ELLINWOOD -Leon and Linda Sobba, longtime Ellinwood residents, were named the Ellinwood Rotary Club's 2012 Distinguished Citizens at the club's annual banquet. In addition, the club is celebrating its 75th anniversary, beginning on Dec. 1, 1936.
The Great Bend High School Kayettes held their 2012 Mr. Perfect Panther pageant Saturday, Feb. 11, at the GBHS auditorium. This year's Mr. Perfect Panter was Aaron Mull and Mr. Almost Perfect was Matt Moyd.
Barton County Sharp Shooter member Parker Smith didn't let a fractured right wrist stop her from competing in the Barton County Winter Classic. Parker hurt her wrist in a backward fall playing basketball.
Four students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society were recognized at an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.
Young criminal offenders at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and its alternative school, Westside School, are earning high school diplomas, attending college and earning certificates in marketable job skills, thanks to a partnership with Barton Community College.
Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Highland Convention Center Heritage Room.
Adam Longoria will return to Great Bend at least once more before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled to start March 26. A hearing to deal with pretrial motions has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1 in Barton County District Court.
The Kansas City, Mo.-based Sutherland Lumber Company has acquired property in Great Bend, a company official confirmed Thursday morning. However, the official couldn't elaborate on where this property was or on the company's plans in Great Bend.
Administrators from the Great Bend Recreation Commission received statewide recognition at the Kansas Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, held Jan. 24-27 at Topeka. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick received the Distinguished Recreation Programmer award, and Executive Director Diann Henderson received the Distinguished Professional Award. GBRC Program Coordinator Chris Umphres presented the award to Henderson.
Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College's 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 45th commencement ceremony Friday.
Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.
Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.
Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.
Crunch Out Obesity, the six-week program Ellinwood students in grades 4-6 participated in during April and May, came to an end Tuesday. Sponsors visited classes and awarded prizes to winners at both Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph School.
This week, we offer a clip show of sorts from previous Out of the Morgue columns. Great Bend has forever been a place where interesting people have passed through, and many have decided to stay a while. It has been something to commemorate and celebrate.