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.
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
Barton Community College will add wrestling to its list of sports in 2015-2016, a decision made official at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. Board members also learned that Barton has landed a five-year contract with the Kansas Department of Agriculture – Weights and Measurements Division to offer training for scales technicians.
The Great Bend Tree Board recently added 10 trees to the Argonne Forest on the north edge of Veterans Memorial Park, with plans to plant more in the spring, according to Charles Waknitz, chairman of the organization.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.