This weekend several events are scheduled in Great Bend to honor veterans and observe Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11.
One City of Great Bend employee looked at the mountains of black tires heaped on the backside of the city's compost site Wednesday afternoon.
Barton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brian Bellendir will be the county's next sheriff, after fending off incumbent sheriff and write-in challenger Greg Armstrong in Tuesday's general election.
Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.
The Tuesday's general election is in the books. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.
Six years ago, Karole Erikson and husband Jay Miller bought digital cameras and began photographing the landscape and inhabitants of both the Cheyenne Bottoms and their own backyard. For Miller, it was a chance to rekindle and interest born 30 years ago while studying art and photography at Barton Community College. For Erikson, it was a chance to delve into a creative realm far from her everyday work as a music teacher at BCC. On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Deines Center in Russell featured photography by each, spotlighting the talent of Kansans from Central Kansas in the "Local Color" exhibit ...
Sure, the ballot included Democratic President Barrack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But, it also included a duckling, a wimpy kid and a hungry caterpillar.
Chili lovers had the opportunity to try 19 different chili recipes Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Explore Great Bend Chili Cook Off, sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services. Cook off coordinator Sarah Krom said 140 tasters bracelets were sold, and a $663 donation will be made to the Community Food Bank with the proceeds.
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.
When Great Bend City Council members first started discussing their vision of a refurbished Convention Center, they planned on spending about $1 million, and having the facility remodeled and up and running again by next August.
HUDSON - Living it up with the lowly "poor man's vegetable," the city of Hudson celebrated the cruciferous white, purple turnip with older and young alike at the 4th annual Turnip Festival . Although the Kansas earth did not yield much fruit this year, turnips runneth over in the planted field with the addition of a little water.
On Nov. 13-15, county officials will meet at the Kansas Association of Counties Annual Conference in Topeka. It's a time for local leaders to work with the KAC in developing its 2013 legislative platform, said Barton County Commissioner. Don Cates Monday morning.
Brad Smalley and Ana Klecker, historical reenactors from the Longbranch Saloon museum in Dodge City, deputized several young lawpersons at high noon Saturday, Nov. 3 at P and S Security in Great Bend. It was part of the Explore Great Bend chili cookoff taking place along Mainstreet and at the Westgate Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $5, tasters purchased a bracelet which gave them a chance to sample 18 different chilis around town, and one people's choice vote. Contestants offered a wide variety of recipes featuring beef, chicken, turkey, pork and venison, red ...
Tuesday is the general election and Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last-minute reminders for residents heading to the polls.
From sunrise to sunset, Saturday and Sunday, youth hunters have their shot at bagging pheasants or quail before adult hunters take to the fields Nov. 10. It's the annual Kansas youth pheasant and quail hunting season, Nov. 3 and 4, for youth age 16 and under. Youth under the age of 16, accompanied by an adult mentor, can hunt for free all over the state. Brian Hanzlick, Barton County conservation officer, said while there were no organized youth hunts locally, the youth season offers a great opportunity for parents to pass on their love of hunting to their children ...
ELLINWOOD - John Celock, Huffington Post writer, author, and founder of an online newspaper, spoke to Ellinwood High School students about the importance of becoming involved in the community to make a difference.
A machine purchased by Sunflower Diversified Services with grant money from Barton County is in operation, and the county may be seeing a return on its investment.
A baby bobcat rescued off an oil rig near Great Bend last spring has become an animal ambassador at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, Calif.
Ellinwood High/Middle School 1st Quarter Honor Roll
HOISINGTON - The Character Education Partnership will honor the 2014 recipients at the 21st National Forum on Character Education, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 30-Nov. 2. Hoisington High School will be awarded two National Promising Practice Awards in Character Education for "Hoisington High School Students Organize Support For Team Austin" and "Medal of Honor Character Program Enhances Cardinal Core".
Community breakfast to be held at K of C Hall
The U.S. average price of gasoline of $3.03 per gallon continues its slide to levels last seen in December 2010, and Monday, more than one-half of the nation's gas stations offer regular gasoline at prices below $3 per gallon. Meanwhile in Kansas, the average retail gasoline prices have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas.
From Nov. 12-14, county officials will attend the Kansas Association of Counties annual conference in Wichita. County Administrator Richard Boeckman reviewed the KAC legislative platform with the County Commission during its meeting Monday morning.
In March, hundreds of volunteers and supporters of Kansas small town culture converged in Newton for the second Big Rural Brainstorm, organized by the Kansas Sampler Foundation. Marci Penner, director of the foundation, led a brainstorming project that also introduced Kanstarter, an online crowd-funding site still in it's planning stages.
ELLINWOOD - Barton County Commissioner for the fourth district, Ellinwood resident and retired businessman Ken Lebbin, has begun a write-in campaign to retain his seat on the county commission.
Friday morning, area veterans met at the Great Bend American Legion Hall for coffee and a chance to honor an old friend and one of the three known U.S. military Generals from Great Bend. Legion member Hugh "Bud" Steadman requested the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor present General Richard Wegner, a two-star General, retired, with the U.S. Army Air Force was a member of the Great Bend High School Class of 1943, and served his country during both World War II and the Korean Conflict, and he was a classmate of both Steadman and Virginia (Lonnon) Sharp, both ...
The Central Kansas Dream Center opened in 2013 and is growing at an amazing rate. The facility now is bursting at the seams to meet the needs of those who have no hope. The latest addition is two licensed outpatient counselors who provide drug and alcohol abuse individual and group treatment, DUI assessments and Substance Abuse Screening Inventories.
He was standing in ditch water on the west side of Highway 281 about a mile south of Hoisington - all alone and seemingly uninterested in his immediate surroundings. I pulled off the roadway about 40 yards away, and just watched for about 30 minutes. Traffic was light, and I recognized a few of the people who probably questioned my thinking in view of my parking spot. The camera must have been reassuring - nobody stopped.
Ellinwood Municipal Court Docket - Oct. 14
HOISINGTON -"Stepping On – Building Confidence and Reducing Falls for the Elderly" will be offered by Clara Barton Hospital. The fall prevention program will begin in Hoisington on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The program is from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays for seven weeks. The course will be held in the Hoisington Activity Center classroom located at 1200 Susank Road.