The Great Bend City Council Monday night took steps to make the annual downtown Christmas celebration safer and more family friendly when it approved several street closings for the night of the festivities.
Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club recently completed a successful coloring book and crayon drive to benefit children within the community. As a result, more than 50 new boxes of crayons and coloring books were delivered to Barton County Health Department and to St. Francis Community Services, Great Bend.
Traveling on C.R. 390, Rush County, towards Heartland Farm, a metallic gleam catches the eye, just north of the windbreak that protects the 1950s farmstead from the cool blasts Mother Nature delivers around this time of year, as fall matures and winter is fast at its heels.
Barton Community College will continue its Kansas History Snapshot series by featuring "Buffalo Soldiers: An American Legend on the Western Frontier." This presentation by Fort Larned National Historic Site Park Ranger Celeste Dixon will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.
In celebration of the 100th birthday of The Rifleman, the bronze Civil War sculpture standing in Jack Kilby Square, north of the Barton County Courthouse, a rededication ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. The public is invited to attend this brief program and enjoy refreshments afterwards.
On Oct. 28, at approximately 7 p.m,, the Great Bend Police Department and Great Bend Fire/EMS responded to the 1400 block of 10th St., in reference to a subject lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers located a subject later identified as Eliesel Cartagena lying in the roadway, unconscious. During the course of the investigation, officers learned that Cartagena had apparently been riding a bicycle. It appears he was struck by a vehicle, which subsequently left the scene.
The job of maintaining the City of Great Bend's army of 500 fire plugs falls to the Water Division of the Public Works Department. This is no insignificant task as these steel sentinels stand ready to help save property and lives in times of crisis.