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.
It's been a long time coming, but ground was finally broken Wednesday afternoon for the new transload facility west of Great Bend. The ceremony took place at the site of the operation in the Great Bend Industrial Park.
After the standoff last August in a Great Bend motel parking lot, Police Chief Cliff Couch was concerned by the lack of having an armored vehicle that would have allowed officers to handle the situation more safely.
Once again the City of Great Bend was lit up with fireworks and celebration over the holiday weekend and city officials agree it was a good celebration for the city and the people who live here or visited family from out of town.
A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday July 14, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to inquire and see if their health condition is linked to agent orange. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Barton County Fair at Expo II Building, at 7:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Barry Bowers with greeters Jake Deutsch and Tiffany Schoendaler. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Just days after a child wandered into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo had its own incident of unwanted human-animal contact. But in this case, it was the animals who were endangered.