After years of battling toxic blue-green algae in Veterans Memorial Lake, City of Great Bend officials finally got some good news from state officials this week. They were informed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that the beleaguered lake was no longer on its warning or watch lists.
Earlier this month, the Great Bend City Council paved the way for $1.21 million in improvements to about 90 blocks of city streets. That work begins this coming week, City Administrator Howard Partington said.
The Barton County Landfill, located at 350 NE 30 Road northwest of Great Bend, has listed its final household hazardous waste collection dates for the year. The service runs on the third Saturdays of the month from April through October and is for residential customers only from Barton, Pawnee and Ellsworth counties.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded a boil water advisory for the public water supply for the City of Paradise located in Russell County. The advisory was issued because of a loss of pressure due to a water main break. Inadequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.
Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress still flying, arrived at the Great Bend Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon. The crew from the Commemorative Air Force will be selling rides in this World War II warbird during the Great Bend AirFest, going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a hearing for the Rural Housing Incentive District for the Fairways at StoneRidge, the introduction of Lazer, the new police dog, and the Neighborhood Revitalization Program.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a tax sale update, a Memorial Parks Advisory Committee update and a tour of county road and bridge work sites.
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.
Dance Bash, a course in square dancing, will be held from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at The First Presbyterian Church, 24th and Washington. The recommended donation is $12.50 per person which covers the lessons and dinner. RSVP to Al at 620-282-9262 or Terri at 620-282-9848.
Once again, the Hoisington City County delved into city policy work Monday night at a regular meeting at the city offices. The result - more city employees will now be able to take time off for vacations and sick-leave without the worry of a smaller paycheck upon their return.