HEIZER - A cutting torch caused a grass fire Saturday afternoon near the Mullergren Plant, about a mile from Heizer, that would take several hours to extinguish, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. A small fire earlier in the day at a Great Bend residence caused little damage.
School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes last week. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.
More than 50 people stood outside Station 1 of the Great Bend Fire Department Saturday morning, waiting for the start of the annual Great Bend Firefighters Run for MDA. They would run in 5K or 10K races, or participate in a 1.8-mile "fun walk" at their own pace, with their entry fees donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
TOPEKA – The jobless rate in Barton County ticked upward slightly from April to May, while the statewide rate remained flat, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The May 2012 Labor Report showed a 1 percent increase in private sector jobs since May 2011.
Last week, as President Barack Obama announced he would halt the deportation of certain young immigrants, Great Bend Attorney Robert Feldt and about 2,000 other immigration attorneys watched the announcement on TV. The June 15 announcement coincided with the American Immigration Lawyers Association's annual convention, held in Nashville, Tenn.
When authorities learn a child has been abused, the child enters a system that sometimes serves to re-victimize the child. Fear and confusion on the part of the child can jeopardize the case against the perpetrator and ultimately, more children are destined to be hurt.
A cruelty to animals case was taken after a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy went with Golden Belt Humane Society Director Gayle Broberg to check on a horse without water, Tuesday afternoon in the 300 block of South U.S. 281.
Any Barton County senior who is interested in the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program can apply from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, or on Tuesday, June 3, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas. Additional dates will be announced for sign up at Hoisington and Ellinwood Friendship Meal sites.
City of Great Bend Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker received a letter of intent from Andy Mingenback, president of Brentwood Builders of Great Bend, stating his plans to repair the wall that was left exposed from the demolition of the old opera house at Forest and Williams.
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.