After a one-year hiatus, the once annual Gardens Galore garden tour will return Sunday, June 2. Only now, it is a project of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. It had been sponsored by the local Soroptimist International, but it has since disbanded.
Perfect attendance is a rare accomplishment for most students. It takes planning and preparation, with illnesses and bad weather to contend with from time to time, to make it in to school every day on time. But for those who achieve it, it's nice to be recognized for the effort. Dale Shaner wanted to do that for USD 428 students. He had an idea, and after sharing it with his wife, Karen, and some friends, the group put the idea into action.
Barton County Sheriff's officers are emphasizing seat belt laws by participating in the Click It or Ticket program. For the week prior to Memorial Day, and continuing until June 2, drivers can expect to see more BCSO deputies on the highways, aggressively enforcing "Kansas Occupant Restraint" laws and other traffic statutes.
Orange cones and construction crews are already in place on the U.S. 281 bridge just north of the Great Bend city limits as the Kansas Department of Transportation begins to replace the span, a project that could take until next spring.
Workers began pouring the foundation of the new Great Bend Middle School tornado safe room Tuesday morning, less than a day after the devastating F4 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., tore the roofs off two elementary schools, injuring many and killing nine confirmed at the time of this writing.
CLAFLIN - Numerous volunteers have put their hands together and established a new Community/Fitness Center for the Claflin area. The project involved refurbishing the old Claflin Elementary School for the new purpose.
Great Bend residents George and Zola Weber said they love living in this community. But now they live in fear of their neighbors' pit bulls and suggested to the City Council Monday night it ban such vicious dogs from inside the city limits.
The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team competed at the KSHSAA 2A State Championships on Saturday, May 2 at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita. The team placed seventh out of 42 schools participating.
Twenty-two Hoisington students, ranging in age from Kindergarten through sixth grade, participated in a two-weekend program courtesy of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce retail promotions committee. On Saturday, April 25, they attended Business Basics, where they learned how to run a basic entrepreneurial business and chose a product to bring to market. Then, on Saturday May 2, with products prepared, they attended Market Day. Creativity was at an all time high with their business ideas, with items at Market Day ranging from snacks for people, birds and dogs, arts and crafts, graduation themed goodies and surprise eggs!
"Pathway" is another buzz word parents of middle and high school students will need to get used to in coming years. Picture clusters of classes, with each class being essential to a particular group of similar careers. This was the main focus of new business at the USD 431 Hoisington Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Washington, D.C., – The Arsenal of Democracy: World War II Victory Capitol Flyover Executive Committee announced Tuesday that the Flyover will be streamed live on Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The link for the live webcast is usvets.tv/Events/ArsenalofDemocracy2015.aspx.
There will be a lot going on in downtown Great Bend this summer, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night. The council approved several street closures and took other action to accommodate the festivities at Hayes' request.
Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.
The Great Bend Police Department has identified two Hoisington residents who were arrested on drug charges last Friday after a traffic stop. Johnathon Hiserote and Amanda Decker were booked into the Barton County Detention Center.
Sister Charlotte Brungardt welcomed visitors to St. Rose Saturday afternoon. They came to say farewell to the circular towers which are slated to be demolished as the next phase in a renovation that will carry the medical facility into the next century of carring for the people of Great Bend and the surrounding area. There was singing and stories of the hospital's founding in 1902 by the Dominican Sisters. There were also tears shed. The towers, built in the early 1960s, have been a familiar landmark in the city for over 50 years.
Smoke, sirens, firehoses, hats and badges, and Kia the K-9 officer drew a sizable turnout to the first annual Guns and Hoses open house Saturday morning. Great Bend Police, Fire and Rescue collaborated on the event that showcased the elements of how these men and women work and train to keep the people of Great Bend safe each day.
Rotarians flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center Saturday to hear 41st Kansas Governor Michael Hayden talk about the importance of the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands as a natural resource and of water conservation in light of increased demands on a finite supply.