WICHITA -- Areas east and south of Barton County are part of a winter weather advisory Tuesday. Winter weather will impact the south central Kansas region through the evening hours, with a mix of light freezing drizzle and light snow. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will be confined to portions of Nebraska, northeast Kansas and central to northern Missouri. Meanwhile, light ice accumulations will create slick travel conditions through the evening.
Things are heating up in the Big First Congressional District Republican primary race pitting challenger and Great Bend doctor Roger Marshall against incumbent and Fowler native Tim Huelskamp. In a flurry of emailed news releases issued by both campaigns last Friday and this Monday, the candidates are boasting about their campaign war chests and taking pot shots at each other.
Weekend fires in Great Bend included a mobile home at 5501 Ninth St. and a vehicle fire at Fifth and Hubbard. The Great Bend Police Department is investigating the vehicle fire, involving a truck that was reportedly stolen.
SMITH COUNTY - A motorist from Horton and his passenger from Hoisington were injured at 2:27 a.m. Saturday after the driver passed another vehicle and then lost control of the car on a Smith County highway.
The Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. It will be a sharing meeting plus reading/discussing "Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul – 101 Stories of Courage and Inspiration from Those Who have Survived Cancer."
The Great Bend Toastmasters group held its most recent meeting on Jan. 14 at the Great Bend Public Library. Meetings in 2016 will occur from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the library, 1409 Williams St. They are free and open to the public. The next meeting is set for Jan. 28.
Barton Community College in conjunction with the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development will host a coffee followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new welding lab at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Technical Building, room T-172.
McCracken Public Library presents Steve Burns, an Abraham Lincoln re-enactor, from Russell. His portrayal encompasses Lincoln's life from childhood to Gettysburg. The presentation will begin at 7 pm. on Feb. 6, at the McCracken City Building, 402 1st Street.