With all the hubbub over the embattled Great Bend Convention center it could be easy to assume the hospitality industry in this community is lacking or is in some way inferior to that in towns our size. Coffee talk chatter is rife with stories of problems faced by travelers and convention goers.
Editor's note: The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau this spring conducted surveys to gauge opinions of lodging in the community. In the first of two parts, the Great Bend Tribune will examine the overall impressions of lodging experiences. Part two Friday will deal specifically with the Great Bend Convention Center.
Within hours after a story about Dutch man seeking the family of a World War II veteran whose dog tag he found hit the Great Bend Tribune, the phones and social media exploded with people offering their help to make the reunion happen.
With the recent rains, it may be easy to forget the drought that still grips much of Kansas and the western United States. It may also be easy to overlook the long-term impact of what we do with our water.
Noting there were no safety concerns and to avoid harming a local business, the Barton County Commission Monday morning lessened the distance a large fireworks stand has to be from surrounding structures.
Somewhere beneath the tons of brand-new concrete being poured at the Great Bend Municipal Airport are chunks of another era, an era when the facility served as a training base for B-29 pilots headed to do battle in World War II.
In her report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning, County Appraiser Barb Konrade said Appraiser's Office personnel are still in the process of the annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.
Citing maintenance and liability concerns, it was the consensus of the Great Bend City Council Monday night not to accept an offer from Concrete Services President Roy Westoff to donate property on Second Street to the city.
It may only be a first step in preventing future flooding in Ellinwood, but the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a cooperative agreement with the city to improve water flow along its eastern edge, an area hit hard by recent heavy rains.
A study may be sobering to parents as they prepare to send their kids back to school, especially their teenagers. According to the study released by Safe Kids Worldwide and FedEx, teenagers are now the most at-risk youth for pedestrian injuries.