The Great Bend High School debate team brought home nine awards from the Dodge City Boot Hill Invitational on Saturday. In the novice speaking awards division, Sylvia Ofoma placed third, dropping only two speaker points from a perfect speaking record of five total speaker points. Marissa Hoisington placed first with six speaking points dropping only one speaker point from a perfect record. These students won two of the three awards in this division out of 34 students.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its next competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
Special events at two local churches will involve streets being closed later this month. Great Bend City Council members approved the closings to allow for programs that area being planned by First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway, and by First United Methodist Church, at Forest and Stone.
A recent exchange at the county Records Department shows just how small the world really is, today.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission on Friday unveiled its new GBRC Activity Center at 18th and Adams St., with an open house. That was followed by a dance for Great Bend Middle School students, one of the first big events at the facility.
Great Bend High School has announced its inductees to the GBHS Hall of Fame for 2010, and the honors go to two individuals who made differences in the lives of those in the classroom and in the community as a whole.
Jenny Allford graduated from Kermit High School, Kermit, Texas, in 1949. She attended East Texas State University from 1949-1951, and transferred to Texas Technological University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1953. Mrs. Allford continued her education, taking courses at Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, and Kansas University.
A conditional use permit to allow for the development of a new sand pit operation on the south edge of Great Bend was approved by the Great Bend City Council this week, despite continued concerns that residents in that area will have problems with blowing dust.
Another opportunity for local residents to have input in the county's emergency plan is coming up, according to Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller.
Camp Aldrich has seen better days, officials at Barton Community College said Thursday. The once-profitable conference center owned by the college may be ready for a reboot.
The public is invited to catch a glimpse into future transportation technologies next week at Barton Community College.
Safety first was the plan for a number of items approved by the Great Bend City Council this week.
What is generally an open-and-shut issue was tabled by the Barton County Commission this week, as they get input to make sure that a safety provision in the county is working.
The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
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.
The Barton County Road and Bridge department is in the middle of the summer sealing season. This is the time when crews tackle a portion of the county's nearly 400 miles of blacktop roads.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 7
This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County was $104,000. All the money has now been turned in and the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser fell a little short, netting $92,000.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain her enthusiasm during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Several steps were taken Monday night to move along the development of the new apartment complex on Grant Street, known as the Reserves at Trail Ridge. The action came during the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In addition to the Grant Street apartment complex, another housing development was a topic at Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting. Adopted was a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a $300,000 2014 Moderate Income Housing Grant related to the construction of six market-rate four-plexes at 28th and Washington.
HAYS - A Great Bend man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for causing a fatal accident last September, when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.