"The Rifleman" stands on the north side of the Barton County Courthouse, vigilantly facing south to protect the Union. Before the sculpture of a Civil War soldier turns 100 years old in November it is getting a professional makeover.
Barton Community College's 2015 "Community Report" is hot off the press, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman told members of the Great Bend Kiwanis on Wednesday. The annual report to BCC stakeholders highlights the college's progress and its vision for the future.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said a cigarette is the suspected cause of a small grass fire reported Sunday morning at 2545 Sunset Place. Firefighters were dispatched at 11:11 a.m. and arrived to find a small area of grass that had burnt near the back door of the residence. The resident said she had put a cigarette out near the back steps.
The Great Bend Fire Department's annual run-walk for MDA will add chipped timers this year, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. The Nov. 7 event, which offers 10K, 5K and one-mile distances, also has a fun new name: The Stache Dash, and participants are encouraged to wear or grow mustaches. Additional awards will be given for the best real and fake mustaches.
The three trumpeter swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo were removed from public display last week to protect them from an increase of avian influenza that is sweeping across the country, Zookeeper Sara Hamlin said. Meanwhile, the zoo's alligators have been moved to their fall/winter quarters.
L.E. "Gus" Shafer is best remembered for his bronze sculptures of Old West cowboys, but a new abstract piece inspired by the artist was dedicated Tuesday outside Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery.
For the past 11 years, Great Bend Middle School instructor Greg Wells has been leaving sticky notes is classrooms throughout the school district. In addition to his teaching duties, Wells serves as the USD 428 energy manager, overseeing a conservation program. The notes may remind a teacher to turn off a computer or the light at the end of the day.