In an effort to encourage employment over welfare dependency, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced Wednesday, that it will allow a federal waiver to expire. The waiver currently allows adults, ages 18 to 49, who are capable of working but who are not employed and who do not have dependent children to receive food assistance. Those individuals currently benefitting from the waiver will be required to meet a minimum work requirement or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program.
Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.
Traffic stops after a Pontiac Bonneville SE and Ford F-150 truck collide at Broadway and Harrison, around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. There was also a collision at the intersection Friday afternoon. The intersection was once a regular spot for traffic accidents, before the city removed part of the center island and added a left-turn lane on the east side of Broadway in 2011. Now collisions are not a regular event at Broadway and Harrison.
About 300 auction-goers decked out in "Denim and Diamonds" came together to raise money for Barton Community College scholarships and program enhancements at the Barton Foundation's 35th annual Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 24.
Monarch madness is spreading to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, where the annual "Mad About Monarchs" event takes place Sept. 14. Participants have the opportunity to capture and tag monarch butterflies in the sunflower-filled fields surrounding KWEC, and join in other butterfly-related activities.
The Great Bend Public Library is holding a Halloween Costume Drive sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. From now until Nov. 9, old costumes may be dropped off at the library during business hours, to help kids get costumes for Halloween.
Noting there were no safety concerns and to avoid harming a local business, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lessened the distance a large fireworks stand has to be from surrounding structures.
Party in the Park: Oozefest Mud Volleyball Tournament is planned for Saturday, Sept. 21 at Veterans Memorial Park. Oozefest organizers are seeking volleyball teams to enjoy a day of mud volleyball in the park.
TULSA, Okla. - Rosewood Ranch's third year competing in the National Snaffle Bit Association World Championship Show proved to be its toughest challenge of three appearances. Still, the riders persevered, taking home 14 top-10 finishes with two Rosewood riders recording top-3 finishes, which included Rosewood's Jamie Crone winning reserve grand champion.
Beverly Davis, Earl Lumpkins and Bernita Degenhardt of Great Bend were honored for their service to the elderly at the February Senior Companion Program in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center on Aug. 21st. Davis has served 10 years; Lumpkins, nine years and Degenhardt, five years with the Program. Senior Companions offer friendship and assistance with daily living activities to older persons needing help to live independently.
Bradley R. Penka, an expert on barbed wire and post rock history, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Barton County Historical Society meeting. The program, which will be held at the historical society museum, is free and open to the public.
The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will sell walking tacos and hold a bake sale from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. NAMI is a free support group for individuals living with mental illness, and their family members. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-342-3975
HOISINGTON - Everyone 21 years and over is invited to play in a Texas Hold'em poker tournament to raise funds for area charities. The tournament will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 North Main.
Barton Community College has announced its 2014-15 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors each year. The winners this year were Jordan Tebow of Quinter and Kami Maxwell of Odin.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the placing of flowers at Great Bend Cemetery, the Community Improvement District public hearing and ordinance for the new Holiday Inn Express and the Kansas Department of Transportation Federal Funds Exchange Program.
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 introduction of the new Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, the purchase of a replacement Sheriff's Office patrol car and a report on city-wide clean-up efforts.
DeletebodycopySure, the Great Bend High School Mass Production II students know how to design and produce drink coasters, but it's a safe bet that all their mothers are hoping the teenagers learn how to use them, as well.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by AT&T Wireless, 3407 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Cindy Parr and Dale Hogg. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Girl Scout Brownies in Troop 11142 recently conducted a sweet community service project at the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend. They made and delivered 50 chemo kits filled with journals of inspirational pictures and quotes, along with pens, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion, candy and mints. They also made special kits with toys for children.