There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, but one of the best is the gift of giving, "Christmas is the spirit of giving. And what we try to do is give ourselves. It is the little things that mean a lot. You don't have to win the lottery before you can give back," said Randy Smith.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office is gearing up to set property values for 2013 and office personnel are answering questions pertaining to 2012 values as tax bills have been mailed.
"Failure has been my greatest teacher," John Keenan said Tuesday afternoon at Perks Coffee Shop in Great Bend. The 28 year old Great Bend High School graduate was dropping off a stack of his newly cut CDs with uncle Greg Keenan, who will make them available to the public. The journey to create the album of songs, along with younger brother Mark and friend Scott Martz has been both illuminating and life changing.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.
Members of the Barton County Commission had their eyes opened Monday morning when Pattie McGurk with Catholic Social Services addressed them about a grant the agency received to help the homeless find homes.
Fuller Industries LLC officially took possession of the former Fuller Brush Company's manufacturing and distribution facility in Great Bend on Saturday morning Dec. 1, as part of a bankruptcy settlement bid to purchase all personal property, real estate and industrial business segments, which includes the custom brush and commercial janitorial supply businesses. This overall effort was made possible with the commitment and cooperation of numerous local investors who rallied local resources to purchase this company and retain the 200 plus jobs in our community.
Rich Fox, a member of Great Bend's model train club, has been busy recently sharing the Christmas spirit by transporting and setting up model trains around the city. A few weeks ago, he brought an HO gauge set out to Waters True Value Hardware. He brought an "old timey" steam locomotive G gauge to the Shafer Art Gallery, and a slightly more modern version that looks like an old narrow-gauge railroad to the Barton County Historical Museum which will be on display this weekend.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host two bird counting events this month for birders, from novices to experts, on Dec. 14 and 18.
Residents in the southeast part of Great Bend reported seeing Santa Claus in town Saturday, handing out bags of candy. Taking advantage of the nice weather, George Weber put on a Santa suit and hitched his mule to a wagon. "I've been doing this for several years," he said, adding the candy was furnished by his cousins, Rick and Randy Suchy. Weber said he'd given away 100 bags of candy, including one to Darien Montes, shown here with his mom. Darien will be 3 years old on Dec. 20.
After 16 years, Great Bend City Clerk/Finance Manager Wayne Henneke sat at his City Hall desk for the last time Friday. Well, it was his last day working full time.
If you can't get your own teenager to help around the house, here's an idea: Rent one.
With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.
The lack of homeless shelters in most rural towns and counties may give the wrong impression. Homelessness in rural America simply looks different than it does in urban areas. While higher concentrations stand outside church basements and temporary nightly shelters in downtown USA for all who drive by to see, the rural homeless are far more likely to be isolated, hidden, and voiceless.
While digging around for Christmas decorations for Sunday's Ghost of Christmas Past community open house at the Barton County Historical Museum, director Beverly Komarek rediscovered two pieces from the museum's collection, a toy wooden sleigh, and a circa 1890 horse glider. As it turns out, the horse fit with the sleigh just right. A engraved metal plate on the lower cross rail of the glider reads "Converse."
Christmas came a little early for some of the area's helping organizations on Wednesday morning a the Farmers Bank and Trust. Representatives, board members and volunteers from over 30 charitable non-profits attended the bank's 16th Annual Holiday Charity Recognition Coffee.
La Crosse woman pleads guilty to embezzling more than $500,000
For years now, Barton County has benefited from state dollars that have helped keep the county's infrastructure in tip-top shape. A big part of that success can be attributed to County Engineer Clark Rusco, County Administrator Richard Boeckman said Monday morning.
HOISINGTON - In what has been a two year process, it is expected the residents of Hoisington will see another decrease in electrical rates.
Marina Benavides, battery domestic violence, failed to appear
NEWTON - Central Plains football coach Chris Steiner felt the positive energy heading into Eight-Man I championship week.
Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in recent memory and a brighter economic outlook, the number of those going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving weekend will be the highest in several years.
"These aren't your grandmothers' quilts," has become an unofficial tagline for the Shafer Art Gallery's annual exhibit from the National Quilt Museum - and for good reason. The ornate designs and craftsmanship of the 18 quilts on display far exceed that of what most people likely think of when they hear the word "quilt."
The Prairie Godmothers group's next event, a Match and Mingle Cocktail Party on Monday, Dec. 1, will give the nonprofit organization a jump start on the third annual Giving Tuesday.
HOISINGTON - The Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is one of over 30 non-profits participating in Give Where You Live Giving Day. The Golden Belt Community Foundation will host its first-ever Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 2. This is an important one-day event to grow non-profit endowments exponentially.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
Two more photos from the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis 75th anniversary celebration.
DeleteMark and Krista Ball were named the 2014 Great Bend Greater Award recipients during a rare evening meeting of the Noon Kiwanis Club, Thursday at Montana Mike's. In addition to recognizing the couple for their commitment to community service, the club gave away more than $1,500 to area organizations to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
The regular football season was nearly over when fate intervened.
HOISINGTON - A Christmas bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hoisington Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1109 N Vine.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.