The seventh annual Nex-Tech Zoo Fest will take place Saturday afternoon at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Recently the Golden Belt Community Foundation awarded a $1,500 grant to the Dominican Sisters of Peace - Heartland Farm to support the 2011 Eco-Peace Camp. The camp will be held June 6-10 and is for ages 10-13. The camp provides an exciting outdoor experience with an emphasis on sustainable living. Activities focus on alternative energy, gardening and cooking, native Kansas nature study and interpersonal skills of cooperation and peacemaking. Those interested in attending the camp may call Heartland Farm at (620) 923-4595.
The newly formed Friends of the Library is assuming full responsibility for this year's annual fall book sale. A June meeting of the Friends will be devoted to a behind the scenes look at the preparations needed for the book sale. On Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. a trip to the basement archives of donated and weeded books will be conducted by Cara Negaard and Jerri Collins, members of the library staff. They will give instructions and demonstrations on how volunteer members of the Friends can help with the sale from beginning to end. Volunteers are needed ...
The SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging is looking for volunteers for their new program, Peer Support. Peer Support is a volunteer program that pairs older adult volunteers with older adults who need support in:
STAFFORD COUNTY - Frances Fanshier has more than 60 years of experience watching severe weather in Stafford County.
On June 4 at 6 p.m., a June Jam and BBQ featuring vocalist Melanie Ryan will be held at Community Christian Church, 253 NE 30 Rd. with over 40 prize baskets for a donation available.
When the Barton Community College Foundation received memorial funds honoring the late Robert P. Keenan, his family asked that part of those funds be given to Barton's Learning Resource Center and they designated that the remainder go to help the college's Shafer Gallery in some way.
The retirement reception for Dr. Richard Preston has been scheduled for 2-4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. The event will be held in the atrium in the Medical Office Building on the west side of St. Rose.
Sunflower Diversified Services will host an activity-filled weekend to celebrate its 45th birthday and thank central Kansans for their support throughout the years.
The Young Swedish Singers, a 34-member gospel singing group from Hässleholm, Skåne, Sweden, will appear in concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 24th and Adams, in Great Bend, at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 19. The group's tour includes stops in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.
The annual crackdown on motorists not wearing their seat belts can sometimes lead to other things, Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong said. This week, one of his deputies stopped an unbuckled motorist and wound up arresting that person for driving with a suspended license.
Memorial Day Services Veterans Circle - Great Bend Cemetery
The Wetland Explorer
Adrian J. Polansky, State Executive Director for USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Kansas announced that FSA is making emergency loans available to help qualified producers recover from production and physical losses due to natural disasters.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an appointment to the Barton County Community Development Advisory Board, the Sheriff's Office impound sale and an appointment to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
The Model Association of Central Kansas (MACK) is an organization providing a safe, family-oriented environment to promote education and wholesome recreation for its members and the community as a whole through modeling activities. Join MACK on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. until dusk as members will be flying and talking about model airplanes during this free come and go event. Who knows? You may even have a chance to fly one of these model airplanes with the aid of a MACK instructor. This program is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by at least one adult ...
Copier bids are on the agenda for the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, set for noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
On Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. the Great Bend High School counselors will present information for parents of juniors and seniors concerning life after high school. Topics included: scholarships, college applications, ACT, graduation credits, college visits, FAFSA checklists, Career Cruising, and PEP. The same information will be given each night.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to noon for a free breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice will be served. The breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
ELLINWOOD - The Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Plains chapter, will meet upstairs at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 620-791-8673.
From pumpkins to monsters, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., is showing its fall colors this month.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor a Fall Middle School Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Great Bend Activity Center, at 2715 18th St., for all Great Bend Middle School students. Admission is $5 with GBMS students ID. No hats will be allowed. Pizza will be available for $1 per slice. Popcorn and water will be provided.
The Model Association of Central Kansas invites the public to its Fun Fly, from 1 p.m. until dusk this Saturday, Oct. 11, at the MACK flying field. The field is located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. at 114 SW 20 Ave.
Members of the Knights of Columbus Club in Great Bend are asking the public to help them raise funds to pave the parking lot at their club, 723 Main Street, which is used for numerous public events. There will be a fried chicken dinner at the club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 12. Cost is $10 for a dinner with all the trimmings. There will be free hot dogs for kids 5 and under, and to-go boxes are available.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.