TOPEKA – As drought conditions intensify in Kansas, Barton County has withered it way to the most severe drought stage as ranked by the Kansas Water Office.
It wasn't the Tour de France which opened this past weekend, but the annual Great Bend Bicycle Safety Rodeo last Friday was a success.
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.
The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).
Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible injury accident at 1:05 a.m. Monday on K-4, about 1 mile west of the K-4/U.S. 281 junction, or half a mile east of NW 50 Ave. Although a 2008 Ford F-150 slid off the snow-packed highway and rolled 1.5 times, everyone was wearing seat belts and they were not injured.
Beginning Feb. 23 and running through March 6, the Great Bend Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – teens not using seatbelts.
Overly dark vehicle windows are a threat to the safety of the public and to the police officers patrolling the streets, Great Bend Police Sgt. Jay Bachar told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, the City of Great Bend Police Department is undertaking a strong effort to monitor window tinting.
As of this weekend, there were two laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough in Great Bend, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning. One of the cases is in a school-age child and the other in a younger child, both of whom had been vaccinated.
The county employees honored for longevity by the Barton County Commission represented 270 collective years of service to the county. Recognized were folks who have had continuous employment for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years.
There will be two public, open meetings later this week to give residents, City Council members and others an opportunity to meet the finalist for the job of Great Bend police chief.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved sponsoring the annual Job Fest for $1,000. The city has been a sponsor of Job Fest since its inception. The ninth-annual Job Fest event is set for Thursday, April 30.
Six students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team, during an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.
After a heated discussion Monday night, the Great Bend City Council authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign an agreement with the Great Bend Public Library Board for the payment and reimbursement of the new heating and air conditioning system at the library in the amount of $762,012.92.
A Great Bend man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita late Monday morning after a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Great Bend. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 11:57 a.m.