By Jim Misunas
Great Bend Renaissance Fair organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night that his event is slowly catching on as it prepares to enter its third year.
At the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said the first-ever June Jaunt lived up to its hype.
After weekend showers, the Barton County Commission Monday morning let the county-wide burn ban expire. The commissioners will revisit the issue at their next meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 25.
The first classes in a new Gas Measurement certificate program at Barton Community College will start Aug. 6, said Mike Baugh, instructor and coordinator of Barton's natural gas technician program. Students will attend class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can complete the 30-credit-hour program before December.
Eight-year-old Emily Cortez-Rocha and her sister Genesis, 3, took a break from using the computers at Great Bend Public Library on Friday to check out the readers' "campsite" in the children's area. They joined 2-year-old Sofia Stewart, who was looking at a picture book. Folding chairs were arranged between a tent and a campfire. A fan in the fire ring blew streams of paper "flames," and a light from below gave it the appearance of glowing embers.
A proposed law that would have allowed Kansas to have Registered Dental Practitioners - much like Nurse Practitioners but serving under the supervision of licensed dentists -- languished is committee this year as the Legislature wrangled over redistricting, said Suzanne Wikle, with the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.
ELLINWOOD - Although he is new to the Barton County area, Cody Scheck of Ellinwood recently set a world record in steer roping.
Now that the USD 428 Board of Education has approved the addition of seventh-grade competitive sports, the need for a new gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School is more critical than ever. Business Director Dan Brungardt recently met with Horst, Terrill, and Karst, Architects Don Pruitt and Charley Sexton on Thursday, June 7 to finalize details on the proposed project. In May, the BOE approved proceeding with one of four options presented, a pre-engineered addition, which appeared to be the most affordable and workable.
Jim Glynn of Great Bend estimates he's taken more than 200,000 wildlife and nature photographs, most of them from inside his gray Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Three animals experts arrived Tuesday afternoon to began a comprehensive inspection of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The inspection is the next step in the city's efforts to have Brit Spaugh Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
TOPEKA (AP) - Big changes are in store for the Kansas Legislature, after Monday's deadline to run in the August primary election passed with dozens of newcomers seeking seats and some incumbents pitted against others because of political redistricting.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation is now inviting proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle, Executive Director Christy Tustin said.
Great Bend City Council member Allene Owen looked out over the crowd gathered in the County Courthouse Square for the 2012 Relay for life of Barton County Friday evening and was impressed.
RUSH COUNTY - The Dominican Sisters of Peace who reside and minister at Heartland Farm carry on a quiet existence 51 weeks a year. The farmstead in Rush County is 14 miles west of Great Bend, 10 miles northwest of Pawnee Rock and 12 miles northeast from Larned.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.
The judge who ordered a mental competency evaluation for first-degree murder suspect Jeffrey Wade Chapman now wants to hear why the evaluation at Larned State Security Hospital took less than a day.
The jury trial for the Great Bend woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 in money earmarked to honor World War II veterans was scheduled to start this week, but is on hold, with no date scheduled as of Tuesday. LaVeta D. Miller's court-appointed attorney has requested the trial be rescheduled to November or December if possible.