On Nov. 2 the Great Bend High School Debate Squad competed at Salina-Sacred Heart's Debate tournament. Four teams competed in two divisions. In the novice division, Trae Black and Malia Clark placed 3rd. In the varsity division, Marissa Hoisington and Kameko Schultz placed 3rd. The debate squad placed 3rd in sweepstakes with 10 wins against 18 schools and 60 teams. The open teams, Kris and Michael Gieck and Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield, also competed just missed winning medals and contributed to the team's sweepstakes winning. The Great Bend High School Debate Squad plans on competing at Liberal ...
The week of November 11, Sunflower Diversified's recycling program will be collecting Electronic Waste and bicycles while joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will host a carry concealed handgun class on Nov. 16. This is a basic, eight-hour firearm safety class that Kansans must complete prior to application for a carry concealed license from the Kansas Attorney General's Office.
Nationally renowned artist Peter Eades has donated one of his paintings to the Shafer Art Gallery, at Barton Community College.
Most people experience a little forgetfulness now and then but for those who believe it has gone beyond that, a memory screening may be in order. And thanks to Sunflower Diversified Services, the screenings will be offered locally this month.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report that a 14-year-old girl was raped last month at an unknown location in the county.
The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports of parked vehicles being hit by unknown motorists in recent days.
The Great Bend Police Department received three burglary reports on Saturday.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports several accidents involving deer on county roads in recent days.
Prodigal Ministries, a local endeavor that helps homeless men get a fresh start, recently received a 12-passenger bus from the Great Bend campus of CrossPoint Church.
Barton Community College's Child Development Center had a Halloween parade for its kids on Thursday in the Kirkman Activity Center.
Trinity Ladies Fellowship at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend is accepting donations for a quilt that will be given away during a benefit supper.
MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.
Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
BY JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking With Gloria" from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. During this class, Gloria Hernandez, will be teaching how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WICHITA - A red flag warning for Barton County and Central Kansas has been issued for extreme grassland fire danger until. 7 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service in Wichita.
Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop March 25, at The Front Door on 1610 10th St. in Great Bend. This workshop is available to non-profit organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Stafford and Rush Counties who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.
Dr. Mike Allison announces his candidacy for Mayor of Great Bend.
My work experience in city government stretches from 1974 – 2012. I retired December 2012 after working as City Clerk/Finance Director for Great Bend. After retiring I was elected to the Great Bend City Council April, 2013. With my 38 years working in Governmental Finance and providing information to the City Councils and attending the City Council meetings over this period of time, it has given me a solid background in the workings of a city. During my tenure with the city I worked closely with the zoo director in the development of the zoo to meet AZA Requirements. With ...