Due to the increasingly unsafe weather conditions, this week's Great Bend Chamber Coffee has been canceled. Radcliffe Marble, who would've been hosting this week's coffee, has rescheduled for a later date. The grand opening ribbon cutting for Woodies Smokehouse has also been rescheduled for January 27th following that morning's Chamber Coffee. As of right now, the ribbon cutting for Murray Chiropractic on the afternoon of Friday the 21st and the Legislative Coffee on the morning of Saturday the 22nd will still be taking place as scheduled.
A number of county employees were honored by the Barton County Commission Tuesday when service awards were presented to those who have worked for the county for five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
The area Habitat for Humanity organization raised more than $10,500 for its next building project during last Saturday's second annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater, according to Habitat cochairman Rachel Mawhirter.
A lot has changed at CKMC in the past two years.
A few months ago, Kaito Richter of Great Bend, was a normal healthy little boy full of energy. Then his mother, Amber Beverley, noticed a lump in his leg that did not go away.
The original Great Bend High School Memorial Stadium was razed last summer, but not before an important part of its history was preserved.
his past year has been a busy one for a variety of Barton County departments and for local tourism efforts as well, as Financial Officer Janet Crane reported recently.
To the average person, the gaping, 6-foot-deep soil pit that was dug last fall south of the Barton Community College campus is just a large, rectangular hole in the ground. To Barton agriculture students, it's a chance to play in the dirt and to earn college credit for doing it. But to Dr. Victor Martin, Barton's Agriculture instructor, the huge hole represents a portal to wondrous discovery of what took place hundreds of years before with climate, earth and living beings.
Mark Mingenback understands that many people have questions about the upcoming changes at Central Kansas Medical Center. And as CKMC director of business strategy and marketing, he wants to help the public get answers.
The Great Bend High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Class of 2010 has been set for Feb. 18. Inductees include former GBHS vocal music director and pianist, Jenny Allford, and 1944 GBHS graduate, Glenn Opie. Opie may be best known for his years of service to the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps.
Barton County began 2011 in a position that most counties, most businesses and most individuals can only dream about. It started with new that it would receive a grant for more than $160,000 to help pay for an important communications program this year.
HOISINGTON - Andrea Dolezal, Hoisington Middle School science and social studies teacher, received the Kansas Horizon Award sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. The award identifies and recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.
A year ago the lives of thousands of Haitians were condensed into piles of rubble from an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale. Ironically, that same earthquake has opened up an entire world to gifted students in the center of Kansas.
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
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.
Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.
In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.
It is a sign of the times.
BROWNELL - A Utica man died Tuesday evening after the 2004 GMC Envoy he was driving went off a Ness County Road for unknown reason. Joshua W. Young, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
Wednesday afternoon, people reported feeling the ground shake as far north as Manhattan when a 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Conway Springs, located between 80 and 90 miles from the Oklahoma border, west of Wichita.
Barton Community College's music department will present the timeless holiday musical classic "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.