Editor's note: This is the first of two articles on results of a study commissioned by Barton Community College to define the value of the college in various areas. Today's story will explain the study and the benefits provided from taxpayers' and students' perspective. The second article will continue with highlights from the perspective of businesses, and with the college's overall investment to society. Content was provided by BCC.
The "Spark a Reaction" teen summer program at the Great Bend Public Library continues this month. The following "teen" events are intended for students in grades 7-12.
By Jim Misunas
Over the weekend, game wardens with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) participated in Operation Dry Water, a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI). The three-day enforcement effort was conducted from 12 a.m. June 27, to 11:59 p.m. June 29. In addition to enforcing wildlife laws and regulations, game wardens are responsible for patrolling the waters of Kansas, conducting boat accident investigations, boat safety inspections, BUI checks, safety programs, education classes and other boating related activities. Many factors contribute to the way alcohol ...
Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.
Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jacam Chemical Company at the Chamber Boardroom, 1125 Williams at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Marty Steinert and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs that begin July 10 and run through July 24 at the center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend.
Altered Books' workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 5, at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. The instructor is LuAnne Howell, an artist from Lincoln. Reuse and upcycle is the basis of much of LuAnne's artwork. Painting, stitchery, and altering books are only a few of her talents. An old unwanted book, can suddenly become a treasure box, capturing ones own mementos.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a rezoning request for property between Great Bend and Ellinwood, the recognition of retiring Chief Deputy County Clerk Marcia Sauber, a recycling grant and the purchase of assorted equipment for Central Kansas Community Corrections.
In the June 24 story on the Barton County Commission, the cost of the fence at the new radio tower east of Great Bend was incorrectly reported. The cost of the work, being done by Little Giant Fabrication of Great Bend is $2, 992.18, not $9,992.18. The Tribune apologizes for the error.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 10 through July 24.
Twenty month old Anniyah Hurd-Harders won Supreme Baby titles at the 2014 Kansas State Our Miss Diamond pageant, qualifying her to represent Kansas on the national level. Anniyah competed in McPherson over the weekend with other state preliminary winners in the 13-24 month old age category to capture the Overall World of Babies Supreme and the Supreme Sweepstakes awards. She qualified for the state pageant after winning the Supreme titles in a preliminary contest held in Great Bend last year.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
Severe storms with ping pong ball sized hail and damaging winds are expected over parts of central Kansas roughly along and west of Highway 14 late Wednesday evening. Barton County has a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday evening.
The Mud Creek chapter of the Kansas Anthropological Association (KAA) will host its annual Artifact Identification Workshop on Sept.20, in the city of McPherson. The event will take place in the lobby of the McPherson Museum, 1111 East Kansas. Hours for the event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Interested persons from the central Kansas area may drop by the museum and speak with Kansas State Historical Society archeologists. Well-experienced avocational archeologists from the KAA will also be available. Collectors can bring Native American artifacts or early historical items throughout the event for assistance in identification and ...
A ServSafe Employee workshop is set from 1:30-4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street. The workshop is designed to cover safe food handling practices and would be a good training for anyone who is a food handler. There is a workshop fee of $10 payable by Sept. 2, to cover the cost of materials. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at (620)793-1910 with questions or to register. Donna Krug and Ralph Sunley will be the presenters.
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.