This weeks Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Smokey Hill Public Television at the Great Bend Chamber and E.D. Conference Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Lynda Jamison with greeters Julie Smith and Allene Owen. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) is offering a possibly life-saving service during three weeks in March, which is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. The service is free of charge.
Dates have been set for USD 428's kindergarten round-up. The event is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug, 31 and planning to attend local schools in the fall.
The class will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, March 23 through May 2, at Lyons Good Samaritan Center, 1311 S. Douglas, in Lyons. Instructor is Linda Runge.
Throughout the month of March, residents of Sterling House Great Bend will be collecting socks for impoverished children of Brazil.
Grammy and Emmy award-winning musicians Bill Mize and Beth Bramhall will be featured in The Back Room of the Barton County Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The BCC Theatre will present "Too Many Sopranos," a one-act student-directed opera, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, on the stage of the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.
Toby, the 5-year-old spotted leopard at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, had his annual physical Wednesday, and a visit from local dentist and mayor Dr. Mike Allison.
Detective Heather Smith from the Great Bend Police Department will present "Warnings About Facebooking" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free program is open to adults and or youths 11 years of age and older accompanied by an adult.
The Bikers of Central Kansas raised more than $900 during its annual Chili Challenge to benefit Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice. The money will be used to help the non-profit agency pay for hospice patients' medications.
The Great Bend High School Forensic Team competed in the Nickerson Forensic Tournament on Saturday, Febr. 26. Eleven students competed and brought home 10 medals. They had four State Speech Championship qualifiers and placed fourth overall in sweepstakes. 29 schools competed at the tournament. The rankings are as follows:
Barton Community College is using star power to help raise money for a renovation project to upgrade its 40-year-old Fine Arts Auditorium. Barton's stars are 10 community members who will compete in a dance competition this spring that will initiate a fund drive and create awareness for the renovation project.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will have several activities for children in March, starting with the birthday celebration of "Green Eggs and Ham" author Dr. Seuss. There will also be free movies, and four days of scheduled activities during spring break, said Eric Coulbourne, children's librarian.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office and other area law enforcement agencies responded to several accidents last Thursday when the roads were icy.
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A rural Barton County man contacted the Barton County Sheriff's Office on Saturday to report an attempted fraud. He said he received a text that his Visa account had been "locked." He was given a number to call and was asked for secure information, which he did not provide. He also called his financial institution and was told nothing was wrong with his card.
Talaya Schwartz will talk about Health Homes, a new Medicaid service, at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thelma Harms Room, located in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.
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Two vehicles collided at 4:20 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 70, 2.2 miles east of the K-232 junction in Ellsworth County.
Barton County 4-H Junior Leaders will have 18-19-pound boxes of Colorado peaches available for $30 on Aug. 16. The 4-H members are earning money to help pay registration fees for Kansas Youth Leadership Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 to reserve a box.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.