Last year, Great Bend Community Theatre's holiday gift to the community was "It's A Wonderful Life, a Radio Show." This year director Sally O'Connor will deck the halls with "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)." The play opens Thursday, Dec. 5, with nightly shows at 8 p.m. through Dec. 7, and ends with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. The box office will be open over the noon hour this Monday through Friday, and one hour before each performance.
For those wanting to avoid adding pounds during the holidays, the Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its late fall exercise classes.
Nine-year-old Haley McCormick recently surprised Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory with a donation for the zoo.
Preparation for the Russell Area Artists Exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center has begun. The exhibit will run from Jan. 10 through Feb. 7th. The show is open to any adult artist within a 60-mile radius of Russell.
A good local health care system may itself be part of the prescription for maintaining a healthy rural economy.
Those who donated money and time, and played in the golf tournament collaborated to raise more than $45,000 for local cancer patients. The recent St. Rose Auction & Golf Classic proceeds will benefit the Heartland Cancer Center Patient Care Fund.
The Great Bend Public Library is once again holding Food for Fines to support the local food bank. From Dec. 2 until Jan. 4, bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in late fines on library materials. Food may be dropped off inside the library anytime during library hours.
Dogs were removed from 132 Pine St. in Great Bend on Thursday, after reportedly being left without shelter, food or water.
Students at Great Bend's Holy Family School and the Prince of Peace Parish accepted a challenge to make videos about "The Four Pillars of Stewardship."
The National Weather Service in Dodge City issused a winter weather advisory for Pawnee, Stafford and Hodgeman counties, Friday including the cities of Larned, Stafford, St. John, Hudson, Hanston and Jetmore. All counties south of Barton and Rice County are affected.
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 project to improve the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway overlook east of Hoisington, the Doonan communications tower replacement project and a Southwst Kansas Area on Aging Board appointment.
Hoping to help students embark on a path to success, two Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) residents gave both time and money recently to the Ottawa Middle School.
Barton Community College theater students will fill the rolls of stage manager, cast member, director and everything in between as they present their annual student production at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Five community service providers representing nearly 800 people with developmental disabilities from across the state met recently in Great Bend and discussed the upcoming Legislative session. The Alliance for Kansans with Developmental Disabilities includes: Creative Community Living (Winfield, Ark City and El Dorado); Disability Supports of the Great Plains (Hutchinson and McPherson); Easter Seals Capper Foundation (Topeka); Quest Services (Hiawatha); and Rosewood Services, serving the central Kansas area.
Rosewood Furniture Gallery was filled with holiday cheer last Sunday with the annual "Holiday Tables Spectacular."
Severe Thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow across central and south central Kansas. The main threats include hail up to the size of golfballs and damaging winds. There is also a small chance of a tornado, with the better chance being on Saturday. Across eastern Kansas a strong storm with small hail and gusts to 50 mph may be possible.
A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners.
Local wheat tours for Barton County and neighboring counties are scheduled in May.
A Great Bend man said he swerved into a ditch to avoid a collision around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Barton County Road. The vehicle was not damaged but the driver reported he may have hurt his back.
Central Kansas Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired will sponsor an outreach event from 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. The event is a show and tell display of visual aids and devices to help low vision and blind individuals in their every day life.
RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main, Russell, will hold a free acoustic jam session followed by a potluck dinner this Sunday, April 19. The public is welcome to listen to the live music or bring an acoustic instrument to jam along starting at 3 p.m.. Bring a side dish for the dinner, which is served around 5:30 p.m.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Smokey Hill Public Television at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters Dale Hogg and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
A group of students from Central Plains High School recently toured the human cadaver lab and biology department at Cloud County Community College (CCCC).
At his Rice County Town Hall in Lyons on Thursday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), recognized the winners of the 2015 First Congressional District Art Competition including Alastair Brillart, the overall winner for his piece "Mind of an Artist."
Starting around Monday, April 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-56 Highway in Rice County. The survey area will include the section of US-56 highway 1,200 feet east and 1,200 feet west of the US-56 bridge over the overflow channel for the Little Arkansas River located 1.1 miles east of the US-56 highway intersection with K-46 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
Two people from Great Bend were arrested early Sunday after a driver initially refused to stop for a Great Bend Police officer, GBPD Chief Cliff Couch reported Monday.
Public presentation explores Kansas Culture and Archeology
The Great Bend Public Library's board of directors meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center at the library, 1409 Williams St.