Crews from Peterson Mechanical, Great Bend, unload the first of two new cooling towers at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center Wednesday, March 27. The new energy-efficient cooling towers will provide St. Rose with a modern, cost-effective system to air condition the facility.
Between 11 p.m. on March 28 and 2:51 a.m. on March 29, 11 mailboxes were destroyed. Five were at apartments at 2314 31st St., and six more were in the 2000 block of 32nd St. in Great Bend. Police Chief Dean Akings said each box was valued at $50, for a total loss of $550.
A new set of stairs has been added to the swimming pool at Barton Community College, making the pool more accessible. The addition was funded by Barton's Silver Cougar Club and the Bill J McKown Endowment.
Mae Weaver 91, died on April 4 at River Bend Assisted Living Center in Great Bend. Born Feb. 3, 1922, in Burlington, she was the daughter of Elmer Edward and Ellen Marie (Walking) Kepler. She graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. On Sept. 20, 1942, she married Robert John Weaver in Burlington. He died on July 12, 2012. A longtime Barton County Home Economist, Mrs. Weaver was a Great Bend resident since 1950, coming from Manhattan and Burlington.
The Central Kansas Community Choir accompanied by the Barton Community College Orchestra will present a concert themed "On Broadway" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 8, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend. The group will perform substantial medleys from popular Broadway titles such as "Les Miserables" and "The Lion King," as well as single selections from "Porgy and Bess," the "Wizard of Oz" and more.
Barton Community College's theater department will host "Kansas Drama" at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Community Room in the Learning Resource Center. Barton theater students will perform "Settling the Kansas Territory" from the "Shared Stories of the Civil War" reader's theater project.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Great Bend Tribune, 2012 Forest Avenue, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Sarah Adams and Amanda Hockerott. As the local news and multi-media leader, the Great Bend Tribune informs the community about matters of importance and interest. Featuring a blend of print, social media and digital products, the Tribune will be introducing its latest community project. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
I'm strongly in favor of keeping the mentally ill away from firearms and I'm coming around to approving any policy that keeps crazy 'journalists' away from a keyboard, too. Case in point is Salon.com writer Arthur Chu. His rant titled "It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males" makes Alex Jones sound like Dr. Phil.
According to WikiLeaks, the United States National Security Agency spied on French presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, reports Reuters. I contacted my French informant, Pierre Le Paint, to learn why.
LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Alexis Folkerts, Jadynce Schroeder, Jordyn Stukey and Cadence Brown competed at this year' s National meet in Las Vegas June 10-13. Schroeder led the quad placing third overall after competing in the vault, bars, beam and floor. Stukey and Folkerts placed fifth and sixth while Brown came in ninth. (Not pictured is Cadence Brown)
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Immunization Program is continuing its successful 'Immunize and Win a Prize,' program. This statewide campaign provides prizes to families who have their children timely immunized. All Kansas children are eligible. However, to qualify, the children must receive their immunizations from a Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider.