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.
Great Bend Rotarians, from left: Gary Burke, Brad Reed, Dr. William King and Mark Mingenback gather at Jefferson School on Wednesday to personally deliver age-appropriate dictionaries to third graders. The service organization gifts every third grader in Great Bend with his or her own dictionary.
Larned attorney Ron Smith is proud to tell people his law office "physically sits in the ruts of the old Santa Fe Trail." However, his passions are Territorial Kansas history and the era right after the Civil War.
Editor's note: This holiday season, we invite you to share your holiday stories from Christmases past, starting off the series with a story of our own. We hope it shakes loose your own indelible holiday memories.
The Ellinwood Rotary/Community Splash pad project received a $500 donation from the Midwest Energy Community Fund spring disbursement. These funds will be used to help pay for the building of a splash pad in the city of Ellinwood near the municipal pool. A splash pad will provide hours of safe water fun to many young children and families within Ellinwood and surrounding communities. It will be the first splash pad built in Barton County.
Delores Burgardt of Great Bend and Judi Welch of Larned were honored for their community service at the In-service meeting and holiday Luncheon held in November. Welch has served five years a Foster Grandparent volunteer and Burgardt was honored for four years as a Senior Companion.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Melinda Kurth. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Anyone who was tired of leftover turkey, excess shopping and icy sidewalks had plenty to be thankful for on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Golden Belt Community Foundation received hundreds of donations for 66 local organizational endowment funds.
The Great Bend Home for the Holidays Parade, canceled this past Saturday due to the ice storm, will not be rescheduled for this winter, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said Tuesday afternoon.