American State Bank and Trust Company will sponsor its seventh-annual Mitten Tree Project at its six locations through Dec. 15. The Mitten Tree gives bank customers and the community a chance to donate new hats, gloves, scarves, coats and mittens to children and families in need as a way to brighten their holiday season.
Prince of Peace Parish Catholic Church will celebrate a miracle when members observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday at the St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Religious dances known as "matachines," food and worship are scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.
Instrumental sounds of the holiday season can be heard at Great Bend High School on Monday, Dec. 12. The seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school orchestras, will be directed by Mr. Isaac Enochs at 7 p.m. in the GBHS auditorium. Following their performance, the music will more to the GBHS gymnasium where the jazz, junior varsity, and varsity bands will add to the Christmas cheer starting at 8 p.m. The junior varsity and varsity band will combine for three selections to conclude the concert. The bands are directed by Mark DeWald, and he is assisted by Enochs ...
The works of two young Barton County artists, Petr Grigorev and Angela Waite, will be featured at the Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main, Great Bend, through the month of December. A reception will be held Friday evening, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists.
The weather says differently, but inside the Rosewood Service Inc. greenhouse, it's still tomato-growing season. In its first full year of operation, the greenhouse is filled to capacity with 265 tomato plants producing two varieties – brand names Celebrity and Truss. Their success is dependent upon a few dozen clients at Rosewood who work to care for and grow the tomatoes and then bring them to market.
Community members will have the opportunity to be immersed in a Christmas wonderland when Barton Community College hosts a holiday open house for its "Festival of Trees" exhibit, from 1-4 p.m. Sunday in the Shafer Gallery.
Great Bend High School members in the Southwest Kansas Music Educators Association District Honor Band are: Addison Baxter, first chair percussion; Taylor Fry, second chair flute; Estella Schumacher, trumpet first alternate; and Luke Abbott, second chair euphonium. They are part of the 22-county district band that meets in Dodge City on Saturday, Dec. 3. A concert will be given at 3:15 p.m. in the Dodge City High School auditorium. Also at the concert David Meter, activities director at GBHS, will be honored as the District Honored Administrator.
A Larned man and a Hoisington man were injured early Thursday afternoon when their cars collided on U.S. 281 on the north edge of Great Bend.
Thanks to three recent gifts, Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be able to offer guided tours – over a cell phone.
Leadership Golden Belt graduated 15 participants from the three-month leadership training program on Nov. 21. Key note speaker, Larry Straub, Chairman and CEO of Straub International kicked off the celebration with a formal graduation ceremony following. The Leadership Golden Belt Class of 2011 joins a growing alumni class, with now four years of alumni.
The public is invited to the Delta Tau chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha's annual holiday auction Monday, Dec. 5 at the Best Western in Great Bend. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. to view auction items, with bidding beginning at 7 p.m.
Great Bend's Home for the Holidays Parade was Nov. 26.
Two people sustained possible injury in a four-wheeler accident at 318 Cottonwood Drive, about 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
It was April Fool's Day, but it certainly was no joke when Shelly Post and Kayci (Scott) Strickland learned that they have been named as USD 428 teachers of the year for the 2014-15 school year.
Today Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) released the schedule for his Barton County Town Hall. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland's inaugural Thin Mint Sprint 5K and Cookie Relay on April 12 is a unique event attracting hundreds of people to Wichita in support of Girl Scouts across the state.
The Golden Belt Humane Society adopted five dogs and one cat during Saturday's Adopt-a-Pet Saturday at Orscheln Farm and Home. Next Saturday, the Golden Belt Humane Society will Adopt-A-Pet at Waters True Value.
Joe Boley, left, outgoing president of the Golden Belt Community Concert Association, receives a silver tray from Justin Engleman, the association's new president, honoring Boley for 16 years as president of the organization.
Local and area veterans will have an opportunity to hear about the ARCH Project and ask questions during a presentation at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas.
Prince of Peace Catholic Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave., will host the next Lenten Luncheon at noon Wednesday, April 9. Host pastor is the Rev. Don Devore, and the speaker will be Doyle Smith, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church. Serving is at noon (not earlier) and all are welcome at the weekly ecumenical gatherings for fellowship, personal reflection and spiritual growth. A freewill offering will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation.
Sponsors of Royal Family Kids Camp, which provides summer fun for children in foster care, will hold a 5K run/walk at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Brit Spaugh Park.
The annual Presbyterian Women's Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, April 5, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the sale will continue until noon.
For thousands of years, the Passover meal has been celebrated by the Jewish people in commemoration of the Old Testament account of their escape from Egyptian slavery, the beginning of their long trek towards "the promised land," and their hope in a Messiah who would deliver them from bondage forever.
On Tuesday, Kansas formally joined an Oklahoma-led lawsuit challenging the process by which a federal agency decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. Governor Sam Brownback had announced last Friday that Kansas would be joining the suit.