The Great Bend High School roof is undergoing repairs this week. School officials said anyone coming to the GBHS building Thursday or Friday should first call the school office, 792-1521, and ask where it is safe to park. This will prevent possible damage from tar over-spray from the wind.
Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews announced he has filed charges of battery and criminal restraint in connection to a school bus incident involving members of the Great Bend High School boys swim team.
At the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development CEO Jan Peters confirmed that Freddy's Frozen Custard is indeed coming to Great Bend, and developers have begun work on the new restaurant that is expected to celebrate its grand opening in early October. Construction was delayed briefly due to the rain received at the end of May, but now work is beginning on the site.
In 1916, Riley Elementary was opened as a modern and sophisticated learning center for the students in Great Bend. Over the past 100 years, the tradition of excellence started by those students and teachers in 1916 has continued to thrive.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are offering some great classes this summer. Classes will run from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the next three Thursdays, June 9, 16 and 23, at the zoo. They are open from children 7-12 years old.
The birth of six arctic fox kits this past month at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is part of an ongoing effort to breed animals that have a species survival plan. But in spite of new additions in recent years, there are several geriatric animals in the zoo's population. They require special care, which is often expensive.
Noting the importance of Larned State Hospital to Barton County and the area, the County Commission Monday morning endorsed a letter of support calling for the formation of a Legislative interim committee to study the issues plaguing the facility.
MANHATTAN - Great Bend's Eric Vasquez and Larned's Mason Schartz won primary elections for a state office at the 2016 American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy (ALBSKLA) Monday. Vasquez is running for Attorney General. Schartz is a candidate for Commission of Insurance.