In police lingo, code 7-10 means "out of service." That's where Great Bend Detective Terry Millard will be after this week. Millard is retiring after 23 years with the Great Bend Police Department and more than 30 years in law enforcement.
Parents with young children and strollers can get fit and receive a free T-shirt by signing up for Stroller Walks and attending an orientation meeting this month, according to Megan Hammeke at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
Firefighters from across southwest Kansas visited Ellinwood this weekend to take part in free training from the Kansas State Firefighters Association. They spent most of Saturday in classes that included field training, and today they'll step inside a specially equipped trailer for a "live-burn" exercise with thermal imaging equipment.
Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.
Great Bend Police received multiple reports Saturday of broken windows in vehicles around town. Estimated damage in most cases was $200 to $300 per window. Many of the windows were shot out with a BB gun, according to reports.
Between now and the opening of pheasant and quail season in November, hundreds of Kansas youths will enroll in Kansas Hunter Education courses. Locally, the classes are almost always filled, says Garet Fitzpatrick, coordinator of leisure programs at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
The swimmers are gone and the water has been drained from Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility, so firefighters took the opportunity Wednesday to do some confined-space training at the city water park.