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.
Local law enforcement officers and members of The Storm Special Olympics team met in front of the Wetlands Waterpark on Wednesday to continue a tradition. They carried the "Flame of Hope," a torch that will light the fire Friday at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games at Wichita State University.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, 2123 Main, is staying open longer this summer, and offering daily Keeper Chats, where the public can learn more about the animals. The zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but staying open until 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As always, admission is free.
The trailer that broke free from a pickup and hit a motorcycle on Great Bend's 10th Street last August, causing the deaths of a Hutchinson couple, did not have an adequate safety chain, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Barton County District Court. The complaint also alleges the load was not securely fastened.
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.
Wilson State Park will hold its annual O.K. Kids Event on Saturday. O.K. Kids is a program sponsored by Kansas Wi1dscape. Outdoor Kansas for Kids (O.K.Kids) offers kids and their families an alternative to sedentary lifestyles. It gives children the opportunity to learn about nature and wildlife, and try new outdoor recreation adventures. This year's activities will qualify for Wildlifer Challenge which is another Kansas Wildscape opportunity geared toward promoting the outdoors. Parents should bring cameras and take photos of their children participating in the events. They can download photos to the Wildlifer Challenge website ...