TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend consumers and especially persons at high risk for listeriosis to not eat cantaloupes marketed from Jensen Farms in the Rocky Ford region of Colorado due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious illness.
By Jim Misunas
A community "Music for Mission" Concert will be held in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 24th and Washington, on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. A variety of instrumental and vocal musical groups representing a diverse makeup of churches located in Great Bend will join together for an afternoon of musical praise to God, said Carol Woodmansee of the Presbyterian Church Mission Committee.
Friends of the Great Bend Public Library will be holding their annual Used Book Sale the third week in October. Donations of books to the sale from the public will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 30. The library is located at 1409 Williams in Great Bend. Donated books can be brought to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.
Chicago's legendary comedy theater, "The Second City," will appear at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center. The performance, sponsored by Fort Hays State University's University Activities Board, will feature some of the best sketches, songs and improvisations from Second City's 45-plus year history.
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Federal investigators on Saturday began looking into what caused a 74-year-old pilot to lose control of his World War II-era plane and crash near a VIP section at a Reno air race in an accident that killed three people and sent dozens to the hospital.
The anniversary tradition will continue with a balloon launch and other activities at Heartland Cancer Center (HCC), 204 Cleveland, on Sunday, Sept. 25.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center, in partnership with the Fort Hays State University's Department of Art and Design's ceramics program, will be hosting a recycling art exhibition beginning next week entitled "Second Nature: Art from Reclaimed Objects," and recycling art workshops in November.
A Great Bend man was transported to a Wichita hospital Thursday afternoon after he was injured in a work-related accident at Great Bend Industries, the Great Bend Fire Department reported.
Monday, Sept. 12, the TLC Discoveries kids made posters for the two fire stations thanking them for all they do and being our hometown Hero's. This idea came from Lexie Brack after watching all of the 9/11 shows on TV on Sunday. She wanted to do something for our firemen to thank them. So the kids all signed the posters and she took a car load to deliver them. They had a good time talking to the men and thanking them.
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced today that he is accepting applications for nominations to the United States Service Academies. The academies include the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Those selected will enter the academies in June 2012.
The Barton County Health Department will begin doing seasonal flu shots daily starting on Monday, Sept. 19, during regular clinic hours for anyone age 6 months and older. No appointment is necessary. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian, no physician's order needed. Pregnant women may receive the traditional inactivated influenza vaccine. Cost for influenza vaccine shots will be $24 or Medicare/Medicaid Card or Insurance assignment. Intradermal flu shots will also be available at the health department for people 18 to 64 years of age at $24.
At Mad about Monarchs from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 24, visitors can capture monarchs at the Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, northeast of Great Bend on K-156.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will inaugurate its 2011-12 season with a performance by the American Tenors, whose repertoire includes classical opera and hits from Broadway musicals, as well as music from the Great American Songbook and Neopolitan favorites.
Copier bids are on the agenda for the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, set for noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
On Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. the Great Bend High School counselors will present information for parents of juniors and seniors concerning life after high school. Topics included: scholarships, college applications, ACT, graduation credits, college visits, FAFSA checklists, Career Cruising, and PEP. The same information will be given each night.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to noon for a free breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice will be served. The breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
ELLINWOOD - The Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Plains chapter, will meet upstairs at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 620-791-8673.
From pumpkins to monsters, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., is showing its fall colors this month.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor a Fall Middle School Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Great Bend Activity Center, at 2715 18th St., for all Great Bend Middle School students. Admission is $5 with GBMS students ID. No hats will be allowed. Pizza will be available for $1 per slice. Popcorn and water will be provided.
The Model Association of Central Kansas invites the public to its Fun Fly, from 1 p.m. until dusk this Saturday, Oct. 11, at the MACK flying field. The field is located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. at 114 SW 20 Ave.
Members of the Knights of Columbus Club in Great Bend are asking the public to help them raise funds to pave the parking lot at their club, 723 Main Street, which is used for numerous public events. There will be a fried chicken dinner at the club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 12. Cost is $10 for a dinner with all the trimmings. There will be free hot dogs for kids 5 and under, and to-go boxes are available.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The Barton Community College Library will hold an art contest to determine the artwork for seven Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. Submissions can be done in any medium and must be postmarked by Nov. 10. Contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend accepts anonymous tips that may help solve crimes or recover stolen property. On Saturday, Oct. 4, just after midnight, Great Bend Police officers responded to an alarm at L&M Contractors on K-96. A garage door was found open, and it was determined a Stihl chain saw, chop saw, chipping hammer, transit, angle grinder and a 14-inch saw were stolen. Loss was $6,700.
At the Lyons Invitational Debate Tournament, the GBHS debate team placed first overall. In the novice division the three man team of Uriel Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4/1 win/loss record. Also in the Novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 6th with a 4/1 win/loss record. The open division the team of Kris Gieck and Carter Sheffield went undefeated with a 5/0 win/loss record placed 5th and the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath placed 7th with a 4/1 win/loss record ...
one2one presents the collaborative group exhibition "Pop-Machine" by current visiting Artist Rebecca Parks-Ramage,
It's time to dust off that recipe from last winter and make a big pot of chili for entry in the 5th Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. This year's event will take place on Lakin Street between Main and Kansas.
Great Bend Middle School parent/teacher conferences will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. Call the office, 620-793-1510, to schedule a conference time.