Editor's Note: A 1967 Corvette once owned by singer Roy Orbison is now part of the collection at Hendrick Motorsports, owned Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame. For a time, that storied automobile was owned by Robert "Bob" Martin of Great Bend, the former owner of Christmas Fantasy Village. Martin died on April 9. The story of his Corvette was recently reported by The BLOCK.com. An abridged version of that story appears below.
The Great Bend High School Forensics Team competed at the District National Qualifying NFL Tournament on Friday and Saturday April 19th and 20th. Twelve students competed which consisted of: Nathaniel Cheney, Kenna Dirks, Michael Gieck, Clara Kachanes, Sarah Keller, Mallorie McNett, Jordan Otten, Chase Pumford, Jesus Sandoval, Kane Schumacher, Kameko Schultz and Paige VanSteenburgh. Five students qualified to semi-finals in their events. Cheney and Schumacher placed 12th and Gieck and Schultz placed 10th in Duo Interpretation. Finally Pumford qualified both of his events and placed 8th in both Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation. Gieck stated, "the tournament went really well ...
Recycled Memorial Day flowers are being sold by Volunteers in Action. They are available week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1025 Main, Room D 114, Great Bend, and at the RSVP thrift shop in Hoisington, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. These flowers have been fluffed by RSVP volunteers and will be sold at bargain basement prices. There are stems as well as sprays and arrangements. Proceeds will be used to fund a recognition event for RSVP volunteers.
It's way too early to speculate, but a dream conceived by some Great Bend High School drafting students may one day be reality.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo underwent an inspection Wednesday from the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners, and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the facility "passed with flying colors."
...STRONG NORTH WINDS TODAY AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED... .
Great Bend High School Variety Show tickets will go on sale at 6 a.m. today in the high school vocal music room. Use the east front doors of the school. This morning they will be on sale until 8 a.m.
More than 130 people, mostly residents of the Ellsworth area, packed an auditorium recently for a dinner-theater performance of the comedy "The Ransom of Red Chief" this past weekend. But they weren't there to see some performance of a traveling drama troupe. Nor were they on hand to support members of the town in a community theater.
Great Bend High School Prom King and Queen Wyatt Bayless and Amy Christopher are shown, April 20. Both are seniors and were chosen by their classmates. This year's prom was "Masquerade," and many of the students donned masks of many different styles. The evening began with dinner and then "The Promenade" at the high school track. Following the dance, couples went to a huge party at the bowling alley courtesy of the junior class parents. There were prizes and gift cards for all.
Finding a way to make exciting things happen in local classrooms, despite budgetary constraints, is a challenge that the USD 428 Education Foundation has accepted and met for nearly 25 years. The organization has raised and donated nearly $250,000 to enhance education in the district through minigrants for teachers.
Blood donors participating in the Great Bend Community Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, at Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas Avenue, will receive a special thanks from Kansas Pork Farmers. The Kansas Pork Association (KPA) is teaming up with the Central Plains Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross as part of its 2013 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas.
Barton Community College held its annual Child Education Fair on Saturday and sponsors report it was a hit with teachers, who sang "If You're Happy and You Know It ..." as they learned about using music to help in the development of children.
The clay targets at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service in Russell never had a chance.
Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek took home a cash award at the 44th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition for his watercolor painting of a Japanese koi fish titled "Shirley's Koi." The juror for the show was Stephen Gleissner, who is the chief curator for the Wichita Art Museum. The exhibit is at the Hays Arts Council Gallery until June 6.
Henrietta Mann, Ph.D., a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes located in Oklahoma, will give a talk on "Walking the Cheyenne Road of Life" in Kinsley from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at the Methodist Church, 803 Marsh St, Kinsley.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes recognizing Clark Rusco as the Kansas County Engineer of the Year, an update on the county's social media efforts and the replacement of the sand dredge.
Barton County 4-H members competing at the State Archery competition in Topeka were Robert Frizell, AJ Moshier, Colton McPherson and Alivia Bautista. In Olympic division, Robert Frizell placed 7th in 3D, 10th in FITA and 7th overall. In the Bowhunter competition, AJ Moshier placed 10th in FITA, 11th in 3D and 10th overall. Alivia Bautista and Colton McPherson were competitors in the junior division of Bowhunter placing 48th and 74th respectively.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Cindy Parr and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Ellinwood High School Vocal Music Department presented "Bye Bye Birdie" for their annual fall musical on Nov. 14 and 15, in the EHS Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m..
Lone Wolf Reasturant and Catering hosted the Chamber Coffee as Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System was sponsor on Nov. 14. Richard Shank from the healthcare system delivered some remarks including the following statement.
The headline to the story that ran in the Great Bend Tribune about the Great American Smokeout was incorrect. The smokeout takes place Thursday, Nov. 20, as stated in the article. The Tribune regrets the error.
The Barton County DARE Officers Benefit Association is selling tickets for The World of Magic show featuring David Thomas, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Great Bend Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education programs.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you want to help make profound change for lung cancer – the time is now!
Since 1978, individuals and groups in Sterling have cooperated to host one of the largest feasts in Kansas, the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Nov. 20, at the Great Bend Middle School, 1919 Harrison. Items on the agenda include information regarding the academic programs and school improvement efforts at Great Bend Middle School from Principal David Reiser and other staff members.
Susan Stambaugh, Great Bend High School vocal music instructor, said nearly all of her A Cappella Choir students are up for grabs in the rent-a-student fund raiser. The students have less than eight weeks left to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C.
The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.
Sandy Vink, right, presents a Quilt of Valor to Army National Guard member and Iraqi War veteran Don Moore.
TOPEKA (KHI) - The second open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace in Kansas has opened. Last year, slightly more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance coverage through healthcare.gov, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Kansas Health Institute has produced an issue brief describing changes in the marketplace, and several online maps showing the plans and premiums offered in the seven premium rating areas across the state.