TOPEKA - Sleeping bag? Check. Hiking boots? Check. Safety guidelines? A must! While the preparations for a family camping or hiking trip usually include a review of the necessary gear, parents should also review safety guidelines with their children, paying special attention to potential hazards specific to camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, water and falls.
By Jim Misunas
It's hot. We know, and our animals know it – including the animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College will be the site of an "elegant, afternoon high-tea fundraiser" reminiscent of 1800s England.
A Rice County woman's grandmother is terminally ill and unable to care for her granddaughter who has a developmental disability. The young woman, 18, is now in the residential program at Sunflower Diversified Services and soon will be in the non-profit agency's day-services program.
Stanion Wholesale Electric is responsible for one of the final finishing touches on the Habitat for Humanity house being completed at 1906 Hubbard in Great Bend. The local business donated all of the light fixtures needed to complete the three-bedroom home.
Tia McGraff, described as having "a voice stolen from angels," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the Ray Schulz Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, 85 South U.S. 281 (south of the Arkansas River bridge).
Special Assistant Attorney General Kevin O' Connor, who was the prosecutor during the Adam Longoria trial, speaks to a room full of area law enforcement professionals, Tuesday at Barton Community College. His topic was Systematic Responses to Sexual Assault. The day-long seminar was part of the Lee Turner Lectureship Series, an endowment-funded program designed to help law enforcement personnel meet continuing education requirements. There will be another session on Wednesday, July 25. The deadline to register is July 11.
RUSSELL - Eye patches will be in excess when the Russell Arts Council and Barton Community College cosponsor the summer musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.
Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout the state of Kansas will hold their annual Department Convention June 22-24 in Great Bend at the Highland Hotel.
One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.
By Jim Misunas
Addison Westhoff, Grace Ball and Kaeli Amerine pose for a photo with Sen. Ruth Teichman and Gov. Sam Brownback, on March 26 when the girls served as pages. The girls are students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend.
The Hon. Mike Keeley, Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District headquartered at Great Bend, Thursday was elected president of the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA), during the association's annual meeting in Overland Park.
Kansans for Life, the state's largest pro-life organization, completed the project to restore the "Abortion Stops a Beating Heart" billboard between Great Bend and Ellinwood last week, and will rededicate the sign on Monday.
The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the second quarter entries for the Focus on the Byway photo contest. Entries for the third quarter are being accepted now, said Cris Collier, president of the visitors bureau.
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.