In 1916, Riley Elementary was opened as a modern and sophisticated learning center for the students in Great Bend. Over the past 100 years, the tradition of excellence started by those students and teachers in 1916 has continued to thrive.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are offering some great classes this summer. Classes will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the next three Thursdays, June 9, 16 and 23, at the zoo. They are open from children 7-12 years old.
The birth of six arctic fox kits this past month at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is part of an ongoing effort to breed animals that have a species survival plan. But in spite of new additions in recent years, there are several geriatric animals in the zoo's population. They require special care, which is often expensive.
Noting the importance of Larned State Hospital to Barton County and the area, the County Commission Monday morning endorsed a letter of support calling for the formation of a Legislative interim committee to study the issues plaguing the facility.
The farmers market is open in Jack Kilby Square. There are hotrods, classic cars and motorcycles on the south side of the Barton County Courthouse Square, and a free movie will be starting at 9 p.m. tonight (Friday).
A Kansas senator said he's tired of the state's Supreme Court "dropping little turds" such as last Friday's ruling that gives the Legislature until June 30 to make school funding equitable or risk a court-ordered shutdown of schools.
Great Bend has a full schedule of events for the fifth annual June Jaunt. The Barton County courthouse square, known as Jack Kilby Square, is just one location for entertainment. For more information contract Christina Hayes, community coordinator, at 620-793-4111. The schedule includes: