Visitors to the 2013 Barton County Fair may come face to face with characters from Wizard of Oz. During the 5-day fair opening today, Dorothy and her pals, the lion, scarecrow and tinman will be wandering the Ozsome fair, and will be available for photo ops evenings at Expo II.
The USD 428 Board of Education opened the 2013-2014 fiscal year with the nomination and voting in of Joyce Carter as president and Kevin Mauler as vice-president. Several appointments and designations were agreed upon by consent, and are discussed in length in the accompanying article.
Joyce Carter's nomination for USD 428 Board of Education President was approved and she was unanimously voted to the position. Dwight Young was thanked for his service to the board for the past year, and Carter accepted nominations for Vice-President. The board approved Kevin Mauler for that position.
Second Street from McKinley to Truman is technically a county road with the residents residing in the subdivision north of it living outside the Great Bend City Limits. However, south of the dirt thoroughfare is the new city-owned Sports Complex which draws a lot of traffic to the area.
The Barton County Extension Council will be funded for 2014 at the level it requested, but the total it will receive from the county was less than it had asked for, the County Commission decided Monday morning.
Divers found the body of 38-year-old George Willenberg, Hoisington, on Sunday morning after he went missing swimming across a cove at Rocktown at Lake Wilson Saturday evening, according to reports Russell County Sheriff's Office. The man's name was released Monday afternoon after notification of relatives.
HOISINGTON - According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log, at 1:41 p.m. on Sunday, a 1996 GMC driven by Seth N. Owen, 16, of Hoisington, was westbound on U.S. Highway 281. Owen attempted to turn left onto 110 Rd. and collided with Chad Romine, 19, of Great Bend. Romine was driving a 1998 Wrangler and was east bound on U.S. Highway 281. He was not wearing his seat belt.
HOISINGTON - Life from a couple of hundred years ago came alive this weekend when the Post Rock Muzzle Loaders Club from the Otis-Bison area demonstrated what clothes and living conditions existed at that time at the Fun Days event in Hoisington on Saturday.
Dustin Weeler isn't out to create the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, but he is introducing tennis to some very young players. During one of his recent sessions at Club 1 Fitness, the tennis instructor's students were all under 10 - and the youngest was 3 years old.
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.