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2017-2018 Barton County Source is jammed full of valuable, handy information collected on Barton County and its communities of Albert, Beaver, Claflin, Ellinwood, Galatia, Great Bend, Hoisington, Odin, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock, Susank, and a couple of our neighbors, Larned, and Pratt. Keep it handy, we are sure you will find it a useful and reliable reference tool throughout the year.

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Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau ...................................................... 8 Great Bend Tribune ....................................................................................... 9 Barton County ........................................................................................10-11 Barton County Elected Officials ................................................................... 12 Administrative Numbers.............................................................................. 13 Department Directors.................................................................................. 14 Who Should I Call? ...................................................................................... 15 Get Involved ................................................................................................ 16 Clubs and Organizations ........................................................................17-19 Township Officials/Map ..........................................................................20-21 State and National Government................................................................... 22 Emergency Hotline ...................................................................................... 23 Support/In Need.....................................................................................24-28 First Responders ......................................................................................... 29 Churches ...............................................................................................31-33 Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village ..................................... 34 Barton County Fair ...................................................................................... 35 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo .................................................................. 36 Great Bend Tribune’s Women’s Expo ........................................................... 37 SRCA Drag Racing .................................................................................38-39 Cheyenne Bottoms...................................................................................... 40 Kansas Wetlands Education Center ............................................................. 41 Points of Interest ....................................................................................42-44 Shafer Art Gallery........................................................................................ 45 Great Bend Sports Complex ........................................................................ 46 Wetlands Waterpark .................................................................................... 47 Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo & Raptor Center .............................................. 48 Parks and Recreation .............................................................................50-52 Great Bend Recreation Center ..................................................................... 53 Jack Kilby Square Renovations ................................................................... 54 Walking and Driving Tours ........................................................................... 55 Cycling ....................................................................................................... 56 Golf............................................................................................................. 57 City Events.................................................................................................. 58 Hunting and Fishing .................................................................................... 59 Wounded Warriors ...................................................................................... 60 Albert.......................................................................................................... 62 Beaver and Odin ......................................................................................... 63 Claflin ....................................................................................................64-65 Ellinwood ...............................................................................................66-68 Galatia ........................................................................................................ 69 Great Bend ............................................................................................70-75 Great Bend Library ...................................................................................... 76 Barton County Young Professionals ............................................................. 77 Golden Belt Humane Society ....................................................................... 78 Hoisington .............................................................................................79-82 Dr. Dan Witt................................................................................................. 83 Olmitz ......................................................................................................... 84 Pawnee Rock .............................................................................................. 85 Susank ....................................................................................................... 86 Recycling .................................................................................................... 87 Education ..............................................................................................88-90 Drone Club ................................................................................................. 91 Dining Out .............................................................................................92-95 Immunizations ............................................................................................ 96 Health ..................................................................................................97-108 Senior Services..................................................................................110-112 Agriculture ................................................................................................ 113 Oil & Gas ...........................................................................................115-118 Larned ...............................................................................................119-126 Lodging .................................................................................................... 127 Travel ....................................................................................................... 128 Pratt ......................................................................................................... 129 Service Directory ...................................................................................... 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City OfďŹ ces Administration......................................793-4111 Airport..................................................793-4168 Building Inspections.............................793-4106 Cemetery .............................................793-4167 Engineering..........................................793-4111 Fire Department #1..............................793-4140 Fire Department #2..............................793-4145 Front Door (Sewer & Water Payments) ................. 793-4100 Municipal Court....................................793-4149 Public Lands/Parks ...............................793-4160 From the top: Wetlands Aquatic Park, Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Park, Great Bend Sports Complex, SRCA Drag Races at Great Bend Expo Complex, Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo & Raptor Center

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GREAT BEND CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU The Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau is located inside the front of the Great Bend Events Center at 3111 10th Street. The newly remodeled office space is the perfect location for the CVB because it is also designated as a Kansas Travel Information Center. Staff will provide excellent Great Bend information but also statewide information to promote tourism. Events Center updates: New front entrance and update on parking, new paint, new chairs, and new tables. The next steps will be new carpet and possible new airwalls to create more breakout room options to entice more conferences to come to town. The CVB is part of Community Coordinator/CVB Director Christina Hayesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; department. CVB staff includes Emily Goad, Visitor Coordinator and Irma Gonzales, Visitor Service Representative. The staff works hard to promote Great Bend in various ways. Some of the goals that have been completed include: Updating the look and feel of displays and Great Bend information. Getting hotels as much Great Bend information as possible so they can be mini CVBs for our community. Inviting past groups and conventions to come back to Great Bend. Providing a hospitality program for hotels, gas stations, businesses and doctorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; offices so they can let the front lines of Great Bend know whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening. The CVB has also worked to provide hotel guests with Community Rewards to encourage them to go out and Explore Great Bend, cross market and utilize resources together and have helped with local City events. Some of next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals include: A new Great Bend Visitor Guide, taking over of the Events Center and Front Door bookings, provide Event planning information for Great Bend overall and effectively market and promote the Events Center as the premier location for Events and Conventions in Great Bend.

CVB Board Members Chairperson: Allene Owen, Vice Chair: Mark Mingenback Members: Lacey Schofield, Jan Westfall, Kelly Patel, Claudia Elson, KP Patel, Loren Unruh, and Christy Dominguez Non-voting members: Mayor Mike Allison, Howard Partington, Jan Peters, Diann Henderson, Curtis Wolf, Shawna Schafer Christina Hayes

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It was on May 16, 1872 that Gov. Harvey gave the nod for Barton County to be incorporated, and declared Great Bend the temporary county seat. A week later, on May 23, it became permanent, and three townships were created – Great Bend, Lakin and Buffalo. The people who settled came from all corners of the globe. Immigrants from throughout Europe settled on homesteads and helped build small towns, as did pioneers from the eastern United States. There were freed slaves, called “exodusters” who traveled to Kansas looking for a new life, too. The surrounding prairie was broken and farmed, and agriculture thrived. Through trial and error, they learned that wheat performed very well. Barton County has become a “banner” wheat county in Kansas. The main line of the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad followed the Arkansas River, replacing the Santa Fe trail. It brought goods and people into and out of the area, allowing cities to flourish with trade in the late 1800s and into the first half of the 1900s. In the late 1800’s oil was discovered in Cheyenne Bottoms, a vast marshland of international importance north of Great Bend. The first well didn’t produce, but subsequent drills were successful, and touched off an oil boom in the county. Early in the 20th Century, there was another oil boom. This added another dimension to the county and is still a big part of the economy.


During World War II, in 1943, Barton County became home to the Great Bend Army Air Field, where troops trained to fly B-29 bombers. According to the Barton County Historical Society website, crews worked to “transform this Kansas wheat field into an airfield and training facility. Barracks, airplane hangars, and miles of concrete runways designed to hold the enormous weight of the B-29s (70,140 lbs. empty/135,000 lbs. loaded).” By March 10, 1944, the 58th Bomb Wing would take off from these runways. After the war, so many families settled in the county, housing was at a premium, which paved the way for construction of several Lustron Homes in the area. The company from Illinois only manufactured the homes for two years from 1948 to 1950. It went into bankruptcy for financial and distribution reasons, but the houses lived up to their promise as being maintenance free. According to the Lustron Registry, there are still 18 existing Lustron homes in Great Bend standing today, over 70 years later. According to the registry’s website, the baked enamel panels and roofs continue to hold and are rust free with no need to paint.

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There is a Lustron home on display at the Barton County Historical Museum. During the 1950s, Great Bend’s City Parks and Recreation administrator Brit Spaugh slowly created a zoo in the downtown park, which today bears his name. Even then, it was considered unusual for a city the size of Great Bend to have a zoo. In 1965, Barton County Community Junior College, now named Barton Community College, was founded, offering a local venue for higher

education. The college continues to draw students from all over the country and athletes from overseas to the county each year. In the 2014-15 school year, it reported having 17,200 full and part-time students attending. Today, major industries in Barton County include agriculture, oil, manufacturing and medicine, according to the Barton County website. It is home to four school districts, several recreational attractions, and people who enjoy a combination of quiet country and modern city lifestyles.

PEOPLE QUICK FACTS Barton County Population, 2016 estimate.............................................................................................................................................. 26,775 Population, 2015 estimate.............................................................................................................................................. 27,385 Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016 ..........................................................................................-3.2% Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015 ..........................................................................................-2.1% Population, 2010 ............................................................................................................................................................. 27,674 Persons under 5 years, percent, 2015 .............................................................................................................................6.7% Persons under 18 years, percent, 2015 ..........................................................................................................................24.4% Persons 65 years and over, percent, 2015 .....................................................................................................................17.6% Female persons, percent, 2015 .......................................................................................................................................50.7% White alone, percent, 2015 (a) ........................................................................................................................................95.3% Black or African American alone, percent, 2015 (a).......................................................................................................1.9% American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2015 (a) ........................................................................................0.9% Asian alone, percent, 2015 (a) .........................................................................................................................................0.2% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2015 (a) ...........................................................................0.1% Two or More Races, percent, 2015 ..................................................................................................................................1.5% Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2015 (b) .............................................................................................................................14.4% White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2015 .......................................................................................................82.0% Living in same house 1 year & over, percent, 2011-2015 .............................................................................................84.3% Foreign born persons, percent, 2011-2015 .....................................................................................................................4.9% Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2011-2015 .......................................................................11.8% High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2011-2015 ...................................................................86.1% Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2011-2015 ........................................................................16.9% Veterans, 2011-2015........................................................................................................................................................ 1,953 Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+.................................................................................................. 17.0 Housing units, 2015 ........................................................................................................................................................ 12,641 Homeownership rate, 2011-2015....................................................................................................................................67.4% *Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2010-2014 ........................................................................................9.0% Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015 ...................................................................................... $81,200 Households, 2010-2014 .................................................................................................................................................. 11,480 Persons per household, 2011-2015 ................................................................................................................................. 2.38 Per capita money income in past 12 months (2014 dollars), 2011-2015 ................................................................... $24,338 Median household income, 2010-2014 ........................................................................................................................ $44,013 Persons below poverty level, percent, 2011-2015 .........................................................................................................14.4%

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Donna Zimmerman - County Clerk/Election Officer 1400 Main, Rm 202, Great Bend 620-793-1835, 620-793-1990 fax A four-year term. First appointed to office on June 1, 1995. Sixth term began January 2017. In addition to several bookkeeping and records keeping responsibilities, here are other key county clerk’s duties: • Real Estate transfer record – records transfer of ownership from deeds filed with the register of deeds, probates, divorce decrees, death certificates, etc. • Issues Fish and Game licenses, large game permits, etc. • Certification of valuation • Prepares homestead/food sales tax returns for low income or elderly persons • Prepares financial reports to the state of Kansas • Acts as the official election officer

Brian Bellendir - Sheriff 1416 Kansas, Great Bend 620-793-1876, 620-793-1885 fax A four-year term. First elected August 2012. Second term began January 2017. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office serves a population of 27,703, which includes nine cities, and 22 townships. Additionally, the sheriff’s office provides assistance to municipal police departments and assists state and federal law enforcement agencies. It is also equipped with specialized units, such as the Crisis Response Team, K-9 Unit, a Reserve Deputy Force and an Explorer Group. In addition to investigation and patrol duties, the department also maintains the county’s detention facility. The Civil Process Officer serves and executes legal papers, garnishments, divorce papers, protection from abuse orders, evictions, mental petitions, and other legal papers.

Kevin Wondra - County Treasurer 1400 Main, Room 208, Great Bend 620-793-1831, 620-793-1978 fax A four-year term. Appointed October 2007. Ending October 2017. James Jordan - County Treasurer A four-year term. Will take office October 2017. This office acts as a collection agency for the county. It is responsible for collection of all taxes and distributes tax money to all taxing units in the county. For vehicle registrations and title work - proof of insurance is required. Real estate and personal property taxes are due and payable on or before Dec. 20. First half may be paid at that time second half due by May 10 the following year. Personal property becomes due and payable in full if the first half is not paid by Dec. 20. Personal property includes boats, campers, trailers, motor bikes, etc. Oil and gas is considered to be personal property. Driver’s Licenses are issued on Tuesday through Friday in Room 207. Hours are 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. – 620-793-9531

Pam Wornkey - Register of Deeds 1400 Main, Room 205, Great Bend 620-793-1849 A four-year term. First appointed to office January 2013. Second term began January 2017. This office is charged with recording and preserving all land records. This office has custody of and safely keeps and preserves all the books, records, deeds, maps, papers and microphotographs deposited or kept in the office of the Register of Deeds. The office also records or causes to be recorded all deeds, mortgages, maps, instruments and writings authorized by law to be recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds, maintains county school records, Uniform Commercial Code and corporation records, processes passports for the general public and is responsible for the private sale of lots or transfer of ownership through another means for both County owned cemeteries. All records in the office of the Register of Deeds are open records except for the Kansas Real Estate Sales Validation Questionnaire which is open to those protesting their taxes, Kansas Certified General Real Property Appraisers, Bankers and Realtors.

