Tickets are now on sale for the next "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, set for Jan. 19, 2013, at Grace Community Church. The event is a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.
Lori Caspers is a woman to be admired for her patience, fortitude and family values. She definitely is a rare combination of hard work, artistic endeavor and thriftiness.
One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.
The Barton Community College debate team members landed several top spots against stout competition on Dec. 1, when they traveled to Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., to compete in the 26th Annual Webster Classic. Featuring competitors from 11 universities, the tournament proved to be a difficult hurdle in the Cougars' season.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
ELLINWOOD -Professional cowboy style poet Nyle Henderson will speak at the upcoming cowboy service at the Calvary Baptist Church, 307 W. A, in Ellinwood. It will be at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
McPHERSON - Famed cabaret singer Marilyn Maye is returning to the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The Barton County Young Professionals group will gather for the third annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kiowa Kantina inside Kiowa Kitchen, 214 E. Barton County Road.
The Shafer Gallery is quite breathtaking during the holidays. Decked out with large trees decorated by area youth and many other aesthetic Christmas classics, the gallery emits a palpable aura of majestic yuletide glory and all are invited to experience this ambiance as well as an awe-inspiring live performance of Native American flute Christmas music by Grammy and Emmy Nominated musician John Two-Hawks during the "Holiday Open House," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
Barton Community College will host the Jingle Bell Swing big-band dance, with music provided by the Hilltop Singers and a 16-piece big band made up of area musicians, from 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Great Bend American Legion, 1011 Kansas Ave.
A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.
Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:
The Barton Music Department will take its audience down memory lane and beyond as it hosts a Holiday Variety Show at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice (GBHH&H) will offer a free community program called "Getting Through the Holidays When a Loved One Has Died." It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3 in the Thelma Faye Harms Room in the basement level of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in Great Bend.
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.