If Unified School District 428 Superintendent Tom Vernon had been a weatherman, he would have told his School Board Monday night, they might need umbrellas. District taxpayers may want to break out some goloshes as well.
Shirley Degenhardt sits in her flower bed filled with mums on Hemlock Street in Great Bend Friday morning. For several years, Degenhardt would buy mums then plant them after the flowers' season had waned. They survived and have taken over part of the front yard, exploding into an array of reds, golds and other fall colors each autumn. "I don't buy them anymore," she said.
This year is sixth the Great Bend Beautification Committee will offer those planning holiday parties ideas on how to decorate for the season, while at the same time, earning some money to improve the community.
Tests performed on Great Bend water in September found e. coli and total coliform bacteria. However, a second set of "repeat" samples all tested negative, city Water Department officials said. They will continue the required routine testing.
HOISINGTON – A speeding car led to a pursuit that ended at a Hoisington service station with a standoff and the use of tear gas Wednesday night, Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong said.
In the First Barton County Commission District, auctioneer and Democratic incumbent Kenny Schremmer of Hoisington kept his seat by defeating Republican challenger and 9-12 Coalition organizer Kyle Radenberg of rural Barton County, garnering about 62 percent of the vote.
INMAN – After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest. Former Great Bend resident and microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, and Civil War nurse and veterans advocate Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke (who lived at Bunker Hill, Ellsworth, Great Bend and Russell) were not among the top vote getters.
In next Tuesday's general election, votes will be cast in three of the five Barton County Commission districts. To help inform the public on where the candidates stand, the League of Woman Voters of Great Bend asked each of them to respond to a series of five questions.
Incumbent Republican Bill Wolf and challengerDemocrat Christina Stein, both of Great Bend, are facing off in next Tuesday's general election to fill the 112th District Kansas House seat. Each took time recently to respond to five questions posed by the League of Woman Voters of Great Bend.
STAFFORD – It's all about the chocolate as the second-annual Chocolate Sampler AFair is set to tickle taste buds Saturday is Stafford.
Toxic blue-green algae continues to be a problem at Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Friday. The lake remains closed to recreational activity as the agency continues to monitor the water.
For Larry McDilda, owner of Family Jewels in Great Bend, finding his home in central Kansas was the result of a long search.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo lost one of its older residents Monday. Barusha, an 18-year-old female lion had to be euthanized due to ill health.
The Great Bend Renaissance Fair is starting to take off, organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, in his annual request for financial assistance he asked for less than in years past.
Great Bend's historic Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip was filled to the brim this last Thursday as Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week made a pit stop here, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
As of Monday, not only will be illegal to light up in county buildings, but the use of electronic cigarettes will also be banned.
Some southwest Barton County residents who had complained about the condition of township gravel roads got some good news at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
Thirteen years ago this morning, 343 New York City firefighters perished when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
Despite an up tick in pump prices that briefly interrupted a general decline, the cost of a gallon of gasoline should resume its downward trend, petroleum industry analysts report.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Supreme Court last week reversed Court of Appeals ruling and that evidence in a 2010 Rice County drug case was seized illegally. The high court's decision affirmed that of the original Rice County District Court decision.
About a month ago, rural Barton County resident Judy Demel complained to the Barton County Commission about the poor and potentially hazardous condition of the dirt roads near her property just west of the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
At at time when county coffers see more money going out, it was good news for Barton County Monday morning.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
The family of slain Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt "isn't worried about anything" as the Kansas Supreme Court prepares to hear an appeal of Adam Longoria, the man convicted of murdering the girl in 2010.
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