photographers.