The Barton Community College board of trustees will act on bids for the gym basketball court when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also consider approving a $4 per credit hour increase in tuition and fees for all students, effective for the fall 2014 semester, and a notice of intent to build a new dorm that can hold 172 students.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will hold an After-Hours Celebration following the Home for the Holidays Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24. During this time the library will serve refreshments and have an hour of stories and crafts. People can also stop by to watch the holiday classic: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The library will remain open until 8:30 p.m.
Rosewood Furniture Gallery became a showplace of warm holiday cheer for the sixth straight year in an effort to help the Great Bend Beautification Committee raise funds to improve the community. The Holiday Tables Spectacular fundraiser was held Nov. 10 and 11 at the Gallery, located at 1607 Main, Great Bend. The annual event was a week later than usual and it was held for two days, rather than the customary single day. More than 100 people attended this year's Holiday Tables Spectacular.
The talent selection committee for the "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater/talent show in January is accepting video auditions for the annual fundraiser, which benefits the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
On Thanksgiving Eve, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will open its doors to its communion partner congregations and the community, to reflect, worships, and build on that tradition of praise and thanksgiving. The service starts at 7 p.m.
A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, one of Boston's most promising classical music groups, will present the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's third concert of the season. The show is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium at Lakin and Stone. The auditorium will open at 2 p.m.
Barton Community College's Prairie Winds Concert Band and Jazz Band, featuring members of the community, will present their annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, in the Fine Arts Auditorium. The free program will include a tribute video of the Barton London 2012 Olympic athletes.
The Great Bend High School debate team had three teams compete at the TMP open and novice debate tournament on November 10th. Two of the teams placed in open division. In the open division. Michael Gieck and Marissa Hoisington placed second overall with a 4-1 win loss record and 20 speaker points. Morgan Francis and Kameko Schultz placed sixth with a 3-2 win loss record and 23 speaker points. In the outstanding speaker awards in open division Hoisington placed second. Rebecca Clark and Kane Schumacher competed in the novice division for the squad. The team will compete in the Salina ...
The three Barton County candidates who missed the Oct. 29 deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures have now filed those reports, Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The reports show campaign contributions received and money spent between July 27 and Oct. 25.
Theater lovers have their choice of two comedy productions this week in Great Bend. Students in the theater department at Barton Community College have produced "Harry's Hotter at Twilight," and Great Bend Community Theater is presenting "Drinking Habits." The curtains on both plays go up Thursday.
The amount of water required to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national-scale analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a new study accepted for publication in Water Resources Research, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The Ellinwood Garden Club is offering tickets for a drawing to win a quilt following the After Harvest Parade on July 18. The quilt is pieced of "Jinnny Beyer Rose Garden" fabric, machine quilted, and measuring 84" x 100". It will be on display in the window at 113 N. Main St., Ellinwood. The suggested donation for the tickets is $1. Contact June Stephens 620-564-2852, P.O. Box 155, Ellinwood, KS 67526, or Helen Urban 620-564-2540, or JoAnn Roth 620-564-2920.
Clara Barton Hospital Foundation's supporters came together at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall like they have done every year for the past 22 years, to raise money for the non-profit Hospital. "This annual benefit brings the community together every year," states Michelle Moshier, Executive Director of the Foundation. "Clara Barton Hospital is important for so many people, and they show it in grand gestures at the auction. It's truly wonderful to see this type of support."
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Wichita office has opened an investigation into the report of an oil field worker's death. Travis Underwood, 30 of Great Bend, was an employee of Klima Well Service Inc., an oil field pumping unit service, who was performing oil field re-work at an existing oil well site north of Great Bend.
At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a three vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 96 between Great Bend and Ellinwood. Barton County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol were both on the scene. An eastbound truck towing a horse trailer lost two tires which collided with an eastbound van and a westbound SUV. The windshield of the van and the grill of the SUV were smashed. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries. The roadway was closed down for about 10 minutes. More details to come.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health is reporting an increased number of rabies cases in Kansas this year, but the disease has yet to show up in Barton County, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor said.
Gerald Kenyon joined the United States Air Force out of highschool, and in 1964, he completed training as a weapons mechanic at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. A short while later, he was sent to Vietnam where he served a tour of duty, stationed at DaNang Air Base where he loaded guns on a Republic F-105 Thunderchief.
The Independence Day holiday travel period is officially underway, with more than 35.5 million travelers expected on the road through Sunday, July 5. That's an increase of 0.7 percent, but represents a record volume of auto travel for the Independence Day holiday, breaking last year's record of 35.3 million auto travelers.
Garments were scrutinized, outfits evaluated, and decision making skills questioned Wednesday morning. The halls of Trinity Lutheran Church's education wing were filled with 4-Hers of all ages dressed in an assortment of outfits from the simple to the simply elegant and everything in between. These participants in clothing construction, fiber arts and buymanship projects in the county's 4-H clubs underwent judging of their projects, leading up to the moment they could take the stage at The Crest Theater in Great Bend later that night for the annual 4-H Fashion Revue, marking the beginning of Barton County's fair ...