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Pageants returning to Great Bend
Holiday season successful for local businesses
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Pictured are Great Bends Hannah Mauler, who was crowned Miss Barton County in 2016, and Hays Sarah Gustin, who was crowned Miss Golden Belt, also in 2016. The 2017 Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageants are set for Jan. 28. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

 The Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageants will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Great Bend High School. 

This tradition started four years ago and has allowed 12 Great Bend representatives to participate in the Miss Kansas Pageant held in June in Pratt. “We love having such talented, beautiful ladies representing our community,” Partington said.

Last year’s winners were Great Bend’s Hannah Mauler, who was crowned Miss Barton County, and Hays’ Sarah Gustin, who was crowned Miss Golden Belt.

For more information, contact Kristy Straub, Barton County pageant director, at, or Candice Lawellin, Golden Belt director, at

This was included in Partington’s departmental update given at the Monday night City Council meeting. Other highlights included:

Fire/EMS/Inspection/Code Enforcement

• The delivery of the new ambulance was accepted.

• Inspector Schneider finished the plan review for the Dollar Tree remodel and has received plans for a Wal-Mart remodel project and the CUNA Mutual project.


• Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch participated in a conference call for the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police Legislative Committee conference call, in reference to various bills that may affect local law enforcement in Kansas.

• Heather McLemore has transferred to the Detective Bureau.

Public Works 

• Crews were out de-icing along the snow and ice routes as needed.

• Replaced damaged stop sign, pole and flashing red light on the southeast corner of 24th and McKinley.

• Repaired downed signs and repaired traffic lights due to high winds.

• Repaired small areas of erosion on the flood control levee.

• Bladed gravel streets throughout the city.

• Re-painted missing south bound directional arrow on the street at 24th and Main intersection.

• Relocating water sample stations throughout the city to be used for water sampling in 2017.


• The Holiday season was a good for Great Bend, Partington said. “Special thanks to the Park Staff and Bass X Autosound for our beautiful light displays and to the volunteers for helping as greeters for the Trail of Lights.”

Community Coordinator Christina Hayes will give Trail of Lights data report at the Jan. 17 council meeting. 

• The Icy Sidewalk Sale is set for Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 10. Twenty retail stores are participating in this effort to get rid of winter items and get ready for spring inventory.