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Fun improvements planned

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told a civic group Wednesday that improving recreational areas and events is a priority for the coming year. These include major changes at the Events Center.

September 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HOMEOWNERS BEWARE

In the aftermath of a severe storm like the one that swept through the Golden Belt last week, there are plenty of roofs in need of repair. But, officials warn home and business owners to use caution to avoid scams by transient contractors.

September 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hazardous waste collection day planned

The Barton County Landfill will hold its next household hazardous waste collection date from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock said.

September 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


2015 Kansas Fairs & Festivals Association Ag Challenge of Champions

Leah Parsons and Cody Wondra were named the winners of the 2015 Kansas Fairs & Festivals Association Ag Challenge of Champions. Parsons and Wondra will receive a $2,250 scholarship to be used for their college tuition. The scholarship is awarded to the top two winners of the contest that is held in conjunction with the Kansas State Fair. Contestants have to identify cuts of meat, grains, grasses and weeds, feed and livestock breeds, veterinarian equipment, four written exams on farm management as well as give a 3 minute extemporaneous speech.

September 16, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Diversified Services, 8823 4th Street (plant location near airport), at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Connie Oetken and Brian Ewing. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

September 16, 2015 | | Local News


School board approves Neighborhood Revitalization Grant

Ellinwood City Manager Bud Newberry addressed the USD 355 Board of Education Monday night at their regular meeting, explaining the proposed neighborhood revitalization plan. He provided details of how taxpayers are provided tax rebates over the course of five to eight years, depending on the location of their project, in an effort to incentivize improvements that will lead to significant increases in valuation of property in the district.

September 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


District enrollment down

Great Bend has started the fall semester with about 60 fewer students than last year, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

September 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 receives grants, donations

The school board officially accepted several gifts and a grant application when it met Monday.

September 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


LOOKING AHEAD

Consider them rainy day funds.

September 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Shooting victim identified

The Great Bend Police Department has released the name of the man who was fatally shot last Friday at 2402 Williams St. He has been identified as Jeremy Saldana, 39, of San Angelo, Texas.

September 15, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Plan B: City of Ellinwood to resume Main Street demolition

Don McMican, Engineer with DGM Consultants, P.A., provided the City of Ellinwood with his report on his visit to their property located at 102 N. Main Street, and his subsequent recommendation of how to proceed with the demolition of the building in a way that puts the neighboring building, 104 N. Main, owned by Mark and Cassie Batchman at the least amount of risk.

September 15, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


17 school bands participating in university’s annual Band Day

Bill Snyder Family Stadium will be filled with the sound of music from Kansas State University's annual Band Day performance Saturday, Sept. 19, at halftime of the Wildcats' football game against Louisiana Tech.

September 15, 2015 | | Local News


Debate judges wanted

Great Bend High School will host its annual debate tournament Saturday, Sept. 19, and judges for more than 100 rounds are still needed.

September 14, 2015 | | Local News


​School board reviews storm damage

Last Thursday's storm that damaged the roof on Lincoln Elementary School was discussed at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

September 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shooting investigation ongoing

More information has surfaced about the shooting that happened on Friday.

September 14, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


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