Thanks to the hard work of a lot of county staffers, almost $5,000 above and beyond the owed taxes was generated at this year's annual county tax sale, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra reported to the Barton County Commission.
Local volunteers who are concerned about emergency preparation have an important meeting coming up, according to Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
Starting Friday, area residents can enjoy being scared silly - for a good cause.
Local officials are continuing to consider rabbit regulations, and more input is being sought, it was announced at a Great Bend City Council meeting this week.
TOPEKA – There are fewer vacant jobs in Kansas this year than last year according to the 2011 Job Vacancy Survey released Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Labor. The survey, completed by employers during the second quarter of the year, found there were an estimated 30,697 job vacancies statewide, a 4.3 percent decrease from 2010.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on fire prevention efforts. The articles will continue throughout October as the Great Bend Fire Department presents Fire Prevention Month.)
It was about 3:15 Monday afternoon, dismissal time for Great Bend Middle School. Harrison Street in front of Becky Dudrey's house was choked with students and their parents.
Barton Community College trustees will vote on renewing the college's contract with KanREN for Internet service, when they meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The $50,0660 quote is on the agenda because trustees must approve purchases over $50,000.
A document that outlines the strengths and goals of Barton Community College is completed or near completion, and awaits final approval from the BCC Board of Trustees this week. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Portfolio for 2011 will then be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission, the entity responsible for Barton's accreditation.
City officials will seek grant funding to help with an effort to educate the public about the need to keep fertilizer on lawns and out of Veterans Memorial Lake, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.
The purchase of two very different types of electronic equipment were discussed when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
Attorneys for Adam Longoria want to ensure that jurors at his trial refrain from posting information on Facebook and other social media. They also want to keep jurors away from cell phones and other electronic devices to prevent texting, Tweeting and Googling.
The news is constant.
The director of the National Park Service's Monument Research and Preservation Program will inspect the Civil War soldier statue in Barton County's courthouse square when he visits Great Bend on Monday, Oct. 24. Dr. Dennis Montagna will also speak that evening to the Barton County Historical Society, in a program that will be open to the public.
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.
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.