The Environmental Protection Agency will collect soil and water samples this month at the former O'Neill Tank site near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, to determine if there is contamination from hazardous materials. The EPA also plans to collect samples at and around the former Plating Inc. site in the industrial park near the airport. Plating Inc. is a contaminated site that is monitored by EPA's Superfund Division, under a federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
If gentle, humming alpacas and a romp around farm and pasture aren't enough to tempt the family into the car for a drive in the country Saturday, maybe checking out a "chicken tractor" or visiting a Scottish Highlands steer will. They'll all be on hand at the annual Harvest Festival Open Farm Day at Heartland Farms, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The event will happen, rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their 80-acre farmstead 14 miles west of Great Bend in Rush County.
You could color Shannon Wedel happy these days.
Students will have some time off from school in the coming days, but the Great Bend Recreation Commission has scheduled some activities, including a training course for baby-sitting, for those looking for something to do, said Garet Fitzpatrick, GBRC program coordinator.
Great Bend's firefighters plan to visit every elementary school in town this month, and several preschools as well, teaching lessons they hope kids will learn - and then teach to their parents at home.
Under the bright lights of the gym at Washington Early Childhood Center, 2535 Lakin Ave., about 20 young children scoot, crawl, walk and run. They are a busy group, motoring around atop riding toys, tossing balls, climbing play equipment, flattening play dough and intently watching their peers do the same.
HOISINGTON - The National Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway professionals and volunteers met for a brain storming session on Wednesday in Hoisington to celebrate successes of the past seven years and plan for the future.
HOISINGTON - A Hoisington resident, Michael R. Smith, 24, died when the vehicle he was driving rolled over at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
Natural, accidental, and "unknown" - three fires with three causes in the past week.
The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 General Election is at the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman wants to remind residents there are numerous locations and opportunities for them to do this.
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.
The Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway took center stage at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning as commissioners honored many of the project's volunteers and heard a report about efforts to market it.
Great Bend Police Officers' Brian Dougherty and Jefferson Davis will present a "True Lies" program for parents or anyone who cares about the youth of today at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Great Bend High School auditorium. They will talk about the issues 7th-12th graders are dealing with.
The Great Bend High School Panther Jazz Band will hold its fall concert at 7 p.m. today in the GBHS auditorium.
ELLINWOOD - For those with champagne tastes and a beer budget, the Ellinwood American Legion will host the first ever Craft Beer Festival featuring stouts, ales and delicate artistic flavors from micro breweries in Kansas and Colorado. German food such as bratwurst with sauerkraut, bier rocks and home-made bread will also be for sale.
Capt. Eric Yoder thinks his work clothes could make a pretty good Halloween costume. Dressed in full fire fighting gear, including mask and breathing equipment, he sounds like Darth Vader and may kind of look like him, too. But Yoder wanted kindergartners at Park Elementary School to see there's nothing to be afraid of. Yoder wants children to know that if they see a fireman reaching for them in a smoke-filled room, he's there to help.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.
Jazz filled the air in the Great Bend High School auditorium Tuesday night as the GBHS Jazz Band took the stage for its fall concert, which was open to the public. Soloists include Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Michael Raymer, Michelle Rooney and Allison Regehr, practicing since August, weeks before classes started, were polished and ready to show their chops.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.
The upcoming Elvis Tribute concert at Great Bend's American Legion will feature Frank Werth & the Vibrations. An article in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune said the backup group would be on tape. While the soundman uses tracks for the instrumentation, the Vibrations is a four-person vocal group that joins Werth for a live show known as Frank's Attribute To Elvis, or F.A.T.E. The benefit concert will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
The razing of the Pitcock building, also known as the old opera house building, will begin in two weeks, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Nelson Stone advised he plans to start setting fence on Monday, Oct. 20, and start the work on Wednesday, Oct. 22.