LSH escapee caught in Utah
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Great Bend mural project continues
Graffiti artist ARCY works on a mural at the corner of Forest and Williams, Saturday morning in Great Bend. - photo by Susan Thacker

The artist known as ARCY began work Friday on a mural at the corner of Forest and Williams in Great Bend. The work will be a “salute to Barton County’s rich history tied to the B-29 airfield here in Great Bend, and all the brave men and women who were based here during World War II,” said Rachel Mawhirter with the Barton Arts Movement (#BAM), the local volunteer initiative that is raising funds for the project.

ARCY and representatives of BAM will meet at the mural site at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 12, to answer questions as the mural nears completion. He expects to finish the mural on Tuesday. 

The building is owned by local contractor Andy Mingenback with Brentwood Builders, Mawhirter said. “His crew worked round the clock in the days leading up to the mural being started to get stucco installed and primed before ARCY’s arrival. Their partnership was pivotal in this being possible, along with the partnership of the City of Great Bend and numerous private donors who are collectively funding the project.” She said BAM is “still looking for generous donors to help us keep the momentum going by donating to our fund at the Golden Belt Community Foundation (” 

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