Connie Smith is a firm believer that volunteers gain as much from helping others as the recipients of their service gain. After wrapping up a year as an AmeriCorps member at Catholic Social Service in Great Bend, Smith hopes to be chosen for a second year with the program, while pursuing her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department has replaced six culverts recently. This may not sound like big news, except that one of the jobs incorporated a new, unique method.
According to state law, the Barton County Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the properties in the county each year. This process is now under way, it was reported at the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory had good news for the Great Bend City Council Monday night and he had bad news.
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.
Now the fireworks ball is in the Hoisington City Council's court. Both the Barton County Commission and Great Bend City Council Monday approved setting Saturday, Sept. 29, as the date for the private discharge of fireworks.
Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three injury accidents in central Kansas over the weekend, including fatal collisions in Barton and Stafford counties and another accident in Ellsworth County.
The WWII B-25 bomber, "Maid in the Shade" is scheduled to be on display and available for rides and tours, September 17 thru 24, at Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution honoring native county resident and long-time local businessman Wendell Doonan by declaring Monday as Wendell Doonan Day in Barton County.
Barton County Commissioners had no idea what a hornets nest they were stirring up when they started talking about closing or gating a sandy road in the extreme southeastern corner of the county. They found out and, based on ears full of negative feedback and the fear of setting a dangerous precedent, opted Monday morning not to act of the request from some are landowners.
KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approached last week, three Great Bend firefighters paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Dressed in full bunker gear, including air packs, they climbed 110 flights of stairs – representing the 110 flights of the Twin Towers.
Brody Schneider didn't need pedals as he raced across the finish line Saturday in the Kiwanis bike race at Brit Spaugh Park. Brody was first in the 3-year-old division, the first race of the day, and continued to push his scooter around the park as older kids lined up to compete.
No matter how many times Bubba Blackwell lands one of his death-defying jumps, he never lets it go to his head. After a tragic crash in 2001 while attempting to clear fourteen semi-trucks, Blackwell nearly lost his life.
Tickets are now on sale for the Unified School District 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
When the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday, sparks may fly. Both agendas include discussion over the public discharge of fireworks.
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.