It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.
Salina firm Harbin Construction won the bid to build a new dining hall for Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich. The original dining hall was destroyed by a fire last April.
Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society had a lot to celebrate at their annual meeting, Monday night at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. But members were also saddened by last week's announcement that Zoo Director Scott Gregory will be leaving at the end of the year, to accept a job in Florida.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is offering seventh- and eighth-grade basketball for the first time this fall. Sports Director Chris Umphres said enrollment has begun for boys and girls, and will continue for two weeks.
Barton County saw several accidents involving deer over the weekend, continuing a trend that began in October. Kansas Highway Patrol reports deer activity on and near Kansas roadways always poses a seasonal traffic hazard during deer-breeding season, which starts in October and runs into December.
Grady Bolding, the Great Bend man attempting to become one of the first colonists on Mars, expects the number of finalists to drop from 705 to 50 by the end of the year.
There were no fires in Great Bend on Thursday, but firefighters were busy serving spaghetti at the Knights of Columbus. It was the Great Bend Fire Department's 10th annual Spaghetti Supper, which included a drawing for many prizes, all donated by area businesses.
CLAFLIN - This week Kristina Frost was able to sleep in her upstairs bedroom again.
What will it take to get more Kansans to the polls? For Tuesday's election, Barton County turnout was less than 50 percent.
The Great Bend Zoological Society will have its Annual Meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10 at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo and Raptor Center.
There were many races to follow Tuesday night at the Republican Election Watch Party, and by 8 p.m. many were too close to call. But one local race showed a clear favorite, with Rep. John Edmonds being re-elected to the 112th district by a landslide. After advanced ballots were tallied, Edmonds had almost 69 percent of the votes, leading Democrat challenger Stephen Muehleisen 955 to 435. Edmonds went on to win the election with more than 75 percent - receiving 4,480 votes to Muehleisen's 1,459 in the election night final tally. Both men are from Great Bend.
It isn't often that the team behind Housing Opportunities Inc. takes a break, but this past Thursday everyone stopped to celebrate last year's completion of 11 duplexes in Great Bend. The 22 residences were all filled by March of this year as required by grants used to finance this income-based development.
SUNDAY Nov. 2
Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, Great Bend, will soon switch to its winter schedule. It will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
Many of us spent Thanksgiving with family, enjoying a meal and recalling all of the reasons we have to give thanks (starting with family and an abundance of healthy food).
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received and approved an unqualified audit for the year ending June 30, 2014, when it met Tuesday. Accountant Vickie Dreiling from Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball explained that a "clean" or "unqualified" audit is the highest opinion the auditor can give.
Readers looking for a fun, free Thanksgiving activity may want to consider a family jog or walk - a Turkey Trot! Running, biking and walking are a good way to work up an appetite, or to help that wonderful meal digest. Some families make special T-shirts and follow designated routes, while others are more free-form.
DeleteMark and Krista Ball were named the 2014 Great Bend Greater Award recipients during a rare evening meeting of the Noon Kiwanis Club, Thursday at Montana Mike's. In addition to recognizing the couple for their commitment to community service, the club gave away more than $1,500 to area organizations to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
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