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.
According to the Great Bend police Department, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 7, officers from the Great Bend Police Department responded to the Casey's Convenience Store at 2716 10th St. in reference to an armed robbery.
Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will host a juried art show titled "Exposure Time 3" in January and is encouraging photographers to enter. Awards of $100 will be given to winners in three categories and there will be one $200 "Juror's Award." There is no entry fee. A total of three works can be submitted. The deadline to enter is Jan. 8.
For over 10 years, the county has used a direct fiber link between the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the District Court for first appearance hearings. Not only does this reduce the possibility of escape or an unfavorable interaction with the public, this also reduces stress on staff.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a public hearing for unsafe structures at 1318 and 1324 Kansas, amendments to the Convention and Tourism Board ordinance and a letter of support for the transload facility project.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes: proposals for auditing, janitorial, pest control and trash collection; an upgrade to the fiber-optic link between the Barton County Jail and the courthouse; and the appointment of special deputy coroners.