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.
Saturday, whether they fancied vintage, classic, muscle, or "rat rods," car lovers found plenty to appreciate as they converged on Great Bend's Party in the Park car show. This year, the number of cars increased nearly 50 percent over last year's event. 142 cars were on display, up from 93 the year before. Several factors were at play, and the appearance of reality television show 'Street Rodding American Style,' with hosts David Wolfe and Cy McCormack on location to interview three car owners about their rides for an upcoming show didn't hurt.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a revised Juvenile Services Department budget, and updates on the road sealing program and the Appraiser's Office property re-inspection.
Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner's story touched a nerve with Great Bend City Council members Monday night, moving them to step in make sure a key source of the agency's funding remains intact.
BUSHTON – Farmers like to say Mother Nature has to kill a wheat crop a few times before harvest. And Bushton farmer Kyle Kaiser would agree. At the beginning of April, Kyle was ready to call his crop insurance agent to evaluate his short, dry wheat with some visible winterkill. But, after receiving nine to ten inches of rain in May, the wheat was waist high by mid-June.
Saturday was what people in the racing world call a "junk air day," said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. That means some high performance race cars have a hard time "breathing" in the humidity. Still, with Great Bend the only division track in Kansas racing this weekend, racers from around the state and Oklahoma made the drive to the Great Bend track to increase their points rating and to have some fun.
OPEKA – Spring and summer are hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking seasons. It is also the time of year when ticks are out. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism remind those spending time outdoors to take precautions to avoid tick bites.
Before onlookers gathered at the foot of the Jack Kilby statue in front of Great Bend's Barton County Courthouse Tuesday morning, Great Bend Physician Roger Marshall made official his bid for Congress.
The City of Ellinwood sponsored a Chamber Coffee Friday morning in honor of the retirement of EMS Director Debbie Glen. Ellinwood Mayor Irlan Fullbright gave a run-down of Glen's accomplishments and the awards the city's Fire and EMS service had won over her 33-year career.