Vicki Schmitt, of Rosewood Services, serves baked beans to Teresa Malone during Tuesday evening's 4-Corners Oktoberfest. A few hundred people attended the Great Bend Chamber Business After Hours fall festival, held annually by five local business that are located near the corner of 16th and Main Street: Thill & Associates Inc., Wadell & Reed, Beautiful Beginnings, Rosewood Furniture Gallery and Satellite Pros. The businesses provided free bratwursts with sides and beverages. Participants were also treated to polka music, and door prizes.
The swift fox may not be on the endangered species list, but it could be headed that way. Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he hopes to acquire a pair of the foxes for breeding.
A school janitor commented to USD 428 Food Service Director Karl Sprague this week that he had to add an extra waste basket in the lunchroom because the volume of waste had increased. It's not paper plates, napkins or milk cartons filling the extra space. Its food. Colorful, crunchy vegetables and fruits and whole grain breads, and leaner proteins.
By JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend High School debate squad traveled seven two-person teams to two different tournaments on Sept. 22 and won six medals and a sweepstakes trophy.
The Kiowa Gun Club will sponsor a shooting exhibition range day by Savage Arms, partnering with Hornady Ammunition and Nikon Sport Optics. The range day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will feature several of Savage Arms selection of sport rifles.
The First Presbyterian church invites Great Bend and Barton County communities to a "Music for Mission" concert which will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 24th and Washington. A variety of instrumental and vocal musical groups representing a diverse make-up of churches located in Great Bend will join together for an afternoon of musical praise to God.
The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated an accident about 5:32 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 56 and K-156. The patrol reports that a GMC 1500 pick-up operated by Tanner Cain, 20, of Beaver, Okla. had stopped at a stop sign before driving onto U.S. 56 into the path of a westbound Mack semi-tractor operated by Brian Wick, 39, of Ness City. Cain was injured and transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital. Wick was not injured. Traffic was diverted at the intersection.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is accepting enrollment for the fall programs, which start next week.
Great Bend Police responded to two unrelated domestic calls Sunday that resulted in felony arrests.
Barton Community College sophomore Drew Reisner spends his afternoons each day creating a new world inside of the Fine Arts Auditorium as a member of the stage production team for Barton Theater's fall production of William Inge's play "Bus Stop." Once he's done with that, he puts on his costume and rehearses with the rest of the cast into the evening. Oh, and he's also learning to play the guitar for the show and handling a full class load. The Hoisington native has a lot on his plate, but it's nothing he can't handle.
The first meeting of the Great Bend City Council Health Insurance Independent Consultant Selection Committee will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at the City Office. The meeting is open to the public. At its Sept. 4 meeting, the council voted to study hiring a consultant to help the city in bidding its insurance coverage. It named council members Dale Westoff, Dana Dawson and Randy Myers to the committee to make a recommendation. They are joined by three city staff members.
Richard Shank will talk about his restoration of his family farm in Saline County when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the museum, located just south of Great Bend's Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281. Admission is free and open to the public.
Erica Price with Chris Cakes flips a pancake, Thursday at the Prince of Peace Parish Center in Great Bend. The annual Sunflower Diversified Services Pancake Dinner featured the nimble Chris Cakes crew at an all-you-can eat dinner to raise funds benefitting area people with developmental disabilities. One person ate at least 15. The oldest person in attendance was 99-year-old Mildred Sherwood from Holton.
The Barton County Health Community Design Leadership Team focus group for local bicyclists planned for at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse Square has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. A new date will be announced at a later.
Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.
Do you remember ABBA? The movie and stage play "Mamma Mia" was built around their stirring music. The melodies and rhythm of their music stirred the souls of people around the world and made us all better and happy in the way that seemingly only their music could do. "Thank You For The Music" was a signature song that celebrated the gift of music to them as performers, and brought us as listeners to a moment of reverent recognition of the true value of music in our lives. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear that ...
A three part "Responsive Discipline" parenting workshop is set to begin soon. The class, led by Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, and 14, at the Barton County Extension Office. Registration is $5 which covers the cost of materials. Program participants will learn why children misbehave and strategies for preventing misbehavior. Call Krug at 793-1910 if you have questions or to register.
Jeff Davis knew what he was going to do with his life at 5 years old, he said. He was going to drive trucks for a living.
Possibilities for your Spring Break reading enjoyment:
The Great Bend City Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office.
Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.
These images show the one of the musical elements that will be featured at the Tot Spot, and the alternate color choice. Vote for glue/green or pink/yellow on the Tot Spot Facebook page.
RUSSELL - The Smoky Hill Public Television Signature Auction is coming to the Deines Cultural Center.
Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.
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.