In the First Barton County Commission District, auctioneer and Democratic incumbent Kenny Schremmer of Hoisington kept his seat by defeating Republican challenger and 9-12 Coalition organizer Kyle Radenberg of rural Barton County, garnering about 62 percent of the vote.
Rep. Bill Wolf will return to Topeka for a third term as Representative of the 112th District, winning his bid for re-election Tuesday with nearly 60 percent of the votes.
CLAFLIN - Republican candidate Don Cates will be the new Fourth District County Commissioner defeating Ellinwood resident and Democrat Frank Koelsch with 100 percent of the votes counted. A Claflin resident, Cates won 1,038 to 650 with 61 percent of the votes for Cates.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about property crime in Great Bend and the steps that are being taken to address it.)
There was good news coming out of last week's Kansas Department of Transportation regional meeting in Hutchinson.
The Great Bend Zoo Boo drew 2,733 children and 1,532 adults to Brit Spaugh Zoo on Saturday, Zoo Director Scott Gregory reported.
The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the Valley Center Halloween Tournament Saturday, Oct. 30. This is the team's fifth weekend of debate competition. They have continued to bring home awards from every tournament.
All military veterans and their families, as well as individuals who want to express their appreciation, are invited to attend the 4th Annual Veteran Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Nov. 10 at the KANSASWORKS office located at 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
Polling places for Tuesday's general election have been announced by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
Bob Parrish has been chosen to lead Great Bend's holiday parade on Nov. 27, sponsors at Sunflower Diversified Services announced.
Little lawmen and firefighters walked the streets with cowboys, ninjas and princesses, Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Mild fall weather boosted attendance at the annual Halloween parade, where hundreds of kids picked up candy.
INMAN – After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest. Former Great Bend resident and microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, and Civil War nurse and veterans advocate Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke (who lived at Bunker Hill, Ellsworth, Great Bend and Russell) were not among the top vote getters.
Another opportunity to cast ballots in the general election has been announced by County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
A dozen cowgirls? That's right. These girls, all Kayettes and Great Bend High School students, were among the 130 to 140 in the Commons Area at the school Thursday night, waiting to go Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Faculty sponsors are Barbara Harris and Karen Clark. Harris said the Kayettes have done this yearly at Halloween time "for a long time." They go from home to home, and have maps, and each sub-group has its own particular area of the "divided-up" city. They expected to trick-or-treat for an hour to an hour and a half.
It's not often that the Great Bend High School marching band yields the field to a guest singer when it's time to perform the national anthem. But for the Oct. 15 football game, the honor went to 12-year-old Allison Muth.
"She's real fine, my 4-0-9," sang the Beach Boys in the early 1960s. For car enthusiasts who grew up in that era, they do regard Chevrolet cars from 1958-1965 as fine indeed.
Governor Sam Brownback Friday signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. Locally, the annual observance is a chance to focus the community's attention on fires and the tolls they can take.
Following a brief hearing in the Barton County Courthouse main courtroom Friday afternoon, District Judge Ron Svaty ruled Jeffrey Wade Chapman competent to stand trial for the 2011 death of Damon Galyardt.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council learned at its regular meeting that the wastewater lagoon project will be temporarily placed on hold. Hoisington's lagoons were found to be short circuiting and improperly functioning last year.
BY DR. DAN WITT
HOISINGTON - "Stepping On – Building Confidence and Reducing Falls for the Elderly" will be offered by Clara Barton Hospital beginning next month. The class will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays for seven weeks Oct. 21 thru Dec. 9th (with no class held on Nov. 4th). The course will be held in the Hoisington Activity Center classroom, 1200 Susank Rd.
Great Bend's Community Coat Drive concludes Saturday when free coats will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave.
Sen. Jerry Moran said Thursday was his first Town Hall where he was handed a soda and offered popcorn. Moran said he learned about the new Golden Belt Cinema 6, site of the meeting, from his press secretary, Great Bend native Katie Niederee.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees reviewed the policies on "Essential Skills," during Thursday's business meeting.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School Vocal Music Department will present "Bye Bye Birdie" for its annual fall musical scheduled for November 14-15.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, Inc. celebrated it's 20th Anniversary during the 4th Annual Kans for Kids Auction & Dinner held Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus. With the theme, "Hog Wild for Kans for Kids", guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening of good food, friends, three silent auctions, a live auction, and a photo booth provided by Kansas Kandids. When it was all said and done, over $25,000 had been raised for the local non-profit organization that provides both emotional and financial assistance for Barton County children who receive a diagnosis of childhood cancer.
The Barton County Health Department will offer out-reach flu shot clinics throughout the county in the coming weeks. The is as follows: