By Jim Misunas
Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
In March of 1996, Larry Hesed along with a board of eight people formed a 501c3 organization called the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Central Kansas. The organizations funding was initially started with a grant from the Showalter Foundation and the Dominican Sisters. Until 2010, the VORP program has been bringing victims and offenders together in a safe mediation setting to permit the offender to take responsibility for his or her actions, to make things as right as possible with the victim, and to be clear about future intentions. Cases were received from the Barton County Attorney's Office and ...
Singer-songwriter Scott Ibex will bring an eclectic variety of music, from what he dubs psychedelic bluegrass to acoustic tapping/fingerstyle guitar to his unique blend of reggae-infused acoustic rock, to Great Bend on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main Street, will host Ibex in concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $10 and may be purchased at the door or tickets will be available in advance at A440 Musical Instruments, 2008 Forest Ave., Great Bend.
After many albums and awards with the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod has returned to country music, but is still delivering one moving message after another. He will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
When Eric Zamora received his iPad last year, his ability to communicate was enhanced many fold. But in the near future, it could get even better.
Rosewood Ranch has attracted the attention of a nationally syndicated television show that focuses on telling positive stories about rural life. The Ranch, along with Rosewood Services Inc.'s Greenhouse, will appear in episode 722 of America's Heartland, the final episode of season seven for the show.
Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Heritage Room of the Highland Convention Center.
USD 428 Board of Education will beet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road.
Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents "Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The big gamble" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The program is free and open to adults and children.
Rachel Keenan, 14, daughter of Tim and Alicia Keenan, cut 13" off hair to dontate to the locks of love foundation.
A prize drawing for two $500 Barton Foundation scholarships, as well as other prizes, will be just one part of a day full of festivities available for area high school seniors as part of the Barton Community College Admissions Department's Senior Day, with registration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Kirkman Visitor Center on the Barton campus.
20th Judicial District Teen Court Program recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition to implement youth activities targeted for tobacco use prevention in 20th Judicial District. Teen Court is part of a statewide youth movement against tobacco.
Anyone who made a new year's resolution to exercise regularly but has fallen short may attend an upcoming cardio class in an effort to kick-start a program.
Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.
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.