Great Bend Recreation Commission is wrapping up another busy summer and gearing up for fall programming, the board of commissioners learned Monday.
A two-year program on spiritual formation is starting this month at the Heartland Center for Spiritually in Great Bend.
Great Bend teachers are already back at school, and next Wednesday most of the students will be, too.
Farmers markets and community gardens are still supplying fresh produce, said Barton County Extension Agent Donna Krug. She recently presented a program on the benefits of "locally grown" food and its preservation.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has added a web-based backup for its records on animal care, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Lt. Brian J. Bellendir bested incumbent Greg Armstrong and former Lt. Richard W. Unrein to win the Republican primary for Barton County Sheriff. His will be the only name on the ballot for that office in November. With votes from all 40 precincts counted for the unofficial total Tuesday night, Bellendir led with 2,262 votes, or 46.94 percent. Armstrong had 37.6 percent with 1,812 votes, and Unrein trailed with 15.46 percent, 745 votes.
Barton Community College employees showed visitors some of the latest improvements Thursday. During an open house for the fully renovated Student Union, the college also invited people to look inside the mobile training center for Barton's natural gas transmission and distribution program. The mobile unit is the first of its kind.
There were no changes to Barton Community College's proposed budget Thursday. It was approved by the BCC Board of Trustees after a public hearing at which no one came forward to comment.
Editor's Note: This is the second to two stories about campaign finance reports filed by area candidates.
In a little more than a month, Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will know if the application for national accreditation was successful.
Editor's Note: This is the first of two stories on finance reports filed by candidates for office. Today's story is based on reports filed in the Barton County Clerk's Office. Part II will look at the reports filed in Topeka by candidates for the Kansas Senate District 33 and the House of Representatives District 112.
Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.
A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.
When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.
Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about last Thursday's candidates' forum. It was held at the Crest Theater in Great Bend and moderated by the League of Women Voters.
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20.
Detective David Bailey said the Great Bend Police Department is close to wrapping up a recent case where someone used window chalk to write racist graffiti on the cars of an African American family.
At one of Great Bend's historic churches, the congregation is focusing on "church outside the walls."
The trouble with tax cuts is that they cost so much.
A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later this year, according to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.
Today, Saturday and Sunday.
Search warrants executed Tuesday evening in Great Bend yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, and a stolen gun was recovered during a related traffic stop. A total of six people were arrested.
The gymnasiums at Great Bend's City Auditorium and the Great Bend Activity Center are closed for the remainder of the month, GBRC board members learned Monday. Both gyms and the exercise area at the Activity Center closed Monday and will remain closed while floors are being refinished by the Great Bend Recreation Commission staff.
Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.
Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.
The first day of school is just 10 days away, which means it's not too early to remind motorists to slow down.
Two male cougar cubs that arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo this spring are waiting to be named - but they won't have to wait much longer.
Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. The board will also vote on whether to accept an insurance settlement of more than $2 million for the construction of a new Dining Hall at Camp Aldrich, and hold its monthly board study session.
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