Firefighters from across southwest Kansas visited Ellinwood this weekend to take part in free training from the Kansas State Firefighters Association. They spent most of Saturday in classes that included field training, and today they'll step inside a specially equipped trailer for a "live-burn" exercise with thermal imaging equipment.
Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.
Great Bend Police received multiple reports Saturday of broken windows in vehicles around town. Estimated damage in most cases was $200 to $300 per window. Many of the windows were shot out with a BB gun, according to reports.
Between now and the opening of pheasant and quail season in November, hundreds of Kansas youths will enroll in Kansas Hunter Education courses. Locally, the classes are almost always filled, says Garet Fitzpatrick, coordinator of leisure programs at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
The swimmers are gone and the water has been drained from Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility, so firefighters took the opportunity Wednesday to do some confined-space training at the city water park.
It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.
The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.
Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.