New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.
A couple Tuesdays ago, Barton Community College Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek gave a program at the Great Bend Noon Lions Club meeting. Among her topics was the much-needed and on-going renovation of the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.
Barton and Pawnee County residents were involved in several highway accidents over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs. All of the people involved were wearing seat belts, with one exception.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has been a writer for much of her life and used the written word to help her through six months of chemotherapy and three major surgeries. Now she wants to share what she has learned with other patients with cancer or other chronic illness.
Great Bend was represented at an elite car show held June 21-23 at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. Brock McPherson showed his 1966 Shelby Mustang G.T. 350H at the seventh annual Art of the Car Concours.
WICHITA – The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.
The final days of Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program are under way.
Law enforcement professionals will have an opportunity to learn from Chicago area Police Chief Kent Williams about various forms of adversity law enforcement personnel routinely face in the field, and how these events shape their personal lives after they leave the cruiser.
The fifth annual Storm Co-Ed Benefit Softball Tournament, helping the area's Special Olympics team, will be held July 27-28 at Veterans Fields in Great Bend. Team sign-ups are under way with the entry fee set at $135 per team.
It was the worst day of his life.
Thirteen riders from Rosewood Services began the horse-show season by competing June 22 and 23 at the South Central Stock Horse Association (SCSHA) horse show at the Celebration Center in Lyons.
The recent moderate days with cool nights have given me the itch to go tent camping. Hiking to a destination and pitching a tent along a cool mountain stream or the sandy shore of the Atlantic Ocean is a great experience but you don't have to travel to a distant location to enjoy a night out-of-doors. Your backyard will do just fine, especially if you have younger kids.
Wednesday morning, nine year-old Dade Cannon, a participant in vacation Bible school at Great Bend First United Methodist Church, shared with his fellow campers his appreciation for their work to raise money for Kans for Kids. Cannon has personally benefitted from the services provided by the charitable program during his five-year long battle with Leukemia.
MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.
Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.
There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.
Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.
LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.
The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.
The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.
BY JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking With Gloria" from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. During this class, Gloria Hernandez, will be teaching how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.