Kirby Krier already had a clock, a present from Barton County in recognition of his previous stint as a county commissioner.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of winter danger articles.)
When the new Unified School District 428 School Board takes over July 1, there will be two familiar faces absent.
With snow on the ground, Garet Fitzpatrick, leisure coordinator at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, reminds residents of the annual GBRC snow sculpture contest. Program coordinators reported on this and other events when the GBRC Board of Directors met Monday.
Relay for Life of Barton County volunteers started down that yellow-brick road Saturday morning as they held their annual kick-off event.
Barton County residents have an opportunity to get involved in local government as the county prepares for a variety of local elections, coming up this spring, according to County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
Saturday, you could still shop around and find gas for $2.96 in Great Bend, but the community woke Friday to find that some stations had already made the move up to $3 per gallon for regular unleaded.
The next 9.12 committee meeting has been set for 7 p.m., Thursday at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone.
Great Bend Police arrested a second suspect Thursday in connection with last month's burglary at P&S Security, where a number of guns were stolen.
Gun dealers from across the state brought their wares to Great Bend this weekend, for a gun show at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show continues today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but Saturday's turnout was enough to convince Anthony Lutz with R.K. Shows - sponsor of the gun show - that his first Great Bend show won't be his last.
What state gave the world an aviation pioneer, the co-developer of Google Earth, the Nobel prizewinning inventor of the microchip and a member of a Nobel prizewinning panel on climate change? Kansas.
TUCSON, Ariz. - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.
As he sat back and relaxed late Thursday morning, state Rep. Bill Wolf realized it may be the last time in over three months he would have the chance to take it easy.
A $100,000-plus project at the downtown fire station wasn't in the plans when this year's budgeting was handled, but when it became clear that the heating system, which is more than 40 years old, was reaching a point that it wasn't safe, there wasn't much of a choice.
The next tuition increase at Barton Community College may include a price break for local residents. The idea was suggested at a recent BCC Board of Trustees study session, and discussed again briefly on Thursday, at the January study session.
Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
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.