ELLINWOOD - The ravaging force of a hurricane is beyond the imagination of those that have never experienced one, and most in this country have never experienced homelessness or hunger. Yet one small country in the Caribbean seems to continuously struggle with nature.
Jeremiah McCutchen is a man of few words and his physical and developmental disabilities drastically limit opportunities for him in life. But those limitations never stopped the 39-year-old McCutchen from outwardly expressing his enthusiasm for life and sharing his friendly personality with everyone he meets.
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.
With Labor Day on the horizon, gasoline prices have continued their march upward in Kansas and nationwide for the past two weeks, plagued by potential hurricane-induced supply disruptions and a drought-induced rise in ethanol prices, gas price analysts reported Sunday.
People in Barton County have little more than a week to make their opinions known about what they think a healthy community looks like, and what they think it will take to make their communities better.
Be Well Barton County is a subgroup of the Central Kansas Partnership. The group began meeting in January after the Golden Belt Community Foundation received a grant to study and gather community input from around the county about what people think will promote healthier lifestyles where they live.
BARTON COUNTY - At the state Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism commission meeting held Thursday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Manuel Torres, Region 3 Public Lands supervisor, presented recommendations for new signs at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Members of the Barton Community College cheer squad and basketball team lead the way through the Walmart parking lot Wednesday to unload Barton's bus that was filled with donated goods collected by the college to benefit the United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign, which aims to collect donations of goods to help supply their 21 local agencies. Barton students and athletes helped transfer items from BCC's bus to the United Way's larger school bus. Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas Julie Bunger-Smith said the efforts by Barton were very beneficial to the campaign.
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.
Great Bend police received reports of criminal damage to property at two locations on Saturday morning. Someone threw paint on the side of the house at 1208 Morphy St., and someone spray painted the Funtime Bingo building at 2805 Ninth St.
A 20-year-old man told Great Bend police he was battered by someone carrying a knife, around 9:46 p.m. Friday in the area of 19th and Holland St. He did not know the subject. An aggravated battery case was taken.
St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend will accept out-dated and broken electronic items for recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30. The church is located at 21st and Jackson St. This project is being done in cooperation with the Barton County Landfill, which also accepts "e-waste."