The Great Bend High School Debate Team had two teams travel and compete at the Larned Debate Tournament on Dec. 1 and both teams placed in the Open Division. Jordan Otten and Paige VanSteenburgh placed fourth and Morgan Francis and Chase Pumford placed fifth. The team is currently getting ready for the 4 Speaker Regional Tournament at Salina Central on Dec. 15th.
There are a lot of things to love about Christmas ... but one of the best is the gift of giving,
International touring songstress Tia McGraff will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees will meet at noon Thursday poolside at the Highland Hotel. The program will be provided by the Great Bend High School Madrigal Pop Singers.
The Great Bend Middle School and High School Orchestras, and Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Jazz Bands will present their Winter Concerts on Monday, Dec. 10 in the high school gym.
Tickets are now on sale for the next "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, set for Jan. 19, 2013, at Grace Community Church. The event is a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.
Lori Caspers is a woman to be admired for her patience, fortitude and family values. She definitely is a rare combination of hard work, artistic endeavor and thriftiness.
One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
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.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor a Fall Middle School Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Great Bend Activity Center, at 2715 18th St., for all Great Bend Middle School students. Admission is $5 with GBMS students ID. No hats will be allowed. Pizza will be available for $1 per slice. Popcorn and water will be provided.
The Model Association of Central Kansas invites the public to its Fun Fly, from 1 p.m. until dusk this Saturday, Oct. 11, at the MACK flying field. The field is located south of the intersection of Patton Road and Railroad Ave. at 114 SW 20 Ave.
Members of the Knights of Columbus Club in Great Bend are asking the public to help them raise funds to pave the parking lot at their club, 723 Main Street, which is used for numerous public events. There will be a fried chicken dinner at the club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 12. Cost is $10 for a dinner with all the trimmings. There will be free hot dogs for kids 5 and under, and to-go boxes are available.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The Barton Community College Library will hold an art contest to determine the artwork for seven Cohen Center for Kansas History (CCKH) trivia pamphlets. Submissions can be done in any medium and must be postmarked by Nov. 10. Contest is open to all students, Barton employees and community members. Multiple entries are accepted.
Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend accepts anonymous tips that may help solve crimes or recover stolen property. On Saturday, Oct. 4, just after midnight, Great Bend Police officers responded to an alarm at L&M Contractors on K-96. A garage door was found open, and it was determined a Stihl chain saw, chop saw, chipping hammer, transit, angle grinder and a 14-inch saw were stolen. Loss was $6,700.
At the Lyons Invitational Debate Tournament, the GBHS debate team placed first overall. In the novice division the three man team of Uriel Renteria, Becca Kay and, Sara Allen placed 5th with a 4/1 win/loss record. Also in the Novice division the team of Kylynn Keeler and Hadley Murphy placed 6th with a 4/1 win/loss record. The open division the team of Kris Gieck and Carter Sheffield went undefeated with a 5/0 win/loss record placed 5th and the team of Aaron Miller and Ashtin Heath placed 7th with a 4/1 win/loss record ...
one2one presents the collaborative group exhibition "Pop-Machine" by current visiting Artist Rebecca Parks-Ramage,
It's time to dust off that recipe from last winter and make a big pot of chili for entry in the 5th Annual Charity Chili Cook-off. This year's event will take place on Lakin Street between Main and Kansas.
Great Bend Middle School parent/teacher conferences will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. Call the office, 620-793-1510, to schedule a conference time.
A Great Bend woman who has attended several of the Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy sessions is hoping for a big turnout at the next presentation. It will be the last one of the year.
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