Every year Julie Bugner-Smith, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director, goes to all the schools in Ellinwood, Great Bend, and Larned to talk to the 5th graders about the United Way. Each student is given a poster to draw a picture on depicting their vision of the United Way, incorporating the Campaign Theme for that year. This year the theme was "Community Super Heroes." This past Friday night at the Panthers game, the Poster Contest winners presented their posters to businesses and leaders in Great Bend.
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.
Death arrives unexpectedly, and there are choices required that are important and determine our eternal outcome. This, in brief, is the message delivered in a unique way each year through the Judgement House production at the Great Bend Church of the Nazarene. Members Dale Pruter and wife Sherry, have been instrumental in bringing the annual live walk-through drama to Great Bend for the past 10 years. Wednesday night, they were busy with actors and actresses, recruited from several area churches, running through lines during dress rehearsal leading up to the opening Friday night, Oct. 16.
The three trumpeter swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo were removed from public display last week to protect them from an increase of avian influenza that is sweeping across the country, Zookeeper Sara Hamlin said. Meanwhile, the zoo's alligators have been moved to their fall/winter quarters.
For several months, the Hoisington planning commission has been working to find a balance between restriction and ease of future development. Changes to the existing zoning ordinances within the city pertaining to accessory buildings have been their focus. These include sheds, garages, and other structures like carports that exist on a residential lot along with the main structure. At Monday night's city council meeting, Jerry Renk, spokesman for the commission, addressed the council. With the public hearing out of the way as of Sept. 21, and with only positive comments received, the commission recommended adoption of the changes.
Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco has been working with the engineers on the High Risk Rural Road project to replace regulatory and warning signs on several roadway corridors in the county, including the installation of several new bicycle signs, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Kentucky Fried Chicken, 2917 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Steve Swigart and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
HOISINGTON - Children of Barton receiving a diagnosis of cancer will be the beneficiaries of the 5th Annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Auction & Dinner held on Oct. 3 at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall. A standing-room only crowd filled the hall in support of the event entitled Lights, Camera, AUCTION!