More than 10,000 of America's best and brightest youth traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.
By Jim Misunas
A fireman's dream is rain on the Fourth of July, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department. The next best thing is the series of rains the Golden Belt has experienced leading into the explosive weekend.
Recently, the Barton County Historical Society Museum received an exceptional gift from the Prosser family of Barton County. The surviving brothers of Maj. Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser, USMC (Ret.) gifted his military dress uniform jacket, complete with his many medals of commendation earned over a career spanning 31 years, hat and dress gloves.
TOPEKA - Gov. Sam Brownback once called Obamacare "an abomination," and with the federal health reform law now four years on the books bad-mouthing it has become a conservative Republican ritual.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. On the agenda are the establishment of a Born Learning Trail in Great Bend, a sewer line hook-up request, a joint effort with Barton County on the 10th Street bridge and a Rural Housing Incentive District for the Reserves at Trail Ridge.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an update on the Treasurer's Office, Golden Belt Veterans Memorial engravings, the county's mobile command vehicle and the purchase of a new vehicle by the Health Department.
Wednesday morning, Barton County 4-Hers arrived bright and early at the annex of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend. Some came loaded down with clothing and home decorating projects, others with dress bags and hangers full of tops, skirts, dresses and pants. They came hoping to impress judges with their skills in buymanship and construction.
Angela and Wes Meitner of Great Bend believe they have some big shoes to fill as the new managers of Great Bend Community Theatre.
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.
MANHATTAN – The Fourth of July is finally here, and with the celebration comes fireworks, barbecues and outdoor fun for all; including our furry, four-legged friends. The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health cares for companion animals as much as people do.
July 4 is a time for celebration, whether it's a family get together in the backyard or a trip out of town for some R and R. With all the fun going on, we sometimes forget about the dangers Fourth of July merrymaking can bring.
Dr. Mirta M Martin attended a reception in her honor, courtesy of the Great Bend location of Farmers Bank and Trust and bank president William R. Robbins. It was her first official function on her first official day as the first female president of Fort Hays State University. When Dr. Martin took her turn at the podium, she talked about her journey as a refugee from Cuba, at the age of five, to Spain, where she lived for five years before she immigrated to the United States with her grandmother.
Around Great Bend, young people have been spotted doing volunteer work and Acts of Random Kindness. In fact, these youths are part of John Zimmerman's A.R.K. Foundation, a program he created to build character, teach respect and make the world a bit better for everyone.
The "Spark a Reaction" teen summer program at the Great Bend Public Library continues this month. The following Teen Spot events are intended for students in grades 7-12.
Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.
Students now have two modern options for living on the Barton County Campus as the brand-spanking new "Bluestem Hall" is ready to house students for the upcoming school year. Move-in day is scheduled for August 16 and 17. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and after-hours event hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lobby of the new building, which is south of the Student Union. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and tours of the new facility will be given.
'Cheyenne Bottoms During World War II' presentation to be held
Hoisington Municipal Court - July 18
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament to be held
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.
Hoisington Winner Plans to Pay off Home with Lottery Prize
Her voice brimming with enthusiasm, new Big Brothers, Big Sisters area director Diane Shoemaker has come on board with the non-profit organization which provides a little attention to kids-in-need, but has big results.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center will feature guest speaker Linda McCaffrey during a July 28 noon pot luck lunch.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.
After somber deliberation, a unanimous Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a non-binding resolution calling for the resignation of County Treasurer Kevin Wondra.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.