Jennifer Schartz Chairman, 5th District Term began January 2015 jschartz@ bartoncounty.org

Kenny Schremmer Member, 1st District Term began January 2015 kschremmer@ bartoncounty.org

Homer Kruckenberg, Member, 2nd District Term began January 2017 hkruckenberg@ bartoncounty.org

Don Davis Member, 3rd District Term began January 2017 ddavis@ bartoncounty.org

Amy Shartz-Mellor - County Attorney 1400 Main, Room 302, Great Bend 620-793-1851, 620-793-1855 fax A four-year term. First elected August 2016. amellor@bartoncounty.net The county attorney is the chief law enforcement officer in Barton County. The office handles felony crimes, select misdemeanor and traffic prosecutions. These cases include murder, rape, robbery, juvenile offenses, care and treatment actions, child in need of care, criminal appeals, select traffic offenses, and many others.

Kinds of records filed in the office: • Patents • Deeds • Mortgages • Leases • Assignments • Releases • Affidavits • Articles of Incorporation • Certificates of Death • Power of Attorney • Military Discharges • Plats • County School Records • Tax Liens (state and federal)

Alicia Straub Member, 4th District Term began January 2015 astraub@ bartoncounty.org

• Cemetery Plats • Ordinances (City and County) • Resolutions (City and County) • Bankruptcy • Cemetery Deeds • Certificates of Valuation • City Boundary • Covenants & Restrictions • Easements & Right of Ways • Sub-divisional Plat • Maps & Surveys • Mechanic’s Liens

Barton County has five elected Commissioners who meet Mondays at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise announced. They meet in Room 106, located on the first floor of the Courthouse, 1400 Main Street, Great Bend. All meetings are open to the public. 620-793-1847 or 620-793-1800 620-793-1807 Fax


administrative numbers Courthouse County Attorney Amy Mellor 620-793-1851

Magistrate Judge Verle Willey 785-472-3832 (Ellsworth)

Clerk Donna Zimmerman 620-793-1835

Magistrate Judge Marty Clark 785-483-5641 (Russell)

Treasurer Kevin Wondra after October 2017

Magistrate judge Richard E. Burgess, Jr. 620-257-2383 (Rice)

Appraiser Barbara Esfeld 620-793-1821

Magistrate judge Timarie Walters 620-549-3296 (Stafford)

James Jordan 620-793-1831

Register of Deeds Pam Wornkey 620-793-1849 COURT District Court Clerk Heather Ward 620-793-1856 Judicial Division 1 Ron Svaty 785-472-8931 (Ellsworth) Judicial Division 2 Steve Johnson 620-793-1863

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20th JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT SERVICES (ProBation services) 1806 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1887 CENTRAL KANSAS COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS 1806 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1940 JUVENILE INTAKE 1213 Baker, Great Bend 620-793-1930

Judicial Division 3 Mike Keeley, Chief Judge 620-793-1863

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Matt Patzner Financial Officer 1400 Main, Room 107, Great Bend 620-793-1800, 620-793-1807 fax Duties include: In-house fiscal responsibilities, investments, payroll and some community development. Barbara Esfeld County Appraiser 1400 Main, Room 206, Great Bend 620-793-1821, 620-793-1990 fax Duties include: This office has the responsibility to discover, list, appraise and maintain records of data relating to all taxable and exempt real and person property within the county. Amy Boxberger Central Kansas Community Corrections 1806 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1940, 620-793-1893 fax Judy Goreham Environmental Management/Zoning 1400 Main, Room 401, Great Bend 620-796-4300, 620-796-2282 fax Duties include: Environmental management is the management of our interaction with and impact upon the environment, including water standards and zoning and flood plain regulations. Permitting includes water well, septic system, building. Site work includes septic system, water well, lender evaluations. Dena Popp Communications / 911 Director 1300 Stone, Great Bend 620-793-1920, 620-793-3222 fax Duties include: Provides emergency dispatching services for Barton County Sheriff, Politce departments of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington, Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Wildlife and Parks, Central Kansas Community Corrections and Juvenile Services and all fire departments and emergency medical services in the county.

Amy Miller Barton County Emergency Management and Risk Management 1400 Main Room 108, Great Bend 620-793-1919, 620-793-1983 fax Services Provided: This department provides emergency preparedness functions to prevent, minimize, and repair injury and damage resulting from disasters. Provides public education and information to encourage personal emergency management. In addition, risk management and safety functions for Barton County are handled by this department. John Debes Information Technology 1400 Main, Rm 201, Great Bend 620-793-1841, 620-793-1990 fax Gary Bruner Facilities Management 1400 Main, Room 109, Great Bend 620-793-1873, 620-793-1807 fax Shelly Schneider Health Director 1300 Kansas, Suite B, Great Bend 620-793-1902, 620-793-1903 fax Marissa Woodmansee Juvenile Intake and Assessment Director 1213 Baker, Great Bend 620-793-1930, 620-793-1977 fax Darren Williams Road and Bridge/Memorial Park Department 2300 6th, P.O. Box 518, Great Bend 620-793-1936, 620-793-1938 fax Kay Thompson Noxious Weed Director 2300 6th, P.O. Box 518, Great Bend 620-793-1936, 620-793-1938 fax

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Barry McManaman Barton County Engineering 1400 Main Room 108, Great Bend 620-793-1808, 620-793-1983 fax Services Provided: Coordinates Related Activities with Cities, Townships and Other Governmental Units, and Provides Engineering Functions for the County. Phillip Hathcock Operations Manager/ Solid Waste Director Barton County Solid Waste Landfill 350 NE 30 Road, Great Bend Hours - Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 620-793-1898, 620-793-1899 fax Duties include: The Operations Manager is responsible for managing the resources and personnel of Barton County. Operations generally involves budget management, staff supervision, fleet and asset control and other duties as assigned by the Board of Barton County Commissioners. Services Provided: Solid Waste Management, Environmental Compliance, Household Hazardous Waste Program. • Household Hazardous Waste collections are scheduled the third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the landfill, but also by appointment, Monday through Friday. Citizens may contact the Barton County Landfill for more information, 620-793-1898. • The program is open to all residents of Barton, Ellsworth, and Pawnee counties and it is free of charge. Hazardous waste from commercial businesses is not allowed. • What is allowed includes: Herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, any gardening chemical, household cleaners, automotive cleaners or fluids, all paint related products, and all batteries. The facility does not accept agricultural pesticides over 2.5 gallons or 10 pounds total volume per customer. There is also a giveaway program of these items, call for information.


Calls should be made during normal weekday hours, unless otherwise indicated. Police and fire departments — 911 There’s a power outage in your neighborhood? Check utilities listings in the community section for local utility contacts You suspect child abuse? Kansas Department for Children & Families 620-792-5324 Barton County Sheriff — 620-793-1876 Great Bend Police — 620-793-4120 Ellinwood Police — 620-564-3001 Hoisington Police — 620-653-4995 Claflin Police — 620-587-3344 You smell gas? Kansas Gas Service — 1-800-794-4780

You want to donate something? Salvation Army Thrift Store 2545 10th, Great Bend, 620-792-4299 salvationarmyusa.org Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend, 620-282-4104 centralksdreamcenter.org Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas 2201 16th, Great Bend, 620-792-1393 catholiccharitiesswks.org Family Crisis Center, Inc. 1924 Broadway, Great Bend, 620-793-9941 familycrisiscntr.org

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You have a question about water quality? Judy Goreham – 620-796-4300 You have a question about septic systems, water wells or need a water test for a non-public water supply? Judy Goreham — 620-796-4300 You need a property transfer inspection when a private well and/or private septic system is involved? Judy Goreham — 620-796-4300 You need a building permit for an unincorporated area? Judy Goreham — 620-796-4300 You see someone illegally dumping garbage? Barton County Sheriff — 620-793-1867 Great Bend Police — 620-793-4120 Ellinwood Police — 620-564-3001 Hoisington Police — 620-653-4995 Claflin Police — 620-587-3344

You want to know if you are eligible for an affordable rental or housing unit? Contact a local real estate agent Department of Housing and Urban Development — http:www.hud.gov Housing counseling for home buyers and renters — 1-800-569-4287

You would like to test your home for radon? Cottonwood Extension District Great Bend Office 1800 12th, Great Bend Donna Krug — 620-793-1910

You want to complain about a parking ticket or loud music? Barton County Sheriff — 620-793-1876 Great Bend Police — 620-793-4120 Ellinwood Police — 620-564-3001 Hoisington Police — 620-653-4995 Claflin Police — 620-587-3344

You want to escape domestic violence? Family Crisis Center — 620-792-1885

You have a health question? Barton County Health Department 620-793-1902

You want to know the city mini-bus schedules? 620-792-3859

Animals found, lost or being treated cruelly? Golden Belt Humane Society 620-792-4297 Hoisington Animal Control Officer 620-653-4995

You need a referral for day care? Barton County Health Department 620-793-1902 You want to subscribe to a local newspaper? The Great Bend Tribune — 620-792-1211 The Hoisington Dispatch — 620-653-4154 The Ellinwood Leader — 620-564-3116

You want to register to vote? Barton County Clerk — 620-793-1835 You want to talk to the mayor? Albert — Rod Cushenbery, 620-923-4665 Claflin — Mike Urban, 620-587-3707 Ellinwood — Irlan Fullbright, 620-564-3161 Galatia — Steve Wilhelm, 620-935-4331 Great Bend — Mike Allison, 620-793-4111 Hoisington — Clayton Williamson, 620-653-4125 Olmitz – Terry Rieser, 620-586-3311 Pawnee Rock — Linda McCowan, 620-982-4386 Susank — Dennis Trapp, 620-653-7670 Your water main breaks? Great Bend City Office 620-793-4100, after hours 620-792-3588 Ellinwood Water Department 620-564-3161 Hoisington Water Plant 620-653-2866

You want to know if you live in a flood zone? Emergency / Risk Management 1400 Main, Great Bend Judy Goreham – 620-796-4300 Barry McManaman – 620-793-1808 https://msc.fema.gov/ You have a zoning question? Great Bend — Maggie Glynn, 620-793-4106 Barton County — Judy Goreham, 620-796-4300 Ellinwood — 620-564-3161 Hoisington — 620-653-4125 You know of an unsafe sidewalk or street or have a street light problem? Great Bend — 620-793-4100 Ellinwood — 620-564-3161 Hoisington — 620-653-4125

You want a business license? Great Bend City Clerk — 620-793-4100 Ellinwood Administrator — 620- 564-3161 Hoisington City Clerk — 620-653-4125 Claflin City Hall — 620-587-3707 Pawnee Rock City Clerk — 620-982-4386 You have a farming question? Cottonwood Extension District Great Bend Office — 620-793-1910 Soil Conservation Service — 620-792-3346 You want to dispose of household hazardous wastes? Barton County Landfill — 620-793-1898 You dispute your property tax appraisal? Barton County Appraisers Office 620-793-1821 You are interested in adoption or foster care? Catholic Social Service — 620-792-1393 Saint Francis Community Services 620-793-7454 Emberhope – 800-593-1950

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4-H and Youth Programs Berny Unruh, 4-H and Youth Development Agent 1800 12th St., Great Bend, 620-793-1910 Kids who are 7 and not yet 19 by January 1 of current year may join. Clover Buds are ages 5-6. 4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. 4-H Junior Leaders Berny Unruh, 4-H and Youth Development Agent 1800 12th St., Great Bend, 620-793-1910 American Legion Post #180 1011 Kansas, Great Bend, 620-793-5912 American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Riders, Sons of the American Legion American Legion Post #320 117 E. Santa Fe Blvd., Ellinwood, 620-564-3252 American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion American Legion Post #286 204 N. Main, Hoisington, 620-653-4816 American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion

Cottonwood Extension District Programs Donna Krug â&#x20AC;&#x201C; District Director 1800 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1910 dkrug@ksu.edu Extension Educational Programs in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Agriculture, and Youth Development are presented across the Cottonwood District which includes Barton and Ellis Counties.

