Great Bend took five teams to compete at the Buhler Invitational Debate tournament and tied for 3rd in team sweepstakes out of 28 schools. There were 55 teams in both the Open and Novice divisions. Nate Cheney and Spencer Johnson had a 3-2 win loss record in the Novice Division. Alex Smith and Mickey McNett ended the day with a 2-3 win/loss record in the Open Division. Also in the Open Division Michael Gieck and Paige VanSteenburgh finished with a 3-2 record. Courtney Seever and Nathan Stoulil competed in open to finish with a 4/1 win/loss record ...
TIMKEN – The Timken Hill and the Timken Fire Department are teaming up for a hamburger feed fund raiser for cancer victim Jeanette Holopirek from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the restaurant, just off K-96 outside of Timken. There will be a free-will donation. For more information, contact Linda Hampton at 620-285-7455.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars announces that State Service Officer, Larry Rowlison from the Wichita VA office will be at the Great Bend Post 3111, 504 Washington, at 9 a.m. on Nov. 5 to help veterans and families with V.A. claims.
Tickets are now available for purchase to the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner. The fund raiser is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the Highland Hotel. Tickets are $50 each, the same price as when the fund raiser started in 1989.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers will host their annual "Carve-n-Show" event on Oct. 22 and 23 at the Great Bend Senior Center, located at 2005 Kansas Street. The public is invited to attend from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Local wood carvers will be displaying completed wood carvings and will be working on projects in progress.
After learning that kindergarten teachers in Kansas reported that as many as half of their students enter school without the literacy skills needed to learn to read, the Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP) developed Turn a Page. Touch a Mind. (TAP-TAM) in 2004. TAP-TAM is an early literacv program that takes advantage of the trusted and consistent relationship between a child's physician and parents. In just seven years participating physicians have distributed over 200,000 new, developmentally appropriate books to Kansas kids 6 months through 5 years old.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Rocking M Radio, 5501 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Jim Vopat with greeters Randy Bahe and Erin Powers. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The recent Music for Mission Concert held at the Presbyterian Church featured musicians from six different Great Bend Churches: Central Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Trinity Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church. The offering from this cooperative effort raised over $757. Ninety percent was donated to Barton County Emergency Aid, with 10 percent going to the Presbyterian Church Crisis Management program, which works along side Barton County Emergency Aid in providing Crisis Aid to those in need in Barton County.
At 2:24 p.m. Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received a request from Reno County to assist in pursuit of a white GMC Jimmy entering Barton County from Rice County. The units first responded to the southeast corner of Barton County, but the suspect vehicle was later seen in the northeast corner of the county. When the vehicle was seen in a tree line at 2:38 p.m. with the suspect on foot, the K-9 unit was requested. Kansas Highway Patrol and Wildlife and Parks also responded. The K-9 search ended unsuccessfully at 4:07 p ...
The Kansas Historical Society announced that Fort Hays State Historic Site will host "Graveside Conversations" at Fort Hays Cemetery on Oct. 29. Tours will be offered at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations must be made by calling Fort Hays at 785-625-6812 or by e-mailing the fort at email@example.com. Cost of the tour is $3 per adult and $1 per child.
The seventh annual Fall Gospel Sings Concerts start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and continue on Saturday, Oct. 22, with live music from 1-9 p.m., all at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium, 245 NE 30 Road.
The Friends of the Library members have sorted books, videos, audio books and more for the annual Great Bend Public Library Book Sale. The sale for the public begins at noon Monday, running until 8:30 p.m., and continues Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 8th the Great Bend High School Debate team traveled to Hays for the Hays Arrowhead Invitational Debate Tournament.
RUSSELL – The monthly jam session/pot luck regularly held at the Deines Cultural Center will be held Sunday at 820 N. Main in Russell.
Associated Youth Services, headquartered in Wyandotte County, will host an open house at its Great Bend office to acquaint current and prospective foster care parents and child welfare professionals with their foster care program for at-risk youth in south-central Kansas.
Copier bids are on the agenda for the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, set for noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
On Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. the Great Bend High School counselors will present information for parents of juniors and seniors concerning life after high school. Topics included: scholarships, college applications, ACT, graduation credits, college visits, FAFSA checklists, Career Cruising, and PEP. The same information will be given each night.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to noon for a free breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice will be served. The breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
ELLINWOOD - The Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Plains chapter, will meet upstairs at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 620-791-8673.
From pumpkins to monsters, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., is showing its fall colors this month.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor a Fall Middle School Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Great Bend Activity Center, at 2715 18th St., for all Great Bend Middle School students. Admission is $5 with GBMS students ID. No hats will be allowed. Pizza will be available for $1 per slice. Popcorn and water will be provided.
The Model Association of Central Kansas invites the public to its Fun Fly, from 1 p.m. until dusk this Saturday, Oct. 11, at the MACK flying field. The field is located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. at 114 SW 20 Ave.
Members of the Knights of Columbus Club in Great Bend are asking the public to help them raise funds to pave the parking lot at their club, 723 Main Street, which is used for numerous public events. There will be a fried chicken dinner at the club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 12. Cost is $10 for a dinner with all the trimmings. There will be free hot dogs for kids 5 and under, and to-go boxes are available.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The Barton Community College Library will hold an art contest to determine the artwork for seven Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. Submissions can be done in any medium and must be postmarked by Nov. 10. Contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend accepts anonymous tips that may help solve crimes or recover stolen property. On Saturday, Oct. 4, just after midnight, Great Bend Police officers responded to an alarm at L&M Contractors on K-96. A garage door was found open, and it was determined a Stihl chain saw, chop saw, chipping hammer, transit, angle grinder and a 14-inch saw were stolen. Loss was $6,700.
At the Lyons Invitational Debate Tournament, the GBHS debate team placed first overall. In the novice division the three man team of Uriel Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4/1 win/loss record. Also in the Novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 6th with a 4/1 win/loss record. The open division the team of Kris Gieck and Carter Sheffield went undefeated with a 5/0 win/loss record placed 5th and the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath placed 7th with a 4/1 win/loss record ...
one2one presents the collaborative group exhibition "Pop-Machine" by current visiting Artist Rebecca Parks-Ramage,
It's time to dust off that recipe from last winter and make a big pot of chili for entry in the 5th Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. This year's event will take place on Lakin Street between Main and Kansas.
Great Bend Middle School parent/teacher conferences will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. Call the office, 620-793-1510, to schedule a conference time.