Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo received eight new animals in 2012, not counting rehabilitation birds. The year-end report from Zoo Director Scott Gregory also notes that three agoutis were born at the zoo. An agouti is a burrowing rodent.
The Grinch gets his nose pinched by Evelyn Essmiller at the Food Bank of Barton County on Friday afternoon, while he places a furry hand atop the head of Bob Essmiller. The husband-and-wife Food Bank Board co-chairs and the Grinch are joined by Food Bank manager Jenny Gordy. In true Grinch fashion, the green guy delivered more than 100 food items in trash bags. The food was donated by Rosewood Services employees who conducted a food drive this month. Starring as the Grinch was Rosewood employee Ric Loiland.
Great Bend city workers discovered extensive vandalism of Trail of Lights lighting displays at Veterans Park Friday morning during a routine check of the area and reported damage to Great Bend Police. The majority of the damage was done to the "12 Days of Christmas" displays on the north end of the park, in addition to a Santa and sleigh display pulled down on the roof of the picnic shelter and two displays in front of the shelter mangled and pushed over.
Continuing in its long-standing tradition, the First United Methodist Church of Great Bend will offer a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, in the church sanctuary. Church musicians and guests from other congregations have put together a program of sacred and secular music, said Marc Webster at the church.
Barton Community College Phi Theta Kappa members Michelle Klepper of Ellinwood and Jeff Pike of Great Bend helped load and deliver more than 1,000 items collected for the Family Crisis Center of Great Bend last Tuesday, Dec. 11, as part of the Family Crisis Christmas Drive. Phi Theta Kappa is an academic honor society that places on an emphasis on community service and involvement.
DODGE CITY - Throughout January and February, Catholic Social Service is hosting a four-part workshop series for couples in southwest Kansas who would like to know more about what it takes to adopt an infant. The first three workshops take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City on Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8. These programs will address fears, definitions, what to expect and legal issues. The final workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 16, will feature a panel of individuals and couples who ...
Kansans who enjoy visiting the state parks can count on at least two annual rituals – renewing their vehicle registrations and buying their annual park permits. Currently, these tasks must be completed on separate occasions, at different buildings or online locations, and using separate transactions. That's about to change, thanks to a partnership between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR).
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.
Heike Arrowood didn't let obstacles stop her from pursuing her educational goals; she smashed through them. Fueled by her desire to succeed and a jumpstart from Barton Community College, she now holds the highest level of academia attainable in the nursing field - a doctorate.
Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...
According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.
Jill Doerfler, M.D., has seen up close and personal what can happen during a bicycle or motorcycle accident. She has treated people who have been injured and acknowledged that she has been "pretty banged up" herself.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Brookdale of Great Bend (Sterling House of Great Bend), 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.