Two years ago, Lindsey Homeier woke up to a nightmare that could have easily dashed the dreams of most young entrepreneurs. One December morning in 2013, the promising young dance instructor learned the building, formerly a great opera house, that housed her studio had been condemned by the city as an unsafe structure. After months of evasive maneuvers by the building's owners to avoid responsibility for their crumbling south wall, a large chunk had fallen onto the parking lot below during a snowstorm the night before, leaving the city no choice.
Recently students at Great Bend Middle School have heard from Detective Heather Smith of the Great Bend Police Department about the dangers of cyber communication and its life-long impacts. Now USD 428 wants parents and community members to know how they can help protect their children and teens from the pressures that are associated with cell phone and Internet use.
In the last week, there have been at least two instances of Great Bend High School boys' swim team members allegedly being sexually battered on bus trips home from swim meets, parents of team members are reporting.
LYONS – At 7 p.m. tonight at the Coronado Quivira Museum in Lyons, Matt Stafford, Pride Ag Resources/Ace Hardware Lyons store manager, will present a video showing the future of farming in light of technology.
At the Sterling Speech Tournament Great Bend High School first year speech students, Garrett Dykes, Geoffrey Pafford and Bailey Jones, all placed in their events. Garrett Dykes qualified for state again in Humorous Solo Acting.
Each week, we look back at what the interesting stories of the day in years past were, and do our best to catch up to present day. Recently, we spotlighted the space shuttle Challenger disaster of Jan. 26, 1986. We included an interview of Harrison Middle School student Lance Werth, who had been a member of the "original 30" future-astronaut class held at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center in Hutchinson.
The City of Great Bend and the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association announced that the reality TV show, Street Rodding American Style will be aired at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Smoky Hill Public Television. It will feature the Great Bend Party in the Park Car Show segment that was taped on Aug. 8, 2015.
On Jan. 8, 20th Judicial District Judge Ron Svaty issued a "protective order restricting extrajudicial comments," in layman's terms a gag order, barring all participants, law enforcement officers and court officials involved with the in the case surrounding murder suspect Alejo Villegas from discussing the matter.
Many young students learn through their parents and grandparents what freedom is and what it means, not only to them but for every American. Some local students got the opportunity to express this in their own words.
February 1-7 was recognized as National Burn Awareness Week, and Safe Kids Kansas and the Office of the State Fire Marshal focused that week on reminding parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries to children. Scalding hot water, hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, fireworks, electrical currents and chemicals can all be the cause of serious burns to children.
The future of Barton County is important to all of us. Looking ahead and planning takes a lot of cooperation between all the county entities, cities, townships, fire and EMS districts, department heads, County Administrator and County Commissioners. We don't always see eye to eye, but we always have the best interest of the citizens of Barton County at heart.
Great Bend Recreation Commission's Executive Director Diann Henderson received the prestigious Distinguished Fellow Award given by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association at the KRPA Awards of Excellence Luncheon at its annual State Conference held in Dodge City.