The recent moderate days with cool nights have given me the itch to go tent camping. Hiking to a destination and pitching a tent along a cool mountain stream or the sandy shore of the Atlantic Ocean is a great experience but you don't have to travel to a distant location to enjoy a night out-of-doors. Your backyard will do just fine, especially if you have younger kids.
July 06, 2013|
By Pam Martin, Kansas Department Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator
Wednesday morning, nine year-old Dade Cannon, a participant in vacation Bible school at Great Bend First United Methodist Church, shared with his fellow campers his appreciation for their work to raise money for Kans for Kids. Cannon has personally benefitted from the services provided by the charitable program during his five-year long battle with Leukemia.
Claflin area children have been enjoying the "Dig Into Reading" summer program at the Claflin Independent Township Library. Shown below is BriA'na Lewis reading a story about snakes. The participants then created a "snake" from a paper plate. On Tuesday, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center was at the library for a presentation on local wildlife.
"It takes a village" is the proverb about raising a child but the same holds true in producing a community theatre production. That is certainly the case with the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe's production of the musical comedy whodunit, Curtains, which will be presented at 8 p.m. next Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, in the Sterling High School Theatre.
Great Bend Regional Hospital's staff put a lot of effort into this year's Human eMotion Event and all the hard work paid off, sponsors said. Five hundred eighty-seven participants and over 50 volunteers enjoyed a beautiful morning of running, walking and biking and raised more than $15,000 for the Family Crisis Center and Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America.
Great Bend artist Chet Cale said he's thrilled that his latest work faces paintings by internationally famous Charles B. Rogers, who became known as "The Kansan." Cale's bas relief sculpture at the Barton County Historical Society is all about central Kansas.
ALDEN - Vintage cars collected by the late Rep. Bob Bethell will be auctioned at 10 a.m. Saturday in a sale coordinated by Carr Auction of Larned. Rep. Bethell represented the 113th District for 13 years and died in a car accident May 20, 2012 upon returning home from a legislative session.
A couple from Branson, Mo., was taken to Ellsworth County Medical Center following a collision at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 70 in Ellsworth County, after their Dodge Caliber was rear-ended a Toyota Highlander. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Dodge was driven by Mark G. Rice, 66, of Branson, who applied his brakes when the trailer on a tractor-trailer combo ahead of him swung onto the shoulder, kicking up dust and decreasing visibility.
TOPEKA - The vacating of the death penalty for the man convicted in a pair of 2004 Barton County murders will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court which it next convenes in October, according to information on the high court's website.
The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.
Holyrood, Kan. – Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) continues the tradition of holding a Town Hall in every county in the Big First District. At the American Legion in Holyrood, Kansans turned out to discuss a variety of issues ranging from the negative impacts of the Supreme Court's decisions on Obamacare and marriage, the importance of religious liberty, the Congressman's successful efforts at reforming the VA, and how trade benefits Kansas agriculture.
ELLINWOOD -- On Friday, a multi-agency drug enforcement operation was conducted in the city of Ellinwood at 515 S, Bismark. Police officers from Great Bend and Ellinwood along with deputies from the Barton County sheriff's office, and special agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation were part of the operation. The Great Bend Police department drug detecting canine named "Kia" also responded to the scene at the request of Ellinwood.
In a brief special noon meeting Monday, the Great Bend City Council rejected an amendment to the city's fireworks ordinance that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3 and on Saturday, July 4.
Barton County business offices, the Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Friday. The Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, and will be closed the remainder of the holiday weekend. Emergency services will be in normal operation on that day.
For now, the bird flue outbreak that forced the euthinization of entire poultry flocks in eastern Kansas has been halted in its tracks, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Great Bend Fourth of July community fireworks display Saturday, July 4, at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. Gates will open at 7:30 p.m. The show, which is choreographed to music, will begin as soon as it is dark enough (between 9:45 and 10 p.m.).
One of the most satisfying things about my job as an environmental educator is the opportunity to introduce kids of all ages to new outdoor experiences – from observing animals in the wild, to learning strange and interesting facts about familiar plants or animals, to actually getting to touch a "scary" animal like one of our educational snakes, watching that moment of discovery and excitement happen is something I treasure.
June 28, 2015|
Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director
Camp Hope wrapped up Saturday at Barton Community College. With 68 campers and more than 100 volunteers, the week-long camp made use of the campus, with visits to Great Bend attractions such as the Wetlands Waterpark. The annual golf tournament was held Wednesday at StoneRidge County Club.
June 27, 2015|
Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune
with Jamie Cockerham/Camp Hope