Great Bend city workers discovered extensive vandalism of Trail of Lights lighting displays at Veterans Park Friday morning during a routine check of the area and reported damage to Great Bend Police. The majority of the damage was done to the "12 Days of Christmas" displays on the north end of the park, in addition to a Santa and sleigh display pulled down on the roof of the picnic shelter and two displays in front of the shelter mangled and pushed over.
Continuing in its long-standing tradition, the First United Methodist Church of Great Bend will offer a Christmas Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23, in the church sanctuary. Church musicians and guests from other congregations have put together a program of sacred and secular music, said Marc Webster at the church.
Barton Community College Phi Theta Kappa members Michelle Klepper of Ellinwood and Jeff Pike of Great Bend helped load and deliver more than 1,000 items collected for the Family Crisis Center of Great Bend last Tuesday, Dec. 11, as part of the Family Crisis Christmas Drive. Phi Theta Kappa is an academic honor society that places on an emphasis on community service and involvement.
DODGE CITY - Throughout January and February, Catholic Social Service is hosting a four-part workshop series for couples in southwest Kansas who would like to know more about what it takes to adopt an infant. The first three workshops take place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City on Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8. These programs will address fears, definitions, what to expect and legal issues. The final workshop, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 16, will feature a panel of individuals and couples who ...
Kansans who enjoy visiting the state parks can count on at least two annual rituals – renewing their vehicle registrations and buying their annual park permits. Currently, these tasks must be completed on separate occasions, at different buildings or online locations, and using separate transactions. That's about to change, thanks to a partnership between the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR).
Christmas season symbolism was epitomized Sunday afternoon at the Shafer Art Gallery's annual Holiday Open House, which featured more than a dozen Christmas trees, two electric train sets complete with miniature villages, live holiday music from Native American musician John Two-Hawks and the big man in red himself – Santa Claus.
The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
International touring songstress Tia McGraff will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at noon Thursday poolside at the Highland Hotel. The program will be provided by the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pop Singers.
The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
Tickets are now on sale for the next "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, set for Jan. 19, 2013, at Grace Community Church. The event is a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.
Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. Cost is $29 plus two hours of volunteer time for a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Rd. For more information, call 620-282-3086.
Editors Jamie Oss and Teresa Johnson of Barton Community College's annual literary publication, Prairie Ink, have begun accepting entries for its sixth edition.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Let's Hang On!" in a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Members of Epsilon Sigma Alpha in Great Bend have issued the "Choctober Challenge" by creating a fundraising event for chocolate lovers. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard.
Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a course on Google and Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 22-Dec. 3 at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
For people who have ever thought about picking up carpentry or woodworking as a hobby or for those who are just wanting to enhance their existing skillset, Barton Community College is offering woodworking courses from 6 to 9:45 p.m. on Mondays from Nov. 3 to Feb. 23 at Ellsworth High School, 211 W. 11th St. in Ellsworth.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton County Historical Society, South Main Street, 85 US 281 Highway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jim Vopat with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Kristy Straub. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
TheGreat Bend Recreation Commission will host "Healthy Homes," a free program about indoor air quality. Donna Krug, Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent, will present the information at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
one2one and Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio & Gallery in Lucas will host an event with Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21, at one2one/Eric Abraham's Flying Pig Studio & Gallery, 123 South Main Street in Lucas.
Barton County Farm Bureau along with the Ellinwood EMS personnel will host a CPR and First Aid training on Oct. 29th. This three to four hour class will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will certify participants for two years. The training will take place at the Ellinwood Fire Station located at 209 W. 1st in Ellinwood. Registration is limited. Call Barton County Farm Bureau at 620-792-2236 or Ellinwood EMS at 620-564-2408 to have your name added to the participant list. The fee for taking the class is $25 for Farm Bureau members and $30 for non members.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include: recognition of the Horizon Award nominee and R.O.S.E. Award; GBHS Vocal Music proposed trip to Washington, D.C.; KASB Delegate Assembly official delegate; Title VI B and Early Childhood budget; district support plan for "On Watch" schools; schedule for curriculum day; Kansas Committees that Care Survey; Project Lead the Way proposal for GBMS and GBHS; project updates on transportation future projects planning; approval of contribution to Jefferson Elementary School; term ...
The Great Bend Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams are competitive on and off the court.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an appointment to the Barton County Community Development Advisory Board, the Sheriff's Office impound sale and an appointment to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.