Several points of new business made for a long but informative Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Irlan Fullbright congratulated returning council persons James McCormick and Kirk Clawson, as well as newly elected Ken Lebbin who will filled an open spot. Also-ran Kathy Hines was also in attendance at the meeting, and during visitor comments congratulated Lebbin for his success, before objecting to the decision to install Chris Komarek as the acting City Manager following Bud Newberry's resignation earlier in March.
The Heartland Center for Spirituality staff and advisory council is in the midst of planning and preparations for the second annual "Hero for Heartland" Afternoon Tea and Savory Delights. This event will take place on Sunday April 24 with a come and go Tea and Tours of the Great Bend Dominican Motherhouse from 1 – 4 p.m. Advisory council members Sr Jane Belanger, Carrie Buhler, Keith Funk, Danny Ginn, Dixie Heinrich, Ken Holderread, Pattie McGurk, Sclie Murray, Ken Moeder and Denise Wilkens along with committee members, Karen Axman, Mary Klinge and Judy Spangler have been instrumental in the planning stages.
The Hoisington City Council welcomed newly elected members and honored those retiring from service at Monday night's meeting. Nancy Farmer, Ward 1 and Jim Sekavec, Ward 2 both retired following last week's election. Both were presented plaques, recognizing their many years on the council.
Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.
We've all heard the saying, "a little goes a long way." For 57 families in a six-city area, the saying rings true, says Vicky Dayton of Housing Opportunities Inc. The non-profit housing solutions company builds affordable housing through the use of federal and state grants. Since 1999, over $40 million in federal and state awards have been awarded, but it almost didn't happen, Dayton said.
Since its founding in 1872, Great Bend has held spring elections for local officials, and this year saw the last. In 1886, there was a particularly tight race for mayor, so in the spirit of honoring the past and saying goodbye to a long-standing election tradition, this week Out of the Morgue looks back at that election and the results.
A provisional ballot cast in Great Bend's Third Ward could change the outcome of one city council race. Unofficial results Tuesday showed Cory Zimmerman winning the seat with 16 votes, while Doug Keiswetter had 15 and needed one to tie. Thomas Boor was a close third with 12 votes. All three were write-in candidates.
In light of the criticism raised by conservative groups over Senator Jerry Moran's support of consideration of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, it's time we all refresh our memory of what the term conservatism actually means.
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.
ELLINWOOD - Rev. Terrance Klein, parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish of Ellinwood, was busy placing newly polished candlesticks at the church in preparation for Easter Sunday on Thursday afternoon. This weekend, the church is expecting the return of several hundred alumni of the parish school. They are coming to celebrate the 130th anniversary of this Ellinwood institution.
This week in 1966, young men of draft age who hoped to complete college were given hope when the Selective Service announced it would continue to provide college deferments based on performance for the time being. It was reported in the March 25, 1966 edition of the Tribune, a Selective service spokesman had put it succinctly, "We are preparing for the worst and hoping for the best." It issued guidelines to the local draft boards that allowed them to consider a student's calss standing and deferment test score in determining deferment eligibility.
Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.