Since its founding in 1872, Great Bend has held spring elections for local officials, and this year saw the last. In 1886, there was a particularly tight race for mayor, so in the spirit of honoring the past and saying goodbye to a long-standing election tradition, this week Out of the Morgue looks back at that election and the results.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is planning activities from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, in honor of Earth Day. There will be booths set up with crafts, interactive stations and a scavenger hunt. This free event is geared for kids but is open to all ages.
Entertainment, food, family fun and information play an important part of any expo, and this is no different for the 2016 Farm and Ranch Expo that opened on Wednesday at the Expo Grounds in Great Bend.
A bill pending in the Kansas Legislature would cripple the state's highway maintenance program, cause a loss of jobs and severely impact Great Bend and surrounding area, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.
To spotlight the impact of national service and thank those who serve, mayors and country officials participated in the fourth-annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service on Tuesday. Barton County's involvement included a proclamation from the county commission on Monday to recognize the special day, and a tour of the Food Bank of Barton County on Tuesday.
A provisional ballot cast in Great Bend's Third Ward could change the outcome of one city council race. Unofficial results Tuesday showed Cory Zimmerman winning the seat with 16 votes, while Doug Keiswetter had 15 and needed one to tie. Thomas Boor was a close third with 12 votes. All three were write-in candidates.
A grateful Barton County commission Monday morning accepted a donation of $500 from the Damon Family Foundation to the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial. The funds are to be used to assist veterans who do not have the financial resources to pay for engravings on the Memorial, located in Golden Belt Memorial Park.
Collecting trading cards has been a past time for children of all ages for a long time, but the Great Bend Police Department has put a new spin on collecting trading cards for children of the community.
The County Commission will meet as the Board of County Canvassers 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 11, at in the Office of the County Clerk. At that time, they will canvass ballots from Tuesday's city general election for Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington and the Ellinwood District Hospital Board of Trustees.
Brody Nicholas, a senior at Hoisington High school, was selected to participate in the KMEA All State Concert Choir on March 27, at Century II Convention Center Concert Hall in Wichita. Eph Ehly was the guest conductor/clinician.
There will be no Chamber Coffee this week due to Farm and Ranch Expo. Opening ceremonies are 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Expo III. Show times are Wednesday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.