The annual Bike Safety Rodeo for children 5-14 years old will be held Thursday, June 23, at the Brit Spaugh Park south baseball field near 22nd and Morton streets. Free bikes and helmets will be available for children who don't have them, but the event is important for all children who ride bicycles, according to Janel Rose at the Barton County Health Department.
Sunflower Diversified Services – Catch-A-Ride will join with other public transportation systems nationwide in the fifth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.
The Presbyterian Women thought it was a worthy cause in the early 1980s, and they still do today.
There is such a thing as a free lunch – and breakfast, too – at selected USD 428 school sites this summer.
Law enforcement officers continue to look for a man who was wanted for suspicion of battery in Great Bend on May 28. On that night, a vehicle was later stopped at 18th and Harrison St. and one of the people in it was the suspect, who fled on foot. The driver, Alecia A. Niefert, of St. John, was arrested on charges of flee and elude and driving without headlights, and was released after posting a $320 surety bond.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Great Bend Zoological Society, 2123 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Lynda Jamison with greeters AJ Chrest and Jan Westfall. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Fingerstyle guitarist Chris Proctor will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center.
When Dennis Martin of Larned was told the next step in his cancer treatment would be radiation, a Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) radiation oncologist understood his hesitation. After all, Martin had already undergone surgery and chemotherapy.
Local businessman Mark Bitter thought he'd been invited to the Noon Kiwanis meeting last Wednesday to talk about the MyTown Project. Actually, the invitation was also extended so the club could surprise Bitter, the recipient of the Great Bend Greater Award.
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.
As Mayra Reyes pursued her education in early childhood development, she realized she not only wanted to help children, she wanted to assist their families too. And the best way to do that locally, she learned, was to work at Sunflower Diversified's Early Education Center (EEC).
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. Cost is $29 plus two hours of volunteer time for a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Rd. For more information, call 620-282-3086.
Editors Jamie Oss and Teresa Johnson of Barton Community College's annual literary publication, Prairie Ink, have begun accepting entries for its sixth edition.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Let's Hang On!" in a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Members of Epsilon Sigma Alpha in Great Bend have issued the "Choctober Challenge" by creating a fundraising event for chocolate lovers. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard.
Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a course on Google and Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 22-Dec. 3 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
For people who have ever thought about picking up carpentry or woodworking as a hobby or for those who are just wanting to enhance their existing skillset, Barton Community College is offering woodworking courses from 6 to 9:45 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 3 to Feb. 23 at Ellsworth High School, 211 W. 11th St. in Ellsworth.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Historical Society, South Main Street, 85 US 281 Highway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jim Vopat with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Kristy Straub. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
TheGreat Bend Recreation Commission will host "Healthy Homes," a free program about indoor air quality. Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will present the information at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
one2one and Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio & Gallery in Lucas will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, at one2one/Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio & Gallery, 123 South Main Street in Lucas.
Barton County Farm Bureau along with the Ellinwood EMS personnel will host a CPR and First Aid training on Oct. 29th. This three to four hour class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will certify participants for two years. The training will take place at the Ellinwood Fire Station located at 209 W. 1st in Ellinwood. Registration is limited. Call Barton County Farm Bureau at 620-792-2236 or Ellinwood EMS at 620-564-2408 to have your name added to the participant list. The fee for taking the class is $25 for Farm Bureau members and $30 for non members.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include: recognition of the Horizon Award nominee and R.O.S.E. Award; GBHS Vocal Music proposed trip to Washington, D.C.; KASB Delegate Assembly official delegate; Title VI B and Early Childhood budget; district support plan for "On Watch" schools; schedule for curriculum day; Kansas Committees that Care Survey; Project Lead the Way proposal for GBMS and GBHS; project updates on transportation future projects planning; approval of contribution to Jefferson Elementary School; term ...
The Great Bend Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams are competitive on and off the court.