Lori Caspers is a woman to be admired for her patience, fortitude and family values. She definitely is a rare combination of hard work, artistic endeavor and thriftiness.
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.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
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.
A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.
Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:
The Barton Music Department will take its audience down memory lane and beyond as it hosts a Holiday Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
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.
The Barton County NAACP Branch 428 will celebrate their Freedom Fund Banquet and Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street, in Great Bend. The public is invited.
Four Great Bend Senior Companions were honored for their service to frail adults at the August in-service meeting held on Aug. 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center. Those recognized for their service were Jeanetta Deutsch for one year; Bernita Degenhardt and Earl Lumpkins for ten years and Beverly Davis for eleven years of service to individuals in private homes in the community. These Companions provide daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on the amendment of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) FY 14-17.
Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet. Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St., room D-107, Great Bend.
Barton history instructor Linda McCaffery will teach a course via Barton's Silver Cougar Club titled "From Idealism to Disaster; 1920-1950." Classes will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday from Sept. 2 through Oct. 28 in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The 2003 movie "Luther" will be shown at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, 3600 Broadway Ave. There will be refreshments and discussion time.
PAWNEE ROCK - Heartland Farm will hold its annual Open Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Sponsors invite the public to bring a picnic lunch and spend the day. There is no charge for admission.
Two Great Bend churches will offer Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU) series, starting in September.
The 2014 installment of the annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in the southeast portion of the Wildlife Area on Kansas Highway 156.
The Barton Community College library will host "Librarypalooza" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Barton Library. The event, which is open to students, employees and community members, was originally scheduled for Aug. 21.
Larned's Stuff the Bus drive will take place in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Dillons, 423 Main St., and Shopko, 908 E. 14th. This is a change from the Wednesday date originally announced, said Julie Bunger Smith, executive director of United Way of Central Kansas.
At 9:49 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched to 5817 16th St. Terrace for a report of an oven on fire. According to a report released Wednesday, crews found light smoke coming from Apartment 42. Inside, they found a smoldering fire along the baseboard of the wall behind the stove and extinguished the remaining fire.
The Great Bend High School guidance counselors will host a freshman parent meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the GBHS auditorium. Counselors will review their responsibilities as counselors and also discuss attendance, grades, communication, office procedures, graduation requirements, qualified admissions/Kansas scholars requirements for getting into college and expectations for freshmen. This meeting will be about 30-45 minutes in length, depending on questions.
L & M Contractors will begin bridge repairs to the bridge over the flood control channel, located on West Barton County Road (West 10th Street) on Monday, August 25th.
RUSSELL COUNTY – Teresa Magna, 51, Spring Valley, Calif., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wichita. She is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 6 in Russell County.