It all started with a few text messages on a cold Tuesday evening in early January 2011:
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering two educational nature workshops. "Beginning Bird-watching" will be held Sunday, July 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. "Learning about Grasses and Grass-like Plants" will be held Sunday, July 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Both workshops are free of charge, and are open to anyone age 12 or older.
Take part in a butterfly count and learn how to identify our local butterfly species at the Cheyenne Bottoms 2nd Annual Butterfly Quest, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on July 16 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will have a survey team surveying US-56/K-96 through the city of Ellinwood starting the week of July 5, to plan for possible future roadway improvements. The survey work is expected to be complete in about four months on this 1.65 mile area. KDOT asks drivers to be alert to the presence of the survey crew and drive cautiously.
By Jim Misunas
Great Bend and Larned will be stopping points for the Kansas Travel and Tourism's Faces & Places Tour Sunday.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs that will begin July 7 and run through July 28.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K.KIDS Event on Saturday. O.K.Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wildscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an altemative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Rod & Custom Association, 9951 B-29 Way, Great Bend Expo Complex, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Lana Dietz with greeters Erin Powers and Connie Oetken. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
Great Bend Regional Hospital wants to encourage people to get out and move, as well as help a local agency in need. To this end, the facility is sponsoring Human (e)Motion Saturday.
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Visitors to the annual summer festival in Lee's Summit, Mo., on June 3 and 4 were treated to a flash mob dance performance by more than 50 staff and members of the local Jazzercise fitness center. The flash mobs were to raise awareness for Alzheimer's Disease in a fun manner.
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A rural Barton County man contacted the Barton County Sheriff's Office on Saturday to report an attempted fraud. He said he received a text that his Visa account had been "locked." He was given a number to call and was asked for secure information, which he did not provide. He also called his financial institution and was told nothing was wrong with his card.
Talaya Schwartz will talk about Health Homes, a new Medicaid service, at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) meeting, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Thelma Harms Room, located in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.
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Two vehicles collided at 4:20 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 70, 2.2 miles east of the K-232 junction in Ellsworth County.
Barton County 4-H Junior Leaders will have 18-19-pound boxes of Colorado peaches available for $30 on Aug. 16. The 4-H members are earning money to help pay registration fees for Kansas Youth Leadership Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus. Contact the Barton County Extension Office at 620-793-1910 to reserve a box.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from Aug. 18 through Oct. 13. It will meet each Monday (except Labor Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin in Great Bend.
A truck driver was taken to the Rice County Hospital in Lyons on Tuesday after his rig hit several cows in the roadway on U.S. 56, 4 miles east of Little River.