The cougar on loan to the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be moved to an area for public viewing, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Eighty million years ago, this part of Kansas was part of an inland sea. More recently – say the last 3.5 million years or so – the area was a savannah with trees. Soil samples suggest the wildlife refuge we call Cheyenne Bottoms has been a wetland for 100,000, says Pam Martin, an educator for Kansas Wildlife & Parks at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, were not accepted by the Barton County Commission this week and will go back to the Planning Commission.
The city of Ellinwood, the Ellinwood School Foundation and the Golden Belt Community Foundation will evenly split nearly $3 million dollars in a bequest from Vivian Archer, formerly of Ellinwood.
After nearly three months and a steady interest, an offer has been made on the former Shady Grove School property, the Unified School District 428 School Board learned Tuesday afternoon.
The sculpture paying tribute to the area's rich agricultural past will be officially dedicated in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday. The "Breaking the Prairie Sod" memorial is located in the park at K-96 and 10th Street on the west end of Great Bend.
County officials have shown their support for a project that is aimed at making a local facility more family friendly.
With an innovative entry in which cars were decorated as reindeer and a truck converted into a sleigh, the Mid-American Mopar Car Club took theme honors in the 2011 Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday evening in downtown Great Bend. The theme was "Let it Snow."
Sponsors of "Barton County's Got Talent" have added one last chance to audition for the upcoming dinner theater, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Auditions will start at 5 p.m. this Wednesday in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium. Anyone wanting to try out can reserve a 10-minute time slot by calling event organizer Rachel Mawhirter, 620-786-4896.
The 26-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in the courthouse square will be even taller this week, after city employees cap it with a magnificent topper, according to Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. City employees will add the custom-made decoration as the City of Great Bend hosts its first Business After Hours, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Downtown businesses will stay open until late, in the first of a series of "Thirsty Thursdays."
HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.
All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.
While there was understandably a great deal of interest this past week in the news that a new six-screen movie theater would be developed in downtown Great Bend, that was only one of the announcements of improvements planned for local projects.
A local non-profit agency is teaming up with a local business to provide Christmas gifts for children who might not otherwise have much under the tree.
As Loretta Miller spoke Friday morning, she unwrapped packages containing pre-assembled gingerbread houses in her downtown Great Bend business, the Gallery.
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.
HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."
ELLINWOOD - Professional development workshops will be held at Educational Strategies, 108 N. Main in Ellinwood on Oct. 30.