The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
Barton Community College will host the Jingle Bell Swing big-band dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 16-piece big band made up of area musicians, from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.
Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:
The Barton Music Department will take its audience down memory lane and beyond as it hosts a Holiday Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice (GBHH&H) will offer a free community program called "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend.
The Barton County NAACP Branch 428 will celebrate their Freedom Fund Banquet and Fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Street, in Great Bend. The public is invited.
A seminar offered by Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend provides help for people who are grieving during the holiday season.
Barton County Fair Friends will sponsor an afternoon tour of five Great Bend homes on Sunday, Dec. 2. Proceeds will benefit the 2013 Barton County Fair.
A 250 watt light bulb in a recessed fixture meant for a 75 watt bulb was the cause of a fire Tuesday night at 5210 10th St., Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
A Great Bend man was among several people injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle accident in Wichita.
Since a "strong interest" was shown at a recent meeting about forming a Parkinson's Disease support group, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center has scheduled a follow-up gathering, said Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy and marketing.
The Barton Community College board of trustees will act on bids for the gym basketball court when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will also consider approving a $4 per credit hour increase in tuition and fees for all students, effective for the fall 2014 semester, and a notice of intent to build a new dorm that can hold 172 students.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will hold an After-Hours Celebration following the Home for the Holidays Parade on Saturday, Nov. 24. During this time the library will serve refreshments and have an hour of stories and crafts. People can also stop by to watch the holiday classic: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." The library will remain open until 8:30 p.m.
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.
School starts on Monday for most USD 428 students. All practice also starts for fall sports.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are several issues regarding new housing developments, the 2015 budget ordinance, a sewer rate increase ordinance and a salary resolution for city employees.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the renewal of a farm lease at the Barton County Landfill, a cooperative effort to repair roads in Claflin and the proposed demolition of an historic bridge.
A Hoisington man was injured in a rollover accident at 10:07 p.m. Thursday on K-4, about 2 miles west of Bushton in Rice County.
Firefighters in Great Bend have a tradition of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. On Friday, Aug. 29, firefighters will hold their annual MDA Boot Block, asking the public to fill their boots with donations. They will be at Walmart, both Dillons stores and True Value from 4 to 7 p.m.
Crime Stoppers is seeking information about the theft of a bicycle from a bike rack at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the FFY 2015-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) draft document.
United States government commodities will be distributed from 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Great Bend Kansas Department of Children and Families office, 1305 Patton Road. A letter with a home address or a bank statement is required to prove residency. For more information, call Ann Robinson at 620-792-7676.