The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes approval of the 2016 budget, the capital improvement and equipment replacement plans and an agreement with Southwest Developmental Services to be the Community Developmental Disability Organization for the County.
On Aug. 14, Eric Frieb, a senior at Otis Bison High School, received an answer to a prayer. The soon-to-be Eagle Scout needed extra funding to complete the first phase of a garden pavilion project at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend. He proposed the build for his Eagle Scout community leadership project after learning of the need the Dominican Sisters of Peace had for such a building while volunteering at the farm. While it was a particularly ambitious project, Frieb convinced the Boy Scout council and the board at Heartland Farm that he was up to the challenge.
The Barton County Democratic Party will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Front Door Community Center, 1615 10th St. Registered Democrats, independents, and like-minded individuals are welcome.
The purchase of real estate is on the agenda for Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. An executive session for discussion of the proposed purchase is also on the agenda. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road.
Wheat yields in Kansas might have increased during the 2015 harvest, but test weights and protein content were down statewide. According to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, data was collected from 7,233 carlot samples from 47 counties which showed an average test weight of 59.9 pounds per bushel. In comparison, the 2013 and 2014 harvest averages were 60.7 and 60.5 pounds per bushel, respectively.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to an injury accident at 4:58 a.m. Thursday at the U.S. 56/K-156 junction east of Great Bend. A 2013 Chevrolet Equinox driven by Linny K. Ott, 35, of Russell was southbound on K-156 approaching the "T" intersection and failed to make the turn. The vehicle continued south through the intersection, through the ditch and over the railroad tracks, coming to rest in a field.
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.