(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about winter safety preparations.)
County personnel were the subject of a couple of agenda items when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
Just because Santa drops in from the North Pole doesn't mean it has to be freezing in Great Bend. Unlike recent years, this year's Santa's Workshop wasn't hampered by snow or ice. So, while it was a chilly 32 degrees outside, throngs of children, parents and volunteers made their way to the Municipal Auditorium Monday night to frolic with elves.
To spread the Christmas spirit throughout the library, Great Bend Children's Librarian Eric Coulbourne held the first ever tree trimming Christmas party on Saturday.
It's perennial - the concern that is expressed about how kids and teens are just out for what they can get at Christmas. Wish lists that run into the thousands of dollars are discussed and lamented, but not every young person out there is concerned only with what they can get at this season of the year.
Brightly wrapped gifts may not be all we are giving each other this holiday season.
The trustees at Barton Community College are looking at raising the rates for tuition, fees or both for the fall 2011 semester, but one scenario also has local students getting a price break.
For shoppers there was Black Friday - a crush of humanity in the holiday spirit. For elves at the North Pole, the biggest activity leading to Christmas takes place the first Monday in December, when hundreds of kids meet at the Great Bend Auditorium for Santa's Workshop.
An Ellinwood man who attended Thursday's study session of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees had questions after listening to discussion on the college's Camp Aldrich facility near Cheyenne Bottoms.
The deaths of a handful of small fish at Veterans Memorial Lake are the result of the cold and not the recent toxic algae that plagued the popular recreational area, city and state officials said.
It is that time of year, when everyone is making sure they are ready for the first blast of serious winter weather.
There are all sorts of ways to get ready for winter, according to safety experts.
What has the head of a cat, the body of a bear - and smells like freshly popped popcorn?
Police were asked to conduct extra patrols near one Great Bend school after two strangers in a car gave a boy a ride home Tuesday afternoon.
For the second year, the Great Bend Public Library will offer the program "Food for Fines." People with overdue items can bring one nonperishable food item for each overdue material returned and overdue fines will be waived, said Terri Hurley at the library, located at 1409 Williams St.
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.
Three arrests were made Saturday night after someone reported a burglary in progress at the Rand Mobile Home Park, 5540 Second St., south of Great Bend.
Barton County's books are almost cleared of all delinquent property taxes. There are just two parcels that remain unpaid, the County Commission learned Monday morning.
Last Friday morning, the Barton County Health Department held a special meeting to discuss Ebola and emergency preparedness regarding the disease.
If you love fiber, have we got a workshop for you! The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is hosting a workshop on dyeing with native Kansas plants. Knitters, crocheters, spinners, quilters, anyone who works with yarn or fabric will go home with a new appreciation for nature's resources. Learn what plants in our area have hidden secrets, the process of going from plant to dye, and techniques to make sure your hand dyed creations last. We will do one dyepot from start to finish, and all workshop participants will leave with samples of our creations.