There are a lot of things to love about Christmas, but one of the best is the gift of giving, "Christmas is the spirit of giving. And what we try to do is give ourselves. It is the little things that mean a lot. You don't have to win the lottery before you can give back," said Randy Smith.
The Barton County Appraiser's Office is gearing up to set property values for 2013 and office personnel are answering questions pertaining to 2012 values as tax bills have been mailed.
"Failure has been my greatest teacher," John Keenan said Tuesday afternoon at Perks Coffee Shop in Great Bend. The 28 year old Great Bend High School graduate was dropping off a stack of his newly cut CDs with uncle Greg Keenan, who will make them available to the public. The journey to create the album of songs, along with younger brother Mark and friend Scott Martz has been both illuminating and life changing.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.
Members of the Barton County Commission had their eyes opened Monday morning when Pattie McGurk with Catholic Social Services addressed them about a grant the agency received to help the homeless find homes.
Fuller Industries LLC officially took possession of the former Fuller Brush Company's manufacturing and distribution facility in Great Bend on Saturday morning Dec. 1, as part of a bankruptcy settlement bid to purchase all personal property, real estate and industrial business segments, which includes the custom brush and commercial janitorial supply businesses. This overall effort was made possible with the commitment and cooperation of numerous local investors who rallied local resources to purchase this company and retain the 200 plus jobs in our community.
Rich Fox, a member of Great Bend's model train club, has been busy recently sharing the Christmas spirit by transporting and setting up model trains around the city. A few weeks ago, he brought an HO gauge set out to Waters True Value Hardware. He brought an "old timey" steam locomotive G gauge to the Shafer Art Gallery, and a slightly more modern version that looks like an old narrow-gauge railroad to the Barton County Historical Museum which will be on display this weekend.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will host two bird counting events this month for birders, from novices to experts, on Dec. 14 and 18.
Residents in the southeast part of Great Bend reported seeing Santa Claus in town Saturday, handing out bags of candy. Taking advantage of the nice weather, George Weber put on a Santa suit and hitched his mule to a wagon. "I've been doing this for several years," he said, adding the candy was furnished by his cousins, Rick and Randy Suchy. Weber said he'd given away 100 bags of candy, including one to Darien Montes, shown here with his mom. Darien will be 3 years old on Dec. 20.
After 16 years, Great Bend City Clerk/Finance Manager Wayne Henneke sat at his City Hall desk for the last time Friday. Well, it was his last day working full time.
If you can't get your own teenager to help around the house, here's an idea: Rent one.
With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.
The lack of homeless shelters in most rural towns and counties may give the wrong impression. Homelessness in rural America simply looks different than it does in urban areas. While higher concentrations stand outside church basements and temporary nightly shelters in downtown USA for all who drive by to see, the rural homeless are far more likely to be isolated, hidden, and voiceless.
While digging around for Christmas decorations for Sunday's Ghost of Christmas Past community open house at the Barton County Historical Museum, director Beverly Komarek rediscovered two pieces from the museum's collection, a toy wooden sleigh, and a circa 1890 horse glider. As it turns out, the horse fit with the sleigh just right. A engraved metal plate on the lower cross rail of the glider reads "Converse."
Christmas came a little early for some of the area's helping organizations on Wednesday morning a the Farmers Bank and Trust. Representatives, board members and volunteers from over 30 charitable non-profits attended the bank's 16th Annual Holiday Charity Recognition Coffee.
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
Wednesday afternoon, people reported feeling the ground shake as far north as Manhattan when a 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Conway Springs, located between 80 and 90 miles from the Oklahoma border, west of Wichita.
Barton Community College's music department will present the timeless holiday musical classic "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
With a splash of bold and bright colors, the art show "Drifting Down the Moonlit Path" will highlight the work of artist Jacquelyn Fisher throughout the month of November at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St. A reception will be held at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. There is no cost and wine and cheese will be served.