Most years in Great Bend, Fourth of July firecrackers start popping early in the morning, and can be heard nonstop from 10 a.m. to midnight, when they are "legal" under city ordinance. But while many people enjoy the fireworks, city firefighters have always approached the holiday with concern for safety.
With no fireworks to light, some Great Bend residents have canceled Fourth of July block parties scheduled for Wednesday. Others say the parties will go on, in their own way, and still others say their parties aren't canceled, but postponed until the next big firecracker day.
After much discussion over income potential of the Great Bend Convention Center and what some Great Bend City Council members called the dismal maintenance of the facility by Highland Hotel management, the council voted Monday night to form a committee to look at the center's short-, medium- and long-term fate.
Their combined experience is nearly half a century; they've worked under 17 different principals in six different schools; and they have finely tuned the art of multi-tasking.
These safety tips are provided by the Kansas State Fire Marshal:
Editor's Note: Early last week, the Great Bend Tribune interviewed Battalion Chief John Stettinger at the Great Bend Fire Department concerning fireworks safety. However, with current conditions of drought, high heat and windy weather, Great Bend and most other locations in Barton County have officially nixed shooting fireworks at this time, including on the Fourth of July. The following information still applies to wherever fireworks can be shot.
At the behest of fire chiefs across the county and Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller and citing the tinder box conditions, the Barton County Commission renewed the county-wide burn ban.
Ellinwood may now be the only place in Barton County where fireworks will be welcomed on the Fourth of July. It earned this honor after the County Commission followed the lead of other county cities and voted Monday morning to postpone the use of fireworks until there is relief from the bone-dry conditions plaguing the region.
Outside the Great Bend headquarters of Fuller Brush stands a Weigand Realty sign, but company President and Chief Executive Officer Brady Gros said residents need not be alarmed.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution postponing the discharge of fireworks in the county.
Jim Mosher has hit the right chords for more than 30 years as a professional musician. The fact he's found his perfect instrument of communication is all the better. His harp valued at more than $5,000 features 38 strings.
The Hoisington city council passed a resolution Friday afternoon to prevent the discharge of fireworks on the Fourth of July this year.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks within the city limits that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
HOISINGTON – The Hoisington City Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. today at the city office, 109 East First St., to consider a postponement or ban of fireworks in the community, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said.
CLAFLIN -The Kasselman Family of rural Claflin continued their tradition of hosting another very successful Fall Fun Festival with all proceeds being donated to Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation on Sept. 28. This was the 9th year for the event and the largest to date with an estimated 900 people in attendance.
Life on the Byway
Professional development workshops to be held
Kenny Lewis' story illustrates the many benefits of a new Sunflower Diversified Services program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports stopping an alleged burglary and theft in progress at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
A monarch butterflies enjoys the Butterfly House at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Wednesday afternoon. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said summer is the best time for viewing butterflies, but there was no shortage of monarchs this week.
At this year's Big Benefit Auction for the Barton Community College Foundation, Great Bend residents Gary and Anna Burke submitted the winning bid on a unique item - naming rights to two cougar cubs recently acquired by the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. They named the cougars after their grandchildren, Tanner Ford and Tommie Lankerd.
Barton Community College Trustees heard Thursday about plans to add wrestling as a sport in 2015. Trustees will be asked to approve the program at their next business meeting, on Oct. 23.
HAYS, Kan. - Don and Chris Bickle, long known for their philanthropy, announced today a gift
HOISINGTON -The Hoisington High School chapter of the National Honor Society held an induction of new members on October 5th, 2014.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Historical Society is hosting a Cemetery Tour at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 26. The tour will take place at the Ellinwood Lakin Comanche Cemetery, north side entrance.