Great Bend Recreation Commission Director Diann Henderson has been elected to serve as president-elect and then president of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association. Her three-year term will begin in January.
The purpose of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway Planning Summit last Wednesday in Hoisington was two fold, said Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman. First, attendees wanted to tout the route's successes and, second, they wanted to identify ways to continue its relevance in the future.
On Saturday, October 6th, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts from Great Bend spread out and walked around their neighborhoods, picking up donations of food for the Barton County Food Bank. The day started at 9:00 am. and continued until the boys and their scoutmasters delivered them to the food bank at 3:00 p.m.
Trees play an important role in the landscape, providing windbreaks and shade, as well as a place to string lights during the holidays. But after two years of drought and extreme heat trees are showing disturbing signs of distress, and even death.
The Environmental Protection Agency will collect soil and water samples this month at the former O'Neill Tank site near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, to determine if there is contamination from hazardous materials. The EPA also plans to collect samples at and around the former Plating Inc. site in the industrial park near the airport. Plating Inc. is a contaminated site that is monitored by EPA's Superfund Division, under a federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
If gentle, humming alpacas and a romp around farm and pasture aren't enough to tempt the family into the car for a drive in the country Saturday, maybe checking out a "chicken tractor" or visiting a Scottish Highlands steer will. They'll all be on hand at the annual Harvest Festival Open Farm Day at Heartland Farms, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The event will happen, rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their 80-acre farmstead 14 miles west of Great Bend in Rush County.
You could color Shannon Wedel happy these days.
Students will have some time off from school in the coming days, but the Great Bend Recreation Commission has scheduled some activities, including a training course for baby-sitting, for those looking for something to do, said Garet Fitzpatrick, GBRC program coordinator.
Great Bend's firefighters plan to visit every elementary school in town this month, and several preschools as well, teaching lessons they hope kids will learn - and then teach to their parents at home.
Under the bright lights of the gym at Washington Early Childhood Center, 2535 Lakin Ave., about 20 young children scoot, crawl, walk and run. They are a busy group, motoring around atop riding toys, tossing balls, climbing play equipment, flattening play dough and intently watching their peers do the same.
HOISINGTON - The National Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway professionals and volunteers met for a brain storming session on Wednesday in Hoisington to celebrate successes of the past seven years and plan for the future.
HOISINGTON - A Hoisington resident, Michael R. Smith, 24, died when the vehicle he was driving rolled over at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
Natural, accidental, and "unknown" - three fires with three causes in the past week.
The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 General Election is at the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman wants to remind residents there are numerous locations and opportunities for them to do this.
There's a new membership club in town - Shafer Gallery's League of Aesthetic Engineers. According to Gallery Director Dave Barnes, this is a group of creative individuals who will "explore the world of art-making and creative endeavor."
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
After learning Tami Shepman, reading lab instructor and Julie Buzard, reading facilitator at Great Bend Middle School had seen 80 percent gains in reading fluency and 77 percent gains in reading comprehension amongst nearly 20 percent, the USD 428 Board of Education had questions. Vice-president Joyce Carter asked on what assessments the gains were based. In May, when the district adopted the in-house assessment tool AIMSWeb, students were given benchmark tests. It's from these results, and subsequent AIMSWeb short assessments given every two weeks, that the results come from.
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
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.
Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.
In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.
It is a sign of the times.
BROWNELL - A Utica man died Tuesday evening after the 2004 GMC Envoy he was driving went off a Ness County Road for unknown reason. Joshua W. Young, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.