ELLINWOOD -Melting and then pouring searingly hot molten iron into molds of his own, Ellinwood native, Aaron McCaffery, is an artist of a different kind, and he will demonstrate an iron art pour at the American Legion Craft Beer Festival Oct. 13.
Among the agenda items facing the Great Bend City Council when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office will be replacing resigned Second Ward council member Marty Keenan and selecting an architect for the Great Bend Convention Center project. Other topics will include a Community Improvement District for Southerlands, a city-wide clean-up, a neighborhood revitalization program, sidewalk improvements and a street resurfacing project.
The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway will be a major topic of discussion when the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse.
Great Bend's Bikes, Bombers and Butterflies weekend once again proved having several events scheduled for the same weekend is more help than hindrance.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Free Land Program will give an approximately 12,000 square foot lots to 12-15 families on a first come first serve basis to build a home at the location of the old mobile home park, the City Land Bank committee decided Monday. A $500 earnest fee is required which will be refunded upon completion of the home.
The Great Bend Noon Lions Club will continue a 28-year tradition Thursday, Oct. 4. The service organization will hold its annual Spaghetti Feed from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Great Bend Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave.
Breastfeeding moms provide valuable life-giving and life-saving nutrition to newborn infants and babies, and now employers are being asked to step up and facilitate their efforts, efforts that ultimately can save dollars spent on healthcare and lost productivity.
Barton Community College instructor Linda McCaffery will present "Murder Mystery in Kansas History" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Cohen Center at Barton Community College. The Cohen Center is located in the Learning Resource Center, formerly the Library.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Tours on Oct. 13 at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will leave from the headquarter of QNWR. Participants are required to have their own transportation to the headquarters. Tours leave at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, call620-486-2393.
Although it is temporarily out of service, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance has evaluated judges and justices across the state, making most of its findings available to the public. With some of these officials on the November ballot, these reports could be beneficial to voters, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton County election officer.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - For those who want to see the sandhill crane soar, hear the quacking of ducks and geese, and have help identifying the falcon, or a pheasant, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering free bus tours and lunch with the guidance of experts.
An hour and five minutes. That's how long the USD 428 BOE met in executive session with attorney Mark Calcara for the discussion of personnel matters. When the board finally came back into regular session, president Dwight Young moved to affirm the Superintendent Tom Vernon's earlier action to suspend Special Education teacher Angela Foote with pay pending an investigation of charges which led to her arrest Tuesday, Sept. 18 for "possession of methamphetamine, use of a communication facility (such as a telephone) for drug transactions, conspiracy to commit use of a facility for drug transactions, possession of marijuana ...
TOPEKA – The August Labor Report shows a decline in the unemployment rate, improvements in unemployment insurance claims and continued increases in jobs numbers since 2011.
NESS CITY - "Remembering Our Fallen," a photo display honoring over 70 Kansans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country's uniform, will make its first visit to western Kansas when it comes to Ness City next week.
A pickup that was reported stolen last week was recovered over the noon hour Monday when the father of its owner spotted someone driving the vehicle in the southeast part of Great Bend and called law enforcement.
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.
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.