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.
LARNED – To take advantage of economies of scale and make Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and the state's other juvenile correctional facilities safer, Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has begun implementing an executive order moving the Juvenile Justice Authority within the Kansas Department of Corrections.
WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, Congressman Tim Huelskamp visited with Howard Partington (City Administrator, Great Bend), Allene Owen (City Council, City of Great Bend) and Jon Prescott (CPI, Qualified Plan Consultants). Among other topics, they discussed immigration, rural housing, and transportation. Congressman Huelskamp said.
The USD 428 Board of Education met for a noon meeting at Lincoln Elementary school Tuesday, and approved requests that will mean a major turnover in the music programs at Great Bend Middle School for the next school year. Board members approved the certified teacher retirement of Mr. Kurtis Koch, Teacher of Instrumental Music, and the certified teacher resignation of Mrs. Andrea Gardner, Teacher of Vocal Music at Great Bend Middle School. Gardner and her husband will be moving to the Goddard area.
In an effort to recruit and promote new business in the State of Kansas, The Kansas Department of Commerce created a program entitled "Small Town Spotlight" which highlights the towns and companies that are joining forces for success. Recently, Great Bend was featured as a small town success story for the strides in economic development over the last several months.
It was a small step Monday morning, but it was a step forward for the tire recycling firm Blizzard Energy Inc. in its efforts to open shop at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. The Barton County Commission agreed that the company's business process was consistent with the county's Solid Waste Management Plan.
Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society got an early look Friday at Vixey, the new arctic fox at the Brit Spaugh Zoo. As the 11-month-old fox was released into her spacious new enclosure, she capered through the grass, inspecting every corner, and climbed every perch.
Cold and freezing rain nixed outdoor activities around Great Bend Saturday, but several still came out for the Central Kansas Spring Expo at the Expo building at the Barton County fairgrounds. Both Expo one and two, plus the courtyard in between were full, but wind and moisture kept most visitors inside.
A Kansas Senate bill aimed at expanding the corporate farming opportunities in the state would bolster farming in general, say supporters of the measure known as the Kansas Agricultural Growth and Rural Investment Initiative. However, detractors of SB 191 say it would pave the way for corporate farms to overrun the state's family farm tradition.
Crunch Out Obesity, the six-week program Ellinwood students in grades 4-6 participated in during April and May, came to an end Tuesday. Sponsors visited classes and awarded prizes to winners at both Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph School.
This week, we offer a clip show of sorts from previous Out of the Morgue columns. Great Bend has forever been a place where interesting people have passed through, and many have decided to stay a while. It has been something to commemorate and celebrate.
Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.
Ross Vogel of Rural Housing Partners and Jason Hogan, contractor for RHP, one of the builder's to propose the construction of new homes in Hoisington, met with the Hoisington City Council Monday night. He came to ask the city to agree to pave Vine Street, where RHP proposes to build on seven lots on both sides of the cul-de-sac.
The recent death of Great Bend resident Bob Mead has created a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The process for replacing a trustee after elections will be discussed at this month's board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Seminar Room, F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.66.
Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.