CLAFLIN - Republican candidate Don Cates will be the new Fourth District County Commissioner defeating Ellinwood resident and Democrat Frank Koelsch with 100 percent of the votes counted. A Claflin resident, Cates won 1,038 to 650 with 61 percent of the votes for Cates.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about property crime in Great Bend and the steps that are being taken to address it.)
There was good news coming out of last week's Kansas Department of Transportation regional meeting in Hutchinson.
The Great Bend Zoo Boo drew 2,733 children and 1,532 adults to Brit Spaugh Zoo on Saturday, Zoo Director Scott Gregory reported.
The Great Bend High School debate team competed at the Valley Center Halloween Tournament Saturday, Oct. 30. This is the team's fifth weekend of debate competition. They have continued to bring home awards from every tournament.
All military veterans and their families, as well as individuals who want to express their appreciation, are invited to attend the 4th Annual Veteran Appreciation Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m on Nov. 10 at the KANSASWORKS office located at 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.
Polling places for Tuesday's general election have been announced by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
Bob Parrish has been chosen to lead Great Bend's holiday parade on Nov. 27, sponsors at Sunflower Diversified Services announced.
Little lawmen and firefighters walked the streets with cowboys, ninjas and princesses, Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Mild fall weather boosted attendance at the annual Halloween parade, where hundreds of kids picked up candy.
INMAN – After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest. Former Great Bend resident and microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, and Civil War nurse and veterans advocate Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke (who lived at Bunker Hill, Ellsworth, Great Bend and Russell) were not among the top vote getters.
Another opportunity to cast ballots in the general election has been announced by County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
A dozen cowgirls? That's right. These girls, all Kayettes and Great Bend High School students, were among the 130 to 140 in the Commons Area at the school Thursday night, waiting to go Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. Faculty sponsors are Barbara Harris and Karen Clark. Harris said the Kayettes have done this yearly at Halloween time "for a long time." They go from home to home, and have maps, and each sub-group has its own particular area of the "divided-up" city. They expected to trick-or-treat for an hour to an hour and a half.
It's not often that the Great Bend High School marching band yields the field to a guest singer when it's time to perform the national anthem. But for the Oct. 15 football game, the honor went to 12-year-old Allison Muth.
On Oct. 25 treasurers for candidates running for state and county office filed their pre-general election campaign reports. In addition, on Oct. 28, a report of last minute contributions will also be filed by any state or local candidate who receives any contributions in the amount of $300 or more. These reports are a matter of public record and are available for review in each candidate's home county with his or her county election officer. Candidates for statewide office file their reports only with the Secretary of State. These reports contain the names of most contributors and the amounts ...
BARTON COUNTY - Regional Prevention Centers around the state are highlighting the 2010 Communities That Care student school surveys, and the results show Barton County's rates for overall alcohol use, binge drinking and drug use is higher than the average for the state and surrounding counties.
On June 13, Great Bend City Council members toured city facilities as the first step in the 2015 budget-planning process. Next they gathered on July 2 for a brain-storming session with the purpose of establishing their goals for the upcoming year.
The USD 428 Board of Education welcomed Superintendent Brad Reed to his first meeting Monday evening. At the beginning of each year, nominations and votes are made for president and vice president of the board. This year, the board was faced with the choice between Kevin Mauler, nominated by Dwight Young and seconded by Larry Kutina, and the incumbent, Joyce Carter, nominated by Doug Bender and seconded by Cheryl Rugan. Khris Thexton, director of business operations, called for a vote, which predictably saw the candidates and their supporters vote for themselves, resulting in a tie. Board member Wade Babcock's ...
Two more photos from Wedsday's Glow Party at the Great Bend Public Library.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 25 nonprofit organizations, including the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.
USD 428 Director of Business Operations Khris Thexton gave a brief update on the progress of various capital improvement projects at learning centers around the district Monday night at the July meeting of the Board of Education.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.