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."
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
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has a new animal - a 2-month-old binturong (BIN-tu-rong), commonly known as a bearcat. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said she will be kept in quarantine for about four weeks, which is the policy for any new animal. After that, she will become an education animal, which means she'll be able to travel with zoo staff for community programs.
Starting Monday, Dec. 22, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will begin lending portable WiFi Hotspot devices to library patrons wishing to expand the library's Internet access. Wifi Hotspot lending will be part of a pilot project initiated by the State Library of Kansas, in partnership with New York Public Library and the Knight Foundation.
Nine students from Great Bend's Seventh-day Adventist School took time out from an art project Friday and traveled to the Cherry Village nursing home to present their Christmas music program. A room full of residents and guests listened to the 30-minute program.
The Great Bend Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office both received reports this past week from people who were the intended victims of con artists. They reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
The Golden Belt received 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight Wednesday, according to reports from the National Weather Service offices in Dodge City and Wichita.
A mixture of snow and sleet began falling in Barton County Wednesday evening, which led to a number of weather-related accidents. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to two injury accidents in Barton County and one in Ellsworth County, all between 7:28 and 10:22 a.m. on Thursday.
Kansas got an early taste of winter Wednesday night when 4-6 inches of snow fell on this part of the state.
Here are some photos taken Thursday morning in Great Bend. About 4 inches of snow fell overnight in Great Bend and Ellinwood, with Claflin receiving 5.5 inches. An observer in Larned reported 3.8 inches.
Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a head-on collision Thursday morning in Barton County, after a car slid on ice south of Great Bend and hit another car head-on. One driver was injured.
A Great Bend man told police he was hit by a car around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The driver never stopped, according to the victim, 20-year-old Noe Chavez.
The number of trees in Great Bend is nearly half what it was 40 years, according to a "tree census" taken in 2012 by the city's Tree Board. City Administrator Howard Partington has asked the board to implement an accelerated tree planting program.
Two vehicles collided at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in Barton County. Injuries were minor but one driver, Cindy Aracely Esquivel-Dominguez, was arrested for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and no insurance.
When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.
A video record
After a Ferguson, Mo., police officer fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, and the subsequent rioting, the Obama administration suggested more body cameras for police officers. As it turns out, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation were already headed in that direction.