Argonne All Stars Cheer Team Amanda Schnoebelen, 620-617-2341 A.R.M. (Arkansas River Muzzleloaders) Tim Wornkey, Ellinwood, 620-564-2066 Barton Community College Foundation Coleen Cape, 620-786-1136 Barton County Association of Churches Nancy Sundahl, 620-793-5894 Barton County Association of Retired School Personnel Judy Fox, 620-793-9702 Meets 4 times a year, call for meeting times

Cheyenne Stamp Club Lonnie Wright, 620-982-4519 Meets 2nd Sunday at North Main Pizza Hut, 2:30 p.m. In May they meet the 1st Sunday Clara Barton Hospital Auxiliary Marty Schloemer, 620-791-7127 Clara Barton Hospital Foundation Michelle Moshier, Executive Director 620-653-5012

Barton County Fair Friends Barb Davenport 620-792-2647 or 620-797-FAIR Meet February - June on the 1st Monday at Rosewood Gallery, 1607 Main St. Great Bend

Columbus Club 723 Main St., Great Bend, 620-793-3930 Meets monthly

Barton County Historical Society, Inc. Beverly Komarek, P.O. Box 1091 Great Bend, 620-793-5125 Meets at the Museum at 7:30 p.m. the 4th Monday. Check schedule for special dates. Check website for changes or updates in meetings. www.bartoncountymuseum.org

Daughters of Isabella, Immaculate Conception Circle #744 Jolene Rziha, 620-793-8585 Great Bend, Ellinwood, Hoisington, Olmitz, Claflin A Catholic womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organization. Meets the 2nd Monday at St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parish Center, 4100 Broadway at 7:00 p.m.

Boy Scouts of America 316-264-3386

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Ducks Unlimited John Ritchey, Senior Regional Director over Kansas 785-494-8898(w) jritchey@ducks.org Josh Williams, Regional Director jwilliams@ducks.org 785-824-3833(w) Cory Wagner, Area Chairman, District Chairman cory_wagner24@yahoo.com 620-923-6175

Camp Hope Gail Moeder, 620-793-9052, 620-786-4055 Central Kansas Photography Club President Jay Miller, 620-793-3333 Meets Quarterly at Rosewood Gallery, 1607 Main St., Great Bend. Standard Time at 7:00 p.m. Daylight Savings Time at 7:30 p.m.

Ellinwood Community Historical Society Joyce Schulte, 620-564-2886

Central Kansas Piano Teachers League Rebecca Dudrey, 620-793-5603 Meets 5 times a year

Ellinwood District Hospital Auxiliary Joy Schloctermeier, Ellinwood, 620-564-2737

Central Kansas Threadbenders Quilt Guild Judy Burnette, 620-793-6766 Meets the 3rd Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, Great Bend Visitors welcome

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Great Bend Desk & Derrick Pam Hitz, Great Bend, 620-793-8551 www.addc.org Meets the 1st Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Oil & Gas Museum, 5944 10th St., Great Bend Membership open to anyone who wants to learn more about petroleum, energy and allied industries.

Ellinwood Public Education and Library Foundation 300 N. Schiller, Ellinwood, 620-564-3226 Elks Lodge 1120 Kansas, Great Bend, 620-793-3651 Epsilon Sigma Alpha/Beta Nu Kathie Keller, 620-793-6397

Great Bend Garden Club Nancy Swafford, 620-792-3297 Meets at 10:00 a.m. the 3rd Thursday (September - May) at the Extension Office, 1800 12th St., Great Bend Anyone interested in plants and gardening is welcome

Etudion Club Barbara Steiner, 620-793-9614 Meets the 2nd Thursday, (September - May) in members’ homes Fraternal Order of the Eagles 1024 Main, Great Bend, 620-792-4582 Meets the 3rd Monday at 7:00 p.m. Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Membership Director, Chandra Relph 620-276-7061 Troops are active during the school year, time and date of meeting times determined by troop leader. Golden Belt Community Concert Assoc. Justin Engleman, 620-792-2429 Professional musical entertainment brought to this area.

Great Bend Knights of Columbus Council 862 723 Main, Great Bend David Degenhardt, 620-792-2427 Meets at 7:30 p.m. the 3rd Monday Great Bend Military Moms Leslie (Halbower) Barrett, 620-792-2838 www.facebook.com/militarymoms Sending care packages to deployed military troops. Great Bend Masonic Lodge #15 P.O. Box 613, Great Bend Great Bend Saddle Club Joe Trimmer, 620-282-8959 Meets the 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. at Farmers Bank and Trust, 1612 Main, Great Bend No meeting in July. In existence for over 60 years, the goal is to promote good horsemanship throughout the area. Active in play days, horse shows, trail rides and parades.

Golden Belt Community Foundation Christy Tustin, 620-792-3000 Golden Belt Model Railroaders Assoc. PO Box 2069, Great Bend Ken Shelton, Hoisington, 620-653-2939 Mark Orth, Great Bend, 620-282-1432 Meets 3rd Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest, Great Bend Work night on 1st Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Golden Belt Wood Carvers Barry Bowers, Great Bend, 620-793-6121 Meets on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Great Bend Community Theater Wes and Angela Meitner, 620-792-4228

Great Bend Zoological Society 620-793-4226 Great Bend Brit-Spaugh Zoo 2123 Main, Great Bend k.neuforth@gmail.com Habitat for Humanity, Barton County Sister Judith Lindell, 620-792-1232 HabitatBartonCounty@hotmail.com www.facebook.com/BartonCountyHabitat

Hoisington Community Historical Society Janet Boese, 620-653-4320 120 E. 2nd, Hoisington Hoisington Knights of Columbus Council 152 John Yanda, PO Box 149, 114 N. Main, Hoisington 620-653-4865 Meets the 2nd Monday at 7:30 p.m. Hoisington Masonic Lodge Jim Morris, 620-786-4585 Independent Order of Odd Fellows Valley Lodge No. 95 Ken Edgett, 620-792-8380 Meet every Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. upstairs at 2025 Forest, Great Bend (back stairwell at rear of Forest Avenue Antiques)

Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation PO Box 178, Hoisington, 620-653-2210 kans4kids@ruraltel.net www.kans4kidsfoundation.org Organization provides funding and emotional support for Barton County children 18 years of age or younger, undergoing treatment for cancer. Kiwanis Club of Great Bend Barb Esfeld, 785-483-1384 Noon on Wednesdays at The Page Bistro. League of Women Voters Becky Dudrey, 620-793-5603 Meets for lunch and program on the 2nd Tuesday at Classic Inn. Lions Club - Claflin Lois Krier, 620-792-9922 Meets the 4th Monday, Claflin Library Lions Club, Evening - Great Bend Don Sweeney, 620-282-1343 Meets 1st & 3rd Mondays at 6:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, 2400 Washington, Great Bend Lions Club, Noon - Great Bend Lavern Lessor Meets each Tuesday at noon at Classic Inn, Great Bend

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Society of Creative Anachronism www.sca.org http://groups.yahoo.com/group/westumbria/ Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation 620-792-1325 Sunflower Rod & Custom (SRCA) Hank Denning, 620-792-5079 www.srcadragstrip.com Tri Circle Club Rosemary Robl, 620-564-2209 Mid America Mopar Car Club Gary or Daryl Hertel, 620-792-5105 Mu Kappa Chapter Beta Sigma Phi Denise Jahay, 620-564-2746 Optimist of Great Bend Steve Kummer, Great Bend, 620-792-5415 Parnassus Club Darlene Boley, 620-793-7986 Meets the 2nd Tuesday at members’ homes PEO Chapter HR Jan Keeley, 620-792-7029 Meets at 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Monday, evenings, in members’ homes PEO Chapter IV Annie Schenk, 620-792-4461 Pheasants Forever Rooster Boosters Scot Moeder, 620-792-7130 http://sagamorepf.com Pilot Club Janice Walker, 620-617-4568 Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday at noon at the Classic Inn, Great Bend The mission of the Pilot Club of Great Bend, Kansas is to improve the quality of life in the community. The goal of this organization is to achieve universal awareness and prevention of brain-related disorders and disabilities.

Prairie Godmothers Golden Belt Community Foundation Funds 620-792-3000 goldenbeltcf.org/prairie-godmothers Progress Study Club Judy Turner, 620-792-4047 Meets at 1:15 p.m. the 1st Monday, October - May, usually in members’ homes (RSVP) Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Linn Hogg, 620-792-1614 1025 Main, D114, Great Bend Proactive volunteer clearing house that recruits and connects active adults 55 years of age and older with a variety of volunteer opportunities. Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation 620-793-5888, ext. 104 384 N. Washington, Great Bend www.rosewoodservices.com Non-Profit organization helping fund the medical, educational, instructional, therapeutic and recreational needs of clients through fundraising events, donations and grant writing.

Tri Circle Duplicate Bridge Club Hal Kasselman, 620-804-3503 Every Friday at the Rec Center in Great Bend at 1:00 p.m. Open to the public. Twisted Stitchers Pam Atteberry, 620-587-3610 Meets 3rd Wednesday, except December, at 7:00 p.m., 108 Main Street, Claflin, Independent Township Library Meeting Room United Way of Central Kansas Gaila (Nielsen) Demel, 620-792-2403 1125 Williams, Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3111 504 Washington, Great Bend, 620-792-2754 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7428 256 S. Main, Hoisington, 620-653-4501 Vintage Wheels Car Club, Inc. Brock McPherson, 620-793-3420 Meets the 1st Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Midwest Energy, Inc. meeting room, 1025 Patton Road, Great Bend

Rotary Club of Ellinwood Justin Lear, 620-617-8003

Volunteers In Action Linn Hogg, 620-792-1614 1025 Main, D114, Great Bend

Rotary Club of Great Bend Craig Neeland, 620-792-7165 www.greatbendrotary.org

Xi Delta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Nancy Sundahl, 620-793-5894

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ALBION Clerk—Rocky Meitner, 620-653-7596 1280 NW 60 Ave., Olmitz, KS 67564 Treasurer—Sarah Younger, 620-617-3021 773 NW 160 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Trustee—Dennis Ludwig, 620-923-6318 1232 NW 60 Ave., Olmitz, KS 67564 BEAVER Clerk—Dave Dolechek, 620-587-3806 963 NE 200 Rd., Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—Terry R. Miller, 620-786-5385 573 1st Ave., Beaver, KS 67525 Trustee—Gerald Schauf, 620-587-3352 481 NE 190 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 BUFFALO Clerk—Gerald Holthaus, 620-793-6894 496 NW 50 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530 Treasurer—David Schneider, 620-792-3306 445 NW 10 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Herbert L. Phillips, 578 NW 40 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 CHEYENNE Clerk—John Lamatsch, 620-587-9977 1396 Lewis–Odin, Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—Francis J. Debes, 620-587-3668 749 NE 130 Rd., Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—John Klug, 620-587-3952 908 St. Stephan Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 CLARENCE Clerk—Greg Kellar, 620-923-4209 1156 NW 30 Rd., Albert, KS 67511 Treasurer—LaVerne Oetken, 620-793-9605 1116 NW 10 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—David LeRoy, 620-793-7153 955 NW 20 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 CLEVELAND Clerk—Brian Hoffman, 620-587-2348 1938 NE 100 Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—Kevin Wirth 620-587-3687 or 620-791-7874 2150 NE 110 Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—Greg Lamatsch, 620-587-3856 1080 NE 190 Rd., Claflin, KS 67525 COMANCHE Clerk—Sloan Clawson, 620-564-2646 276 SE 56 Ave., Great Bend, KS 6753 Treasurer—Kraig Clawson, 620-564-2646 276 SE 56 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Don Ravenstein, 620-564-2285 328 B SE 80 Ave., Ellinwood, KS 67526 EUREKA Clerk—Michael McCurry, 620-653-2897 232 NW 100 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Luke Keener, 620-617-4667 850 NW 50 Ave., Olmitz, KS 67564 Trustee—Gary A. Tindall, 620-653-4688 995 NW 40 Ave., Hoisington, KS 67544 FAIRVIEW Clerk—Deric Funk, 785-445-2958 2093 NW 90 Rd., Russell, KS 67665 Treasurer—Dennis Steinert 620-935-4333 or 620-923-5489 2257 NW 80 Ave., Russell, KS 67665 Trustee—James DeWald, 620-935-4381 935 NW 180 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564

GRANT Clerk—Emerson MacDonald, 620-586-3369 1004 NW 140 Rd., Otis, KS 67565 Treasurer—Joleen Steinert, 620-935-4348 970 NW 160 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564 Trustee—Joe F. Axman, 620-586-3274 898 NW 140 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564

Township officials are elected by residents of their township. Elections are held during regular county-wide elections.

