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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.