The Great Bend City Council Monday night took steps to make the annual downtown Christmas celebration safer and more family friendly when it approved several street closings for the night of the festivities.
The job of maintaining the City of Great Bend's army of 500 fire plugs falls to the Water Division of the Public Works Department. This is no insignificant task as these steel sentinels stand ready to help save property and lives in times of crisis.
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday and as communities prepare to "fall back" one hour, the Great Bend Fire Department and the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal urge residents to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and changing the batteries.
A complaint from rural Barton County resident Clarence Bieberle about a trashy property near his home north of Odin led to a harsh rebuke by the County Commission Monday morning of the County Attorney's Office and its lack of action on numerous zoning and nuisance code violations.
Among the items addressed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning was the approval of the year-end outcomes for the 21st Judicial District's Central Kansas Community Corrections. State law requires the review and approval of the Barton County Commissioners, as the administrative county for the 21st Judicial District. This has been a successful year for CKCC, Director Amy Boxberger told the commissions Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning invited the public to the long-awaited dedication of the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial's first commemorative stone The event will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
Two years ago, the city commissioned a housing needs study as part of its application for a Rural Housing Incentive District, a tax-credit program. The study quantified the need for housing at different levels and types. It also verified the shortage is expected to worsen if no incentives are put in place, and that the shortage is detrimental to the community's growth.
Wednesday, Nov. 18, is National Philanthropy Day, and the United Way of Central Kansas is taking it very casually, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said. The UWCK is sponsoring the second-annual Dress Down the Town benefit to raise funds for the 2016 campaign.
Time is running out for Vicki Dayton of Housing Opportunities Inc. She wants to apply for a state grant to bring more moderately price homes to Great Bend, but has not received as much community support as she thought she would.