Great Bend will soon have a destination pocket playground that will provide a place to play for people of all ages and abilities. The master plan for "My Back Yard," to be located at the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St., was unveiled Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission meeting.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Faith Community Church, 293 W Barton Co Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Marty Steinert with greeters Connie Oetken and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.
WICHITA - Aformer loan officer for a bank in Great Bend was sentenced Monday to six months in prison followed by six months home detention for bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. In addition, he was ordered to pay $124,000 in restitution and $50,000 in a personal forfeiture judgment.
RUSSELL - Two vehicles collided and two people were taken to Russell Regional Hospital on Sunday after a driver ran a stop sign at the intersection of Old 40 and 189th St., approximately 1.25 miles east of Russell.
Tuesday, June 9, is Ninja Day at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St. Kids are invited to join in some sneaky ninja fun. They will get the chance to decorate their own ninja swords and frost ninja cookies.
ELLSWORTH - On Saturday June 27, the 16th annual "Run For The Soul" Motorcycle Benefit Run will be held at the Ellsworth Recreation Center, former Armory, in Ellsworth. The ride will leave at 12:30 p.m. with a bike parade around the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
The Kansas Army National Guard 35 Infantry Division Band will present a free Home Front Concert at the Jack Kilby Square to honor and thank all those who have served our country. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, June, 22.
The Great Bend Airfest is official scheduled for Sept. 18-20. As plans and schedules are being finalized, Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller said early reservation opportunities for those interested in vintage warbird rides during the show. The 2015 Airfest will include 17 different warbirds, and six of these will be offering rides to the public, Miller said. Early booking is available on-line for the B-29 FiFi, the B-25 Miss Mitchell, and the P-51 Gunfighter.
Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.
Rosewood Ranch was a happening place Saturday, June 13, as dozens of energetic children were involved in fun ranch activities. The children and their families participated in the fifth annual "Kids Day at the Ranch," presented by Rosewood Services.
Looking for something for the kids to do during the depth of summer vacation? Sign them up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center summer programs held Thursdays in July, from July 2 through July 16 and summer day camps held June 26, July 10 and July 20, 22 and 24.
Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 per gallon earlier this weekly, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81.
An Ellsworth woman died when the vehicle she was driving collided with another vehicle on K-156, 14 miles northeast of Great Bend at 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2000 Mazda protege driven by Teresa Mehl, age 45, was travelling east on K-156 and crossed into the westbound lane, colliding with a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 driven by Andrew Kirkpatrick, 31, from Ellinwood.