The Environmental Protection Agency will collect soil and water samples this month at the former O'Neill Tank site near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, to determine if there is contamination from hazardous materials. The EPA also plans to collect samples at and around the former Plating Inc. site in the industrial park near the airport. Plating Inc. is a contaminated site that is monitored by EPA's Superfund Division, under a federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
If gentle, humming alpacas and a romp around farm and pasture aren't enough to tempt the family into the car for a drive in the country Saturday, maybe checking out a "chicken tractor" or visiting a Scottish Highlands steer will. They'll all be on hand at the annual Harvest Festival Open Farm Day at Heartland Farms, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The event will happen, rain or shine, Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their 80-acre farmstead 14 miles west of Great Bend in Rush County.
You could color Shannon Wedel happy these days.
Students will have some time off from school in the coming days, but the Great Bend Recreation Commission has scheduled some activities, including a training course for baby-sitting, for those looking for something to do, said Garet Fitzpatrick, GBRC program coordinator.
Great Bend's firefighters plan to visit every elementary school in town this month, and several preschools as well, teaching lessons they hope kids will learn - and then teach to their parents at home.
Under the bright lights of the gym at Washington Early Childhood Center, 2535 Lakin Ave., about 20 young children scoot, crawl, walk and run. They are a busy group, motoring around atop riding toys, tossing balls, climbing play equipment, flattening play dough and intently watching their peers do the same.
HOISINGTON - The National Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway professionals and volunteers met for a brain storming session on Wednesday in Hoisington to celebrate successes of the past seven years and plan for the future.
HOISINGTON - A Hoisington resident, Michael R. Smith, 24, died when the vehicle he was driving rolled over at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
Natural, accidental, and "unknown" - three fires with three causes in the past week.
The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 General Election is at the close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 16, and Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman wants to remind residents there are numerous locations and opportunities for them to do this.
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.
The Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway took center stage at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning as commissioners honored many of the project's volunteers and heard a report about efforts to market it.
Great Bend Police Officers' Brian Dougherty and Jefferson Davis will present a "True Lies" program for parents or anyone who cares about the youth of today at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Great Bend High School auditorium. They will talk about the issues 7th-12th graders are dealing with.
The Great Bend High School Panther Jazz Band will hold its fall concert at 7 p.m. today in the GBHS auditorium.
ELLINWOOD - For those with champagne tastes and a beer budget, the Ellinwood American Legion will host the first ever Craft Beer Festival featuring stouts, ales and delicate artistic flavors from micro breweries in Kansas and Colorado. German food such as bratwurst with sauerkraut, bier rocks and home-made bread will also be for sale.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.
Some of the cars were driven by folks trying to outrun the law. Some were just left by the side of the road.
Advanced ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are now available for Barton County voters, 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.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."
ELLINWOOD - Professional development workshops will be held at Educational Strategies, 108 N. Main in Ellinwood on Oct. 30.