Kick off spring gardening with a workshop about making your own faux stone pots for succulents. The first in a year-long series of hands-on exploration workshops is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. Carolyn Bigham and Doris Johnson will help participants explore some of the possibilities for creating custom garden pots using a mix of concrete, vermiculite and plaster. Objects can be cast in a rough mold and then further embellished with carving before the mixture hardens completely. Students can try their hand at carving on a small ...
On Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, the Stone Church in Luray will be transformed into a huge railway system of blue-track Thomas trains just waiting for young engineers and playful adults. Besides the trains and yards and yards of track, there will be concessions available from the trackside depot. The playday runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Kansas Wetlands Education Center is celebrating Earth Day 2013 with solar-baked cookies, organic gardening, nature art and alternative energy vehicles. The free public event runs from 1:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the KWEC, located 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156 just inside Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Author Sandy Barnard will discuss George Armstrong Custer during a joint meeting of the Barton County Historical Society and the Quivira chapter of the Santa Fe Trail Association on Monday, April 22. Barnard, a well known Custer expert, will provide the program, "Where Custer Fell and Where is He Buried?" at 7:30 p.m. at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located south at 85 South U.S. 281 – just south of the Arkansas River bridge in Great Bend.
The odds are against animals at the Golden Belt Humane Society. Found dumped in ditches our brought in by people who don't want them, the animals are kept as long as possible in hopes that someone will adopt them.
Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Heartland Cancer Center. Guest speak will be Dr. Ana Refinetti, MD, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. Dr. Refinetti is a surgeon, providing general surgery services, with a specialization in breast surgery.
Great Bend Community Theatre wraps up its 2012-13 season this month with "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," opening Thursday. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 21.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the possible replacement of an historic stone bridge near Claflin, a National Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation, an emergency vehicle designation for Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac and new doors for the Health Department.
Great Bend First United Methodist Church and Trinity Methodist Church will co-sponsor the Shoot For No Malaria contest Sunday, April 14 at the GBHS Panther Activity Center. All proceeds will go to "Imagine No Malaria." Funds received will purchase mosquito netting and help in educating people in tropical, under-developed nations where malaria is still a menacing killer.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present the Side Street Strutters with their newest offering of jazz entertainment titled "Shiny Stockings" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium.
Incredible Years (IY) Preschool wasn't even 4 years old last fall but it already had a long waiting list. Now, because of an upcoming expansion, the list will be cut down to size this fall, Director Shari Schneider said.
Sunflower Diversified will celebrate the Earth Day April 15-20 by partnering with Barton County Solid Waste Department and collecting Electronic Waste and Bicycles for recycling at its 5523 10th St. location.
ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
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Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director
Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.
June 27, 2015|
Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune
with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope
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 update on the avian flu from K-State Extension, a review of the Kansas County Appraiser's Association annual Business conference from Appraiser Barb Esfeld, the replacement of an Appraiser's Office vehicle and appointments to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee.
HAYS – President Mirta M. Martin of Fort Hays State University was in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to testify about the university's experience with its China programs to a subcommittee of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.