GREAT BEND Clerk—Timothy Hammeke, 620-793-6704 460 NE 20 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530 Treasurer—Mike Snyder, 620-793-7043 48 NW 48 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Denis Bachand, 304 NE 30 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530

PAWNEE ROCK Clerk—Roy Prescott 1183 SW 30 Rd., Pawnee Rock, KS 67567 Treasurer—Scott Loving, 620-982-4393 1049 W. Hwy. 56, Pawnee Rock, KS 67567 Trustee—Dale D. Dirks, 620-982-4663 1235 SW 10 Rd., Pawnee Rock, KS 67567

INDEPENDENT Clerk—Terry T. Lank, 620-587-3811 1428 NE 140 Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—James J. Debes, 620-587-3544 310 E. Hamilton, P.O. Box 45, Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—Randy Oeser, 620-987-2362 101 6th, Claflin, KS 67525

SOUTH BEND Clerk—Lance Walters, 620-793-7319 94 SE 20 Ave., P.O. Box 1265 Great Bend, KS 67530 Treasurer—Marilyn J. Selle, 620-793-6889 198 SE 30 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Craig A. Amerine, 620-793-9705 325 SE 40 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530

LAKIN Clerk—Aaron Birzer, 620-564-2130 1146 NE 20 Rd., Ellinwood, KS 67526 Treasurer—Corey Robl, 996 NE 10 Rd., Ellinwood, KS 67526 Trustee—Mark Knop, 620-564-2319 410 E. 6th St., Ellinwood, KS 67526

SOUTH HOMESTEAD Clerk—Brandon Yeakley, 620-653-4035 846 NW 10 Ave., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Randy Strickland, 620-653-7565 22 NW 70 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Trustee—Gary Sidman, 620-793-7037 605 W Lakeview Dr., Great Bend, KS 67530

LIBERTY Clerk—T.R. Esfeld, 620-793-3643 314 SW 50 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530 Treasurer—Brad Kershner, 620-792-6222 673 SW 20 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Victor Link 353 SW 10 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530

UNION Clerk—Justin Ludwig, 620-617-8267 197 NE 220 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Dennis R. Poland, 620-653-4550 1767 NE 10 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Trustee—Marty Michaelis, 620-653-4511 88 NE 200 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544

LOGAN Clerk—Joseph V. Zink, 620-562-8417 850 NE 150 Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—Joy Hertach, 620-587-3450 947 NE 160 Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—David P. Wirth, 620-587-3795 673 NE 150 Ave., Ellinwood, KS 67526

WALNUT Clerk—Dale Kuhlman, 620-923-4537 966 NW 70 Rd., Olmitz KS 67564 Treasurer—Dale E. Maneth, 620-586-3326 1171 NW 110 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564 Trustee—Steve Schneider, 620-586-3280 897 NW 120 Ave., Olmitz, KS 67564

NORTH HOMESTEAD Clerk—Richard W. Lacey, 620-653-4929 2 NW 120 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Angi Beck 1219 NE 40 Ave., Hoisington, KS 67544 Trustee—Shawn Jonas, 620-653-2935 56 NE 150 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544

WHEATLAND Clerk—Kenneth Ney, 620-653-4665 582 NW 180 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Garry Batt, 620-935-4390 2269 NW 30 Ave., Russell, KS 67665 Trustee—Kevin Nettleingham, 620-653-7695 749 NW 180 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564


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Mapping 1400 Main St Room 102 Great Bend, KS 67530 v: 620-793-1802 f: 620-793-1807 e: mapping@bartoncounty.org The contents of this map were developed for the use of various departments of Barton County. Property descriptions and other information as indicated on the map are unofficial and are not intended for conveyances. This map is not a legal survey. Barton County does not assume responsibility for any use of the map beyond the regulations or guidelines established for the county departments.

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911 addresses reflect the distance from the E/W & N/S dividing roads in 1/100's of a mile. The E/W dividing road is Washington Ave-Susank Rd. The N/S dividing road is Barton County Rd. The even number addresses are on the east and north sides of the road and the odd numbers are on the west and south sides of the road. ex: 245 NE 30 Rd (BCCC) is almost 2.5 miles east of N Washington Ave on the south side.

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Gov. Sam Brownback State Capitol 200 SW 10th Ave.,Ste 241S Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Phone: 785-296-3232 Toll Free: 877-KSWORKS (877-579-6757) governor@ks.gov

Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave., 2nd Floor Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Phone: 785-296-5669 Toll Free: 800-748-4408 Fax: 785-296-5669 lt.gov@ks.gov

Secretary of State Kris Kobach Memorial Hall 120 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612-1594 Phone: 785-296-4564 sos@sos.ks.gov

State Treasurer Jake LaTurner 900 SW Jackson, Ste. 201 Topeka, KS 66612-1235 Phone: 785-296-3171 jake@treasurer.ks.gov

Attorney General Derek Schmidt 120 SW 10th, 2nd Floor Topeka, KS 66612-1597 Phone: 785-296-2215 Fax: 785-296-6296 general@ksag.org

Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer 420 SW 9th St. Topeka, KS 66612-1678 Phone: 785-296-3071 Fax: 785-296-7805 Consumer Assistance Hotline 1-800-432-2484 (KS only) commissioner@ksinsurance.org

STATE SENATOR

HOUSE LEGISLATORS

District 33 Senator Mary Jo Taylor, Republican Capitol Room: 441-E Seat: 18 Phone: 785-296-7667 Email: MaryJo.Taylor@senate.ks.gov Home: 114 N. Union, Stafford, KS 67578 Phone: 620-234-5834 Email: taylor4senate82@gmail.com

District 112 Representative Tory Arnberger, Republican Capitol Room: 352-S Seat: 42 Phone: 785 296-7363 Email: ToryMarie.Arnberger@house.ks.gov Home: P.O. Box 103, Great Bend, KS 67530 Phone: 620-617-5194 Email: tmarnberger@gmail.com

District 113 Greg Lewis, Republican Capitol Room: 268-W Seat: 104 Phone: 785-296-7682 Email: Greg.Lewis@house.ks.gov Home: 910 NE 30 Ave., St. John, KS 67576 Phone: 620-458-3541 Email: lewisgreg113@gmail.com

District 109 Troy Waymaster, Republican Capitol Room: 165-W Seat: 116 Phone: 785-296-7672 Email: Troy.Waymaster@house.ks.gov Home: 3528 192nd Street, Bunker Hill, KS 67626 Phone: 785-483-2822 Email: twaymaster@aol.com

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President Donald J. Trump Republican The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 White House Comments: Phone: 202-456-1414 Fax: 202-456-2461 www.whitehouse.gov/president U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Republican 109 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-1605 Phone: 202-224-4774 Fax: 202-224-3514 www.roberts.senate.gov Committee Assignments: Standing Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Select Committee on Ethics; Standing Committee on Finance; Standing Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Standing Committee on Rules and Administration U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Republican Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 521 Washington, D.C. 20510 Phone: 202-224-6521 Fax: 202-228-6966 www.moran.senate.gov Committee Assignments: Appropriations Committee; Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; Environment and Public Works Committee; Veterans’ Affairs Committee; Indian Affairs Committee U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall Republican, 1st District 126 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-2715 Fax: 202-225-5124 www.marshall.house.gov Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Science, Space and Technology; Small Business


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The Kansas Crisis Hotline 888-363-2287

Fraud Abuse Hotline 800-432-3913

Child/Adult Abuse Reporting 800-922-5330

Kansas Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Service League-Parent Helpline 316-942-4261, 800-332-6378 www.kcsl.org

Childhelp® 800-422-4453 Stop It Now! 888-773-8368 Missing/Abducted Children National Center Missing & Exploited Children 800-843-5678 Child Find of America 800-426-5678, 800-292-9688 Youth in Trouble/Runaways 800-786-2929 Domestic Abuse Sexual Assault 888-363-2287 888-END-Abuse 800-799-7233 Rape/Incest 800-656-4673, ext. 1 Crime Victims National Center for Victims of Crime 800-394-2255

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services www.kdads.ks.gov

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Kansas Department for Children and Families 1305 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5324 www.dcf.ks.gov Kansas Department of Health & Environment Nursing Home Complaints 800-842-0078 Kansas Legal Services, Inc. 800-723-6953 www.kansaslegalservices.org Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program (KWAP) For Barton County - Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. 1-877-447-5927 Medicaid (Customer Assistance) 800-766-9012 Tobacco Cessation 800-QUIT-NOW

Crime Stoppers 620-792-1300, 888-305-1300

Poison Control 800-222-1222

Family Crisis Center 620-792-1885, 866-792-1885

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) 800-860-5260

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SUPPORT IN NEED

ABUSE SUPPORT Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support Group 620-792-1885, 866-792-1885 Family Crisis Center

ADOPTION

Dream, Inc. 2006 Washington, Great Bend 620-792-5152 Ellinwood United Church of Christ 701 North Fritz, Ellinwood 620-282-2905 Thursday 7:00 p.m.

Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas 2201 16th, Great Bend 620-792-1393, 1-800-794-9756

Grapevine 1910 17th St., Great Bend 620-639-2320

Emberhope 800-593-1950 www.emberhope.org

Hoisington 419 E. 3rd St., Hoisington Sunday 9:00 a.m. & Wednesday 8:00 p.m.

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services 785-296-4986, 800-432-3535 Kansas Department of Health & Environment– Bureau of Health Facilities 785-296-1500, 800-842-0078 Nursing home complaints

ALCOHOLISM/DRUG ABUSE Alcoholics Anonymous 1620 Hubbard, Great Bend 620-793-3962 Al-Anon 1620 Hubbard, Great Bend 620-793-3962 Thursday 8:00 a.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. 1910 17th St., Great Bend 620-639-2320 Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-282-4014

The Center for Counseling 5815 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-2544 www.thecentergb.org A Full Service, Licensed, Community Mental Health Center Narcotics Anonymous 620-603-0920, 855-732-4673 www.marscna.net Great Bend “Living By Faith” Group 1910 17th St., Great Bend 620-639-2320

Triple A 785-342-3975 Anchor for all addictions. Anchor Room at the Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Trinity United Methodist Church 5700 Broadway, Great Bend 620-797-1357, Tandy Boese 620-617-5996, Brenda Friess Second Monday 7:00 p.m.

AUTISM SUPPORT

CHILDREN IN NEED

Connecting The Pieces Autism Support Group Former Washington School 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-786-0243 Information for anyone who has a loved one on the autism spectrum, whether diagnosed or not. No meetings at this time.

20th Judicial District Court Services 1400 Main, Rm. 306, Great Bend 620-793-1856, Heather Ward hwbtdistcrt@@cpcis.net Barton County Young Men’s Organization 1515 Morton, Great Bend 620-792-1619

BREAST FEEDING SUPPORT La Leche League of Great Bend Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at the Barton County Health Department, 1300 Kansas Ave., Great Bend. Call Robin 620-617-1663 or Ronda 620-338-0508.

CANCER SUPPORT Barton County Relay for Life 620-791-7549 Mariann Shook, Chairperson Touched By Cancer Support Group 204 Cleveland, Great Bend 620-792-5511, LeeAnn Childhood Cancer Family Support Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation Inc. Group Debbie Reif, Director 620-653-2210

CHILD CARE SUPPORT Kansas Department for Children and Families 888-369-4777 Employed parents financial help with child care expenses. (Cash assistance)

Barton County Youth Care 2212 Forest Ave., Great Bend 620-792-2902 Big Brothers/Big Sisters Barton & Pawnee Counties 620-225-0432 www.kansasbigs.org Central Kansas Court Appointed Special Advocates 1125 Williams, Great Bend 620-792-5544 director@ckcasa.org Child Abuse Prevention Education 620-792-2177 Kansas Department for Children and Families 800-922-5330, 888-369-4777 Child abuse can be emotional, mental, physical, sexual, medical, abandonment or lack of supervision. Call to report abuse.

