Local students are heading home this month with a fresh insight into how to keep their homes safe, as Fire Prevention Month continues at the Great Bend Fire Department.
Time is running out to register for the upcoming general election according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
Although the trip to Kansas City had its share of technical difficulties, the race at the Kansas Speedway went well for the Hoisington High School Electric Car Team, HHS industrial arts teacher Ty Coker said. "The car ran excellent. We couldn't ask for a better day, even though it was rainy," said Coker. "It wasn't a concern to place; it was more of a goal to learn."
BARTON COUNTY - The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway stretches through 77 miles of Barton and Stafford counties. And over the past year, the National Scenic Byway Committee has sought to help each of the seven corridor communities (including Great Bend, Hoisington, Claflin, Ellinwood, Hudson, St. John and Stafford) develop tourism with the help of Judy Walden, president of the Walden Mills Group.
HOLYROOD - The Unified School District 112 Central Plains Board of Education voted at its Monday meeting to change the names of three of the four schools in the new consolidated district in an unanimous vote.
Great Bend High School Activities Office secretary Lana Wolf is already busy making preparations for the induction of GBHS's Hall of Fame for 2010. She has also heard from a lot of folks making plans to attend.
At its very foundation, the Jack Kilby project in front of the Barton County Courthouse isn't costing county taxpayers a dime.
Just when you thought it was safe to go on a late vacation ...
The Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night approved a much-discussed policy governing memorials and memorial services for students and district personnel.
Full-time employees at the Great Bend Recreation Commission will each receive $250 bonuses in recognition of the work that went into opening the new GBRC Activity Center. Four seasonal, part-time employees will also receive $125 bonuses, the GBRC Board of Directors decided Monday.
The Great Bend High School debate team brought home nine awards from the Dodge City Boot Hill Invitational on Saturday. In the novice speaking awards division, Sylvia Ofoma placed third, dropping only two speaker points from a perfect speaking record of five total speaker points. Marissa Hoisington placed first with six speaking points dropping only one speaker point from a perfect record. These students won two of the three awards in this division out of 34 students.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its next competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
Special events at two local churches will involve streets being closed later this month. Great Bend City Council members approved the closings to allow for programs that area being planned by First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway, and by First United Methodist Church, at Forest and Stone.
A recent exchange at the county Records Department shows just how small the world really is, today.
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday published a decision that upholds convictions of Kenneth "Kenny" D. Crawford, 59, for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and threatening a 12-year-old girl in Barton County in 2005.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will see new faces in October when they visit the Hoisington Library as long term employees Pat Brown and Susan Willis officially retire at the end of September. Both have truly enjoyed assisting patrons.
Barton Community College sophomore Joy Conner used to be shy. Thanks to her involvement with theater, her shyness is a thing of the past. She'll be portraying the role of Truvy Jones in the Barton Theater production of "Steel Magnolias," a role made famous by Dolly Parton in the Hollywood movie. Barton Theater will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.