Barton County Commissioners will not meet Monday because of the annual meeting of county officials from across the state in Topeka.
For the veterans, some still bearing the scars of their service, it was a chance to rekindle their common bond and share their experiences with others.
For years, a piece of Civil War history has, in effect, been hidden in plain sight in the Barton County courthouse square.
"Have a spoonful of kindness with your coffee in the morning," says Kirk Sinclair, who is walking the American Discovery Trail across America to promote the humanitarian needs of housing, health and hunger. Having walked from the coast, he was in Great Bend on Wednesday and Thursday.
Due to some glitches that occurred during Tuesday's testing, KDOT will be conducting another live simulation test on the 511 map (511.ksdot.org) from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Like Tuesday, fake winter road conditions will appear on the site during the test period.
Barton County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing four patrol vehicles from a Hoisington firm and will be operating some new models they haven't used before. The purchase, which came in over $80,000, was approved by the Barton County Commission this week.
Calling all retailers. The City of Great Bend is inviting business leaders in the Great Bend area to the first-ever Retailers Roundtable meeting on Monday.
Great Bend is making a revived effort to get young working adults involved in the community by reorganizing the Barton County Young Professionals group. To show prospective members what it's all about, the group will have a free membership mixer from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Straub International, 214 SW 40 Ave.
Just in time to kick off the Christmas shopping season!
County officials had almost $25,000 in worthwhile county programs that needed funding from this year's special alcohol tax funds.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about this region's juvenile service programs.)
David Reiser, Great Bend Middle School principal, has been named Middle School Principal of the Year by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Middle School Principal Pat Reinhardt has been chosen as one of three Kansas Association of Middle School Administrator's Exemplary Principal. In addition to Reinhardt, Brad Miner, principal of Royster Middle School of Chanute, and Dr. Michael Wolgast, principal of Pioneer Trail Middle School of Olathe were also chosen.
Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz, left, greets reporters and other educators, Monday at Barton Community College. Schulz visited the Barton campus to promote KSU's 2+2 partnerships with all 19 Kansas community colleges that allow Kansans to earn an associate degree at their local community college, and complete the remaining two years of course work for a bachelor's degree from K-State.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."
Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.