Barton Community College will continue its Kansas History Snapshot series by featuring "Buffalo Soldiers: An American Legend on the Western Frontier." This presentation by Fort Larned National Historic Site Park Ranger Celeste Dixon will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
In celebration of the 100th birthday of The Rifleman, the bronze Civil War sculpture standing in Jack Kilby Square, north of the Barton County Courthouse, a rededication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The public is invited to attend this brief program and enjoy refreshments afterwards.
On Oct. 28, at approximately 7 p.m,, the Great Bend Police Department and Great Bend Fire/EMS responded to the 1400 block of 10th St., in reference to a subject lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers located a subject later identified as Eliesel Cartagena lying in the roadway, unconscious. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Cartagena had apparently been riding a bicycle. It appears he was struck by a vehicle, which subsequently left the scene.
The job of maintaining the City of Great Bend's army of 500 fire plugs falls to the Water Division of the Public Works Department. This is no insignificant task as these steel sentinels stand ready to help save property and lives in times of crisis.
Safety officials are urging motorists and community members to be careful as Halloween approaches. Caution can be the key to safety as an increasing number of people will be out this weekend with Halloween, including pedestrians walking, parents driving their children, and people attending Halloween parties, said Lieutenant Adam Winters, Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman. It is imperative that safety play a role in the fun during the day and evening's celebrations.
Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday and as communities prepare to "fall back" one hour, the Great Bend Fire Department and the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal urge residents to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and changing the batteries.