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.
Despite wide fluctuations in crude oil prices, average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.80 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80, according to gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - For those who want to see the sandhill crane soar, hear the quacking of ducks and geese, and have help identifying the falcon, or a pheasant, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering free bus tours and lunch with the guidance of experts.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra told the Barton County Commission Monday morning he's had antique car enthusiasts come to him concerned about the tagging of the their older vehicles.
After securing easements from the City of Great Bend and Lasting Life Ministries, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to open a controversial stretch of Second Street.
The Great Bend High School Kayettes will sponsor a "black-out" for United Way of Central Kansas during the Oct. 12 football game against arch rival Hays at GBHS's Memorial Stadium. However, orders for the black event T-shirts are being taken now, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith.
Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George announced Thursday that the Kansas Main Street program is closed effective immediately. The move comes amid departmental restructuring for a total of 18 affected positions.
TOPEKA – A woman from Mexico has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison after she was arrested in Russell County with more than 12 pounds of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday.
BY STEPHANIE YOUNG
First Lady Michelle Obama it reminding everyone to spend some time outdoors before the summer is over, which has prompted groups across the nation to sponsor Let's Move events.
Soldiers stationed at Fort Leavenworth and civilians in the surrounding communities now have access to classes at Barton Community College via a new campus at the fort, college officials announced.
A special education teacher at Great Bend Middle School was one of three Great Bend residents arrested Wednesday on drugs charges.
Venture Corporation will be milling and patching 10th Street from Kansas to Frey streets starting at 7:30 a.m. today, the Great Bend Street Department announced. This means traffic will be limited to only the outside lanes going both directions.
P-51 pilot Larry Lumpkin is no stranger to Great Bend. During the Jack Kilby Square dedication in June, he flew his P-51 over the county building in an aeronautical display. He returns to the Bend Friday afternoon for the Great Bend Air Fest. Joining him will be pilot Jeff Linebaugh. Together, the two will be available all weekend to talk about the Warbird and give private rides in the Mustang fighter. Price tag for 15-minutes: $1,500.
Two drug raids at two locations Monday resulted in four arrests on methamphetamine-related charges, the Great Bend Police Department announced Tuesday morning.
With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night named a selection committee for the long-vacant position of director of public lands. The committee will interview applicants for the job and make a recommendation to the full City Council.
Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.
The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.
A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.
Great Bend Police detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 3006 23rd St. around 4:22 p.m. Thursday. A man and woman were taken into custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the county jail.
There were still snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms this past week, but Curtis Wolf, site manager of Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, said they will be heading out any day.
Great Bend's Unified School District 428 is about to launch a Walking School Bus program in all five of its elementary schools and adult volunteers are needed.
PRATT - Precinct committee men and women of the 113th Kansas House District met Thursday night and elected Greg Lewis (R-St. John) to complete the term of former House member Basil Dannebohm.
TOPEKA – Following on the success of the Kansas River being named a national water trail by the National Park Service in July 2012, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants the same designation for a portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas, including near Great Bend.
Ellinwood artist and retired nurse Rhea Grandon can add "published author" to her life list of accomplishments. Her cookbook, "Tasty Temptations for the Toothless," is now available online and in Barnes and Nobles stores. In creating it, she has touched on an untapped market, the dentally challenged, according to her publisher, Xlibris. Primarily a printer for independent writers, the company contacted her and said they wanted to handle the marketing of her book and has since made it available in both paperback and Kindle editions in English, German and Spanish versions.
When the USD 428 administration met to plan for summer school this year, they determined that it wasn't worth the time, effort or taxpayer money to continue offering the program.
Last year marked the last Great Bend Polka Days, as most of the members of the Polka Lovers of America Kansas Chapter have reached an age where the preparations and the dancing are too physically taxing.