Thanks to three recent gifts, Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be able to offer guided tours – over a cell phone.
Leadership Golden Belt graduated 15 participants from the three-month leadership training program on Nov. 21. Key note speaker, Larry Straub, Chairman and CEO of Straub International kicked off the celebration with a formal graduation ceremony following. The Leadership Golden Belt Class of 2011 joins a growing alumni class, with now four years of alumni.
The public is invited to the Delta Tau chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha's annual holiday auction Monday, Dec. 5 at the Best Western in Great Bend. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to view auction items, with bidding beginning at 7 p.m.
Great Bend's Home for the Holidays Parade was Nov. 26.
Two people sustained possible injury in a four-wheeler accident at 318 Cottonwood Drive, about 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Erin Hemphill's patients have always made progress but now she hopes to see even better results for those with neurological voice disorders.
Great Bend Community Theatre will present a holiday classic with a twist: "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play."
Barton Community College student ambassador Reba Hickel makes a phone call to one of the BCC Foundation's many generous donors Monday evening. Hickel and seven other ambassadors spent their evening making the calls as part of the organization's annual Thank-a-Thon, where donors are simply thanked for their generosity to, and support for, Barton Community College and its students.
The Barton County Young Professionals group got a makeover last Friday, when over 100 men and women attended a mixer at Straub International. Although the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development has sponsored a Young Professionals group for some time, sponsors said the mixer was the kickoff for a revitalized group for working people between the age of 21-40.
A Great Bend man who sustained minor injuries after the semi-trailer he was driving went off a county road on Saturday was later arrested for alleged traffic violations.
A Christmas Bagpipe Recital featuring Pipe Major Ian Briggs, McPherson, will be held after the St. John Christmas Around the Square festivities at 7 pm on Dec. 3, in the community room of Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library. There will be a free will donation.
Barton Community College faculty have some added capabilities thanks to the generosity of those who support the college's annual sporting clay shoot in April, which raised nearly $10,000.
Baleigh Fry of Great Bend took home top honors from two recent events for music students.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.
A public presentation on the threatened status of the lesser prairie-chicken is offered by Grass Roots Environmental Advocacy Team (GREAT) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Convent at 3600 Broadway St. in Great Bend.
Presbyterian Women of Great Bend will hold a giant Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 11, in the church Fellowship Hall at 24th and Washington St. The tables will be full this year with a wide variety of items in good condition mostly priced at 25 cents. Select items will be priced higher.
The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments from 6:30 to about 8:30 p.m. on Monday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center located in Sheridan Hall on the Fort Hays State University campus at 600 Park Street in Hays. The court will greet the public in an informal reception following oral arguments. A live video stream of the proceedings will be available through the Fort Hays State University website at www.fhsu.edu/homepage/Events/Kansas_Supreme_Court/. Archived recordings of the proceedings will be available the week following the hearings on the Kansas Supreme Court Archived Oral ...
Students and parents could view a number of classroom projects at the Central Kansas Christian Academy, held March 31 at the school.
Upcoming fundraisers for Immanual United Church of Christ, 701 N. Fritz St. in Ellinwood:
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a National Public Safety Telecommunications Week proclamation, the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial and the 2015 paint striping program.
Drive-cam video shows distraction a factor in 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes
Ellinwood High School Prom 2015 will be held at Ellinwood High School on April 11th. Prom decorations may be viewed by the public from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Promenade will begin at 6 p.m. on the east side of the high school. The prom theme for this year will be Candy Land. The dance will end at 11 p.m. Transportation to After Prom will be on the north side of the high school.
A free program for caregivers of senior citizens will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Current and future drought and water issues will be the main topic of discussion at the April 12, meeting of "It Blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" The meeting will be held at the Kinsley Library from 2-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
In the Hoisington USD 431 School Board election results listed in the Great Bend Tribune Wednesday morning, there was an error in the vote totals for the two Position 3 candidates. Maggie Alderice and Shannon Donovan. The correct totals for all the candidates are below.
The end of another very competitive grant cycle has come, bringing with it 28 applications and over $115,000 in grant application requests. Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the March competitive grant cycle and awarded 13 charitable organizations a combined total of $28,860. Awards were granted to programs and projects within Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford Counties.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "The Skinny On Complete Streets," a free Stop 'N Learn program, at noon Wednesday, April 8, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. "Complete streets" are context sensitive and allow for the movement of people as well as automobiles. Representatives from Be Well Barton County will talk about accessible walking, traffic calming measures and how trails encourage economic growth.
Heartland Farm is offering "Compost 101," Thursday evening, April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.