This week, the Great Bend Tribune will publish its annual guide to animals of the zoo. Watch for that supplement in Sunday's paper. In it, Zoo Director Scott Gregory talks about the ongoing effort to earn AZA accreditation.
ELLSWORTH - The newly-formed Central Plains USD 112 school district elected seven members for its school board Tuesday.
Social studies instructors Debbie Hagans of Western Plains High School in Ransom and Val Kepple of Ness City High School, along with retired social studies instructor and newly-published author Joanne Emerick of Hoxie, are the recipients of grants from the Life in a Jar Foundation sponsored by the Lowell Milken Center, Fort Scott.
STAFFORD - Four candidates emerged from a nine-person ballot for the Stafford USD 349 board board election Tuesday. Earning spots on the board were Jay M. Minnis (280 votes); Keith McNickle (192); Lucas Newell (148) and Rodney Roush (148).
The Barton Community College Foundation anticipates another growth spurt for its Fourth Annual Sporting Clay Shoot, which has attracted more and more participants each year since the first event in 2008. The clay shoot is a fund-raiser to provide mini grants for Barton faculty to enhance student learning, said Darnell Holopirek, Barton's Executive Director of Institutional Advancement.
Many people have a strong fear of snakes. However, some people get excited every time they encounter one of these misunderstood critters. One such person is herpetologist Joseph Collins of the Center for North American Herpetology. Collins has many stories about encountering snakes in the wild. He also has recently co-authored a revised edition of the "Amphibians, Reptiles, and Turtles of Kansas."
Wade Babcock is seeking election to the school board this coming Tuesday. Babcock a western Kansas native moved to Great Bend in 2001. He and his family came to Great Bend when he began employment with Central Kansas Orthopedic Group as a practicing Physician Assistant. Wade and his wife Lisa have three children Kaleb, Jacob, and Sophia. Kaleb and Jacob currently attend school at Jefferson Elementary. Babcock has served on the 428 school board since 2009 after being appointed. Since being on the board Babcock's number one priority has been to put the students first by working to create ...
The BMI Relay for Life Dream Team will hold a Quarter Mania Fundraiser from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Best Western, 2920 10th Street. Tickets are $5. Over $1,000 in products will be auctioned for 25 cents to $1. To see a complete catalog visit www.celebratinghome.com. Get a free second paddle when you order $35 from the catalog. For more information call Michelle at 620-804-1777.
An appearance at Fort Hays State University by Alina Fernandez, daughter of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus.
Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan has announced her candidacy for USD 428 board of education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, far from a politician. However, after consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she has a vested interest to get involved. "I would approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and embarking on a learning experience where I can add value to this community that has given me so much."
University of Kansas basketball players will be here April 17 for the Kansas Barnstorming Tour, coming to the Barton Community College Gym in the Kirkman Center.
The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will conduct an orientation meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at the village, located south of the river bridge on U.S. 281. The meeting is for anyone in Barton County who seeks information about volunteer service at the museum, said Karen Naylor, volunteer coordinator.
On Thursday boys and their families will be able to sign up for Scouting during the Great Bend Sign up for Scouting night. There is no registration fee and every boy that signs up to be a scout will get a free subscription to Boys Life Magazine. Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades. The program combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect. Last year, more than 250 youth participated in scouting programs across the area. The Boy Scouts of America ...