The staff of the Santa Fe Trail Center invites the public to a program on historic buildings on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. in the museum. Dr. Merlene Baird will present a visual tour of historic homes in Kansas with an emphasis on houses close to the Larned area. Information will be given about keeping the buildings historic and well-preserved versus remodeled.
A fire of unknown origin did extensive damage Saturday night to a machine storage shed at the Lee F. Fischer farm southwest of Larned. Bill Clapham, Larned fire chief, said the machine shed was full, he believed, with a camper, a pickup and other items inside. He said he had "no idea" of the total amount of damage done. The Larned Fire Department received the fire call shortly before 9 p.m., Clapham said. It was a "bad fire," i.e., he said that everything went downhill after the firefighters arrived and tried to extinguish it.
Longtime board member Larry Carr was honored at the Fort Larned Historical Society's annual meeting last Monday at the Santa Fe Trail Center. Board President Tom Seltmann thanked Carr for his many years of service as he steps down from the Santa Fe Trail Center Museum's governing board. Carr's service on the board of directors spanned 24 years, from 1986 to 2010.
Did she lie awake wondering "Who Put the Bomp?" as in the Barry Mann classic? We don't know about that, but we do know that Kris Akers always wanted, always dreamed of having a 50s-themed diner.
Larned is ready to collect Christmas cheer in the form of a shoe box. Local residents have set a goal of 200 gift-filled shoe boxes and by the end of National Collection Week, every Operation Christmas Child drop-off site hopes to be bursting with these gifts of love that bring joy to needy children worldwide, according to Pastor Mark Slattery at Larned's First Southern Baptist Church.
There are going to be a lot of Christmas-y things going on on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2nd and State streets in Larned. One of them will involve George Weber of Great Bend as Santa Claus, in his wagon drawn by his 14-year-old mule, Babe. Babe is a jenny, or female. Weber made all of his wagon, he said, except for the axles and springs.
The City of Larned is concerned about possible leaks in the city's sanitary sewer system. Leaks in the system can allow large amounts of rain water to enter the city's wastewater system, City Manager Don Gaeddert said Saturday.
Veterans Day (Thursday) is fast approaching, and a local man and his brothers were recently honored with a plaque and words of praise.
Dawn Skelton, co-owner of Country Seasons Flower Shoppe, showed Chamber Coffee Hour attendees Thursday a large inventory and many other improvements and changes at the store. Items have been rearranged, and the front/facade of the building has been enlarged and beautified.
You can't keep a good man - or dealership - down. As of Sunday, Oct. 31, Al Hanken Motors in Larned is no longer a General Motors dealership. But, as proprietor Don Hanken told a large crowd at last Thursday's Chamber Coffee Hour, when one door closes, another usually opens.
By Jim Misunas
Dear People of Pawnee County,
LARNED - As a way to raise awareness of Breast Cancer prevention, the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility sold 109 breast cancer awareness T-shirts to raise funds for breast cancer awareness in their community.
LARNED – A special tribute will remember the contribution and service of Jake Delaney and Glenn and Elaine Mull during the 2014 Santa Fe Trail Tired Iron Show.
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