The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the swearing in of the new Fourth District Commissioner Kenneth Lebbin, a request for a fireworks display at Camp Hope and flagpoles at the new veterans memorial.
The peak of summer travel across our nation's highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours for the next two weeks, thanks in part to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely. The enforcement campaign runs from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, June 1.
Volunteers In Action and the American Red Cross are looking for volunteers to help with the local blood drive coming up on May 19 at St. Rose Auditorium. Jobs include checking in donors, escorting, and preparing and serving a light meal.
Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a check for $1,366.43 to St. Rose's Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H). From left to right are: Marilyn Degenhardt; Donita Wolf, GBHH&H director; and Arlene Wilhelm.
As the warming weather beckons outdoor enthusiasts to their favorite lake or river, Kansans should remember that they play a critical role in helping stop aquatic invaders that threaten lakes and rivers in Kansas and many other states. Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are animals and plants not native to Kansas that can threaten lake and river ecology, harm native or desirable species, and interfere with our economy. They often hitchhike on the boats and equipment used by unsuspecting people who may unknowingly transport them to a previously uninfested body of water.
Dr. Andi Kinlin will speak on the topic, "How does physical health affect mental well being?" at the next meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.
Band students at Great Bend High School are proving the quote, "There's no off season for band," as true. The Spring Band Concert on Monday night culminates a year of hard work up to the end of the school year. The concert is at 7 p.m. in the GBHS Gym and will honor the seniors and their parents. The varsity, junior varsity and jazz bands will perform, and various band awards will be presented. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
The State Speech Championship Tournament was held on May 3, at Emporia High School. Great Bend had five students compete in five events with one advancing to semi-finals. Those individuals were Carter Sheffield in Extemporaneous Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation, Jesus Sandoval in Humorous Interpretation and Prose, Aaron Miller in Humorous Interpretation, Mali Clark in Prose and Kenna Dirks in Poetry and in Dramatic Interpretation Dirks advanced to the semi-final round.
Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on Thursday, June 5, at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing through Sept. 4, in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series and other special events on Thursday evenings. The market organizers are currently seeking a variety of interested vendors to participate in the Summer Street Stroll.
Summer asphalt work is now underway, Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told to the County Commission Monday morning. On Monday, May 4, work began at U.S. 56 going north on Dartmouth Road (NE 60 Avenue).
A Rush County man was driving a semitrailer that was hit by a Union Pacific railroad train, Wednesday evening in Clark County. The truck driver, 30-year-old Joshua L. Coleman from Alexander, was able to get out of the vehicle and was not injured.
Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association will hold the annual Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school June 5-20 at a High Plains prehistoric village site located west of Hays in Ellis County.
Starting around Friday, May 29, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt overlay project on US-281 Highway in Barton County, from the west US-281/K-4 junction continuing north 11 miles to the Barton/Russell County line. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface milling and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.
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.
Keeping the swimming pool in operation at Barton Community College is likely to require an increase in the mill levy, but it won't be the only reason for a possible increase, college trustees said Wednesday.
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Hoisington City Council met Tuesday evening to continue a discussion on how to alleviate a housing crunch that is keeping some of the professionals who work in the city from living there too.