There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.
Nearly 17 years after 5-month old Lance Jasper died as the result of shaken impact syndrome, his killer may be released on parole. The Prisoner Review board will hold a parole hearing in February for Lance's aunt, Crystal J. Jasper, now 36 years old.
Recently, Great Bend Police officers were notified that someone was trying to skate on Veterans Memorial Lake. Bad idea.
A rural Great Bend man was in custody Tuesday afternoon after a woman sent a text message that she'd been kidnapped. The 43-year-old man was stopped in Ellis County by the Kansas Highway Patrol and arrested on outstanding warrants. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the suspect had been transported back to the Barton County Jail and the county attorney's office was reviewing the case Wednesday afternoon to see if new charges should be filed stemming from Tuesday's incident.
The cold weather on Wednesday made it the perfect day for an indoor activity. Great Bend Recreation Commission obliged by setting up its Imagination Playground inside the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St.
ELLINWOOD - The 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 12. Freshman Rep. J. Basil Dannebohm (R-Ellinwood) hosted an early Legislative Coffee on Tuesday at the new Gather Coffee House, located at 19 Main St. in Ellinwood. In addition to Dannebohm, Representative of the 113th District, Sen. Mitch Holmes, (R-St. John), spoke at the coffee.
Great Bend Firefighters were dipatched three times Friday when people saw steam coming from dryer vents and thought it was smoke. Although these were all basically false alarms, at least one potential fire hazard was revealed, Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Mike VanCampen doesn't know how many World War II veterans are living in Kansas, but he continues to hear from them. As president of the Kansas Honor Flight program, VanCampen routinely schedules expense-paid trips so that veterans can see their war memorials in Washington, D.C.
The Gun and Knife Show continues Sunday at Expo I.
Expo I was the scene Saturday for the fourth annual gun and knife show in Great Bend. Spokesman Anthony Lutz said the show sponsored by RK Shows Inc. will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Spidey, the spider monkey at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will turn 50 years old this month. Spidey is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.
The tai chi classes Dee Krier teaches for the Great Bend Recreation Commission defy the conventional wisdom of American fitness gurus. While Westerners tend to "burn" energy and use phrases such as "No pain, no gain," Eastern philosophy sees energy as life giving. "You use it to create more energy," she said.
Five years ago, the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo was at a turning point. Scott Gregory was the new zoo director, charged with improving the facility's safety and moving toward accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
CLAFLIN - A rural Barton County man who was on his way to work saw a suspicious pickup leaving the Claflin Lumber Yard around 6 a.m. Monday and decided he would follow. As a result, a stolen solar panel and a stolen trailer were recovered, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green.
Two Great Bend men's lives were forever changed by a drunk driver nearly two years ago. Today, accident victims Michael Tysver and Cody Clark, along with their families, continue to deal with the aftermath.
ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.
In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.
Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.
Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.
Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.
Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.
The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.
Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.
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