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.
USD 428 Board of Education members will meet for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School at 1919 Harrison for a tour of the new gymnasium led by Khris Thexton, Director of Finance, Operations for the district. Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, the general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, will discuss the progress and completion timelines.
With the upcoming retirement of USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon, the USD 428 Board of Education will officially begin the process of searching for his replacement in November. Board president Joyce Carter said the Kansas Association of School Boards will announce the vacancy on Nov. 14. Vernon made his public announcement at the September BOE meeting, and the board at that time voted to use the services of the KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and staff.
DeleteDiscussions about the position board members plan to take on a KASB question about teacher negotiations and disappointment with several aspects of the nearly finished gymnasium dominated Monday night's USD 428 Board of Education meeting.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend firefighters responded to a house fire at 3223 24th St., at the corner of 24th and Harrison. A neighbor, Sonny Tran, said he noticed the smoke coming from the house, went over and knocked on the door, then called 911 to report the fire when no one answered. Tran said the former occupant, Richard B. "Dick" Blazek, had died days before, and people had been at the house the day before.
October means the start of the new 4-H year. Oct. 6 - 12 is National 4-H Week, and members have been promoting area clubs by wearing 4-H T-shirts, hanging banners, and speaking about their clubs at school or at church. In addition to projects, camp and fair, they also talk about the friends they've made and the fun they've had with their families. For one Barton County family, 4-H has been a tradition for several generations.
PAWNEE ROCK - Tuesday morning, the parking lot of the Bergthal Mennonite Church north of Pawnee Rock was lined with trucks, SUVs and minivans. Former members and neighbors of the 98-year-old church arrived early to register to bid on church pews, stained glass windows, and other items left before the final demolition of the building later this year.
During World War II, the U.S. Air Force bomber pilots flew Kansas-made bombers overseas to bomb Axis strongholds. Leading up to their missions, those pilots practiced by dropping bombs over Cheyenne Bottoms. Debris from these practice runs prompted Chad Hobson, a Kansas State University graduate student, to include the wetlands area in a study recently.
Supporting a friend through a cancer journey can be both heartbreaking and inspiring. For Great Bend High School English teacher Jessica Ferguson, the struggle of her long time high school friend, Kimberly Jessop, through treatment and subsequent remission of Stage IV melanoma and leukemia helped her to step way out of her comfort zone. Next Sunday, Oct. 13, she will travel to Chicago and run her first full marathon in honor of her friend.
For 11 years, the Barton County Sheriff's Office Reserve has held Kids' Camp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office Range and Training Facility. On Sept. 14, kids ages 8-14 arrived early for a day of positive interaction with law enforcement and emergency service personnel.
To celebrate 25 years promoting the simplicity of a sustainable rural lifestyle, the Dominican Sisters of Peace were joined by a host of supporters from around the country Saturday at Heartland Farm west of Great Bend, as well as many from the local community. From 1:30 to 2 p.m., local musicians Alex and Nicholas Cartwright, Ian McGilber and Trisha Weilert and Travis Marler performed as visitors enjoyed lunch and a chance to explore the farm.