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THE FUTURE CEMENTED

Somewhere beneath the tons of brand-new concrete being poured at the Great Bend Municipal Airport are chunks of another era, an era when the facility served as a training base for B-29 pilots headed to do battle in World War II.

August 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Reappraisal effort still underway

In her report to the Barton County Commission Monday morning, County Appraiser Barb Konrade said Appraiser's Office personnel are still in the process of the annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.

August 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


STUCK AT SCHOOL

Monday and Tuesday afternoons this week, Great Bend Police Sgt. Rod Weber arrived at Great Bend Middle School well before the 3:10 p.m. dismissal bell rang. He was there to remind parents that some common practices from years past are no longer allowed. They include double parking and stopping in the road to drop-off or pick up. Those transporting kids to and from school must legally park before anyone may exit the car, Weber told driver after driver.

August 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Judge orders psych evaluation for LaVeta Miller

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the woman charged with stealing about $110,000 that was intended to pay for World War II veterans' trips to Washington, D.C.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Former teacher gets diversion on drug charges

The case of a former teacher facing felony drug charges is wrapping up, with Angela Renee Foote receiving a diversion agreement. Another person arrested at the same time last September is on probation with Central Kansas Community Corrections after plea negotiations in 2012.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


City sales tax numbers looking good

Looking at the city's sales tax revenue so far this year, Great Bend City Administrator told the City Council Monday night that things are looking bright.

August 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Stuff the bus planned for Wednesday

Sometimes, agencies serving the needy in Barton and Pawnee counties need more than just cash. They need supplies.

August 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


City passes on land donation

Citing maintenance and liability concerns, it was the consensus of the Great Bend City Council Monday night not to accept an offer from Concrete Services President Roy Westoff to donate property on Second Street to the city.

August 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Bark at Water Park

Great Bend's Wetlands aquatic park closed for the season on Saturday, but lifeguards returned on Sunday for one last event – the annual Bark at the Water Park for dogs.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Scouts meet at zoo for fall kickoff

Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from nine counties were invited to attend Scout Day, Sunday afternoon at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


County to help Ellinwood with flooding issues

It may only be a first step in preventing future flooding in Ellinwood, but the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a cooperative agreement with the city to improve water flow along its eastern edge, an area hit hard by recent heavy rains.

August 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Bargain hunters attend City auction

Bicycles could be purchased for as little as $1, Friday at the City of Great Bend's auction. Dozens of bicycles that have been recovered since the last auction were lined up in front of the Great Bend Police Department, along with plastic gas containers, printers, video games and other items. Along with surplus city items, auctioneer Ken Schremmer sold abandoned or unclaimed property the city has accumulated.

August 17, 2013 | | News


"Polka Days" last waltz plays Sunday

After a run of 27 years, Great Bend's Polka Days is coming to a close. But not without more than six hours of continuous live music on Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen plans fundraiser for Humane Society

A Great Bend teenager plans to raise money for the Golden Belt Humane Society as he works to earn his Eagle Scout status.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Hoisington celebrates life for the 117th annual Labor Day

HOISINGTON - Hoisington is gearing up for the 117th annual Labor Day event with a some new events combined with old favorites, but with all of them "Celebrating Life in the Heartland," the theme of this year's parade. New events this year include a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. Confederate Railroad will perform after a community barbecue and beer garden, all located under the water tower.

August 17, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


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