Fake blood and cobwebs are coming out of storage as area groups work on haunted houses for Halloween. Several of the attractions open this week, while others are keeping us in suspense for one more week. Attractions include:
Catholics will be praying the Holy Rosary in front of the Barton County courthouse this Saturday at noon, said Ruth McFrederick from Holy Family Parish. Believers of all faiths are invited to come and pray for the nation.
Most weeks the Great Bend Tribune reports on at least one fundraiser that involves food. We can mark our calendars by pancakes, spaghetti or homemade chicken-noodle soup. In the coming weeks we'll have several opportunities to sample some food specialties by local cooks. In so doing, we may actually be helping others.
Great Bend Recreation Commission Director Diann Henderson has been elected to serve as president-elect and then president of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association. Her three-year term will begin in January.
The Environmental Protection Agency will collect soil and water samples this month at the former O'Neill Tank site near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, to determine if there is contamination from hazardous materials. The EPA also plans to collect samples at and around the former Plating Inc. site in the industrial park near the airport. Plating Inc. is a contaminated site that is monitored by EPA's Superfund Division, under a federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
Great Bend's firefighters plan to visit every elementary school in town this month, and several preschools as well, teaching lessons they hope kids will learn - and then teach to their parents at home.
After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.