COUNSELING AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Healing Hearts Ranch Scott Stinemetz 115 SE 1st, Great Bend 620-792-5173 Children and families who struggle with emotional and behavioral challenges. HHR@hhrts.net


Robin Schneider Robin Schneider, LSCSW, LLC 1018 Kansas, Great Bend 620-603-6257 Child and Family Therapy Services

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence 888-END ABUSE, 888-363-2287 Kansas Crisis Hotline

ELDERLY Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging 1905 Washington, Great Bend 620-793-6633

The Center for Counseling & Consultation 5815 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-2544 (24 hour emergency number) www.thecentergb.org A Full Service, licensed, Community Mental Health Center

EMERGENCY SERVICE AID American Red Cross Disaster Response and Planning 785-827-3644 www.midwaykansas.redcross.org

DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas 2201 16th, Great Bend 620-792-1393, 1-800-794-9756

Southwest Developmental Services, Inc (SDSI) 1103 Main, Great Bend 620-793-7604, 888-793-7604

DIABETES SUPPORT La Nueva Esperanza Hispanic 1905 19th St., Great Bend 620-792-5700

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Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc. 1905 19th St., Great Bend 620-792-5700 Naturally Sweet - Type I 620-617-6700, Candace Herrman Contact for information

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SEXUAL ASSAULT Family Crisis Center 1924 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-1885, 620-793-9941, 1-866-792-1885 (24 hour crisis line)

Emergency Aid Council 3007 10th St., Great Bend 620-793-3345 Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-282-3094 or 620-282-4104, Kimberly Becker centralksdc@gmail.com

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SUPPORT IN NEED

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LIEAP-Low Income Energy Assistance Program 1-800-432-0043 620-272-5985 The Salvation Army 2545 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-4299 United Way of Central Kansas Gaila (Nielsen) Demel 1125 Williams, Great Bend 620-792-2403 unitedwaycentralks@hotmail.com

EMPLOYMENT Great Bend Regional Service Center Kansas Department for Children and Families 1305 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5324 www.dcf.ks.gov Barton Community College Career Center 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend 620-792-9349

Barton Community College Center for Adult Education 1025 Main, Great Bend 620-786-7563, Matt Connell connellm@bartonccc.edu

EMERGENCY AND TRANSITIONAL SHELTER Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-603-6283 centralksdc@gmailcom Transitional living ministry for women with or without children. Prodigal Ministries of Kansas 620-793-5175, 620-793-9196 815 Hickory, Great Bend Transitional living ministry for men.

Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center 1025 Main, Great Bend 620-793-8164, Susie Burt burts@bartonccc.edu Flint Hills Job Corps Center 4620 Eureka Drive Manhattan, KS 66503 785-537-7222, 785-564-4900 Kansas Works 1025 Main, Great Bend 620-793-5445 greatbendjobs@ks.gov

Safe Haven Sites for Infants Newborns up to 45 days old can now be safely given up by mothers to employees at Health Departments, Hospitals, Medical Facilities or Fire Departments in Kansas with no consequences or abandonment charges.

SER Corporation 1008 E. 17th St., No. 7 Hays, KS 67601 785-623-4016, Vicki Needham, 877-723-4016 vneedham@sercorp.com www.sercorp.com Rosewood Services 384 N. Washington, Great Bend 620-793-5888 Vocational training assistance and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. SES Supported Employment Services. 620-792-6012 Sunflower Diversified Services 8823 4th St., Great Bend 620-792-1321 Vocational training assistance, support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

FAMILY SERVICE Family Preservation Kansas Department for Children and Families 785-296-4653 Intensive in-home services are provided through a contract with a Child Welfare Case Management Provider.

FOOD ASSISTANCE Barton County Health Department WIC Program 1300 Kansas Avenue, Ste. B Great Bend 620-793-1909, 620-793-1902 Commission on Aging 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3906, Rosy Tomlin ElderCare, Inc. 5611 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-5942, 866-792-5942 Food Bank-Ellinwood 701 N. Fritz, Ellinwood 620-282-2905


FRIENDSHIP MEALS

HOME SCHOOL SUPPORT

Ellinwood 103 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-3649

Golden Belt Home Educators (GBHE) 620-792-3118 www.gbhe.org

Great Bend 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3906 Elder Care 5611 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-1241

Food Bank of Barton County 3007 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-4001 Food Bank-Hoisington 467 W. 3rd St., Hoisington 620-653-2119 Great Bend Regional Service Center Kansas Department for Children and Families 1305 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5324 www.dcf.ks.gov Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen 1515 Williams, Great Bend 620-793-9880

Commodities - Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Financial help with food expenses 888-369-4777 Meals on Wheels 1025 Main, D114, Great Bend 620-792-1833 Prairie Land Food 620-793-3423 The Salvation Army 2545 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-4299

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HOUSING – SUBSIDIZED Cardinal Apartments 1400 N. Clay St., Hoisington 620-653-4342

Hoisington 419 East 3rd, Hoisington 620-653-2555

Cedar Park Place 3910 Cedar Park Place, Great Bend 620-793-8115

GRIEF SUPPORT Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice Grief Support Group 3520 Lakin #102, Great Bend 620-792-8171 Grief Support Group 7:00 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday at St. John’s Parish Hall 122 E. 5th St., Hoisington Family and Friends Suicide Loss Survivors Group 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-8171

Cheyenne Village 5900 Eisenhower Ct., Great Bend 620-792-6074 Ellinwood Heights 515 S Bismark Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2180 Great Bend Housing Authority 1101 Kansas Great Bend 620-793-7761

Let our volunteers provide you with transportation to your medical appointments. Call 620-792-1614

We’re Building a Great Team …and we want you to be a part of it! Cashco Inc., a progressive valve manufacturer is always looking for qualified candidates to fill our positions. To apply for current opportunities visit our website today www.cashco.com or call Ellen Kempke, Personnel 785-472-4461, ext. 177 Applications available in our lobby 607 W. 15th, Ellsworth, KS EEO/AAD/ADA Employer

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Habitat for Humanity 620-792-1232 Housing Opportunities Inc. 1313 Stone St. Great Bend 620-792-3299 Sommerset Place 5803 16th Street Terrace Great Bend 620-793-8075 Sunflower Housing 5957 Eisenhower Ave. Great Bend 620-792-1325

Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas 2201 16th St., Great Bend 620-792-1393, 800-794-9756 Serving all faiths. Adoption, Teen Moms, pregnancy counseling, serving pregnant & parenting teens. Help with drug & alcohol, addiction counseling, marriage education classes, & income assistance. REINTEGRATION/ FOSTER CARE

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

St. Francis Academy 1508 Main, Great Bend 620-792-7454

Living Independently in Northwest Kansas (Link) Inc. 2604 19th St., Great Bend 620-792-6600

Emberhope 800-593-1950 www.emberhope.org

PREGNANCY

SENIOR MEALS

Birthright 1420 Wilson, Great Bend Betty Schneider â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Director 620-792-3316, 800-550-4900

Great Bend Senior Center 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3906

Ellinwood Heritage Center 103 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-3649, 620-564-2877 Claflin Community Center 409 A St., Claflin 620-588-4321

VISUALLY IMPAIRED Central Kansas Association Visually Impaired 620-617-8980 793-5645 WEIGHT LOSS

TRANSPORTATION Commission on Aging 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3906 Rosy Tomlin General Public Transportation 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3859 Hoisington Public Transportation 419 East 3rd St., Hoisington 620-653-2555

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 827 Claflin Independent Township Library Meeting Room. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 1151 First United Methodist Church 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend Use the west doors. TOPS Area Coordinator Beverly A. Bednasek bednasek@networksplus.net

Mini-Bus Area Agency on Aging 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3859

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The fire departments have a big role in the communities as well, be they paid or volunteer. Great Bend Fire Department Administrative Office and Station 1 1205 Williams St., 620-793-4140 Station 2 5956 10th St., 620-793-4144

FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 911 First responders The citizens of Barton County are served by law enforcement by either their own city police or the county’s sheriff’s department. The sheriff’s department, which has county-wide jurisdiction, also helps out in the communities and townships and assists with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Service is available 24/7 Office hours 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The department provides fire protection and rescue for the City of Great Bend and the four surrounding townships. In addition, the department provides EMS response and transport to the same area plus an additional 2 1/2 townships west of Great Bend. The total population served is 20,000 people, and the average response time is 3.5 minutes in the city and eight minutes in the county.

Station 1

BARTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE 1416 Kansas Ave., Great Bend 620-793-1876 The office serves a population of about 28,105 and 894 square miles, which includes nine cities and 22 townships. VIN inspections for vehicles are done in front of the jail, 1408 Kansas Ave. Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

GREAT BEND POLICE DEPARTMENT 1217 Williams St., 620-793-4120 Some of the services provided are: Community Relations Officer — available to speak to various groups upon request. Crime Stoppers Program — Persons who furnish information leading to an arrest or charges of an offender are offered anonymity and cash rewards. Police Department Tours — for elementary children, Scout groups, etc.

ALBERT Fire Department 2008 Main 620-923-4665 BEAVER Fire Department 620-587-3352 BARTON COUNTY Sheriff’s Department 1416 Kansas Ave. Great Bend 620-793-1876 County Jail 1416 Kansas Ave. Great Bend 620-793-1876 CLAFLIN Police Department 620-587-3344 Fire Department 309 W. Front 620-587-3498

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Classes — taught in all fifth grade classes in USD 428. Specially trained officers also provide educational programs to students of all ages. Bicycle Patrol Unit — Officers patrol on bicycles to assist with community events. America’s Promise — The Great Bend Police Department is committed to America’s Promise, a local mentoring program involving third-and fourth grade students. Local Hero’s Award — This awards citizens for setting extraordinary examples of heroism within the community.

FOR EMERGENCIES DIAL 911 CRIME STOPPERS 1217 Williams, P.O. Box 454 Great Bend 620-792-1300 or 888-305-1300 Cash rewards for anonymous information. ELLINWOOD Police Department 209 W. 1st 620-564-3001 Fire Department 200 W. Santa Fe 620-564-3161 GALATIA Fire Department Fire Chief Steve Wilhelm 620-935-4331

GREAT BEND Police Department 1217 Williams 620-793-4120 Fire Department 1205 Williams 620-793-4140 5956 10th St. 620-793-4144 HOISINGTON Police Department 109 E. 1st 620-653-4995 Fire Department 114 E. Broadway 620-653-4125

PAWNEE ROCK Fire Department Fire Chief Heath Dill, 502 Centre 620-639-2381 OLMITZ Fire Department Fire Chief Jim New KBI CONTACT INFORMATION 800-KS-CRIME (800-572-7463) To report or provide information for a crime or to report any drug activity Local Office: 625 Washington, Great Bend 620-792-4354 Topeka (Headquarters) 1620 SW Tyler, Topeka 785-296-8200

FIRST RESPONDERS

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ASSEMBLY OF GOD

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First Assembly of God Church 601 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5211 BAPTIST

CHRISTIAN (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)

First Baptist Church 1601 19th Street, Great Bend 620-792-3894

First Christian Church 5230 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-6603

BAPTIST – AMERICAN

CHRISTIAN INDEPENDENT

Central Baptist Church 3301 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-8491 BAPTIST – INDEPENDENT

Community Christian Church 253 NE 30th Rd., Great Bend 620-792-8215

First Bible Baptist Church 5962 4th Street, Great Bend 620-792-2936

Pawnee Rock Christian Church 519 Centre, Pawnee Rock 620-804-0041 Calvary Baptist Church 307 West A, Ellinwood 620-564-2070

Holy Family Church 1387 NE 90th Ave., Odin 620-564-2534

Crosspoint Church 57 SE 20th Rd., Great Bend 620-796-2202 • 620-639-1110

Immaculate Conception 310 Main, Claflin 620-587-3628

First Baptist Church 503A SE 110th Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2875

New Life Baptist 364 W. 12th Street, Hoisington 620-653-4028

First Church of God 1224 Baker, Great Bend 620-793-5231

BAPTIST – SOUTHERN

CATHOLIC

First Southern Baptist Church 3301 19th Street, Great Bend 620-793-8444

St. Ann’s Catholic Church 115 Cleveland, Olmitz

Prince of Peace Parish 4100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-1396 St. Patrick Church 4100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-1396 St. Rose of Lima Church 1424 Baker, Great Bend 620-792-1396 St. Joseph Catholic Church 214 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2534

