The Great Bend Public Works Department will open a gate across the flood control levee system at south Washington Street sometime the Friday afternoon, said City Engineer Rob Winiecke. This is meant to provide access to the Arkansas River for all-terrain and off-road vehicles. Winiecke saod users are advised to be mindful of pedestrians and to stay outside of the fenced areas (including the levees).
With the 2012-13 school year wrapping up, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has a short agenda for the next regular meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Trustees will hear a report on academic advancement.
Registrations are being accepted for the Barton Community College Foundation's sixth annual Clay Shoot, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Serving, 3721 183rd St., Russell. The last shoot begins at 3 p.m.
A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...FOR BARTON COUNTY, IN ADDITION TO ELLSWORTH, RUSSELL AND RICE COUNTIES AND THOSE COUNTIES WEST AND NORTH OF GREAT BEND.
Ellinwood is known for an array of antique shops, and in the last year a new one has been added, Santa Fe Trail Antiques and Collectibles. Opened last September by Fred Troyer, it features quality pottery, glassware and furniture.
The final 2013 Lenten Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 27, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. The Rev. Lennie Maxwell is host pastor and the speaker will be the Rev. Leroy Keith, First Baptist Church. Serving begins at noon – not earlier – and lunch ends at 1 p.m. Freewill offerings will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation. The public is invited to attend.
NEWTON - A former employee with the Newton Chamber of Commerce has been charged with stealing from the organization.
Vixey, the new white arctic fox at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, is ready to move to a display for public viewing. Members of the Great Bend Zoo Society can be among the first to see her at 6 p.m. Friday. This after-hours event is for members only, but new memberships will be accepted, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The cost for a family is $25 a year. Starting Saturday, everyone who comes to the zoo during regular hours will be able to see Vixey, who is named after the fox in Disney's animated film, "The Fox ...
The Great Bend Pilot Club sells geraniums each year and then uses the profit to help with their community projects, with an emphasis on protecting the brain. They reach over 800 young students (per year) acting out and telling them how to protect their brain. The organization has been responsible for getting a lift for the pool at Club 1 Fitness so that stroke victims can get into the pool and exercise. In 2010, the club provided Wiis for four different organizations. Approximately 25 car booster seats were provided to families of children in head-start program in 2011 and more ...
Holy week is a time in which many people reflect on their lives and spirituality. Barton Community College will offer a chance to supplement this reflection through a series of interactive art lectures, "The Painted Word: Holy Week Meditations," from noon to 1 p.m. March 25-27 and 29 at the Shafer Art Gallery.
Edwin O. Roberts is a candidate for the Great Bend City Council, Ward I. Below is a biography he submitted.
In the vast world of normalcy, Jeremy Cale exists on the fringe. His best days in life are spent camping in the great outdoors and living as a full-fledged mountain man. Creating art around that lifestyle has been his enduring passion. Cale is a nature artist, turning antlers and other wilderness relics into remarkable pieces of art.
SALINA – Starting Monday, the 2013 High Plains Showcase will begin receiving entries from performers interested in competing in the event. The Showcase, produced in part by Salina Arts & Humanitiesne, places an emphasis on drawing talent from the western part of the state. In its first year, it will feature satellite concerts in Garden City, Hays, Great Bend, and Colby. Event dates – running from March 23 to April 27 – are staggered so that performers may enter more than one. Some of them will take place in conjunction with already established community events, such as the 18th Annual Central Kansas Spring Expo ...
Efforts to improve the Great Bend Convention Center will be one topic when the Great Bend City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. Other items on the agenda will include the Cinema 6 theater, a request from the organizers of the Big Bend Bike Rally and Blizzard Energy.
A slow and gentle approach to yoga will be demonstrated during the next Interactive Television (ITV) presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is free and open to the public.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality show the movie "October Sky," originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled due to weather.
The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking Sunday, March 1 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m.
The Students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present the musical "Don't Rock the Art" on Saturday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend the program at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. at the church, or at 2 p.m. at Sterling House.
The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.
Golden Belt Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. Rose Foundation, the fund will continue a vision of helping local people.
Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a continuation course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis club are selling tickets to next week's Pancake Feed. The 57th annual pancake and sausage dinner will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Expo I building west of Great Bend. Tickets are $4 and will also be available at the door. Proceeds allow the Kiwanis to sponsor many of the activities for youth and needs of many individuals in the Great Bend area.
Due to the potential for winter weather, the demonstration by and reception for Joel T Dugan in the Shafer Art Gallery scheduled for Feb. 27 has been postponed until March 6. The new times for the portrait paintings demonstration are 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 6. The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 6. Dugan will be explaining the story he is telling in the cycle of narrative images and also the symbolism to be found there.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Assembly of God, 601 South Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Matt Aycock with greeters Terry Lewis, Shawn Panzer and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
At the Greensburg Speech Tournament on Saturday, six students competed and seven events placed. Carter Sheffield qualified all three of his events to state again of by placing 1st in Serious Solo Acting, 1st in Poetry Reading Interpretation and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.
Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear
Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.
Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...
The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting. Treasurer Lenny Gales will accept dues of $20 from those who have not paid.