The Great Bend version of the NBA - the Noon Basketball Association - started more than 35 years ago, when a few businessmen began to meet at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium gym over the noon hour to play basketball.
A school funding plan unveiled by legislative Democrats in Topeka Tuesday met with a much warmer response from local education officials than did an earlier one floated by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. However, the dueling plans could help set the stage for a contentious legislative session.
When it comes to seventh-grade competitive sports at Great Bend Middle School, it could come down to a game of follow the leader, Unified School District 428 Activity Director David Meter told the School Board Monday night.
For more than 30 years, some Great Bend men have started their mornings or spent their noon hours at the Municipal Auditorium, enjoying a game of pickup basketball in the gym. Now participants from the Great Bend Recreation Commission's morning and noon basketball programs want to give something back – and establish a hall of fame, local attorney Chuck Pike said.
There will be a new face at the K-State Research and Extension Barton County office next week. Jennifer Carr will join the Great Bend staff of the as an agriculture and natural resources agent, effective Monday.
ELLINWOOD - Sometimes it is the extra special lengths a few go to that makes a difference for many, providing a moment during parades to honor veterans and to provide an educational opportunity. The Ellinwood American Legion provides such a moment with its flag trailer.
In its third year, the Barton County's Got Talent fundraiser is anticipated to draw about 500 people and raise about $10,000 for Barton County's chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The dinner theater is a spin-off of the network television show "America's Got Talent" and features a variety of local performers. A winner and a runner-up are selected by a panel of local judges with backgrounds in various areas of the performing arts.
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.