Volunteers have begun clearing away overgrown greenery and redesigning the garden leading up to the lion observation area at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Years ago, cane was planted to add a jungle appeal to the display, but over time, the invasive plant took over the other plantings, as well as the miniature pond and stream feature, covering the mural painted by Great Bend elementary students.
The Great Bend Middle School Bands will present their fall concert this Thursday, Nov. 1, in the gym at Great Bend Middle School. The 7th Grade Band will perform at 6:45 p.m. and the 8th Grade Band will perform at 8:15 p.m. The GBMS Jazz Ensemble will also play at both of these concerts. The concert is under the direction of Kurtis Koch, assisted by Mark DeWald.
After being closed several weeks for remodeling, Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery is ready to open its doors, and to display the 2012 traveling exhibit from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Ky.
There are still a few tickets left for the USD 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
Next week, a job to repave a section of U.S. 281/K-18 in Russell County is scheduled to begin.
On Oct. 20, the Great Bend High School debate team traveled to Valley Center High School to compete with two varsity, one junior varsity and four novice teams against 30 other schools with 40 varsity, 39 junior varsity and 66 novice teams. In varsity division, Michael Gieck and Jordan Stoulil placed 8th with a 4-1 win loss record and 26 speaker points. "Open was a great experience I hope to do better next time" Stoulil stated.
Since it soon will be time whip up holiday meals and goodies, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center is sponsoring a free diabetes evening class to offer guidance about sugar as an ingredient.
Ecologist Katherine Fuller and consumer educator Connie McDanel, both nationally known speakers and authors, will present a program entitled "Healing Homes: Our Social Responsibility" from 6:30-8 p.m. Sunday at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. They will ask the questions "are our homes making us sick due to exposure to hidden toxins and what can we do about it." There is no charge for the presentation.
Area 5th graders were visited by Julie Smith, Executive Director and an agency director on how United Way works in to help our community through the 21 agencies it supports. Local fifth graders were asked to design a poster depicting some aspect of the United Way, and how the agencies work in the community
Two upcoming events have been announced at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, a branch of Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sterling House at 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be AJ Chrest with greeters Karmi Green and Lynda Jamison. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office, 4500 Broadway. For more information, call the office at 620-793-4167.
Other activities the GBHS Bands have participated in this fall are: Labor Day Parade in Hoisington, State Fair where they received I ratings from all three judges, and the KSU Band Day in Manhattan. They will perform for a Veteran's Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 9 in the GBHS gym that the public is invited to attend, and also at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 for the Veteran's Day ceremony at Vet's Park.
Thirty-four Rosewood Services horse riders collectively had a nice problem to overcome on Saturday during the 8th Annual Rosewood Rodeo. A larger-than-usual crowd of about 300 people was on hand at Great Bend's Expo III Arena to start the rodeo, due in part to a special morning performance by the Double Trouble Trick Riders. The extra attention brought on some early performance jitters, but the riders quickly adjusted and performed well, said Rosewood Ranch manager Eric Hammond.
Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review Exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building. The show ran from Oct. 12-14 and several Barton participants took home some hardware.
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 presentation of an insurance dividend check, an appointment to the Workforce Investment Board and the selection of Kansas Association of Counties convention delegates.
Four people were injured Thursday night when two vehicles collided on K-96 at NW 30 Ave., 3 miles northwest of Great Bend.