One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
Barton Community College will host the Jingle Bell Swing big-band dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 16-piece big band made up of area musicians, from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.
Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:
The Barton Music Department will take its audience down memory lane and beyond as it hosts a Holiday Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice (GBHH&H) will offer a free community program called "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend.
The Barton County NAACP Branch 428 will celebrate their Freedom Fund Banquet and Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street, in Great Bend. The public is invited.
A seminar offered by Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend provides help for people who are grieving during the holiday season.
The Barton County DARE Officers Benefit Association is selling tickets for The World of Magic show featuring David Thomas, which will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Great Bend Auditorium. Proceeds will benefit the Drug Abuse and Resistance Education programs.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and if you want to help make profound change for lung cancer – the time is now!
Since 1978, individuals and groups in Sterling have cooperated to host one of the largest feasts in Kansas, the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Nov. 20, at the Great Bend Middle School, 1919 Harrison. Items on the agenda include information regarding the academic programs and school improvement efforts at Great Bend Middle School from Principal David Reiser and other staff members.
Susan Stambaugh, Great Bend High School vocal music instructor, said nearly all of her A Cappella Choir students are up for grabs in the rent-a-student fund raiser. The students have less than eight weeks left to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C.
The Rice County Historical Society will hold its annual meeting in the Community Room of the Lyons State Bank at 7 p.m. on Monday. A brief business meeting will be conducted and followed by a presentation from Dr. Donald Blakeslee, Professor of Anthropology, Wichita State University.
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.