By Jim Misunas
"June 12th could possibly be the most important day in zoo history!!" Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. He was speaking of the Great Bend zoo's history. Tuesday is the day the zoo will be inspected by staff from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for possible accreditation.
A stolen book was used to start a ditch fire in rural Barton County on Tuesday, law enforcement officers report.
No other state's history is so entwined with the American Civil War as that of the Sunflower State, says historian Debra Goodrich Bisel. She will visit the Barton County Historical Society to present a lecture and book signing from 1-3 p.m. Friday in the main museum, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge in Great Bend on U.S. 281. Admission to the program is free.
Law enforcement personnel will soon have two opportunities to learn from seasoned professionals on how to respond to sexual assault scenarios, from working through a crime scene and preserving evidence to dealing with the psychological trauma inflicted on victims.
RUSSELL - The next exhibit at the Deines Cultural Center is the summer showing of "Art of Aquarians," which opens Sunday, June 10 with an artists' reception from 2-4 p.m.
Most people would agree that three-day weekends are glorious. Barton students can make a choice to treat themselves to one every week as Barton rolls out its "four-day learning week" for select career technical education courses beginning fall 2012.
From exquisite pieces of handwriting to murals that take up entire rooms, the public will have a lot to look at in the Shafer Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 3 as the Shafer Gallery hosts a reception for their exhibit "History Writ Large: The Murals of Pat Potucek featuring selections from the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) Calligraphy Collection."
Great Bend Recreation Commission summer programs are set to begin the first of June and run through July. Summer activities will be offered at the Recreation Center, Activity Center, Lincoln, Jefferson, Eisenhower, Park schools, Veterans Park and other locations throughout Great Bend.
When chemotherapy patients at Heartland Cancer Center are receiving treatments they can now enjoy the spring renewal of the facility's Healing Garden. A team of volunteers recently spruced up the garden, which is located on the south side of HCC, 204 Cleveland.
SPC Jessica Marand, a graduate of Barton Community College's Fort Riley campus, leans in for a congratulatory kiss from her husband, Sgt. Mohammed Morand after receiving her associate in science degree May 22. Barton graduated more than 90 students, which is more than the combined graduates of every other institution associated with the Fort Riley Education Services.
GRANDVIEW PLAZA - Barton Community College's Grandview Plaza campus in Geary County was the site of national "Train the Trainer" sessions. The satellite campus focuses primarily on education in the realms of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, hazardous materials management and emergency management.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to two injury accidents over the weekend. In each case only one vehicle was involved and the injuries were not life-threatening.
People stepping to the line or straddling their bicycles to compete in the Human (e)Motion Bike, Run, Walk event on June 2 will be competing together to stamp out area domestic and sexual violence. All of the proceeds for the Great Bend Regional Hospital event, now in its second year, go to Family Crisis Center, which is located in Great Bend and serves 10 counties.
While their friends are trying to sink a golf ball, younger participants in Camp Hope will be off on a scavenger hunt for a number of prizes. Camp organizers are seeking volunteers for both the golf outing and the hunt, which are scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.
Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.
Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: E. Haldeman-Julius: Controversial Publisher and Free-Thinker," a presentation by Dean of Library Services and Curator of Special Collections at Pittsburg State University Randy Roberts, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.
There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.
USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.
The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, and Georgia pecans will be available. For information call 620-791-7314.
HOLYROOD - Keeping in mind the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Central Plains Elementary School students in Holyrood were asked to bring their loose change to donate to the Kansas Food Bank to help fund the Food 4 Kids backpack program.
At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.