Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
After three months, it's off, at least for now.
With Labor Day on the horizon, gasoline prices have continued their march upward in Kansas and nationwide for the past two weeks, plagued by potential hurricane-induced supply disruptions and a drought-induced rise in ethanol prices, gas price analysts reported Sunday.
Friday's tournament at StoneRidge was about more than golf.
People in Barton County have little more than a week to make their opinions known about what they think a healthy community looks like, and what they think it will take to make their communities better.
Be Well Barton County is a subgroup of the Central Kansas Partnership. The group began meeting in January after the Golden Belt Community Foundation received a grant to study and gather community input from around the county about what people think will promote healthier lifestyles where they live.
BARTON COUNTY - At the state Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism commission meeting held Thursday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Manuel Torres, Region 3 Public Lands supervisor, presented recommendations for new signs at Cheyenne Bottoms.
HOISINGTON - Building on the theme, "Our Children, Our Future," Hoisington will celebrate for the 116th time on Labor Day weekend beginning Aug. 30- Sept. 3.
A "sizeable amount" of suspected methamphetamine, cash and firearms was seized Wednesday evening when law enforcement officers searched a home at 301 Chestnut St. in Great Bend.
Members of the Barton Community College cheer squad and basketball team lead the way through the Walmart parking lot Wednesday to unload Barton's bus that was filled with donated goods collected by the college to benefit the United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign, which aims to collect donations of goods to help supply their 21 local agencies. Barton students and athletes helped transfer items from BCC's bus to the United Way's larger school bus. Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas Julie Bunger-Smith said the efforts by Barton were very beneficial to the campaign.
A $2 million grant to Barton Community College ends this month, but the work it started – job training for prison inmates – will continue, the Barton Community College trustees learned Thursday.
Beverly Frizell, RD with the Barton County WIC program has been working extra hard to get the word out about the importance of breastfeeding this year to her clients in a multi-county area. It has always been a goal of WIC to increase breastfeeding, but this past year, the Barton County Health Department was awarded a grant to conduct a media campaign to help build awareness among the community as a whole.
As of Wednesday, Aug. 22, there were 15 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the state, but the numbers are on the rise. While the Barton County Health Department said there have been no confirmed cases of the disease within the county at this time, and none are being investigated, one case so far was reported in neighboring Stafford County earlier in August. But Sedgwick County has had the highest number of confirmed cases so far. According to the Sedgwick County Health Department, they've seen unusually high numbers of the virus. While there have only been 10 confirmed ...
Alligators are back at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, starting with one that spent the last three years in Dr. Oleg Ravitskjy's life science classroom at Barton Community College.
BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.
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.