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.
Rep. John Edmonds has an opening for four Kansas House of Representatives pages on March 8. To be considered for a position, students must be at least 12 years old and be able to be in Topeka by 8:15 a.m. on that day. For more information please call Jennifer Schartz, 620-793-1500.
The weight room at Barton Community College's Kirkman building has been refurbished and major equipment upgrades are taking place, thanks to the generosity of the Kip and Kelly Spray family. On Tuesday, the BCC Board of Trustees officially renamed that portion of the building the Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center.
Randy Miller, director of the City of Hoisington's electricity distribution department, was honored at the City Council meeting Monday night for his 32 years of service to the city. Mayor Clayton Williamson formally thanked him, and presented him with a plaque. Miller will retire at the end of the week, and it was announced the public is invited to a reception in his honor Friday afternoon at the council chamber from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Barton County Conservation District met for its annual meeting and banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College. Members voted for president of the district, and two recipients of the 2015 Bankers Conservation Awards were recognized. Elementary students from Central Kansas Christian Academy participated in an annual poster contest and top artists in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade categories received plaques and recognition during the evening also.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center has the cure for the winter blues – nature programs! Kids will make a snow crystal, investigate backyard birds and become a sleuth, during KWEC's February Saturday morning programs.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Barton Community College at the Welding Lab Technical Building, Room 172, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Kevin Sundahl with greeters Mark Mingenback and Brandon Steinert. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
ELLSWORTH – At approximately 5:12 p.m. Sunday, a corrections officer at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility was battered by an inmate, according to Adam Pfannenstiel, Kansas Department of Corrections communications director.