What a difference a week can make. Last Friday, Great Bend was inches deep in rain from an all day shower. This week, its sunny skies and perfect weather for planting a tree. That's exactly what Lincoln fifth-grader Natalie Williams did after school, with a little help from her friends on the Great Bend Tree Board, Vickie Berryman and Lisa Whipple.
The Ellinwood Rotary Club will change up a favorite June Jaunt activity this year. For the past couple of years they organized a Color Run, but after the initial year, attendance waned. What was missing, they believed, was a sense of competition that would get teams revved up to take part.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
With the end of the school year just a couple weeks away, the USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night with only a few items of business to consider. Board members also heard about end of the year preparations around the district.
The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is taking booth registration for the annual K-96 June Jaunt to be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This year's event will be held in Wolf Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Outdoor Market will include antiques, vintage, refurbished, re-purposed, homemade, home based business products and concessions. For more information or to register call 564-3300 or email the Chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2016.
Michael Fletcher, arborist with the Great Bend Tree Board, marked a decades long Arbor Day tradition with fifth graders at Great Bend elementary schools and Holy Family Catholic School Friday afternoon. Each spring, the Great Bend Tree Board distributes redbud tree seedlings to fourth grade students in the district as part of its ongoing community outreach project with the National Arbor Day Society.
Thirty years ago this week, the world began to get an inkling of just how destructive nuclear power can be when the Soviet Union's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced a meltdown at one of four reactors.
About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of the creation of the Great Bend Community Orchard. That's right--our community has an orchard of apple trees that someday we can picnic at, use for a photo backdrop, learn orcharding skills like pruning and grafting, harvest fruit from for community outreach projects or cooking classes through our Barton County Extension or Barton County Health Department.
Brooklyn, New York, born Don McPherson wasn't shy about sharing his appreciation of his new friends in Great Bend Tuesday. Here for one day to help spread the message that men have a part to play in raising awareness of and battling domestic and sexual violence, he wasn't afraid to share his bothersome concerns of what it means to be in tornado country in the springtime. It didn't make him any less a man. Quite the contrary.
The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and approved an annexation request from Kenny Schremmer for a property he owns located just south of the railroad tracks near Railroad Ave. and US 281. A developer has expressed interest in the property, and has conducted a variety of tests including water and soil tests, as well as a traffic assessment in recent weeks. At this time, Schremmer said, he is under contract with the party who intends to bring a Sonic Drive-in restaurant to the location.
Sexual and domestic violence continue to have a home here in Barton County, as they do everywhere else in the country. But the Family Crisis Center continues the battle to educate and end these crimes. Tuesday night, April 26, instead of the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, they are bringing to Great Bend a different type of Red Shoe event .
Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face. Likewise those representatives make an effort to attend events like legislative coffees like the one held Wednesday morning at Ellinwood.
State Treasurer Ron Estes presented the program at the Ellinwood Rotary Club Tuesday, April 19. He gave an informative talk about the state's efforts in returning unclaimed property to Kansans. Anything from payroll to the contents of safe deposit boxes are turned over to the state after five years if businesses are unable to find the owner and do so themselves, he said.