The Dust Bowl era series, "It blew So Hard" will have the second meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8, at the Kinsley Library. Ninety-four people from Central and Western Kansas attended the first meeting in January.
There are still a few openings for the Feb. 7, winter kid's program, "Fabulous Feathers." Take an up close look at feathers, from colors to function, discover what makes feathers special and make a feather star. Designed for children ages 6 through 12, the program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at no charge.
Barton County residents will have several opportunities to donate blood this month, starting with a drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at St. Rose Health Center, 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.
The Barton Community College Performing Arts Department will host "Scholarship Day" auditions on Thursday, Feb. 12. Current or prospective students may contact the Music Department to set up a time to audition for music or theatre scholarships or performance awards. Awards are available for performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors alike.
Justin John Michael Cook, 32, Hutchinson, is charged one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Office Wichita spokesman John Cross said.
Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at the high school. The luncheon is scheduled for at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at StoneRidge Country Club. The Class of 2014 inductees include Aerospace Engineer and 1963 graduate of GBHS, George Nossaman, and Great Bend's long-time "Voice of the Panthers," Randy Goering. Tickets are $15. To purchase a ticket for the luncheon, sponsor a table at the luncheon, or to make a donation to the Hall of Fame, contact the Activities Office at 620-793-1560.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central National Bank Lending Office, 1916 N Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Curtis Wolf and Sara Panning. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Jefferson School faculty and staff scored big time, but the United Way of Central Kansas was really the big winner. Jefferson School had a whopping 78 percent participation rate in the recent United Way fund drive, up from just 25 percent last year. The school won bragging rights and the travelling trophy held by Eisenhower School last year. The school will also be the site of a dunk tank featuring Superintendent Brad Reed in May. Increased participation district wide made USD 428 one of the top businesses in the area.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Walking School Bus" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
An injury accident was reported at 3:34 p.m. Sunday on East U.S. 56 and SE 90 Ave. According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, a Dodge Journey driven by Rodney A. Drake, 37, Great Bend, was westbound when it crossed the center line, nearly striking another vehicle, and left the roadway to the south. The vehicle struck the ditch, then struck the railroad tracks, crossed the tracks and rolled, coming to rest on its top and facing east.