Fireworks are a no-go in Great Bend for Independence Day today, but that doesn't mean the holiday is a bust, said Christina Hayes, Great Bend Community Coordinator. She has plenty of ideas for ways to enjoy the holiday at home.
Most years in Great Bend, Fourth of July firecrackers start popping early in the morning, and can be heard nonstop from 10 a.m. to midnight, when they are "legal" under city ordinance. But while many people enjoy the fireworks, city firefighters have always approached the holiday with concern for safety.
With no fireworks to light, some Great Bend residents have canceled Fourth of July block parties scheduled for Wednesday. Others say the parties will go on, in their own way, and still others say their parties aren't canceled, but postponed until the next big firecracker day.
After much discussion over income potential of the Great Bend Convention Center and what some Great Bend City Council members called the dismal maintenance of the facility by Highland Hotel management, the council voted Monday night to form a committee to look at the center's short-, medium- and long-term fate.
Their combined experience is nearly half a century; they've worked under 17 different principals in six different schools; and they have finely tuned the art of multi-tasking.
These safety tips are provided by the Kansas State Fire Marshal:
Editor's Note: Early last week, the Great Bend Tribune interviewed Battalion Chief John Stettinger at the Great Bend Fire Department concerning fireworks safety. However, with current conditions of drought, high heat and windy weather, Great Bend and most other locations in Barton County have officially nixed shooting fireworks at this time, including on the Fourth of July. The following information still applies to wherever fireworks can be shot.
At the behest of fire chiefs across the county and Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller and citing the tinder box conditions, the Barton County Commission renewed the county-wide burn ban.
Ellinwood may now be the only place in Barton County where fireworks will be welcomed on the Fourth of July. It earned this honor after the County Commission followed the lead of other county cities and voted Monday morning to postpone the use of fireworks until there is relief from the bone-dry conditions plaguing the region.
Outside the Great Bend headquarters of Fuller Brush stands a Weigand Realty sign, but company President and Chief Executive Officer Brady Gros said residents need not be alarmed.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution postponing the discharge of fireworks in the county.
Jim Mosher has hit the right chords for more than 30 years as a professional musician. The fact he's found his perfect instrument of communication is all the better. His harp valued at more than $5,000 features 38 strings.
The Hoisington city council passed a resolution Friday afternoon to prevent the discharge of fireworks on the Fourth of July this year.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks within the city limits that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
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.