St. John’s Episcopal Church 2701 17th Street, Great Bend 620-792-6011

St. Patrick Church

St. Rose of Lima Church

4100 Broadway

Broadway & Baker

Heritage Baptist Church 2000 Monroe, Great Bend 620-793-9990 BAPTIST – NORTH AMERICAN

Spanish Mission Church Iglecia Bautista Genesaret 440 Grapevine, Great Bend 620-793-5266

Dominican Chapel of the Plains 3600 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-1232

Trinity Lutheran Church

CHURCH OF CHRIST Church of Christ 1122 Stone, Great Bend 620-792-4647 CHURCH OF GOD

First Street Church of God 601 E. 1st Street, Hoisington 620-792-6896 EPISCOPAL

Worship & Education Schedule

Saturday Worship - 6:00 p.m. Sunday Worship - 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday Education Hour - 9:15 a.m. LOGOS Midweek Education, Wednesdays during school year, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. TLC Discoveries After-School Program: 620-793-8816 Little Blessings Preschool: 620-793-8295 Rev. Barbara Ann Jones Rev. Jon L. Brudvig

2701-24th Street, Great Bend, Kansas 620-793-7894 http://tlcgbks.wix.com/trinity-church trinitychrch@sbcglobal.net

Facebook Page: TrinityLutheranChurchKS

GreatBendCatholic.com

620-792-1396

Sunday Eucharist Saturday Saturday Sunday

5 pm 5:30 pm 8 am

St. Patrick St. Rose St. Rose

Sunday Sunday Sunday

9:30 am St. Patrick 10 am St. Rose 12:30 pm St. Rose (Spanish)

CHURCHES

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 122 E. 5th Street, Hoisington 620-653-2695


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EVANGELICAL FREE

CHURCHES

Grace Community Church 210 McKinley, Great Bend 620-792-7814 FOURSQUARE River of Life Foursquare Church 1219 Main, Great Bend 620-792-4933 Living Joy Community Church 354 W. 1st, Hoisington 620-653-2702 HOLINESS CHURCH Bible Holiness Church 502 Stone, Great Bend 620-603-6632

Peace Lutheran Church 146 NW 140th Ave., Rural Albert

INDEPENDENT BIBLE

St. Paul Lutheran Church 423 Main, Galatia

METHODIST

Emmanuel Lutheran Church 1109 N. Vine, Hoisington 620-653-4345

Foundry Methodist Church 5401 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-3327

Hoisington Bible Church 501 E. 2nd Street, Hoisington 620-653-4533 LATTER DAY SAINTS (MORMON)

LUTHERAN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; MISSOURI SYNOD

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5851 Eisenhower, Great Bend 620-793-7328

Our Saviour Lutheran Church 5860 Eisenhower, Great Bend 620-792-6901

LUTHERAN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; ELCA

Concordia Lutheran Church 460 W. 9th Street, Hoisington 620-653-4644

NAZARENE First Church of the Nazarene 4811 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-6139 Hoisington Church of the Nazarene 422 N. Vine, Hoisington 620-653-4122

Looking for something New? Meaningful? Real?

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Zion Lutheran Church 121 5th Street, Claflin 620-587-3698

St. Mark Lutheran Church 2101 Jackson, Great Bend 620-792-4796

St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lutheran Church 512 N. Wilhelm Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2044

Trinity Lutheran Church 2701 24th Street, Great Bend 620-793-7894

SUNDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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9:00 am - Classic Worship Your favorite hymns and liturgy 10:00 am - Discovery Hour Christian Ed for all ages 11:00 am - REVIVE Casual and exciting, contemporary worship 11:00 am - First Kids Church just for children 2123 Forest Avenue, Great Bend, KS 620-792-2148 r gbfumc.org


NON-DENOMINATIONAL

PRESBYTERIAN

UNITED METHODIST

The Cornerstone Fellowship 1609 24th Street, Great Bend 620-792-7852

First Presbyterian Church 2400 Washington, Great Bend 620-792-2594

Ellinwood United Methodist Church 300 W. 1st Street, Ellinwood 620-564-2056

Faith Community Church 293B W. Barton Co. Road, Great Bend 620-793-8084

PROTESTANT

First United Methodist Church 2123 Forest, Great Bend 620-792-2148

Fellowship of Faith Bible 904 Eisenhower, Great Bend 620-792-5440 Great Bend Gathering 407 McKinley, Great Bend (use back door) 785-342-3975 Heartland Community Church 4907 10th Street, Great Bend Matt - 913-216-3631 Peace United Church of Christ 4 miles North of Hudson 492 NE 140th St. Prodigal Ministries 820 Hickory, Great Bend 620-793-5175

New Jerusalem Church 300 Santa Fe, Pawnee Rock 620-982-4520 SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST

First United Methodist Church 467 W. 3rd Street, Hoisington 620-653-2119

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 7 SW 30th Ave., Great Bend 620-793-5096

King United Methodist Church 1608 Odell, Great Bend 620-793-6778

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Trinity United Methodist Church 5700 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-6016

First Congregational United Church of Christ 3400 21st Street, Great Bend 620-792-5346

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United Methodist Church 120 3rd Street, Claflin 620-587-3505

Immanuel United Church of Christ 701 N. Fritz Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2950

Regular Worship & Fellowship SUNDAY SERVICES 9:15 a.m. - Grow Groups (2 years to Adults) Nursery Provided 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service & Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church (Ages 4 years through 4th Grade)

Sharing the heart of Christ from the heartland of Kansas to the ends of the earth. Pastor George Redington Sunday School/Bible Studyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;9:30 a.m. Sunday Servicesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;10:45 a.m.

6:00 p.m. - Small Group Studies, Teen Small Group

WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES 5:30-6:15 p.m. - Evening Fellowship Meal 6:15-7:30 p.m. - Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Activities 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Adult & Teen Bible Study PRAYER OPPORTUNITIES 6:45 p.m. - Monday Evening 6:00 a.m. - Tuesday Morning 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Thursdays #SPBEXBZ (SFBU#FOE ,4t XXXHCmSTUOB[PSHtPGmDF!HCmSTUOB[PSH

4907 Tenth Street, Great Bend, KS 620-603-6061 www.heartlandgb.com info@heartlandgb.com Heartland Community Church Found People Find People * Saved People Serve People You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Out Give God * You Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Do Life Alone Growing People Change

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At the Barton County Historical Society Museum, kids have: Mistaken the iron lung for a tanning bed. Been amazed, and even a little scared of the permanent machine in the beauty shop. Jumped at the sight of Frank, the mannequin in the transportation barn. Had fun operating the old-time crank washing machine. Imagined what it would be like to travel inside the covered wagon. They also find the player piano very interesting. Volunteers can turn it on to show them how it works. The fire truck in the transportation barn is intriguing to sit inside. Delighted in visiting the steampowered train engine, named Elsa, from Colorado’s old Elitch Gardens

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istory in the classroom can be a challenge, but it comes alive for kids when they come to visit the Barton County Historical Society Museum. Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend, on US Highway 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, it’s a convenient stop for families staying in the county or traveling through. There, they can see dolls and toys from decades past, the collection of arrowheads, many found by a local man from the time he was a child and up into adulthood, and a stuffed polar bear that once resided at Great Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo. A popular stop in the historical village is the one-room school house. That’s where, for 92 years, students of Dist. No. 50, located three and a half miles south and east of the historical village, attended school. Early in the history of the county, the school year happened in between planting and harvest. The transportation barn, which houses cars and vehicles, including an antique fire truck and an old-fashioned sleigh, is another favorite stop. Volunteers are happy to show families around and share stories about the interesting people and things spotlighted in these displays. Inside the museum, permanent exhibits provide visitors with a window into the past of everyday life in the county. A general store counter from the 1800s, a turn-of-thelast-century dentist’s office, a depression-era beauty shop, a mid-century doctor’s office and telephone receptionist’s workstation are complete with authentic tools and machinery. Grandparents can share stories of going to visit the doctor or the dentist, as the daily life

exhibits bring back memories. Throughout the year, volunteers from the Barton County Historical Society and other civic groups go above and beyond to provide immersive events for the kids. Every spring, the first Wednesday in May has become Pioneer Day at the museum. Area elementary schools send their third-graders to the museum for tours, demonstrations, old-fashioned fun and a sack lunch on the grounds. Ghosts of Christmas Past is the annual holiday showcase at the museum. In addition to displays of old toys, an authentic antique sleigh, old-fashioned Santa Claus, and hobby trains on display, the museum is the perfect venue for young musicians to provide holiday cheer with their instrumental and vocal performances. Cookies, of course, are another big draw. Don’t forget the cookies. In the Spring, elementary and middle school art classes are invited to send their best projects from the school year to the museum for the annual art show, “Watching young Artists Grow.” The Barton County Historical Society has the equipment and the space to provide a top notch display, and families 34

in turn take the opportunity to come out and view the projects and the museum. A reception is held for the opening of the exhibit which remains for about a month and is taken down in time to allow the youth to pick up and take their pieces of art home before the end of the school year. On August 26, the museum will host a vintage automobile show, where area car enthusiasts and members of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association will display their labors of love on the museum grounds. Children are welcome with adult supervision, and it’s a great time to introduce them to this popular multi-generational hobby. The buildings and grounds at the museum are available for meetings and group tours throughout the year. It’s not unusual for a class reunion to be held, with classmates tailgating or barbecuing under the trees and playing games on the lawn. The museum is located at 85 S. Hwy 281, Great Bend, south of the Arkansas River Bridge on the west side of the highway. Summer hours run from April through October, open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. In the winter, from November through March, it is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for adults is $4, and children under 16 are free. Members receive free admission. For more information, contact the museum at 620- 793-5125, or visit the website at www.BartonCountyMuseum.org .


Family Fun at the Barton County Fair

There are a lot of things you might think about when you hear, “Strike it Rich!” Some will think of gold prospecting in the 1849’s when the California gold rush brought riches to a few lucky people. Some will think about Las Vegas when just a pull of a handle, roll of the dice or the spin of a wheel brings riches beyond imagination. But the real reason for the theme of “Strike it Rich” is to provoke thoughts all of the riches we have around us. When you look at Barton County there are all kinds of riches just right here within our reach. We all agree there are riches among family, friends and faith. But look at what each town has to offer, each industry or each one of our heritages. I encourage each and every one of you who attended this past year’s Barton County Fair and saw what riches you have around you. Take time to learn about current and past industries in Barton County and maybe discover a town that you did not know even existed. Come explore the riches that only Barton County can offer and

while you’re here. Enjoy some fair food, carnival rides and maybe a concert or two. And if that doesn’t spark some interest then come see the exhibits, the livestock and all the displays. There is “Something there for Everyone” and the riches are just waiting to be found. We also encourage you to not forget about the other events we have to offer. The holiday home tour which happens every 1st Sunday in December is a big success. This is a time where friends of the fair open their home during the holidays for us to look around and see how they celebrate Christmas. Recently we have also hosted indoor go cart races in Expo 3 during the winter. Watch our website for more information, dates and times. www.bartoncountyfair.com The Barton County Fair Association appreciates our volunteers, sponsors and partners for their support over the years and we encourage everyone to come be part of our family during one of our upcoming events.

