A nonprofit organization with the motto "Reaching Hurting People, Restoring Families, Realizing Dreams" quietly got underway in Great Bend last August. Now the Central Kansas Dream Center, located at 2100 Broadway Ave., will host some guests from Phoenix, Ariz., to train local program leaders and help others better understand the vision for central Kansas.
At the Haven Invitational Varsity Debate Tournament on Oct. 26, two Great Bend High School novice debate teams competed and both finished with winning records against varsity debaters. There where 22 schools and 58 teams that competed at the tournament. Trae Black and Ashtin Heath finished with a 3-2 win loss record with 25 speaker points and tied with their teammates Aaron Miller and Makinna Dykes with the same record and speaker points. GBHS Debate coach Barbra Watson commented "I was proud of all of my first year debaters that were brave enough to compete at this huge varsity tournament ...
Two former front-running candidates for president from the Democratic and Republican parties will take the stage at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4.
On Friday, October 18, the Kansas Museums Association awarded a 2013 Institutional Grant Award to the Rice County Historical Society. The award was one of two presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the Kansas Museums Association in Lawrence. The $500 award will be applied to the purchase of two dehumidifiers for the Historical Society's storage areas.
The 9th Annual Rosewood Rodeo is now in the books, but the Oct. 12 event will long be remembered by participants and spectators alike. That's because many of the more than 30 participants turned in stellar therapeutic rides and the new Rosewood Drill Team wowed the crowd, which was on hand to witness the team's debut performance at the Great Bend Expo III Arena.
The Barton County Commissioners are seeking a volunteer to represent the county's older population on the Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging's Sub-Region Council, the Barton County Administrator's Office announced Friday.
Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for families in need of affordable housing offered through the non-profit organization. With hopes of starting the next building project in the summer of 2014, interested families should submit an application as soon as possible, said Rachel Mawhirter, chairman of the local Habitat board.
On Oct. 19, the Great Bend High School Debate team competed in the Buhler Invitational Debate tournament. They had five teams contribute to an overall placing of 3rd in sweepstakes and two medals with a 1st place finish in the varsity division.
Raising children is one of the most important jobs a person will have during their life, but there are very few opportunities to receive parenting training. Join Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science Agent, for a three part "Successful Parenting" workshop. Some of the topics covered include: self-esteem, communication and discipline. The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, 14, and 21 at the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room, 1800 12th Street, Great Bend.
Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.
An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...