It wasn't the Tour de France which opened this past weekend, but the annual Great Bend Bicycle Safety Rodeo last Friday was a success.
Fireworks are a no-go in Great Bend for Independence Day today, but that doesn't mean the holiday is a bust, said Christina Hayes, Great Bend Community Coordinator. She has plenty of ideas for ways to enjoy the holiday at home.
Most years in Great Bend, Fourth of July firecrackers start popping early in the morning, and can be heard nonstop from 10 a.m. to midnight, when they are "legal" under city ordinance. But while many people enjoy the fireworks, city firefighters have always approached the holiday with concern for safety.
With no fireworks to light, some Great Bend residents have canceled Fourth of July block parties scheduled for Wednesday. Others say the parties will go on, in their own way, and still others say their parties aren't canceled, but postponed until the next big firecracker day.
After much discussion over income potential of the Great Bend Convention Center and what some Great Bend City Council members called the dismal maintenance of the facility by Highland Hotel management, the council voted Monday night to form a committee to look at the center's short-, medium- and long-term fate.
Their combined experience is nearly half a century; they've worked under 17 different principals in six different schools; and they have finely tuned the art of multi-tasking.
These safety tips are provided by the Kansas State Fire Marshal:
Editor's Note: Early last week, the Great Bend Tribune interviewed Battalion Chief John Stettinger at the Great Bend Fire Department concerning fireworks safety. However, with current conditions of drought, high heat and windy weather, Great Bend and most other locations in Barton County have officially nixed shooting fireworks at this time, including on the Fourth of July. The following information still applies to wherever fireworks can be shot.
At the behest of fire chiefs across the county and Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller and citing the tinder box conditions, the Barton County Commission renewed the county-wide burn ban.
Ellinwood may now be the only place in Barton County where fireworks will be welcomed on the Fourth of July. It earned this honor after the County Commission followed the lead of other county cities and voted Monday morning to postpone the use of fireworks until there is relief from the bone-dry conditions plaguing the region.
Outside the Great Bend headquarters of Fuller Brush stands a Weigand Realty sign, but company President and Chief Executive Officer Brady Gros said residents need not be alarmed.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution postponing the discharge of fireworks in the county.
Jim Mosher has hit the right chords for more than 30 years as a professional musician. The fact he's found his perfect instrument of communication is all the better. His harp valued at more than $5,000 features 38 strings.
The Hoisington city council passed a resolution Friday afternoon to prevent the discharge of fireworks on the Fourth of July this year.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks within the city limits that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
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.
RUSSELL - A Russell man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with a possible injury on Tuesday after vehicles collided on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Russell.
TOPEKA - Citing an already heavy work load in the Kansas House, veteran local lawmaker John Edmonds resigned from the state House Appropriations Committee, relinquishing his position as its vice chairman.
If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.
LARNED - LA Psycle is spinning its way to success.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover accident that was discovered around 4:15 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of NE 30 Road. It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, was Ahmad Walker, 22, a student at Barton Community College. The occupants of the car were located with the help of BCC security.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Claflin Fire Department and fire units from Ellsworth County responded to a structure fire 3:24 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The location of the fire was at 1835 NE 150 Ave.
It's a frightening possibility, but what would happen if there was an Ebola outbreak in Barton County?
The Great Bend City Council had a chance to get to know the members of the Police Department a little better when the officers and other personnel were introduced Monday night.
Noting that the popular B-29 Memorial Plaza is a valuable asset as a historical landmark and tourist attraction, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved spending up to $18,050 to help restore the marker.
It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.