Mike Zamrzla, member of Senator Jerry Moran's staff, met with Barton County residents Tuesday morning for Open Office Hours at The Front Door in Great Bend from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It was an opportunity for constituents to bring their questions and concerns.
Fake blood and cobwebs are coming out of storage as area groups work on haunted houses for Halloween. Several of the attractions open this week, while others are keeping us in suspense for one more week. Attractions include:
TOPEKA – Starting this week, Kansans will start receiving a redesigned and more secure driver's license.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night rejected the recommendation of its Health Insurance Independent Consultant Selection Committee to not hire an outside consultant. It instead opted to sign a contract with Charlesworth Benefits of Overland Park to guide the council in bidding and selection an insurance carrier for the city.
At Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington gave an update on the activities of various city departments in the past couple weeks. Below is a summary of some of the highlights.
With an enjoyment of adventure and a desire to serve, Dr. Randall Hildebrand recently returned from medical missionary trip to the beautiful third world country of Cameroon, Africa where the major forms of transportation are walking or motorcycle riding. The green, country side full of waterfalls was beautiful in an area that receives 10 feet of rain in six months.
The 2012 Barton County Tax Sale is in the books, and County Treasurer Kevin Wondra told the County Commission Monday morning the annual event was a success.
Barton County contains 900 square miles.
Glenn Pfortmiller from the Model Association of Central Kansas took this photo Saturday at MACK flying field, from a model airplane equipped with a small camera. "The camera is a GoPro Hero and was set to take a picture every five seconds," he said. "Over 300 pictures were taken. The little camera takes good resolution but the wide angle lens has considerable barrel distortion. I really have lots of fun playing with it though."
Robby Gardner may have a pilot license, but it doesn't change his status as a newbie at the MACK flying field.
Walking into the St. Rose Auditorium Friday morning, the rich, comforting scent of baking sweet bread and the chatter of friends with many hands making light work of the task of creating over a thousand kolaches fill the air. Soon, the fall kolache bake and take will bring in hundreds of eager customers hoping to get their hands on their favorites. For many, that's poppyseed, but cherry and apricot are two other favorites.
The Double Trouble Trick Riders are kindred spirits with rodeo participants at Saturday's 8th Annual Rosewood Rodeo, to be held at Great Bend's Expo III Arena. They share a common experience because therapeutic horse riding has positively changed their lives.
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles celebrating the 20th anniversary of ElderCare Home Services in October. The rest will follow throughout the month.
Friends of a Russell man who died last Saturday on U.S. 281 won't use that highway when they travel to his funeral today.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.
Some of the cars were driven by folks trying to outrun the law. Some were just left by the side of the road.
Advanced ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are now available for Barton County voters, County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters may contact her office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."
ELLINWOOD - Professional development workshops will be held at Educational Strategies, 108 N. Main in Ellinwood on Oct. 30.