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 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.