Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters may contact her office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot.
Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.
Mike Zamrzla, member of Senator Jerry Moran's staff, met with Barton County residents Tuesday morning for Open Office Hours at The Front Door in Great Bend from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It was an opportunity for constituents to bring their questions and concerns.
Fake blood and cobwebs are coming out of storage as area groups work on haunted houses for Halloween. Several of the attractions open this week, while others are keeping us in suspense for one more week. Attractions include:
The Great Bend City Council Monday night rejected the recommendation of its Health Insurance Independent Consultant Selection Committee to not hire an outside consultant. It instead opted to sign a contract with Charlesworth Benefits of Overland Park to guide the council in bidding and selection an insurance carrier for the city.
At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
With an enjoyment of adventure and a desire to serve, Dr. Randall Hildebrand recently returned from medical missionary trip to the beautiful third world country of Cameroon, Africa where the major forms of transportation are walking or motorcycle riding. The green, country side full of waterfalls was beautiful in an area that receives 10 feet of rain in six months.
Glenn Pfortmiller from the Model Association of Central Kansas took this photo Saturday at MACK flying field, from a model airplane equipped with a small camera. "The camera is a GoPro Hero and was set to take a picture every five seconds," he said. "Over 300 pictures were taken. The little camera takes good resolution but the wide angle lens has considerable barrel distortion. I really have lots of fun playing with it though."
Walking into the St. Rose Auditorium Friday morning, the rich, comforting scent of baking sweet bread and the chatter of friends with many hands making light work of the task of creating over a thousand kolaches fill the air. Soon, the fall kolache bake and take will bring in hundreds of eager customers hoping to get their hands on their favorites. For many, that's poppyseed, but cherry and apricot are two other favorites.
Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.
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.
On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.
The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.
Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.