The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Search warrants executed Tuesday evening in Great Bend yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, and a stolen gun was recovered during a related traffic stop. A total of six people were arrested.
The gymnasiums at Great Bend's City Auditorium and the Great Bend Activity Center are closed for the remainder of the month, GBRC board members learned Monday. Both gyms and the exercise area at the Activity Center closed Monday and will remain closed while floors are being refinished by the Great Bend Recreation Commission staff.
Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.
Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.
Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.