Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.
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Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.
The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will deal with personnel matters at the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session for private discussion of personnel is on the agenda, followed by the renewal or non-renewal of faculty contracts for next year.
Barton County Historical Society will host "Kansas BC," a presentation and discussion by Donald Blakeslee, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Schulz Library at the Historical Society Museum. Barton County Historical Society is located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge at Great Bend on U.S. 281.
A benefit dinner for Charles Ultan Bahr to help with hospital costs will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olmitz. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a dessert will be served. There will also be a cash raffle. Charles is the son of Joey and Anita Bahr. A free will donation will be taken.
The Eagles Women's Auxiliary 646 donated $3,431 to the Kans for Kids radiothon fundraiser held March 27. The held an auction and faffle at the Eagles on the 21st to raise money for the organization that helps families who are facing a battle with childhood cancer. From left to right: Corry Herrman, Darlene Blake, Hunter (Ambassador) and Yvonne West.
Many of the Great Bend High School Band entries earned a trip to the State Music Festival by receiving a I at regionals last Saturday: Brass Sextet: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Michelle Rooney, Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland; and soloists: Eric Vazquez, Allison Regehr, Anna Frizell, Taylor Dougherty, Kaitlin Adams, and Andrew Curtright. II's were awarded to the Woodwind Trio: Shenay Lee, Kaia Parks, Daniella Astrain; the Brass Trio: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Andrew Curtright; and soloists: Shenay Lee, Daniela Astrain, Maycie Hestand, Michelle Rooney, Ben Diel, Michael Raymer, Ozioma Ofoma, Jordan Otten, and Kaia Parks. III's ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Pilot Club of Great Bend at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Connie Oetken and Julie Smith. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of flooring bid for Eisenhower Elementary School; approval of 2015-2016 BOE meeting schedule; approval to alter District Education Center summer schedule; assessments updates; grounds improvements; and licensed teacher resignations and licensed teacher appointments.
Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County's Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will hold a special board meeting for discussion of flower placement for Memorial Day at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1209 Williams, Great Bend. The public is invited to attend.
The Great Bend Public Library Board's next meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center of the library, 1409 Williams St. Unfinished businesses items on the agenda are heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the 2016 budget. "Safe Child Policy" is on the agenda as new busines.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will hear a report from the playground advisory committee when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The board will also discuss goals for the coming year. There will be an executive session for discussion of a personnel matter. Board action will be needed in connection with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) National Congress, set for Sept. 15-17.
The Barton Community College recital of instrumental and vocal performances that was scheduled for Thursday, May 7 has been rescheduled for noon on Monday, May 11 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
A traffic accident blocked traffic at Navajo Road and K-96 Friday morning in Great Bend. The accident involved a Chevrolet 1500 4x4 and a Toyota Corolla. Police report the driver of the Chevrolet truck failed to yield right of way at a stop sign and collided with the northbound Toyota. The Corolla sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene. The driver of the car was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital with possible injuries. Names of the drivers were unavailable.
Saturday May 30, 2015 the Kansas Wetlands Education Center along with the Central Kansas Photography Club will sponsor a day-long photography workshop. The workshop will feature Jim Griggs, photographer and founding father of the Great Plains Nature Photographers.