The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to appoint Amit Patel as the new city clerk/finance director. He fills a position left vacant since the retirement of Wayne Henneke last December.
The annual 4-H Fashion Revue, leading up to the 2013 Barton County Fair, brought glamour to the catwalk at the Crest Theatre in Great Bend Monday evening. Participants in the buymanship and clothing construction projects were spotlighted as they followed the yellow brick road. Club members modeled outfits they painstakingly built with an eye towards economy, and the garments they constructed with attention to detail and creativity in the weeks and months leading up to the show.
The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.
It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.
Local and area veterans now have the opportunity to receive more of their health-care services at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, thanks to a federal pilot program. It is called Project ARCH, which stands for Access Received Closer to Home.
To celebrate Independence Day on July 4, the City of Great Bend - along with Sunflower Diversified Services and many other sponsors - will host a Community Fireworks Display at the Great Bend Expo Complex. The show is choreographed to music, and will begin at dusk. Sunset will take place at approximately 9:02 p.m., and the show will begin as soon as it is dark enough (around 9:33 p.m.).
After sampling Veterans' Memorial Lake in Great Bend for toxic cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has placed the lake under a "public health warning," the KDHE announced Friday.
The face of tourism in America is changing, with both domestic and international tourists seeking more authentic experiences, explained Cris Collier. The director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau recently led a workshop on agritourism for local entrepreneurs at Heartland Farms west of Great Bend.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Pam Martin, educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, suggests signing them up for the center's summer programs, held Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25.
Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.
Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.