Most years in Great Bend, Fourth of July firecrackers start popping early in the morning, and can be heard nonstop from 10 a.m. to midnight, when they are "legal" under city ordinance. But while many people enjoy the fireworks, city firefighters have always approached the holiday with concern for safety.
With no fireworks to light, some Great Bend residents have canceled Fourth of July block parties scheduled for Wednesday. Others say the parties will go on, in their own way, and still others say their parties aren't canceled, but postponed until the next big firecracker day.
Editor's Note: Early last week, the Great Bend Tribune interviewed Battalion Chief John Stettinger at the Great Bend Fire Department concerning fireworks safety. However, with current conditions of drought, high heat and windy weather, Great Bend and most other locations in Barton County have officially nixed shooting fireworks at this time, including on the Fourth of July. The following information still applies to wherever fireworks can be shot.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks within the city limits that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
Prince of Peace Parish has chosen the program "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity," for its vacation Bible school for children from kindergarten through the fourth grade. This interactive class will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. July 9-13 at the Parish Center, 4100 Broadway.
This began as a "viewpoint" asking everyone to be cautious when shooting fireworks, but there's a chance we don't be shooting them at all this Fourth of July.
Note to readers: This story has been updated.
Members of Barton County 4-H clubs showed off their consumer skills Wednesday during pre-fair events for the Barton County Fair.
Adam Joseph Longoria, 38, began his life sentence in prison Tuesday afternoon, and is now housed at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.
Fireworks go on sale today in some parts of Barton County. But just because people can buy them doesn't mean they can light them, at least not legally, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department.
Family members of Alicia DeBolt were allowed to speak out Tuesday, as the 14-year-old girl's murderer received a life sentence.
Adam Joseph Longoria told Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday that he didn't want to attend his sentencing the following morning, since he already knew what the outcome would be. His chair in court remained empty on Tuesday.
Next year's budget for the Great Bend Recreation Commission could include 2.5 percent cost-of-living wage increases for full-time employees, upgrades to the software and an early payoff on the debt for the new Great Bend Activity Center, Director Diann Henderson told commissioners Monday.
HEIZER - A cutting torch caused a grass fire Saturday afternoon near the Mullergren Plant, about a mile from Heizer, that would take several hours to extinguish, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. A small fire earlier in the day at a Great Bend residence caused little damage.
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."
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.
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