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.
Concerns over increased costs incurred by the City of Hoisington to Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for activities related to the trap, neuter and return program for stray cats were discussed at the city council meeting Monday.
Changes to the city's snow and ice removal policy topped the list of new business to be discussed at the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night. City Manager Jonathan Mitchell proposed an amended policy following the Thanksgiving weekend ice event that the city was late to respond to because it was not adequately prepared.
Between Monday, Dec. 21 and Thursday, Dec. 24, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin to upgrade/replace road signage and change posted speed limits in Barton County. The signing enhancement project is scheduled to be completed by early January, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.
The deadline for property owners to pay their taxes for the first half of the year is normally Dec. 20. However, this year that falls on Sunday so taxpayers have until the end of the day Monday, Dec. 21, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Community Bank of the Midwest, 2220 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Aaron Andrews with greeters Steve Swigart and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Darrin Hirsh's ex-wife Candice testified Wednesday that her husband held his Kansas Highway Patrol service pistol to her head and a pillow over her face the night of March 12, 2013, after a heated argument.
Connie Oetken, right, presents a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to Leslie Halbower Barrett, founder of Military Moms, for being chosen grand marshal of this year's Home for the Holidays Parade. The event had to be canceled this year because of the recent ice storm. Oetken is director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services, which sponsors the annual parade in conjunction with the city of Great Bend.