Food • Rides • Entertainment • Animals • Exhibits • Displays

2017-2018 EVENT LISTING Holiday Home Tour December 3, 2017 Winter 2018 Battle in the Barn Go Cart & Flat Track Races BARTON COUNTY FAIR ASSOCIATION PO Box 233 GREAT BEND, KS 67530 620-797-3247 WEB: www.bartoncountyfair.com EMAIL: Info@bartoncountyfair.com

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ne of the largest farm shows in the United States takes place in the spring at Great Bend’s Expo Complex. In 2017, show manager Darren Dale said the number of exhibitors had grown by 18 percent from the previous year, with more than 700 booths spread over 80 acres, with exhibitors from 27 states, Canada and Australia. “Great Bend is one-of-a-kind,” Dale said. “You have pride in the community and you have pride in this show – and it really shows. ... My wife Tana and I are committed to Great Bend for many years to come.” “Great Bend is the ideal community for an agricultural show like this because of our deep roots in the farming and ranching industries,” said Jan Westfall, expo chairman. “And, we have an eager, supporting volunteer base to make our exhibitors and farmers feel welcome.” It takes about 300 volunteers to pull off the show. These folks make sure the exhibitors have what they need, assist with parking and perform other duties. The Farm and Ranch Expo is a great

place to check out the latest farm and ranch equipment, but the show is also a venue for entertainment and educational demonstrations. Each year is different. Some highlights of the 2017 Expo included cattle handling and horse training demonstrations, free health screenings, K-State Research & Extension presentations, a dog demonstration by Randy Bradford, chute side demos and entertainment from Dale Brisby. A variety of concessions and a beer garden are available as well. Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison welcomes everyone to the show, taking time to brag about some of the attractions in town for people to visit. Allison noted the show has a positive financial impact at businesses in town. “Motels fill up,” he said, and people visit the shops and restaurants. So, if you’re planning an overnight trip during the next Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, but sure to book ahead. Learn more about the expo online at www.GreatBendFarmAndRanchExpo.net or email Dale at: dales@GreatBendFarmAndRanchExpo.net

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This year’s expo takes place at the Great Bend Events Center, 3017 10th St., from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26. Tickets are available at the Great Bend Tribune office, 2012 Forest or online at www.gbtribune.com As part of this annual event, donations and non-perishable food or pantry items will be collected at the door to benefit the Barton County Food Bank. The Great Bend Tribune’s Women’s Expo is a chance for you to see what’s in and new in the worlds of fashion and beauty, health and fitness, personal and work life. There are exhibits, demonstrations, services and wares from area businesses as well as door prizes and give-aways provided by vendors and so much more! It’s all available at this years Women’s Expo. Don’t forget to register for tons of prizes. Once again there will be a Grand Prize drawing this year (must be present to win). So, grab your purse, grab your friends and join us September 26.

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Hot Rods: Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other past time Since 1954, organized drag racing in Great Bend has brought auto and speed enthusiasts together at a former B-29 air strip west of the city. The Great Bend Army Air Field air strip, left over from World War II, was left to the city when the Army pulled out. For years, the local government pondered what to do with it, but thanks to the excitement and enthusiasm of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youth, the air strip was given a new and exciting second life that also helped put Great Bend on the map when it hosted the first-ever National Hot Rod Association National Championship in 1955 which is now known as the U.S. Nationals held in Indianapolis, Ind. It also hosted the first-ever American Hot Rod Association Championship in 1956. Then and now A lot has changed in drag racing over the last 50 years. There are more sponsorships by larger corporations, more regional races, and many more classes of dragsters. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all had a go on the former B-29 air strip, thrilling spectators who marvel at the speeds, the sounds, and the smells of serious racing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also been the go-to place for locals to open up their race cars and see just what kind of power their well-tuned engines possess. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Racing gets into your blood,â&#x20AC;? SRCA president Hank Denning said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It becomes a family experience, with kids and adults coming out to cheer one another on.â&#x20AC;?

Age divisions start as young as five years old, so it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unusual to see miniature versions of dragsters wheeling up to the starting lines with pint-sized drivers behind the wheel. While these Junior Dragsters are limited to the speeds they are allowed to reach on the track, they learn important driving skills and earn NHRA points that help to increase their standings by the end of the driving season. The more points a driver earns during a season, the higher the chance they can win NHRA championship titles. The SRCA Dragstrip has held the Lucas Oil Race since 2003. In 2013, the NHRA returned to the SRCA Dragstrip to help it celebrate its 50th anniversary when the track was picked to present the first-ever West Central Super Quick Series in 2013. The governor of Kansas proclaimed this to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;Speed Weekâ&#x20AC;? in honor of SRCAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history of drag racing. In 2014, the SRCA dragstrip was part of Hot Rod Magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious Drag Week event for the second time, an honor only a few tracks have received since the magazine was first published. In 2015 and 2016, highlights included the Rocky Mountain Race Week, the Sammy Matthews Play Day Charity Event, the Rocky Mountain Superchargers, the NHRA National Dragster and Jr. Dragster Challenge, and the NHRA King of the Track race. In 2016 the Pontiac Club of Wichita moved their annual event to Great Bend called the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pontiac Uprisingâ&#x20AC;?.

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heyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area has long been a destination of bird watchers, hunters and other nature enthusiasts. The state took ownership of the land in the 1950s and the area has been continually developed ever since. It has gained in importance and stature through local economic efforts as well. It is managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. According to information from the KDWP, the sprawling area consists of nearly 20,000 acres of water surface meandering through a 41,000 acre natural land sink northeast of Great Bend. The site has been named a Wetland of International Importance and is the northern anchor of the 76-mile Wetlands Scenic Byway which connects it with Quivira Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County. It is also home to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The Bottoms attracts about 100,000 visitors each year, according to KDWP. It is home to sandhill cranes, and many species of geese and ducks. The site attracts 45 to 90 percent of all North American shore birds. Of the 650 bird species in the United States, 417 are found in Kansas. Of those, 320 can be found at the Bottoms. It is also home to 23 species of mammals, 19 species of reptiles and nine species of amphibians. Hunters will find 13,000 acres of public hunting areas at Cheyenne Bottoms and duck hunting is very popular. Birdwatching is another attraction that draws a large number of visitors to the area. The spring and fall migration periods offer a great opportunity to view a large number of the different species in one location. Whooping Cranes usually make a stop-over late in October and early November and Bald Eagles winter in the area. On May 22, 2017 the Barton County Commission had a grand opening of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway overlook. Located on K-4, the overlook is about eight miles east of Hoisington. From the scenic overlook, which sits atop 100-foot bluffs that circle the Cheyenne Bottoms basin on three sides, one can view the bottoms. This long-awaited project was years in the making with Barton County working with the Kansas Department of Transporation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to see this project to completion. The 10-foot viewing tower is reached by a series of handicapped-accessible ramps. The new sidewalk leads to the site from the information kiosk and parking lot to the tower. More information on the bottoms can be found at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area office, 56 NE 40 Rd., Great Bend or www.kdwp.state.ks.us

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Get Out and Explore! When was your last visit to Cheyenne Bottoms? Residents and visitors to Barton County can visit an internationally-known attraction any time of year! Cheyenne Bottoms is a 41,000 acre wetland complex designated a Wetland of International Importance due to its importance as a stopover for migrating birds along the Central Flyway. More than 340 species of birds have been documented at the wetlands. Ducks, geese, herons, egrets, cranes, pelicans, and sandpipers are commonly seen throughout the year. Birds are not the only visitors to the largest wetland on the interior of the United States. Visitors from all over the United States, and even other countries, flock to the wetlands to bird watch, hunt, and to see the expansive landscape and wildlife. The wetlands include the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area managed by Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and the Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy. Visitors can access the wetlands by vehicle by driving raised dike roads and county roads through the wetlands. Check out the new observation tower located at the K-4 Highway overlook. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center (KWEC) is your one-stop shop for every visit to Cheyenne Bottoms and is located at Cheyenne Bottoms along K-156 highway 10 miles northeast of Great Bend. The 11,000 square foot museum operated by Fort Hays State University is home to the Koch Wetlands Exhibit gallery, a classroom with live animal exhibits, an auditorium, and the Wetlands Gift Store. Admission is free! Van tours, a nature trail, a pollinator garden, and many public programs provide a glimpse of what Kansas wetlands are and what you can find in them. Staff at the KWEC will answer your questions about the wetlands and give advice for how you can experience Cheyenne Bottoms. The KWEC is open Monday through Saturday 9a.m. to 5p.m. and Sunday 1-5p.m. The Center is closed on Mondays from November 1 through March 31 and on major holidays. The KWEC offers a wide selection of public programs and events throughout the year. Check the KWEC website (http://wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu) for more information on upcoming events or call 877-243-9268. Plan your visit around these favorite programs: Perseid Meteor Shower viewing party (August), Butterfly Festival with Monarch butterfly tagging and other activities (September), Hunter Appreciation Breakfast (October), Star Gazing (October), KWEC Holiday Open House (December), Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Birds Count (December), Winter Kids nature programs (February), Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours (April), Great Migration Rally family event (even years in April), Wild Goose Chase 5k/3k Fun Run (even years in April), Wings N Wetlands Birding Festival (odd years in April), Summer Kids nature camps ( July), Nature Craft Series (Quarterly), and many other public programs throughout the year.

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BRIT SPAUGH ZOO AND RAPTOR CENTER 2123 Main St., Great Bend 620-793-4226 Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. â&#x20AC;˘ Visitors pay no admission fee. The main part of the zoo features several new exhibits. Recent additions to the North American exhibits include four grizzly bears, one black bear, and an Arctic fox pair who in 2016 had kits. The renovation and reintroduction of bison to the zoo will be complete by the end of 2017. Stop by the newly installed community orchard behind the Butterfly House to check out modern orcharding. â&#x20AC;˘ This free zoo is good for about a 45-90 minute visit. BARTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM & VILLAGE 85 U.S. 281, Great Bend 620-793-5125 â&#x20AC;˘ Located on five acres, just south of Great Bend on US 281, across the Arkansas River Bridge, the Village boasts several authentically furnished period buildings including a one-room school house, a church, and a pioneer cabin. Collections tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond.

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K-96 Park at the corner of K-96 and 10th St., Great Bend â&#x20AC;˘ 20-foot stainless steel sculpture created by Bruce and Brent Bitter, B & B Metal Arts of Hoisington. A tribute to early pioneer families who settled Great Bend and the surrounding communities.

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS 204 NE 60 Rd, Great Bend 620-793-3066 â&#x20AC;˘ The largest marsh in the interior of the United States, designated a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wetland of International Importanceâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;˘ The Bottoms is one of the most important ecosystems in Kansas and one of the most important migration points for shorebirds in North America. â&#x20AC;˘ Hunting, primarily duck and goose, is a big draw for locals and those from other states. DOROTHY MOSES MORRISON CHAPEL 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend 620-792-9342 Barton Community College â&#x20AC;˘ Part of the Fine Arts Building on the BCC Campus, the chapel boasts five stained glass windows from the razed First Congregational Church in Great Bend. The chapel can be rented for events such as small weddings or performances. It has become a popular space for chamber groups and music recitals. FORT ZARAH

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â&#x20AC;˘ Live performances CLAFLIN MUSEUM 210 Main Street, Claflin 620-587-3707, 620-786-9307 or 620-793-0546 â&#x20AC;˘ Open all holidays and by appointment â&#x20AC;˘ Housed on the second floor of the old Claflin Grade School with over 1800 items and old photographs â&#x20AC;˘ Pertains mainly to the history of northern Barton County, including the towns of Claflin, Odin, Beaver, Hitchman, Dubuque and St. Peter & Paul Church

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;GUSâ&#x20AC;? AND EVA SHAFER MEMORIAL ART GALLERY Barton Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend shafergallery.org â&#x20AC;˘ Attached to the Fine Arts Building on BCC campus â&#x20AC;˘ Works by Kansas natives â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gusâ&#x20AC;? Shafer and Charles B. Rogers â&#x20AC;˘ Featuring trending regional and national artists â&#x20AC;˘ Workshops and family activities â&#x20AC;˘ Free admission, open year round Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. â&#x20AC;˘ Tour groups welcome â&#x20AC;˘ Gallery is closed for most college observed holidays

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SANTA FE TRAIL The Santa Fe Trail throughout Barton County. From Plum Buttes to the Walnut Creek Crossing to Pawnee Rock, the area that is now Barton County played a major role in the history of the Santa Fe Trail. â&#x20AC;˘ Big Bend of the Arkansas River â&#x20AC;&#x201D; This was the next overnight campground after leaving Cow Creek and the only reliable source of water in the area. Located on the west edge of Ellinwood. â&#x20AC;˘ Walnut Creek Crossing â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Located east of Great Bend. Also known as Allison Booth Ranch and Peacock Ranch. From 1855 through 1872, a number of enterprises were located there, including a trading post (ranch), stage station, post office, toll bridge, Camp Dunlap and Fort Zarah. PAWNEE ROCK MONUMENT 12 miles west of Great Bend on U.S. 56 Hwy., Pawnee Rock â&#x20AC;˘ Natural landmark along the Santa Fe Trail. In the trail days it was 30 feet higher than it is today. A pavilion atop the rock, erected through the efforts of several womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service clubs a century ago, indicates the original height before the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad took the top portion of the rock to use as fill in railroad construction. â&#x20AC;˘ Enjoy a panoramic view across the prairie â&#x20AC;˘ Carving in rocks mark where travelers on the Santa Fe trail paused in their journeys, some as far back as the early 1800s. SANTAS AROUND THE WORLD AND SANTA HOUSE Presented by the Rosewood Roots and Wings Foundation 1223 Main St., Great Bend 620-796-2242 â&#x20AC;˘ Twenty-four one-of-a-kind life-sized, international Santas personally made by Great Bend resident Loretta Miller OPEN NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 23 Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more by appointment Admission is $2 for exhibit.

