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.
After 12 weeks of lessons, 46 Eisenhower 5th graders graduated from Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE classes on Monday. All 5th graders in Great Bend attend DARE and the Lincoln ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 and at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Jefferson.
After approving the gas agreement with Seminole Energy at its last meeting, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved hedging on a portion of its natural gas purchases for the upcoming winter.
The 2012 Great Bend High School GBHS Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. Honored will be longtime teacher and school administrator Karla (Bender) Leibham and civic leader Bill McKown, who refuses to let paralysis keep him from being active in the community.
The number of Americans going over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house and elsewhere over Thanksgiving is on the rebound, the American Auto Mobile Association reported this week.
Math. For many, the word can induce a cold sweat as recollections of struggling to understand lessons, humiliation from failing at board work and feeling too embarrassed to ask questions come to mind.
Four years ago, a place where children could be interviewed and comforted in a non-threatening environment was only a dream for Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner and her staff.
Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., voted Wednesday to integrate St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, and St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, Great Bend, into Denver-based Centura Health, Colorado's largest health care network. The decision follows a unanimous recommendation from the St. Catherine, St. Rose and Centura Health boards of directors, and final approval from CHI.
Last month, Xi Delta Upsilon sorority in Barton County kicked off their first Bras for a Cause bra drive, uncertain how well it would be received. As it turns out, their cups overfloweth.
For the past five years, the Daniel R. Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center has been quietly offering single homeless women, many with children, a place where they can turn their lives around.
For now, at least, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas are falling, dropping 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week with an average of $3.21 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46, according to gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
Pheasant and quail hunting seasons opened this past Saturday, events that usually lure throngs of camouflage- and blaze orange-clad hunters to Great Bend seeking to bag birds.
Three Great Bend residents who flew to New York last Thursday are scheduled to return home at the end of the week, after helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
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.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
With a splash of bold and bright colors, the art show "Drifting Down the Moonlit Path" will highlight the work of artist Jacquelyn Fisher throughout the month of November at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St. A reception will be held at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. There is no cost and wine and cheese will be served.
Kansas Highway Patrol worked an injury accident at 5:04 p.m. Friday in Stafford County, after two pickups collided 4 miles southeast of Stafford in the 300 block of SE 100 Ave.
CLAFLIN - Three people were taken to Barton County hospitals on Thursday after a motorist swerved to miss a deer on K-156 at NE 130 Ave., 1 mile south of Claflin.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation announced Wednesday that all of the $215,000 in tax credits awarded to the organization by the Kansas Department of Commerce earlier this year have been purchased and will allow the organization to contribute $300,000 to Barton Community College toward the rebuilding of the Camp Aldrich conference center/dining hall that was lost in a fire early in 2014.
There for a little while, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center physicians didn't know if a popular primary-care program for military veterans would continue.
Each year, as part of the theater program at Barton Community College, students are asked to take the reins and produce a show entirely by themselves. This year, theater majors Joy Conner and Maili Kee are co-directing "Love, Lust & Lasagna," with showings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20 and 21 in the Barton Planetarium.
Abend Brot or a German Evening Supper will once again be offered by the Ellinwood Community Historical Society during the Kristkindlmart in Ellinwood on Dec. 6 It will begin in late afternoon until 6 p.m.
The laugh is on Neil Simon, literally.