Visitors to the 2013 Barton County Fair may come face to face with characters from Wizard of Oz. During the 5-day fair opening today, Dorothy and her pals, the lion, scarecrow and tinman will be wandering the Ozsome fair, and will be available for photo ops evenings at Expo II.
The USD 428 Board of Education opened the 2013-2014 fiscal year with the nomination and voting in of Joyce Carter as president and Kevin Mauler as vice-president. Several appointments and designations were agreed upon by consent, and are discussed in length in the accompanying article.
Joyce Carter's nomination for USD 428 Board of Education President was approved and she was unanimously voted to the position. Dwight Young was thanked for his service to the board for the past year, and Carter accepted nominations for Vice-President. The board approved Kevin Mauler for that position.
Second Street from McKinley to Truman is technically a county road with the residents residing in the subdivision north of it living outside the Great Bend City Limits. However, south of the dirt thoroughfare is the new city-owned Sports Complex which draws a lot of traffic to the area.
The Barton County Extension Council will be funded for 2014 at the level it requested, but the total it will receive from the county was less than it had asked for, the County Commission decided Monday morning.
Divers found the body of 38-year-old George Willenberg, Hoisington, on Sunday morning after he went missing swimming across a cove at Rocktown at Lake Wilson Saturday evening, according to reports Russell County Sheriff's Office. The man's name was released Monday afternoon after notification of relatives.
HOISINGTON - According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log, at 1:41 p.m. on Sunday, a 1996 GMC driven by Seth N. Owen, 16, of Hoisington, was westbound on U.S. Highway 281. Owen attempted to turn left onto 110 Rd. and collided with Chad Romine, 19, of Great Bend. Romine was driving a 1998 Wrangler and was east bound on U.S. Highway 281. He was not wearing his seat belt.
HOISINGTON - Life from a couple of hundred years ago came alive this weekend when the Post Rock Muzzle Loaders Club from the Otis-Bison area demonstrated what clothes and living conditions existed at that time at the Fun Days event in Hoisington on Saturday.
Dustin Weeler isn't out to create the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, but he is introducing tennis to some very young players. During one of his recent sessions at Club 1 Fitness, the tennis instructor's students were all under 10 - and the youngest was 3 years old.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.66.
Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.
Great Bend police received reports of criminal damage to property at two locations on Saturday morning. Someone threw paint on the side of the house at 1208 Morphy St., and someone spray painted the Funtime Bingo building at 2805 Ninth St.
A 20-year-old man told Great Bend police he was battered by someone carrying a knife, around 9:46 p.m. Friday in the area of 19th and Holland St. He did not know the subject. An aggravated battery case was taken.