It's difficult for the organizers to believe it, but it's been 20 years since a local Christmas giving program was initiated.
County departments moved ahead with projects this week, with major purchases approved by the Barton County Commission.
Barton Community College will spend about $200,000 to update its Student Union, college trustees learned Thursday at their monthly study session.
HOISINGTON - Three arrests were made Wednesday at a Hoisington residence, where authorities said a woman was held against her will and forced to use drugs.
A stiff north wind whipped across the park at 10th and K-96 Thursday morning, making the cold seem colder.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra wants the public to know that, though the state has announced you can't renew your vehicle tag and registration over the past week, you really CAN renew your vehicle tag and registration over the next week.
As the holiday travel period looms, average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.11 per gallon Wednesday, kansasgasprices.com reported. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.31.
The cougar on loan to the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be moved to an area for public viewing, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Eighty million years ago, this part of Kansas was part of an inland sea. More recently – say the last 3.5 million years or so – the area was a savannah with trees. Soil samples suggest the wildlife refuge we call Cheyenne Bottoms has been a wetland for 100,000, says Pam Martin, an educator for Kansas Wildlife & Parks at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, were not accepted by the Barton County Commission this week and will go back to the Planning Commission.
The city of Ellinwood, the Ellinwood School Foundation and the Golden Belt Community Foundation will evenly split nearly $3 million dollars in a bequest from Vivian Archer, formerly of Ellinwood.
After nearly three months and a steady interest, an offer has been made on the former Shady Grove School property, the Unified School District 428 School Board learned Tuesday afternoon.
The sculpture paying tribute to the area's rich agricultural past will be officially dedicated in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday. The "Breaking the Prairie Sod" memorial is located in the park at K-96 and 10th Street on the west end of Great Bend.
County officials have shown their support for a project that is aimed at making a local facility more family friendly.
With an innovative entry in which cars were decorated as reindeer and a truck converted into a sleigh, the Mid-American Mopar Car Club took theme honors in the 2011 Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday evening in downtown Great Bend. The theme was "Let it Snow."
The regular football season was nearly over when fate intervened.
HOISINGTON - A Christmas bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hoisington Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1109 N Vine.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.
Pam Martin will present "Kansas Snakes at Cheyenne Bottoms" when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the BCHS Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281.
The Great Bend American Legion invites the public to help provide Christmas presents for retired military personnel at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
There's a new membership club in town - Shafer Gallery's League of Aesthetic Engineers. According to Gallery Director Dave Barnes, this is a group of creative individuals who will "explore the world of art-making and creative endeavor."
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
After learning Tami Shepman, reading lab instructor and Julie Buzard, reading facilitator at Great Bend Middle School had seen 80 percent gains in reading fluency and 77 percent gains in reading comprehension amongst nearly 20 percent, the USD 428 Board of Education had questions. Vice-president Joyce Carter asked on what assessments the gains were based. In May, when the district adopted the in-house assessment tool AIMSWeb, students were given benchmark tests. It's from these results, and subsequent AIMSWeb short assessments given every two weeks, that the results come from.
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
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.
Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.
In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.
It is a sign of the times.
BROWNELL - A Utica man died Tuesday evening after the 2004 GMC Envoy he was driving went off a Ness County Road for unknown reason. Joshua W. Young, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.