The Great Bend City Council Monday night rejected the recommendation of its Health Insurance Independent Consultant Selection Committee to not hire an outside consultant. It instead opted to sign a contract with Charlesworth Benefits of Overland Park to guide the council in bidding and selection an insurance carrier for the city.
At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
With an enjoyment of adventure and a desire to serve, Dr. Randall Hildebrand recently returned from medical missionary trip to the beautiful third world country of Cameroon, Africa where the major forms of transportation are walking or motorcycle riding. The green, country side full of waterfalls was beautiful in an area that receives 10 feet of rain in six months.
The 2012 Barton County Tax Sale is in the books, and County Treasurer Kevin Wondra told the County Commission Monday morning the annual event was a success.
Barton County contains 900 square miles.
Glenn Pfortmiller from the Model Association of Central Kansas took this photo Saturday at MACK flying field, from a model airplane equipped with a small camera. "The camera is a GoPro Hero and was set to take a picture every five seconds," he said. "Over 300 pictures were taken. The little camera takes good resolution but the wide angle lens has considerable barrel distortion. I really have lots of fun playing with it though."
Robby Gardner may have a pilot license, but it doesn't change his status as a newbie at the MACK flying field.
Walking into the St. Rose Auditorium Friday morning, the rich, comforting scent of baking sweet bread and the chatter of friends with many hands making light work of the task of creating over a thousand kolaches fill the air. Soon, the fall kolache bake and take will bring in hundreds of eager customers hoping to get their hands on their favorites. For many, that's poppyseed, but cherry and apricot are two other favorites.
The Double Trouble Trick Riders are kindred spirits with rodeo participants at Saturday's 8th Annual Rosewood Rodeo, to be held at Great Bend's Expo III Arena. They share a common experience because therapeutic horse riding has positively changed their lives.
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles celebrating the 20th anniversary of ElderCare Home Services in October. The rest will follow throughout the month.
Friends of a Russell man who died last Saturday on U.S. 281 won't use that highway when they travel to his funeral today.
More than 11 months after hunters discovered the body of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, the Pawnee Rock man accused of murdering him is headed to court.
"Nothing will work unless you do."
CHASE - The First Bank of Chase, 509 Main Street, occupies a brick building adjacent to the Chase police department at 507 Main.
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.
STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.
Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.
The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.
Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.
Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.
A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.
At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.
USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...
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.
When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.
For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.
BARTON COUNTY - The Wounded Warriors Pheasant Hunt started as a way to thank veterans for their service by Crosby's Wildgame Adventures and members and sponsors of Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 504 of Barton and Stafford counties.