Each year, the Christmas season in Great Bend shines brightly with its Trail of Lights holiday display. A drive along the trail might start at the south entrance to Brit Spaugh Park, taking viewers past animated displays and a light show set to music in front of the zoo. Then proceed to Veterans Memorial Park for "The 12 Days of Christmas." See the Christmas Nativity at K-96 & 10th Street, then head south to the Historical Village lights.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Claflin Neighborhood Revitalization Plan interlocal agreement, remodeling the courthouse fourth floor for the County Attorney's Office, a simplified online communications system and the county's League of Kansas Municipalities membership dues.
When German settlers arrived in Barton County in the 1870s and 1880s, they brought European Christmas traditions that can be found in today's homes: Trees decorated with ornaments, holiday foods, and gifts from a mysterious visitor.
In the American Automobile Association's West North Central Region, which includes Kansas, more than 8.2 million people will be travelling for the holidays, the AAA reported. This is a record setting number for the region and the ninth consecutive year of an increase.
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.
One day after the Great Bend Police Department asked for the public's helping in locating a 30-year-old man who allegedly held a woman inside a local residence against her will, Bobby Stark is in custody.
The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee is seeking individuals to serve on the committee for two year appointments, Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development, at the Spray Holt Family Board Room, 1125 Williams at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shannon Stafford with greeters Tiffany Schoendahler and Barry Bowers. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Barton County's Special Alcohol Fund money will help keep kids from getting involved with drugs and help those who are trying to get their lives back on track, it was announced at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.