American State Bank and Trust Company will sponsor its seventh-annual Mitten Tree Project at its six locations through Dec. 15. The Mitten Tree gives bank customers and the community a chance to donate new hats, gloves, scarves, coats and mittens to children and families in need as a way to brighten their holiday season.
Prince of Peace Parish Catholic Church will celebrate a miracle when members observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday at the St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Religious dances known as "matachines," food and worship are scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.
Instrumental sounds of the holiday season can be heard at Great Bend High School on Monday, Dec. 12. The seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school orchestras, will be directed by Mr. Isaac Enochs at 7 p.m. in the GBHS auditorium. Following their performance, the music will more to the GBHS gymnasium where the jazz, junior varsity, and varsity bands will add to the Christmas cheer starting at 8 p.m. The junior varsity and varsity band will combine for three selections to conclude the concert. The bands are directed by Mark DeWald, and he is assisted by Enochs ...
The works of two young Barton County artists, Petr Grigorev and Angela Waite, will be featured at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend, through the month of December. A reception will be held Friday evening, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.
The weather says differently, but inside the Rosewood Service Inc. greenhouse, it's still tomato-growing season. In its first full year of operation, the greenhouse is filled to capacity with 265 tomato plants producing two varieties – brand names Celebrity and Truss. Their success is dependent upon a few dozen clients at Rosewood who work to care for and grow the tomatoes and then bring them to market.
Community members will have the opportunity to be immersed in a Christmas wonderland when Barton Community College hosts a holiday open house for its "Festival of Trees" exhibit, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Shafer Gallery.
Great Bend High School members in the Southwest Kansas Music Educators Association District Honor Band are: Addison Baxter, first chair percussion; Taylor Fry, second chair flute; Estella Schumacher, trumpet first alternate; and Luke Abbott, second chair euphonium. They are part of the 22-county district band that meets in Dodge City on Saturday, Dec. 3. A concert will be given at 3:15 p.m. in the Dodge City High School auditorium. Also at the concert David Meter, activities director at GBHS, will be honored as the District Honored Administrator.
A Larned man and a Hoisington man were injured early Thursday afternoon when their cars collided on U.S. 281 on the north edge of Great Bend.
Thanks to three recent gifts, Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be able to offer guided tours – over a cell phone.
Leadership Golden Belt graduated 15 participants from the three-month leadership training program on Nov. 21. Key note speaker, Larry Straub, Chairman and CEO of Straub International kicked off the celebration with a formal graduation ceremony following. The Leadership Golden Belt Class of 2011 joins a growing alumni class, with now four years of alumni.
The public is invited to the Delta Tau chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha's annual holiday auction Monday, Dec. 5 at the Best Western in Great Bend. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to view auction items, with bidding beginning at 7 p.m.
Great Bend's Home for the Holidays Parade was Nov. 26.
Two people sustained possible injury in a four-wheeler accident at 318 Cottonwood Drive, about 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Erin Hemphill's patients have always made progress but now she hopes to see even better results for those with neurological voice disorders.
The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, "God and Country."
Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month's performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association's first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will also be closed. The Landfill will only be open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
All are invited to attend the Soup Sampler Supper, sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the St. Patrick Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave. Several varieties of soup will be available. Cost is $7 per meal; children 6 years and under eat free. Raffle tickets will also be available.
The Knights of Columbus men's stag will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Columbus Club, 723 Main, Great Bend. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. with prime rib dinner served at 6:30.