Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has filed for reelection to a second full term as County Treasurer. Wondra was first elected to the office in October 2007 by the Republican Precinct committee to complete the term of the retired Jan Karlin. He then won election to a full term in November 2008.
The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs Mobile Office is coming to Great Bend this week. The air-conditioned mobile office staffed with veteran service representatives will be at the Great Bend Dollar General store, 5318 10th street, from 2-7 p.m. Today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Veterans can learn more about VA and state benefits and even apply for benefits on site. Some of the benefits that veterans and eligible family members may qualify for are service connected disability compensation, improved pension benefits, death pensions, VA health care benefits ...
TOPEKA - Sleeping bag? Check. Hiking boots? Check. Safety guidelines? A must! While the preparations for a family camping or hiking trip usually include a review of the necessary gear, parents should also review safety guidelines with their children, paying special attention to potential hazards specific to camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, water and falls.
By Jim Misunas
It's hot. We know, and our animals know it – including the animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College will be the site of an "elegant, afternoon high-tea fundraiser" reminiscent of 1800s England.
A Rice County woman's grandmother is terminally ill and unable to care for her granddaughter who has a developmental disability. The young woman, 18, is now in the residential program at Sunflower Diversified Services and soon will be in the non-profit agency's day-services program.
Stanion Wholesale Electric is responsible for one of the final finishing touches on the Habitat for Humanity house being completed at 1906 Hubbard in Great Bend. The local business donated all of the light fixtures needed to complete the three-bedroom home.
Tia McGraff, described as having "a voice stolen from angels," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the Ray Schulz Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, 85 South U.S. 281 (south of the Arkansas River bridge).
Special Assistant Attorney General Kevin O' Connor, who was the prosecutor during the Adam Longoria trial, speaks to a room full of area law enforcement professionals, Tuesday at Barton Community College. His topic was Systematic Responses to Sexual Assault. The day-long seminar was part of the Lee Turner Lectureship Series, an endowment-funded program designed to help law enforcement personnel meet continuing education requirements. There will be another session on Wednesday, July 25. The deadline to register is July 11.
RUSSELL - Eye patches will be in excess when the Russell Arts Council and Barton Community College cosponsor the summer musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.
Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout the state of Kansas will hold their annual Department Convention June 22-24 in Great Bend at the Highland Hotel.
One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.
By Jim Misunas
Addison Westhoff, Grace Ball and Kaeli Amerine pose for a photo with Sen. Ruth Teichman and Gov. Sam Brownback, on March 26 when the girls served as pages. The girls are students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an appointment to the Barton County Community Development Advisory Board, the Sheriff's Office impound sale and an appointment to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
The Model Association of Central Kansas (MACK) is an organization providing a safe, family-oriented environment to promote education and wholesome recreation for its members and the community as a whole through modeling activities. Join MACK on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 1 p.m. until dusk as members will be flying and talking about model airplanes during this free come and go event. Who knows? You may even have a chance to fly one of these model airplanes with the aid of a MACK instructor. This program is for all ages, but children must be accompanied by at least one adult ...
Copier bids are on the agenda for the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, set for noon Friday, Oct. 10, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
On Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. the Great Bend High School counselors will present information for parents of juniors and seniors concerning life after high school. Topics included: scholarships, college applications, ACT, graduation credits, college visits, FAFSA checklists, Career Cruising, and PEP. The same information will be given each night.
Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 11 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to noon for a free breakfast. Biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice will be served. The breakfast is sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.
ELLINWOOD - The Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Plains chapter, will meet upstairs at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Visitors are welcome. For more information call 620-791-8673.
From pumpkins to monsters, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., is showing its fall colors this month.
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.