Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 8 percent higher in 2015 than they were in 2014 - the largest year-over-year percent increase in 50 years. The Council estimates 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, and 4.4 million were seriously injured with injuries requiring medical attention, meaning 2015 likely was the deadliest driving year since 2008.
According to the Health Insurance Marketplace, more than 12.7 million Americans signed up for a health insurance plan for 2016 during the marketplace's open enrollment period that ended Jan. 31. This number includes more than 4 million new enrollees.
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.
HOISINGTON - Wednesday morning, some of Hoisington's most promising young entrepreneurs competed in the first ever Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge. The contest, sponsored by NetWork Kansas and Hoisington's E-Community, provided a chance to win a $500 scholarship and a chance to go on to the state level Youth Challenge.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and Barton County Farm Bureau will be hosting a "Defensive Driving Course" on March 8 through March 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th St.
Inmates at Ellsworth Correctional Facility will be able to use wireless devices for the Adult Education Program offered through Barton Community College, thanks to action taken Thursday by the college's board of trustees.
Dolores Kipper, Hoisington's code enforcement officer, provided the city council an update Monday night on her efforts to enforce animal control and property codes in the community since her arrival in September.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Angels Care Home Health at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Terry Lewis and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend Street Department will be working on 19th Street excavating and replacing areas of concrete between McKinley and Polk Street starting Feb. 29th. Work will start at McKinley and work east. 19th Street from McKinley to Cleveland Street will be blocked to allow local traffic only. Signs will be in place. Work will then move east and block from Cleveland to McKinney. The street will be blocked from McKinney to Lincoln. Homeowners in the area will be able to access their driveways. If they are in doubt the Street Department will help them in any way they can ...