ELLINWOOD -Melting and then pouring searingly hot molten iron into molds of his own, Ellinwood native, Aaron McCaffery, is an artist of a different kind, and he will demonstrate an iron art pour at the American Legion Craft Beer Festival Oct. 13.
Among the agenda items facing the Great Bend City Council when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office will be replacing resigned Second Ward council member Marty Keenan and selecting an architect for the Great Bend Convention Center project. Other topics will include a Community Improvement District for Southerlands, a city-wide clean-up, a neighborhood revitalization program, sidewalk improvements and a street resurfacing project.
The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway will be a major topic of discussion when the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse.
Great Bend's Bikes, Bombers and Butterflies weekend once again proved having several events scheduled for the same weekend is more help than hindrance.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Free Land Program will give an approximately 12,000 square foot lots to 12-15 families on a first come first serve basis to build a home at the location of the old mobile home park, the City Land Bank committee decided Monday. A $500 earnest fee is required which will be refunded upon completion of the home.
The Great Bend Noon Lions Club will continue a 28-year tradition Thursday, Oct. 4. The service organization will hold its annual Spaghetti Feed from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Great Bend Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave.
Breastfeeding moms provide valuable life-giving and life-saving nutrition to newborn infants and babies, and now employers are being asked to step up and facilitate their efforts, efforts that ultimately can save dollars spent on healthcare and lost productivity.
Barton Community College instructor Linda McCaffery will present "Murder Mystery in Kansas History" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Cohen Center at Barton Community College. The Cohen Center is located in the Learning Resource Center, formerly the Library.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - Tours on Oct. 13 at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will leave from the headquarter of QNWR. Participants are required to have their own transportation to the headquarters. Tours leave at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. For more information, call620-486-2393.
Although it is temporarily out of service, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance has evaluated judges and justices across the state, making most of its findings available to the public. With some of these officials on the November ballot, these reports could be beneficial to voters, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton County election officer.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - For those who want to see the sandhill crane soar, hear the quacking of ducks and geese, and have help identifying the falcon, or a pheasant, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering free bus tours and lunch with the guidance of experts.
An hour and five minutes. That's how long the USD 428 BOE met in executive session with attorney Mark Calcara for the discussion of personnel matters. When the board finally came back into regular session, president Dwight Young moved to affirm the Superintendent Tom Vernon's earlier action to suspend Special Education teacher Angela Foote with pay pending an investigation of charges which led to her arrest Tuesday, Sept. 18 for "possession of methamphetamine, use of a communication facility (such as a telephone) for drug transactions, conspiracy to commit use of a facility for drug transactions, possession of marijuana ...
TOPEKA – The August Labor Report shows a decline in the unemployment rate, improvements in unemployment insurance claims and continued increases in jobs numbers since 2011.
NESS CITY - "Remembering Our Fallen," a photo display honoring over 70 Kansans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country's uniform, will make its first visit to western Kansas when it comes to Ness City next week.
A pickup that was reported stolen last week was recovered over the noon hour Monday when the father of its owner spotted someone driving the vehicle in the southeast part of Great Bend and called law enforcement.
Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.
With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.
Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.
By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.
LARNED - Fort Larned USD 495 voters passed a $22.2 million bond issue by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday that will construct a new elementary school. The yes votes were 1,036 and the no votes were 517.
In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.
The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.
RUSSELL - The mystery of 112 years of history was unveiled before an overflow crowd Monday at the Russell County Courthouse.
State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.
A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.
A Great Bend man was treated and released for injuries after a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in Barton County.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.
Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.
The efforts of organizations that help Barton County residents through volunteerism or in times of crisis were recognized by the County Commission Monday morning."Some of the best people who live in this county are here this morning," Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said. The first proclamation declared Tuesday as County Day of Recognition for National Service."America's counties turn to national service and volunteerism as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs," said Linn Hogg, Volunteers in Action/RSVP executive director. "In doing so, participants in national, state and local service organizations, such as the Volunteers in Action, Meals on ...