Since becoming mayor, the City of Great Bend has once again become a community that looks to the future. These 14 years have witnessed a complete turnaround in Great Bend; from "the last one out of town, turn out the lights" to a growth attitude with many stepping forward with ideas and investment. The population of Great Bend has increased from 14,750 to more than 16,000 ..
A wide variety of auction items have been collected but Sunflower Diversified Services can always use more for its annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, director of development.
Wanita Reinert and Luther Keil were crowned King and Queen last Tuesday at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day. Crowning was followed by a singing performance by the Jefferson first graders, instructed by music teacher Paige Nowlan.
While the words "happy" and "cancer" don't often go together, a local Interactive Television (ITV) presentation will explore ways that patients can learn to increase their happiness.
Ellinwood artist Robert Joy will have his work exhibited in the display cases in the Fine Arts Building through mid-March.
TOPEKA – During National Burn Awareness Week held earlier this month, Safe Kids Kansas reminded parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries – children can also be seriously injured by hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.
The Grass Roots Environmental Action Team (GREAT), a gathering of Barton, Pawnee and Rush County residents, presents a series of environmental films January through April, in Great Bend and Larned. This film series is free to the public. Films and schedule are:
The Great Bend High School lady Panther basketball team will once again be participating in the annual "Pink Out" event with Hays High on Friday, Feb. 22, at Hays High School. In conjunction with the game we will be selling "Pink Out" T-shirts. Orders are due Thursday and can be placed with Cathie McManaman in the Clubs Office located in Great Bend High School. Because shirts are being printed in Hays, they will not be able to accept any orders after Thursday. The shirts cost $10 for sizes up to extra large, $12 for 2XL and $13 for 3XL. Shirts ...
Great Bend Community Theatre's valentine to audience members is a romantic comedy, "Enchanted April."
Ticket sales for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are available in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Highland Convention Center. The 2012 inductees include 1968 graduate, Karla (Bender) Leibham and Bill McKown, class of 1974. Tickets are $15. Those planning to attend, but have not sent an RSVP, or wish to purchase tickets, can contact the Activities Office at 620-793-1560.
The Great Bend High School Forensics Team traveled to two tournaments, on Feb. 2nd. One group went to Kinsley and the other went to South Barber High School (Kiowa). Both teams placed 4th overall in sweepstakes and competed against approximately 20 different schools at both tournaments. Six students competed at the Kinsley tournament. Three students qualified to finals in the Informative event. Kameko Schultz placed 2nd, Riley Jones placed 3rd and Rebecca Clark placed 6th. In Original Oration event, Clara Kachanes placed 1st qualifiying to the State Championship Tournament and Jesus Sandoval placed 3rd. In Humorous Solo Acting Schultz placed ...
TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan today unveiled a pilot project to provide persons served on the Home and Community Based Services Intellectually/Developmentally Disabled (I/DD) program with full participation in the KanCare system. The project is scheduled to begin March 1, and will last for 10 months.
In honor of Black History Month, children's author Angela Bates will offer a look at the historical African American settlement town of Nicodemus, circa 1877. Her presentation, "The History of Nicodemus Through the Eyes of a Child," will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the Barton Community College Learning Resource Center, with refreshments to follow.
Visiting Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo may be good for your health – physical and mental.
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.
Animal Medical Center recently hosted over 130 members of the Barton County Young Professionals group for a networking mixer, and welcomed over 60 new members. Those in attendance enjoyed free food, social and professional networking opportunities, and drawings for over $1,000 in door prizes.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association's annual report, the snow and ice removal policy and the Heartland Ag water main expansion project.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes Special Alcohol Funding, an update on the cleaning of a drainage ditch in Ellinwood and a report on the Kansas Association of Counties conference last week in Wichita.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for sections of central Kansas, including Barton, Russell, Ellsworth and McPherson counties.The Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday.
Sunflower Early Education Center will perform free screenings on all children from birth through 2 years and 10 months from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher Resource Center located in the old Washington School. Screening will include developmental milestones, hearing and vision. Sunflower professionals will answer questions about child development and make recommendations to keep children on track. To schedule an appointment call Sunflower Early Education Center at 792-4087.
Join us at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell for the Pickin' Jam Session will be held on Sunday. Bring your acoustic instrument and play along or just come to listen, sing, and dance. Jammin' starts at 3:30 p.m. Bring a dish and have dinner. Potluck is served around 5:30 p.m.
RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 North Main in Russell, will honor its members with a Night at the Deines, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. It will be a special evening of delicious hors d'oeuvres and two art exhibits from Great Bend.
The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir will host a garage sale from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Panther Activity Center. Items include appliances, computers, household items, clothing and everything in between.
It's required reading for most high school students. It's regarded by many as the great American novel. There have been numerous film versions of the story but only one musical version. "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" based on Mark Twain's classic will be presented at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 13, 14 and 15, in the school's theatre. Director Betsy Dutton calls the show a "rewarding challenge."
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Floral & Gifts, LLC, 1913 Lakin, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Upcoming events at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., have a science-fiction theme.
At the Moundridge Invitational Debate Tournament the GBHS debate squad placed second in sweepstakes. In the open division the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath had a 4-1 win/loss record and placed 3rd. In the novice division the three man team of Urial Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4-1 win/loss record. Also in the novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 8th with 3/2 win/loss record. Everyone on the team placed. The team plans to compete at KMC next weekend.