January is School Board Recognition Month, and the administration, faculty and staff of USD 428 made a point of doing just that at Monday night's school board meeting. Each board member received a gift of a pie.
At the USD 428 Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Tom Vernon prepared board members for some of the questions they will likely receive from patrons. He also addressed recent developments with the Gannon Decision concerning school funding by the state.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission ended its last fiscal year with more than $1 million in the bank, board members were told Monday. Curtis Kuhn with D. McMillen Chartered certified public accounting firm of Great Bend presented an audit report that showed no irregularities.
It was a busy morning at the Barton County Courthouse Monday as long-time public servants stepped aside to welcome new public officials took their oaths of office.
A week ago, President Obama and Congress avoided sending the country over the fiscal cliff, at least for a few months. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and House Representative Tim Huelskamp have issued their statements about their positions on the last second agreement.
Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Election Officer, has announced the following elective positions are available for the April 2 general election. Council positions are available for the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, Ellinwood, Claflin, Albert, Galatia, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock and Susank. School board spots will be available for Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood. Spots for the Barton County Board of Trustees and Ellinwood Hospital District Board are also available.
It takes a day for the noodles to dry.
The shootings at Newtown, Conn., and the possibility that Kansas may eventually allow people with permits to bring concealed weapons on campus, have prompted the trustees at Barton Community College to review security policies.
The Barton County Commission will honor out-going elected officials and welcome new ones when it meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. There will also be a swearing in of new office holders. Other agenda items include reorganization.
The library of the Barton County Historical Museum will be anything but quiet on Wednesday, when the musical group Jody Adams & the StringDudes performs. This toe-tapping mix of folk-string-gospel-grass-acoustic music starts at 7 p.m. and is presented by the Barton County Arts Council and the Barton County Historical Society. Seats are $10 and will be sold at the door.
Barton Community College has been running out of room at its Grandview Plaza location, and a larger site is needed soon, college administrators told the BCC Board of Trustees Thursday. The owner of the building BCC has leased for the last five years has agreed to build a new wing for a long-term rental commitment from the college.
They live in cars or trucks with all their belongings, parked along the road or in parking lots. They live in abandoned houses, mobile homes or other buildings. They live in campgrounds in rickety trailers or tents. Sometimes, they can only find the shelter of a bridge, overpass, or dumpster. And if they aren't spending their days or nights working or going to school, they may be walking from place to place, resting in libraries, department stores, fast food restaurants and parks. They are the rural homeless.
The Great Bend Tribune ran a half-page advertisement in January, 1963 for newspaper delivery boys: "Buying at wholesale , selling at retail, and figuring his own profits -- the newspaper boy puts into practice everyday what he is learning at school. That is why many boys become better students after they have a newspaper route. And calling on prospects and signing up new subscribers does much more than teach salesmanship -- it develops poise and a winning personality. No wonder so many present-day employers--when they have job openings with big possibilities--say, 'Find me a young man who has had newspaper route experience."
Great Bend Middle School principal David Reiser sent notices out to parents on Tuesday, Jan. 8 advising them that construction of the new gymnasium and multipurpose room/storm safety shelter addition to the middle school located in the current south parking lot began Monday.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County is busily preparing for their upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater on Saturday, January 19th.
WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.
Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.
After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.
Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.
Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.
ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.
Credit Union of America's Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.
Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It's part of this year's "heritage" theme.
HOISINGTON - Two injuries were reported Wednesday after a motorist in a Jeep pulled in front of a Peterbilt semitrailer at 12:35 p.m. at NE 10 Ave. and NE 100 Road, near Hoisington.
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.
Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.