There are many good things about a fresh coating of snow on the ground, especially for those who are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Fresh powder makes for ideal skiing conditions as well as opportunities for snowshoeing and snowboarding.
Those who need a ride home after celebrating on New Year's Eve can call 620-639-TAXI (639-8294).
Nearly 390 miles of asphalt roads crisscross Barton County's 900 square miles, a fact not lost on Dale Phillips and his Road and Bridge Department when winter weather hits.
The Great Bend Recreation Center hosted Kids Day Out Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28. The two-day camp offers kids ages six to 12 a break after several days home from school during winter break. The kids played games, made crafts, decorated cookies and had snacks, watched movies and went bowling.
Editor's note: Below is a recap of some of the activities of Barton County departments presented to the County Commission Wednesday. It is the second of two stories highlighting the year-in-review. This is the second of two stories.
Monday night is New Year's Eve, and many area residents will ring in 2013 with a drink or two, or three.
Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about how iPads are helping teachers zero in on behavioral issues at Helping Hands Preschool. The Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation recently donated two iPads to the school and one to its own Early Education Center. The second article will explain Sunflower's point of view.
Editor's note: Below is a recap of some of the activities of Barton County departments presented to the County Commission Wednesday. It is the first of two stories highlighting the year-in-review. The second story will appear in Sunday's Tribune.
Although officially on vacation, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith sat in her office Thursday morning catching up on the pile of work created by the holidays. However, even though the season has caused much of the door-to-door fundraising to grind to a halt, UWCK remains on track to meet its $235,000 goal, due in large part to the increased use of social media.
Students have been out of school enjoying winter break, and there's still another six days to go. As temperatures dip into the teens and 20s, and snow remains elusive, kids are either reaching ever increasing levels and high-scores on popular video games, making ever deeper indentations on the family sofa as they watch yet one more episode of Good Luck Charlie or Phineas and Ferb, or driving their siblings and/or parents up a wall out of sheer boredom.
A teenage boy suffered major burns Sunday night after playing with fireworks inside a Barton Hills residence. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the fire at 646 North Homestead started around 10:20 p.m. when Brennen Donovan, 13, and a 15-year-old boy were playing with fireworks and caught a mattress on fire.
A new Adopt-A-Dog program has begun in Great Bend to help lost or unadopted dogs to find their forever home. Volunteer RaShann Southard and the Golden Belt Humane Society will take adoptable dogs to the Orschselen Farm and Home store, 5320 10th St., for viewing once a month with dates and times to be announced, beginning in February.
The Barton County Commission Wednesday morning took steps to help both job seekers and employers.
On Sept. 27, Great Bend High School's electric vehicle (EV) team competed against other area high schools in the Kansas High Plains ElectroRally in Hays. It was the culmination of several months of planning, designing, building and testing an electric vehicle. The race and photos of the team were highlighted in the Dec. 2012 edition of Kansas Country Living magazine.
TOPEKA –The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Kansas continued to decrease in November to 5.4 percent, while nonfarm and private sector jobs increased slightly since October.
Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.
The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.
A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
Great Bend Police detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 3006 23rd St. around 4:22 p.m. Thursday. A man and woman were taken into custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the county jail.
There were still snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms this past week, but Curtis Wolf, site manager of Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, said they will be heading out any day.
Great Bend's Unified School District 428 is about to launch a Walking School Bus program in all five of its elementary schools and adult volunteers are needed.
PRATT - Precinct committee men and women of the 113th Kansas House District met Thursday night and elected Greg Lewis (R-St. John) to complete the term of former House member Basil Dannebohm.
TOPEKA – Following on the success of the Kansas River being named a national water trail by the National Park Service in July 2012, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants the same designation for a portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas, including near Great Bend.
Ellinwood artist and retired nurse Rhea Grandon can add "published author" to her life list of accomplishments. Her cookbook, "Tasty Temptations for the Toothless," is now available online and in Barnes and Nobles stores. In creating it, she has touched on an untapped market, the dentally challenged, according to her publisher, Xlibris. Primarily a printer for independent writers, the company contacted her and said they wanted to handle the marketing of her book and has since made it available in both paperback and Kindle editions in English, German and Spanish versions.
When the USD 428 administration met to plan for summer school this year, they determined that it wasn't worth the time, effort or taxpayer money to continue offering the program.
Last year marked the last Great Bend Polka Days, as most of the members of the Polka Lovers of America Kansas Chapter have reached an age where the preparations and the dancing are too physically taxing.