Jake Radke looked out over the gymnasium filled with Great Bend High School students mingled with a handful of veterans Thursday morning and got a lump in his throat.
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.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
Some of the cars were driven by folks trying to outrun the law. Some were just left by the side of the road.
Local election officials and Secretary of State Kris Kobach remind Kansans that today is the last day to register to vote for anyone who wants to vote in November's general election. Advance voting begins Wednesday in Barton County.
Barton County's books are almost cleared of all delinquent property taxes. There are just two parcels that remain unpaid, the County Commission learned Monday morning.
Last Friday morning, the Barton County Health Department held a special meeting to discuss Ebola and emergency preparedness regarding the disease.
As of Monday morning, there were 103 inmates in custody at the Barton County Jail. That's making finding room for more a problem.