Editor's note: This is the first of two articles on results of a study commissioned by Barton Community College to define the value of the college in various areas. Today's story will explain the study and the benefits provided from taxpayers' and students' perspective. The second article will continue with highlights from the perspective of businesses, and with the college's overall investment to society. Content was provided by BCC.
The "Spark a Reaction" teen summer program at the Great Bend Public Library continues this month. The following "teen" events are intended for students in grades 7-12.
By Jim Misunas
Over the weekend, game wardens with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) participated in Operation Dry Water, a national effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI). The three-day enforcement effort was conducted from 12 a.m. June 27, to 11:59 p.m. June 29. In addition to enforcing wildlife laws and regulations, game wardens are responsible for patrolling the waters of Kansas, conducting boat accident investigations, boat safety inspections, BUI checks, safety programs, education classes and other boating related activities. Many factors contribute to the way alcohol ...
Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.
Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Jacam Chemical Company at the Chamber Boardroom, 1125 Williams at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Marty Steinert and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
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 begin July 10 and run through July 24 at the center, 592 NE K-156 Highway, Great Bend.
Altered Books' workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 5, at the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas. The instructor is LuAnne Howell, an artist from Lincoln. Reuse and upcycle is the basis of much of LuAnne's artwork. Painting, stitchery, and altering books are only a few of her talents. An old unwanted book, can suddenly become a treasure box, capturing ones own mementos.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a rezoning request for property between Great Bend and Ellinwood, the recognition of retiring Chief Deputy County Clerk Marcia Sauber, a recycling grant and the purchase of assorted equipment for Central Kansas Community Corrections.
In the June 24 story on the Barton County Commission, the cost of the fence at the new radio tower east of Great Bend was incorrectly reported. The cost of the work, being done by Little Giant Fabrication of Great Bend is $2, 992.18, not $9,992.18. The Tribune apologizes for the error.
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 held Thursdays in July, from July 10 through July 24.
Twenty month old Anniyah Hurd-Harders won Supreme Baby titles at the 2014 Kansas State Our Miss Diamond pageant, qualifying her to represent Kansas on the national level. Anniyah competed in McPherson over the weekend with other state preliminary winners in the 13-24 month old age category to capture the Overall World of Babies Supreme and the Supreme Sweepstakes awards. She qualified for the state pageant after winning the Supreme titles in a preliminary contest held in Great Bend last year.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
Severe storms with ping pong ball sized hail and damaging winds are expected over parts of central Kansas roughly along and west of Highway 14 late Wednesday evening. Barton County has a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday evening.
At 9:49 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched to 5817 16th St. Terrace for a report of an oven on fire. According to a report released Wednesday, crews found light smoke coming from Apartment 42. Inside, they found a smoldering fire along the baseboard of the wall behind the stove and extinguished the remaining fire.
The Great Bend High School guidance counselors will host a freshman parent meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the GBHS auditorium. Counselors will review their responsibilities as counselors and also discuss attendance, grades, communication, office procedures, graduation requirements, qualified admissions/Kansas scholars requirements for getting into college and expectations for freshmen. This meeting will be about 30-45 minutes in length, depending on questions.
L & M Contractors will begin bridge repairs to the bridge over the flood control channel, located on West Barton County Road (West 10th Street) on Monday, August 25th.
RUSSELL COUNTY – Teresa Magna, 51, Spring Valley, Calif., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Wichita. She is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine and one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 6 in Russell County.
A traditional breakfast is on the menu again for the annual Sunflower Diversified Services pancake dinner, which is the official kick-off to the non-profit agency's Sunrise Campaign.
Students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend will start with a half-day Wednesday. The school, 215 McKinley, features classes from kindergarten through eighth grade.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Landmark National Bank, 1623 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Shawn Panzer and AJ Chrest. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will host a ribbon cutting for the newly-installed electronic directory kiosk at the entrance to the Great Bend Cemetery, 4500 Broadway Ave., at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21.
Two Reno County residents riding a motorcycle have died from injuries after being clipped by a detached trailer Saturday morning in Great Bend, according to the Great Bend police.