The Barton County Historical Society invites the public to revisit the joys of winter holidays through the years at its annual open house, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." It will run from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Historical Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement Tuesday with the City of Great Bend, adopting a new neighborhood revitalization plan. The plan allows the city to offer tax rebates on improvements that increase the value of the properties. The agreement will be in effect from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, when it can be extended, modified or allowed to expire.
The Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday and heard from District Technology Coordinator Kerry Mooney, who informed the board he had received a bid at noon that day from a company that would sell the district new Chromebooks for $170 each, significantly lower than other bids received. In addition, Mooney can service the Chromebooks himself, including switching out damaged screens. The iPads have to be sent off for service, so down the road the economic feasibility continues.
As the remodeling of the front office of the Great Bend Events Center progresses to accommodate the Convention and Visitors Bureau office, future plans for the facility are taking shape, City Administrator Howard Partington said Monday night.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Amanda Hackerott and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
HOISINGTON - The mood was solemn Monday morning as students at Hoisington High School entered the auditorium. Passing through an American Legion honor guard on their way to their seats, the strains of "Forgotten Hope Theme" set the tone for what would be an opportunity to honor an accomplished man, Art Gruber, a former Hoisington High School student, a World War II veteran, and survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bringing the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau under the city's control has been discussed for a couple of years and was among the Great Bend City Council's top three priorities outlined last year. It came to pass Monday night when amendments to the Convention and Tourism Board Ordinance were approved.
As part of the effort to secure the transload facility, the Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the amendment to the railroad company Watco's lease agreement at the airport.