Q. What do you get when you add 6,800 bierocks and 3,500 cinnamon rolls?
To say Barry and Monica Bowers have a history with Barton Community College might be a bit of an understatement. Not only did both graduate from Barton in the early '80s, both were students there when they went on their first date.
Starting around Monday, June 10, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt overlay project on US-183 Highway in Rush County. This US-183 project starts at the Rush/Pawnee County Line and continues north 12 miles to the south city limits of LaCrosse. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.
Equal parts murder, mystery, music, and comedy are in store as the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe presents the new Broadway musical "Curtains" as part of Sterling's Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration. "Curtains" has a tuneful, toe-tapping musical score by the song writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb famous for the musicals "Chicago" and "Cabaret." The show will be staged at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6 and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 in the Sterling High School Theatre.
The annual Nex-Tech Zoo Fest runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. There will be free food and live entertainment for the whole family.
Children at the Barton Community College Child Development Center (CDC) play with some new toys, Tuesday afternoon. The toys were acquired through a $500 grant awarded by Child Care Aware of Kansas. The grant requirements focus on increased efforts to practice healthy eating habits and to include physical activity both in and outside of the classroom. CDC Director Larissa Graham said the equipment is intended to help aid in fine muscle development and encourage "active play."
The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood this summer, helping to ensure a sufficient supply for patients in need.
Law enforcement professionals will have two opportunities to learn from Chicago area Police Chief Kent Williams about various forms of adversity law enforcement personnel routinely face, not only in the field, but how these events shape their personal lives after they leave the cruiser.
Waters True Value has donated $4,000 to the Oklahoma City Red Cross. The effort to contribute to the disaster relief efforts came after an EF5 tornado left a 17-mile path of destruction and damaged 4,000 homes and businesses in the Oklahoma City area on May 20.
The City of Great Bend's newly formed committee to study the banning of pit bulls will hold an organizational meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the City Council chambers, 1209 Williams. The meeting is open to the public.
A new keypad entry system at the Daniel R. Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center helps ensure the safety of it residents, said Kimberly Becker, director. A $1,250 grant from the Golden Belt Community Foundation paid for the keypad entry, and also helped staff repaint the facility and buy a new television.
Bruce Mellor, Kansas Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge of Great Bend, recently presented a check to Julie Bugner Smith, executive director of United Way of Central Kansas.
By Jim Misunas
Great Bend Recreation Commission summer activities start Saturday with a model airplane fly-in at MACK field.
ELLSWORTH COUNTY - Four people traveling in an SUV are dead because of a traffic accident on I-70 in Ellsworth County. But one lucky boy is clinging to life, thanks to a Good Samaritan.
I thought he was exaggerating when my friend called and said he had snakes in large numbers in a water trap in his front yard. I grabbed the camera and drove out to his farm. I was amazed when he lifted the iron cover to expose the mass of reptiles inhabiting that small area. Practically every crevasse housed a serpent. They were mainly Bull Snakes with some King Snakes and Rat Snakes. The temperature was in the 70's, and the snakes were lively and active. There were no venomous snakes that I could discern. We agreed that the large ...
A voice came over the loud-speaker system filling every room at Great Bend Middle School.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the renaming of the Convention Center, Rotary Club activities and the appointment of a public lands director.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes: proclamations for County Day of Recognition for National Service, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; the county's exchange server; and Planning Commission appointments.
Teachers were gifted with nearly $30,000 by the USD 428 Education Foundation when the non-profit group recently awarded 28 minigrants. The amount distributed was higher than any previous year. Successful fund raisers, gifts from benefactors and investments resulted in more money being available than in the past, according to Matt Hiss, president. Education Foundation trustees also agreed to not cap the limit for each minigrant this year. As a result, two applicants received significantly more than $1,500.
Two individuals and three groups are receiving the state's 2015 People Saving People Award for their efforts to improve traffic safety on April 1 as part of the 21st annual Kansas Transportation Safety Conference in Wichita.
The River of Life Church in Great Bend will sponsor a local Easter egg hunt at Heizer Park, 8th and Heizer, at 11 a.m. Saturday.
First Assembly of God, 601 Patton Road, will hold its seventh annual Big Cannon Candy Shoot at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, behind the church.
The Sons of the American Legion will hold a hamburger and brat feed from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the Argonne American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. Hamburgers and brats will be available for $5 each for members and guests. Proceeds will support the Sons of the American Legion's programs such as child welfare and the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
Children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities are the beneficiaries of the community's generosity and compassion once again, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services.
Patients and visitors at St. Rose Health Center will notice virtually no disruption in services during the move into its new location next door, Administrator Leanne Irsik said.
For the third consecutive year, the Kansas House of Representatives will formally declare the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.