Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.
Traffic stops after a Pontiac Bonneville SE and Ford F-150 truck collide at Broadway and Harrison, around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. There was also a collision at the intersection Friday afternoon. The intersection was once a regular spot for traffic accidents, before the city removed part of the center island and added a left-turn lane on the east side of Broadway in 2011. Now collisions are not a regular event at Broadway and Harrison.
About 300 auction-goers decked out in "Denim and Diamonds" came together to raise money for Barton Community College scholarships and program enhancements at the Barton Foundation's 35th annual Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 24.
Monarch madness is spreading to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, where the annual "Mad About Monarchs" event takes place Sept. 14. Participants have the opportunity to capture and tag monarch butterflies in the sunflower-filled fields surrounding KWEC, and join in other butterfly-related activities.
The Great Bend Public Library is holding a Halloween Costume Drive sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. From now until Nov. 9, old costumes may be dropped off at the library during business hours, to help kids get costumes for Halloween.
The community now has the chance to show its support for local cancer patients and their families by participating in this year's Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) Benefit Auction.
Noting there were no safety concerns and to avoid harming a local business, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lessened the distance a large fireworks stand has to be from surrounding structures.
Great Bend Public Library will resume regular hours and unveil a new Book Club in September, according to library spokesman Jennifer King.
Party in the Park: Oozefest Mud Volleyball Tournament is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21 at Veterans Memorial Park. Oozefest organizers are seeking volleyball teams to enjoy a day of mud volleyball in the park.
Those whose lives are touched by diabetes will have the chance to learn more about the disease from a well-known expert at a special meeting of Great Bend's Diabetes Support Group.
TULSA, Okla. - Rosewood Ranch's third year competing in the National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show proved to be its toughest challenge of three appearances. Still, the riders persevered, taking home 14 top-10 finishes with two Rosewood riders recording top-3 finishes, which included Rosewood's Jamie Crone winning reserve grand champion.
Beverly Davis, Earl Lumpkins and Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend were honored for their service to the elderly at the February Senior Companion Program in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center on Aug. 21st. Davis has served 10 years; Lumpkins, nine years and Degenhardt, five years with the Program. Senior Companions offer friendship and assistance with daily living activities to older persons needing help to live independently.
Students at Barton Community College took time out Wednesday to help United Way of Central Kansas "Stuff the Bus" with donations of goods to help local United Way agencies.
J. Basil Dannebohm had been to specialist after specialist for five long years but didn't come away with an accurate diagnosis. But then a doctor noticed the sole of his shoe and asked if he had been tested for Parkinson's.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.
Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: E. Haldeman-Julius: Controversial Publisher and Free-Thinker," a presentation by Dean of Library Services and Curator of Special Collections at Pittsburg State University Randy Roberts, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.
USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.
The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, and Georgia pecans will be available. For information call 620-791-7314.
HOLYROOD - Keeping in mind the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Central Plains Elementary School students in Holyrood were asked to bring their loose change to donate to the Kansas Food Bank to help fund the Food 4 Kids backpack program.
At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.
It's been 33 years since an Ellinwood resident was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. On Monday, J. Basil Dannebohm took the oath of office as the third Ellinwood resident to serve in the Kansas Legislature.
Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.
A record number of people participating in the Great Bend Cookie Contest resulted in $610 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County last Wednesday.
Leadership Golden Belt is now accepting grant applications to attend Kansas Leadership Center's "You. Lead. Now." and "Teaching Leadership" conferences, in Wichita. Interested parties may attend as an individual or with a group. Awarded grants will be used to cover the conference registration fee and $50 per diem lodging reimbursement with a two day maximum.