There will be a lot going on in downtown Great Bend this summer, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night. The council approved several street closures and took other action to accommodate the festivities at Hayes' request.
Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.
The Great Bend Police Department has identified two Hoisington residents who were arrested on drug charges last Friday after a traffic stop. Johnathon Hiserote and Amanda Decker were booked into the Barton County Detention Center.
Sister Charlotte Brungardt welcomed visitors to St. Rose Saturday afternoon. They came to say farewell to the circular towers which are slated to be demolished as the next phase in a renovation that will carry the medical facility into the next century of carring for the people of Great Bend and the surrounding area. There was singing and stories of the hospital's founding in 1902 by the Dominican Sisters. There were also tears shed. The towers, built in the early 1960s, have been a familiar landmark in the city for over 50 years.
Smoke, sirens, firehoses, hats and badges, and Kia the K-9 officer drew a sizable turnout to the first annual Guns and Hoses open house Saturday morning. Great Bend Police, Fire and Rescue collaborated on the event that showcased the elements of how these men and women work and train to keep the people of Great Bend safe each day.
Rotarians flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center Saturday to hear 41st Kansas Governor Michael Hayden talk about the importance of the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands as a natural resource and of water conservation in light of increased demands on a finite supply.
The ashes of the original Camp Aldrich Dining Hall, a building storied with weddings, reunions, summer camps and much more, have been removed to make room for a new facility for the next generation of central Kansas families to enjoy.
In 1994, many Great Bend residents were unfamiliar with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo – of Fifth of May. Now a spring tradition, the city's 22nd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival drew a crowd to Jack Kilby Square on Saturday.
Farmers and ranchers, prospective buyers and railway personnel saw Bartlett Grain's new five-silo and office and shop complex between Great Bend and Ellinwood Thursday. The company has invested more than $20 million in the plant and construction east of Great Bend on the Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad, which is owned by Watco.
Paige Koehn, a sixth-grader at Park Elementary School, helped her classmates create a public art piece by sticking 2,704 white plastic forks in the courthouse lawn Friday afternoon. Each fork, she explained, represents 1,000 kids who suffer from hunger each day.
After four years of planning and work by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission, the dream of opening a year-round fitness facility was realized Friday morning with the grand opening of the Ellinwood Wellness Center.
Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.
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.
On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.
The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.
Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.