Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.
Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street on from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
The mosaic, artistic, eccentric, sunken toilet, Bowl Plaza, public restroom at Lucas has been selected as a "Top 10 finalists for America's Best Restroom." Voting begins now. The public is invited to cast a ballot for a favorite restroom online at www.bestrestroom.com through Oct. 31. You can vote today and every day. Please help Lucas win over other entries from Florida, Missouri, Washington, DC, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Texas.
A Toastmasters group is forming in Great Bend and will hold its first meeting from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 2701 17th St.
Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek has been invited to showcase his work at the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery a special invitational show, "Embracing Nature." His work will be on display from Sept. 9 through Oct. 19, with an evening, nature-themed reception on from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will award the bid for this year's T-shirt order when the board meets at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. Bid specifications will also be approved for a copier.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the presentation of an insurance dividend check, an appointment to the Workforce Investment Board and the selection of Kansas Association of Counties convention delegates.
Four people were injured Thursday night when two vehicles collided on K-96 at NW 30 Ave., 3 miles northwest of Great Bend.
The City of Great Bend will have its annual public auction at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12, in front of the Great Bend Police Department, 1217 Williams St.
By Jim Misunas
On Thursday boys and their families will be able to sign up for Scouting during the Great Bend Sign up for Scouting night. There is no registration fee and every boy that signs up to be a scout will get a free subscription to Boys Life Magazine. Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades. The program combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect. Last year, more than 250 youth participated in scouting programs across the area. The Boy Scouts of America ...
Kimberly Becker, director of the Central Kansas Dream Center, will be the featured speaker at the next NAMI meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Since new guidelines for treating high blood pressure announced earlier this year haven't received much public attention, David Gile, M.D., wanted to share the information – if for no other reason than to stress the importance of blood pressure checks.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Creepy Crawly," a free Stop 'N Learn session, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
A Russell man was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 281, 15 miles south of Russell in Barton County.
From Nov. 1 through March 31, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located northwest of Great Bend on K-156, is closed on Mondays. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. After that, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. The Education Center will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center staff will lead a guides tour through Cheyenne Bottoms starting at 5:30 Tuesday, Oct. 28. Tours will begin and end at the KWEC, 592 NE K-156, Great Bend. From there, participants will board the KWEC van for a tour to find groups of cranes in the Cheyenne Bottoms area.
Share the holiday spirit and save money on a delicious meal. A complete Thanksgiving dinner all together in one box ready to unpack and cook. The "Holiday Dinner Pak" from Prairie Land Food includes: one 12-14 lb. whole turkey (uncooked), sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, oranges, apples, and a pumpkin pie (24 oz), all for $34. Consider purchasing an extra one for someone you know who could use a bit of joy. Large orders from groups or organizations will be accepted now through Nov. 11.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Riley Elementary School, 1515 10th Street. Items on the agenda include change in teacher recruitment software and approval to accept an anonymous donation of $5,000 for playground equipment at Park Elementary school. Riley Elementary School Principal JoAnn Blevins and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Riley.
The Touched By Cancer (TBC) support group meeting for Nov. 21 has been canceled due to conflicts. The next meeting for the group will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Heartland Cancer Center.
Sisters of Hope, a new support group for recently widowed women, is planning an informational "meet and greet." It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Fireside Room at First Assembly of God Church, 601 S. Patton Road in Great Bend.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is hosting a hunting showcase at 10 a.m. today at HorseThief Reservoir in Jetmore to spotlight the economic benefits of Kansas hunting and fishing and to release the 2014 Tourism Economics data.
GBHS Band and Orchestra students are selling Cherrydale products through Nov. 2, for their 2016 trip. There are many food items as well as a wide variety of gift items. Items can also be ordered online and sent directly to someone. The items will arrive around Dec. 4. Call GBHS (620-793-1521, ext. 189) and leave a message to have someone place your order or answer any questions.
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 letter of support for a Sunflower Diversified Services grant application to KDOT and the Kansas Association of Counties legislative platform.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Karmi Green and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Parkinson's disease patients who want to enhance their vitality, balance and coordination may benefit from an upcoming presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
It is not just the physical layout of the Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) that will change as the facility grows by 10,000 square feet.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on whether to start a college wrestling program. The board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Personnel and a monitoring report on service regions is also on the agenda.