The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.
Danny Riggs presents a $700 check to Donita Wolf, director of St. Rose's Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, while Lori Grauer, left, and Annette Schremmer look on. The three joining Wolf represent the Bikers of Central Kansas, who raised money for GBHH&H at their recent Chili Challenge.
Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from May 5 through June 30. It will meet each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin. Entrance is on Lincoln Ave.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Hereford Women Board of Directors recently elected Hereford enthusiast Michelle Beran of Great Bend to its board representing the northwest quadrant of the United State. The quadrant includes Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
Those who attend one of the "Planetarium Reboot" programs that start Thursday at Barton Community College will also get a look at the new entrance to the Science & Math Building. That $50,000 project included adding new doors that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and remodeling the vestibule. The Planetarium is located in Room 101 of the Science Building, which is on the northeast corner of the campus.
WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita issued a thunderstorm watch for Barton County and north central and western Kansas at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. The watch includes the following counties until 11 p.m. Wednesday - Barton, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Mitchell, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Republic, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Scott, Sheridan, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wichita.
GREAT BEND -- Funeral services for Willis A. Stout, 70, who passed away on March 16, 2014 will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crosspoint Church, east of Harts Corner, two miles south on Highway 281.
Congressman Tim Huelskamp will hold his next Barton County town hall from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 11, at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, in Exop III, west of Great Bend. He is continuing the tradition of visiting each of the District's 63 counties each year. So far, Representative Huelskamp has completed 221 town halls during his time in office.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will conduct a concealed carry firearms safety class starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the office, 1416 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. This class is a prerequisite for application for a Kansas concealed carry handgun license.
The Barton County Landfill is gearing up for the start of household hazardous waste collection season which officially began Tuesday, Solid Waste Manager Mark Witt reported to the County Commission Monday morning. The first on-site collection will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, at the facility.