Shafer Art Gallery Director David Barnes (from left) and Barton Community College Foundation Director Darnell Holopirek pose with Joe Unrein and his mother Barbara Unrein Wednesday morning at Barbara's home in Great Bend. The Unreins donated a valuable Birger Sandzén painting to be added as part of the permanent collection at Barton's Shafer Art Gallery. Barbara has served on the gallery's advisory board and has been an active member of the local art community in Great Bend via Art Inc.
Birds carved by Great Bend artist Robert Button fill a display case at the Great Bend Public Library. Examples of works by Button and other members of the Golden Belt Wood Carvers' Club can be seen at the library this week during regular hours. Guests are also welcome to visit the wood carvers, who meet from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, unless it's a holiday, at the Great Bend Senior Center
The Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired will hold its annual Craft and Food Sale on the last weekend of September. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28, at the Dominican Sisters Convent auditorium, 3600 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Easy access is on the north side of the Convent off 17th St.
Since Brandi Demel, R.N., knows that studies indicate Tai Chi is an excellent resource for addressing physical and cognitive concerns, she is sharing her expertise with Sunflower Diversified Services clients.
Catholic Social Service in the Diocese of Dodge City invites married, engaged, dating and single individuals to attend a free marriage or relationship education workshop for tips and tools to enrich existing or future romantic relationships.
Guest speaker Lora Jones from Liberal returns to Great Bend on Saturday, Sept. 14, when she will speak at the Aglow meeting at Perkins Family Restaurant, 2920 10th St. Coffee and social time begins at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9:30.
The Central Kansas Missions Conference will be hosted by Faith Community Church, Friday and Saturday, Pastor Sandy Kennedy announced. The public is invited to attend tonight's evening service at 7:30, and Saturday sessions at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Faith Community Church is located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend.
In an effort to encourage employment over welfare dependency, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced Wednesday, that it will allow a federal waiver to expire. The waiver currently allows adults, ages 18 to 49, who are capable of working but who are not employed and who do not have dependent children to receive food assistance. Those individuals currently benefitting from the waiver will be required to meet a minimum work requirement or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program.
Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.
Traffic stops after a Pontiac Bonneville SE and Ford F-150 truck collide at Broadway and Harrison, around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. There was also a collision at the intersection Friday afternoon. The intersection was once a regular spot for traffic accidents, before the city removed part of the center island and added a left-turn lane on the east side of Broadway in 2011. Now collisions are not a regular event at Broadway and Harrison.
About 300 auction-goers decked out in "Denim and Diamonds" came together to raise money for Barton Community College scholarships and program enhancements at the Barton Foundation's 35th annual Big Benefit Auction on Aug. 24.
Monarch madness is spreading to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, where the annual "Mad About Monarchs" event takes place Sept. 14. Participants have the opportunity to capture and tag monarch butterflies in the sunflower-filled fields surrounding KWEC, and join in other butterfly-related activities.
The Great Bend Public Library is holding a Halloween Costume Drive sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. From now until Nov. 9, old costumes may be dropped off at the library during business hours, to help kids get costumes for Halloween.
The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.