Each year, the Christmas season in Great Bend shines brightly with its Trail of Lights holiday display. A drive along the trail might start at the south entrance to Brit Spaugh Park, taking viewers past animated displays and a light show set to music in front of the zoo. Then proceed to Veterans Memorial Park for "The 12 Days of Christmas." See the Christmas Nativity at K-96 & 10th Street, then head south to the Historical Village lights.
When German settlers arrived in Barton County in the 1870s and 1880s, they brought European Christmas traditions that can be found in today's homes: Trees decorated with ornaments, holiday foods, and gifts from a mysterious visitor.
One day after the Great Bend Police Department asked for the public's helping in locating a 30-year-old man who allegedly held a woman inside a local residence against her will, Bobby Stark is in custody.
The Community Service Organization (CSO) at Barton Community College raised more than $600 worth of gifts and gift cards for Barton students for Christmas through member donations. Pictured are just a few of the members who participated in the event.
Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.
Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.
Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.
Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.