With the last day of school little more than a month away, most parents and students aren't thinking about immunizations. But it's not too early for school nurses and the Barton County Health Department to begin planning for fall. Public Health Nurse Melissa Hegerman shared some recent changes in immunization requirements.
There seems to be a pattern developing at the Golden Belt Community Foundation.
Local children's authors Gina Cook and Tami Dykes will visit Great Bend Public Library during National Library Week, April 14-20. Other events include the semiannual food-for-fines drive, a computer class and three free movie events for the public, said Jennifer King, Young Adult/marketing librarian.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its first competitive grant cycle of 2013, awarding $16,180.90 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties.
It was a bright, brisk early spring afternoon at the Great Bend Expo Complex Thursday. The concrete slabs outside the metal buildings were already dotted with agricultural equipment as vendors started to trickle in for the second-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo.
Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans?
Lily Aikings, Director of the Barton County Health Department, is concerned some of the county's children may be at increased risk for lead poisoning. Surprisingly, the risk factor may come from an unlikely source--their parents.
Dozens of Great Bend Panther baseball and softball players were on hand Thursday to see the outline of a 5-foot baseball rising above the entrance to the Great Bend Sports Complex. Before the teams faced off against the Hoisington Cardinals, they participated in the unveiling of a metal sculpture created by Bruce Bitter of B&B Metal Arts in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Many imagine doing good for others, but much of the time, those thoughts never reach fulfillment. However, one young man Brett McMullin, who was born with a club foot, no fibula in his right leg, a heart murmur and a sixth vertebra in his spine, and has had a rod inserted in the femur of his left leg with screws in his knee and hip. His feet are two different sizes, an 11 and a 5 with legs of different lengths.
CHICAGO - Consumers in the U.S. saw gasoline prices steam to a record average price in February, but the motor fuel market cooled considerably in March. Contrary to public perception, average first quarter 2013 gas prices averaged below 2012 numbers, GasBuddy reported this week.
By Veronica Coons
Brenda Guerra remembers very little of the accident that dramatically changed her life, and the lives of her family members. It was after 2 a.m. on Jan. 27 and she was driving home on a Barton County road when her car went into a skid.
Plans are well under way for the Community Service Day set for Wednesday, April 24, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The event came up as part of his update on city activities.
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.
Late winter storms kept the Barton County Road and Bridge Department busy, even as winter turned to spring, the County Commission learned Monday morning.
If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.
The long-running campaign to clean up Veterans Memorial Lake took another step forward Monday night when the Great Bend City Council approved the application of a chemical jolt to help eliminate the toxic blue-green algae.
The City of Great Bend has a new police chief and a new City Council member.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a resolution allowing the transfer of funds for the Great Bend Public Library heating and air conditioning system loan. The amount being transferred is $762,012.92.
Monday, March 2, was "Read Across America Day". This year, the book is the Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.
Students at Lincoln Elementary school arrived at school Monday morning dressed in the costumes of beloved book characters. Hours of work went into preparations for the school's celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The popular children's author would be 111 years old this year.
At the Hoisington City Council meeting Feb. 23, EMS Director Scott Fleming announced the successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training for five new volunteers.
A lengthy discussion over the replacement of a heating and air conditioning system in the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop ended in a stalemate at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.
A 40-plus-year-old arrangement between the City of Great Bend and Barton County over the cost to house inmates in the Barton County Jail has been revised, Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
This is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, and to mark its importance to the safety of area residents, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution denoting this observance locally.
A jury was selected Monday for LaVeta D. Miller's trial in Barton County District Court. Miller has entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of theft by deception.
The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, "Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time," on Sunday, March 1. Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.
Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.
With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a weather and storm safety program.
Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29, is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical "Godspell," which opens Thursday at the college's Fine Arts Auditorium. The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.