The Great Bend City Band will begin rehearsals for their season beginning at 7:30 p.m. on May 28th at the Crest Theatre. Any instrumentalist who loves to play is welcome to participate in the band. Summer concerts will be given at the courthouse band shell and will begin Thursday, May 30th and every Thursday in June. A special big band swing concert will also be given at the band shell on Friday, June 28th. All outdoor concerts will begin at 8:15 p.m. In case of rainout, the concerts will be moved to the Crest theatre. Three ...
Editor's Note: A 1967 Corvette once owned by singer Roy Orbison is now part of the collection at Hendrick Motorsports, owned Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame. For a time, that storied automobile was owned by Robert "Bob" Martin of Great Bend, the former owner of Christmas Fantasy Village. Martin died on April 9. The story of his Corvette was recently reported by The BLOCK.com. An abridged version of that story appears below.
The Great Bend High School Forensics Team competed at the District National Qualifying NFL Tournament on Friday and Saturday April 19th and 20th. Twelve students competed which consisted of: Nathaniel Cheney, Kenna Dirks, Michael Gieck, Clara Kachanes, Sarah Keller, Mallorie McNett, Jordan Otten, Chase Pumford, Jesus Sandoval, Kane Schumacher, Kameko Schultz and Paige VanSteenburgh. Five students qualified to semi-finals in their events. Cheney and Schumacher placed 12th and Gieck and Schultz placed 10th in Duo Interpretation. Finally Pumford qualified both of his events and placed 8th in both Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation. Gieck stated, "the tournament went really well ...
Recycled Memorial Day flowers are being sold by Volunteers in Action. They are available week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1025 Main, Room D 114, Great Bend, and at the RSVP thrift shop in Hoisington, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. These flowers have been fluffed by RSVP volunteers and will be sold at bargain basement prices. There are stems as well as sprays and arrangements. Proceeds will be used to fund a recognition event for RSVP volunteers.
It's way too early to speculate, but a dream conceived by some Great Bend High School drafting students may one day be reality.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo underwent an inspection Wednesday from the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners, and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the facility "passed with flying colors."
...STRONG NORTH WINDS TODAY AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED... .
Great Bend High School Variety Show tickets will go on sale at 6 a.m. today in the high school vocal music room. Use the east front doors of the school. This morning they will be on sale until 8 a.m.
More than 130 people, mostly residents of the Ellsworth area, packed an auditorium recently for a dinner-theater performance of the comedy "The Ransom of Red Chief" this past weekend. But they weren't there to see some performance of a traveling drama troupe. Nor were they on hand to support members of the town in a community theater.
Great Bend High School Prom King and Queen Wyatt Bayless and Amy Christopher are shown, April 20. Both are seniors and were chosen by their classmates. This year's prom was "Masquerade," and many of the students donned masks of many different styles. The evening began with dinner and then "The Promenade" at the high school track. Following the dance, couples went to a huge party at the bowling alley courtesy of the junior class parents. There were prizes and gift cards for all.
Finding a way to make exciting things happen in local classrooms, despite budgetary constraints, is a challenge that the USD 428 Education Foundation has accepted and met for nearly 25 years. The organization has raised and donated nearly $250,000 to enhance education in the district through minigrants for teachers.
Blood donors participating in the Great Bend Community Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, at Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas Avenue, will receive a special thanks from Kansas Pork Farmers. The Kansas Pork Association (KPA) is teaming up with the Central Plains Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross as part of its 2013 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas.
Barton Community College held its annual Child Education Fair on Saturday and sponsors report it was a hit with teachers, who sang "If You're Happy and You Know It ..." as they learned about using music to help in the development of children.
The clay targets at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service in Russell never had a chance.
Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek took home a cash award at the 44th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition for his watercolor painting of a Japanese koi fish titled "Shirley's Koi." The juror for the show was Stephen Gleissner, who is the chief curator for the Wichita Art Museum. The exhibit is at the Hays Arts Council Gallery until June 6.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters John Sullivan and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Season's Greetings to everyone as played by the GBHS Jazz, Junior Varsity and Varsity Bands at 8 p.m. on Monday in the GBHS Gym.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include GBHS Orchestra update; Dance Line travel update; district iPads assigned to board members; replacement for BOE representative to Education Foundation Trustees; presentation of 2013-2014 Business Audit; approval to include Diabetic Plan in District Health Policy; first reading of GBHS Program of Studies Book; approval to purchase lawn equipment; approval of grant to Riley Elementary School; and approval of Park Elementary School grant applications.
Pretend you are a Pied-billed Grebe with a gourmet meal of Leopard Frog. Your buddies are sitting by watching with envy as you claim your prize and start to swallow a very rare meal in winter with mostly frozen water in the Bottoms. There is one small problem-- it is a BIG frog. I watched the Grebe make multiple attempts to swallow the frog which was too large for his throat. He was acrobatic and agile in using gravity and every possible angle to ingest the frog-- all to no avail. When he got the frog exactly over his head ...
Ellinwood High School Future Business Leaders of America Hope Tree for children in need during the holidays
Due to conflicts, the December meeting of Central Kansas Association of the Visually Impaired has been canceled.
The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Dec. 7-8 at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Those who ordered fruit should pick up their orders at that time.
The Barton County FSA Office will be holding two informational meetings on the 2014 Farm Bill on December 8 and 9. On Dec. 8, the meeting will be at 1 p.m. and will be held at the Kansas Wetlands Center, 592 NE K-156 Highway. The second meeting will be the evening of Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. and will be at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
Great Bend High School band directors said the GBHS Jazz, Junior Varsity and Varsity Bands will offer season's greetings to everyone when they perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, in the GBHS Gym.
Ron Smith, UWCK Board Member and Frank Kelly, 2015 Oilfield Committee Members, along with Scott Reddig, Edward Neimich and David Thill are helping the United Way make a difference in their community. The group has set a goal of $40,000. Scott and Ron helped sponsor an Oilfield Radio-a-Thon. Karen Reddig, Tama Hanson, Becca Maxwell, Ronda Sjogren, Board Members, made calls for the event that raised over $10,000 from Oilfield supporters in the community. To date the committee has reached 65% of its goal. United Way of Central Kansas is dedicating this oilfield campaign to the late Mike Johnson ...
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity in Chamber Board Room, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Nancy Sundahl and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Ellinwood School/Community Library is sponsoring the first StoryWalk® during Ellinwood's Chamber's Christkindlmarket, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. StoryWalk® is a fun, educational activity that places a children's story outside to allow people of all ages to combine physical activity while reading a book. Conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers, and caregivers to take young children outside for physical activity and to learn, StoryWalk® helps build children's interest in reading while encouraging healthy activity for both adults and children. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier ...