The weather at the first of May was decidedly un-springlike, forcing several outdoor events to reschedule. The last day of May was more to everyone's liking, and the Kansas SpeedWeek Cruise Night brought dozens of classic cars and racers to Great Bend's Jack Kilby Square.
A Minnesota teenager who died May 20 from a rare form of bone cancer has become a global role model for others battling serious illness. Zach Sobiech's song "Clouds" is a viral hit, reaching Number One on at least one digital music chart, but it made a bittersweet debut this week on Billboard's Hot 100.
SALINE COUNTY – The elite firefighters from Great Bend, Newton, Hutchinson, Sedgwick County and Winfield met in McPherson Wednesday morning. From there, the team made its way to the tornado-ravaged community.
On April 26, Barton County Emergency Management received notice that President Barack Obama signed a federal disaster declaration which ordered aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the Feb. 20-23 blizzard, including Barton and surrounding counties, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.
SALINE COUNTY – Great Bend Fire Department firefighters are among more than 230 emergency personnel from across Kansas taking part in an intensive a two-day, large-scale training exercise that wraps up today in Saline County. First responders, emergency managers and other members of the public safety professions were invited to participate in and observe the exercise and tour the state-owned Crisis City training facility.
Tuesday night, Great Bend experienced wind gusts of up to 52 mph, according to the National Weather Service. According to USD 428 assistant superintendent Dan Brungardt, the Great Bend Police Department notified district administration that a tree had blown over into another tree. They expressed concern that if the wind shifted or the other tree gave way, at least part of the original tree would fall into the Washington School building.
Last week, we ran part one of a series on aging out of foster care. We were introduced to Daniel Martin, a foster alumnus who now works with other fosters in an independent living program in Wichita. His generation of fosters is working to change the system to ensure future fosters are empowered and have a more successful outcome. But it will take a lot of work to turn the system around. Here are a few ways they are making a difference, and ideas they have for the future.
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.