Despite predictions, rain failed to fall and dampen the spirits of nearly 50 children from across the state Wednesday as they took part in activities at the Rolling Hills Zoo, midway through their KidzKamp experience at the Webster Conference Center, 2601N. Ohio. Sponsored annually by Saint Francis Community Services, KidzKamp provides a place where children in foster care can forget their worries, form friendships and enjoy being a kid for three days at summer camp.
This summer, the Barton County 4-H Shooting Sports Program added a new discipline, Small Bore Rifle, to compliment the other disciplines, Air Rifle, Archery and Hunting Skills, that they already have in place.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, review of 2013-2014 budget, approval of BOE policies, approval of local consolidated plan allocations, approval of mill levy for Great Bend Recreation Commission, proposed BOE retreat, 5 R's for accreditation, college and career ready standards, professional development, assessments update, curriculum adoption schedule, approval to accept grant application/awards, licensed position changes for 2013-2014, project updates at GBMS and parking lot at Great Bend High School, and student transfer request report
The Suicide Prevention Task Force of the Central Kansas Partnership is holding the "Golden Belt Run for Life" with a family and friends survivors' ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Barton Community College. September is Suicide Prevention month and the local coalition wanted to promote Suicide Prevention in our community and hold an event that would help provide for needed community education.
Barton Community College will host an opening reception for the "Lineage" exhibit on Friday, August 16 from 6-8 p.m., which will showcase the impact art instructors have had on two emerging ceramic artists. Artwork from all of their past educators will be on display to illustrate the lineage, which will include a featured installation by Fort Hays State University Art Professor Linda Ganstrom. Music, refreshments and gallery talks will be provided. The show will run through August 30.
Brandi Demel has been a registered nurse for 13 years but in her position at Sunflower Diversified Services she is seeing the rewards of offering care and treatment in a new type of environment. Demel is the new full-time nurse at the non-profit agency.
Math and reading are great subjects for classroom settings, but Staff Sgt. Cory Payne said learning to save the life of a fellow soldier in the middle of a combat situation requires more than textbooks and whiteboards.
This year's Storm Co-Ed Benefit Softball Tournament, played Aug. 3 at Veteran's Fields in Great Bend, is in the books but the tourney certainly wasn't played by the book. Heavy and intermittent rain along with muddy field conditions prompted tournament organizers to delay play, shuffle schedules and, in the end, flip coins in order to complete the fifth-annual event.
WILBER, Neb. – Anna Hand of Ellsworth County was crowned as the national Czech queen at the Miss Czech Slovak U.S. pageant held in conjunction with the national Czech Festival Aug. 4 in Wilber, Neb.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about the person who shot at a Kansas Highway Patrol officer in his patrol car last month. At 12:56 a.m. on July 28, the trooper was driving east in the 1400 block of 10th St. in Great Bend when he heard a gunshot and the rear window glass shattered.
The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College is calling for entries for its national juried art exhibit "Choreography of Cranes." The deadline to submit work is Sept. 1. The exhibit is a collaborative effort between the Shafer Gallery and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center to raise awareness of the precarious plight of the endangered whooping cranes and the daunting task of conserving their habitat.
On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct selective enforcement from 7-9 a.m. on West Barton County Road. (10th Street Extension) between the Great Bend city limits and SW 70 Ave. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said officers will be paying particular attention to speed violations and occupant restraint usage.
It doesn't take long before new Great Bend area residents hear the name "Tim Miller." Miller (1940-2012) was one of the area's greatest businessmen and philanthropists, and his large company Tim Miller Enterprises was honored with the 2011 Business of the Year Award by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.
By Jim Misunas
The inaugural Windy Hill Disc Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 17, at Barton Community College as a fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life of Barton County. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and tee-off is at 9 a.m. for the 18-hole tourney. Entry fee is $10 per person and hole sponsorships are available for $50.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Dale Hogg and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
St. Johns Episcopal Church, located at the corner of 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend, will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.
The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing the spring order for frozen fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Feb. 25 and the fruit will arrive in late March or early April. Available are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries which are sliced and sugared, strawberries whole without sugar, loganberries, red pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and red rhubarb. Also available are freezer jam and purees.
USD 428 won't be running school bus routes to get children to school anytime soon, but this spring it will be implementing the Walking School Bus program at each of its five elementary schools.
Ellinwood High School was the place to be this past Sunday! Many people came out to enjoy dinner sponsored by the EHS band, and then ventured on over to the library to see the Smithsonian Exhibit. Dr. Michael Zogry, from Kansas University was our featured speaker. His topic was "Faith and Basketball", and he discussed Dr. James Naismith's connection with basketball and religion.
The staff of Great Bend Middle School invites parents to Parent/Teacher Conferences on from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23 and Tuesday, Feb. 24, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26th. Call the office at (620) 793-1510 to schedule a conference time.
The Ellinwood Community American Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday at St. Joseph's Parish Center. Call 800-733-2767 to schedule appointment. Walk-ins are welcome also.
The scheduled program at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave., titled, "Money Habitudes" at 1:00 p.m. today has been cancelled. It will still be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th. For more information call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail email@example.com.