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 Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
Barton Community College will host the Jingle Bell Swing big-band dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 16-piece big band made up of area musicians, from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice (GBHH&H) will offer a free community program called "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Hoisington City Council met Tuesday evening to continue a discussion on how to alleviate a housing crunch that is keeping some of the professionals who work in the city from living there too.
TOPEKA – How lucky can one guy get? In the case of Brian Batt, about $150,000 worth. That was the amount of the top prize the Hoisington resident scratched off on the $20 Extreme Crossword ticket he purchased.
There have been enough name lines purchased to pave the way for the first stone in the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, it was reported to the Barton County Commission Monday morning. In fact, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips said there are enough to spill over onto the second marker.
The City of Great Bend will be spraying for mosquitoes from 8 p.m. through midnight on Thursdays, starting tonight and running through July 2, weather permitting. Officials urge residents to keep their doors and windows closed during this time. Contact the Public Works Department at 620-793-4150 with any questions.
If you'll soon be getting Medicare, or just want to know more about Medicare, experts on Medicare will present a "Medicare Basics" workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, at the J.H. Robbins Memorial Library, 219 N. Lincoln, Ellsworth that will cover essential Medicare information and provide answers to your questions.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Clara Barton Hospital Foundation, 250 West 9th in Hoisington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters January Pecora and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a flood warning for northeastern Rice County, southeastern Ellsworth County, southwestern Saline County and northwestern McPherson County until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Barton Community College at Fort Riley celebrated the graduation of more than 242 students on Thursday at Riley's Conference Center. Of those graduating, more than 100 chose to walk. The ceremony was in conjunction with other schools who are members of the consortium in the Fort Riley Education Center.