Youth Academy alumni enjoyed a morning of play on Friday morning, racing go-carts, bowling, playing video games and miniature golf.
Break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts, man. United Way of Central is prepping to celebrating 50 years of making a difference in the community.
Barton County Voting Places - Primary Election August 7
Barton Community College employees showed visitors some of the latest improvements Thursday. During an open house for the fully renovated Student Union, the college also invited people to look inside the mobile training center for Barton's natural gas transmission and distribution program. The mobile unit is the first of its kind.
Residents of Barton County have endured two summers of drought and extreme heat, along with the rest of much of Kansas.
There were no changes to Barton Community College's proposed budget Thursday. It was approved by the BCC Board of Trustees after a public hearing at which no one came forward to comment.
The Aug. 7 primary election is merely days away and the Barton County Clerk's Office wants to get the word out about voting opportunities, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
A new 40-foot structure will rise south of town at the Great Bend Co-op facility over the next few month. Last Wednesday, the Great Bend Co-op broke ground on what will become a 4,000 ton dry shed. The new shed will increase their capacity to six times its current size when completed. They will continue to use the existing 800 ton shed in the meantime.
Editor's Note: This is the second to two stories about campaign finance reports filed by area candidates.
Great Bend City Council member, attorney and native Great Bend resident Marty Keenan has announced his plans to leave the community, moving to Hastings, Neb., where he will teach political science and international relations.
In an effort to make rural roads safer, the Barton County Commission Monday approved entering into a three-way agreement to improve three blacktops in the north and west of the county.
Art Cravens, Great Bend, started gardening and selling vegetables from his roadside stand 10 years ago. At age 86, he credits it with keeping him healthy and active.
Editor's Note: This is the first of two stories on finance reports filed by candidates for office. Today's story is based on reports filed in the Barton County Clerk's Office. Part II will look at the reports filed in Topeka by candidates for the Kansas Senate District 33 and the House of Representatives District 112.
When it comes to the City of Great Bend's proposed budget for 2012, no news is good news.
Great Bend civic leaders want this community to be the Kansas Department of Agriculture's home on the range, and they should know sometime this month if their bid to house at least part of the departments's relocated headquarters was successful.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
ELLINWOOD - A national retail store is coming to Ellinwood, the city has announced. A closing date on the sale of property has been set for Nov. 6.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Oct. 2
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.