CLAYTON M. MORRISON MEMORIAL BANDSHELL AND THELMA FAYE HARMS STAGE Lakin St. side of Jack Kilby Square between Main St. and Kansas St. â&#x20AC;˘ Home of the Great Bend City Band summer concert series.

PLANETARIUM Barton Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend 620-792-9320 â&#x20AC;˘ Groups can enjoy full-dome movies and tours of the night skies year-round and the special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Season of Lightâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Christmas Starâ&#x20AC;? show during the Christmas holidays. In addition to the regularly scheduled shows open to the public, groups like schools, scout troops, or civic organizations can call to arrange special showings for 5-60 people.

â&#x20AC;˘ Memorable Christmas lights with original works designed and crafted by park department employees. â&#x20AC;˘ Trail includes Brit Spaugh Park on North Main St., Jack Kilby Square, Downtown Main St. and Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park located on McKinley St. Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and ending January 1. For more information contact Great Bend Convention and Visitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bureau 620-792-2750 or City of Great Bend 620-793-4111 www.visitgreatbend.com www.greatbendks.net MUSEUM OF ELLINWOOD 104 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2886 â&#x20AC;˘ Check Ellinwood Historical Society facebook for information

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ne of the major attractions of Barton County is the L.E. “Gus” and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery. Known as the “Gem” of Barton Community College, the Shafer is located in the Fine Arts building on the Barton Community College campus, 245 NE 30 Road, Great Bend. With the motto “Where the old west meets the future” as a guiding philosophy, the Shafer Gallery presents an outstanding schedule of art exhibitions by trending contemporary, regional and nationally known artists. The Shafer Gallery also self-curates exhibitions from its extensive permanent collection. The Shafer Gallery enhances visitor’s education opportunities by offering a program of studio workshops, early childhood activities and short art history seminars. As guests visit the museum and look at the fine art they may find hands-on activities that they can participate in. The Gallery has been a permanent part of Barton County’s cultural landscape since 1991.The gallery is named after Leonard E. “Gus” Shafer and his wife Eva Shafer. While the visitor will encounter many different types of art work at the gallery, locally it is known for the western themed bronze sculptures made by internationally known L.E. “Gus” Shafer. The gallery is home to a large collection of Shafer’s work. More than 2,000 people from Kansas, across the country and around the world pass through the gallery every year, enjoying its constantly changing visual offerings.

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he Great Bend Sports Complex at 41 McKinley St. is the perfect place to enjoy a ball game, or to schedule a tournament. The 61-acre complex offers five fields at one central location. Features include state-of-the-art scoreboards and “constant light level” Musco lighting, along with ample parking, seating and shade. At the hub of this complex are the concession area, restrooms, locker rooms, and air conditioned officials/meeting rooms. There are also batting cages on either side, and there’s ample warm-up space between fields. The five fields include a grass infield with lights and four skinned infields with lights. All ball fields are available for rent by individuals, groups or private tournaments. It’s just a short drive to all of Great Bend’s amenities, including lodging, dining and entertainment. Organizers of baseball and softball tournaments for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Kansas State High School Activities Association (1A/2A), National Baseball Congress and others have found the complex to their liking, and many volunteers from the community are ready to make visitors feel welcome. Improvements to the area have continued since the Sports Complex opened in 2012.

The Great Bend Park Department, Great Bend Recreation Center and Unified School District 428 shared the planning and financing for the Sports Complex. GBRC Sports Director Chris Umphres coordinates the master schedule for the ball complex and is the person to call for questions or making reservations. Chris can be reached at the GBRC office, 620-793-3755, ext. 5. Bat Cats Barton County loves baseball, and there are several other fields available for local use. New in 2017, Al Burns Field in Veterans Memorial Park became home field for the Great Bend Bat Cats. The Bat Cats are part of the Jayhawk League, said team organizer Roger Ward, a former American Legion Baseball coach and longtime local baseball promoter. “The Jayhawk League is summer collegiate baseball at its best,” Ward said. “It is one of the most competitive leagues in the nation.” The league has teams in Kansas and Oklahoma. The eightmember league has an automatic berth in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita. It is a wood-bat league and plays according to American League rules. Members of the Jayhawk League include Derby Twins, Dodge City A’s, El Dorado Broncos, Great Bend Bat Cats, Hays Larks, Haysville Aviators, Liberal BeeJays, and OKC Indians.

Imagination Playground When tournaments are scheduled, GBRC can set up its Imagination Playground. This durable set of giant foam blocks was designed by famed architect David Rockwell for interactive, unstructured play. It is for children 2 years old and up, but adults like it, too. On select dates, the Imagination Playground is also set up inside the GBRC Activity Center at 2715 18th St. The regular schedule is 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month, except August and September. 46


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here are lots of ways to cool off at Great Bendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wetlands Waterpark, located at 2303 Main Street. So much more than a municipal swimming pool, the Wetlands is an aquatic adventure with seven slides, spray features, a climbing wall, â&#x20AC;&#x153;water warsâ&#x20AC;? area for friendly water balloon battles, and the original bucket challenge: a 300-gallon tripping bucket that repeatedly refills and then drenches anyone brave enough to stand under it! Just as the city of Great Bend is located on the National Wings and Wetlands Scenic Byway, our Wetlands Waterpark is designed to capture some of the natural wonder thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in our nature. See how many shorebirds you can spot in the decor. There is also a zerodepth entry area, a swimming pool with a divided shallow end separated by floating features, concession area and several shady spots.

The Wetlands Waterpark is a safe, clean, family oriented entertainment experience open seven days a week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weather permitting â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from on Memorial Day weekend until mid-August. Hours are 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., with Family Swim Nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The greatbendwaterpark.com website tracks the daily forecast so you can check on whether the pool is open or closed. The Wetlands Waterpark can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. Swimming lessons and other aquatics programs are provided in partnership with the Great Bend Recreation Commission. For more information contact the Great Bend Rec Center, 620-793-3755 or www.greatbendrec.net. Bark at the Waterpark After the pool closes for the summer, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s usually one last splash â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for dog paddling, literally. On Dog Day at the Pool, the Wetlands is open to canine swimmers only. Admission to this event is used for improvements at Great Bendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s off-leash Bark Park, located in Veterans Memorial Park. Summer Jobs The pool supplies dozens of summer jobs for persons 15 years of age and older. To apply for a lifeguard position, you must be at least 16 years old and able to complete the Red

Cross Lifeguard Certification Class before the pool season starts. This class is taught by the Great Bend Recreation Commission over spring break. For more information, call Pool Manager Megan Hammeke at the GBRC, 620-793-3755, or email www.greatbendrec. net. Employment applications are available at the City Administration Building at 1209 Williams St. The selection for these seasonal positions takes place during the months of January and February, so for best results submit your application early. The City of Great Bend provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals. For more information call 620-793-4111.

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Bison Return To Great Bend’s Zoo Open daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Enter off north Main Street at 23rd and Main. Admission is free.

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reat Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo continues to amaze community members and guests as a fun and educational place the entire family can enjoy, and admission is free! The zoo features more than 50 different species of animals from around the world. The newest exhibit under construction this year will feature American bison, one of the most iconic mammals of the Great Plains. Thanks to gifts from the Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation, the new bison exhibit and an expanded exhibit for our zoo’s grizzly bears are both under construction in 2017. In 1953, Great Bend Park Supervisor Brit Spaugh started the zoo with two deer and a desire to delight young children. The zoo’s original mission of providing entertainment has expanded to include education and species conservation. Our zoo had a role in bringing trumpeter swans back from near extinction in the 20th century. More recently, photographer Joel Sartore included our arctic fox, Todd, in the National Geographic Society’s Photo Ark. Todd and his mate Vixie have delivered two litters of kits that are now in zoos across the nation.

One of the newest animals at the zoo is Zito, a Lar Gibbon. His species is also on the Species Survival Plan or SSP program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Sara Hamlin was named zoo supervisor and animal curator in 2015. She oversees a professional staff with assistance from the Great Bend Parks Department. There are opportunities for internships, community volunteering and Eagle Scout Projects. The zoo is inspected annually by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Raptor Rehab

With so much to see at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, there’s also a lot that goes on behind the scenes. Injured birds of prey – raptors – are nursed back to health. All human contact is kept to a minimum to avoid imprinting. The goal is to reintroduce the birds to the wild, if possible.

Raptor Center

The Raptor Center is also the name of the main building at the zoo, which is very much open to the public. You enter the zoo

through this building. Inside are a meeting area, restrooms and a gift shop. The greeter can answer questions and sell you some duck food. The meeting area can be booked for parties and educational programs. Peer through a large window into the veterinary clinic. Visitors can learn more about raptors through the building’s interactive learning stations. Among the displays, you will find a depiction of an eagle’s nest, a camera that provides a raptor’s-eye view of the zoo, and a wing span chart to see where you measure up to various raptors.

Get involved

There are several ways to get more involved, either by sponsoring an animal or by serving as a volunteer. The zoo also needs volunteers to work in its community orchard. Membership in the Great Bend Zoological Society costs $25 a year for an individual or a family. Sign up or learn more at the front desk, or call the zoo office, 620-793-4226. Membership forms may also be found on the City of Great Bend website, greatbendks.net.

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FISHING AND BOATING Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo 2123 Main St., Great Bend 620-793-4226 Great Bend Zoological Society members may fish on the first Saturday of each month. Must abide by fishing regulations. McArthur Lake 7th & McArthur, Great Bend 620-793-4160 Public access. Stone Lake Washington St. & Railroad Ave., Great Bend 620-793-4160 Must abide by motor and fishing regulations. Also available: wind surfing, picnic area and a nature trail. Public access. Veterans Memorial Park and Lake 4800 17th St. Terrace Great Bend 620-793-4160 No motors allowed, must abide by fishing regulations. Public access. Wolf Pond West U.S. 56, Ellinwood 620-564-3161 Fishing regulations must be followed. Public access. HUNTER SAFETY COURSES Great Bend Recreation Commission 620-793-3755 Barton County Sheriff’s Office 620-793-1876

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks https://programs.ksoutdoors. com/Programs/Hunter Education-Certification online course SWIMMING Claflin Municipal Swimming Pool 400 W. Front St. 620-588-3655 Ellinwood Municipal Swimming Pool 209 W. 1st St., 620-564-3441 • Free splash pad is located next to the pool. Summer hours are 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hoisington Municipal Swimming Pool 721 N. Center St., 620-653-2535 Great Bend The Wetlands Waterpark 2303 Main, 620-792-1516 www.greatbendwaterpark.com Swimming lessons available through the Great Bend Recreation Commission 620-793-3755 • Free splash pad is located on the south side of the Barton County Courthouse. Summer hours are 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Barton Community College 245 NE 30 Road, Great Bend 620-786-1144 www.bartonccc.edu/ publicresources/pool


YOUTH SPORTS SUMMER BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL American Legion Class AAA – Great Bend Chiefs Class A – Great Bend Braves American Legion Class AA – Hoisington Golden Belt Babe Ruth League 13-years-old and up Bob Willis, 316-461-4933 620-326-2711 5-12 years old Paul Unrau, 620-747-0346 ASA Girls Fast Pitch Softball Great Bend Quicksilver Ryan Bownes, 620-282-4942 rhino_z71@live.com

SUMMER BASKETBALL Barton Summer Basketball League BCC Athletic Office 620-792-9377 Mid-America Youth Basketball (MAYB) 316-284-0354 mayb@mayb.com www.mayb.com YOUTH WRESTLING Great Bend Wrestling Club Jesse Richter 620-282-2910 gbkwc@hotmail.com Rex Kern 620-791-8464 rexkern@hotmail.com

Great Bend Hap Dumont League Great Bend Recreation Commission 620-793-3755

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Claflin Recreation Commission 620-992-7040 620-588-2335

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Ellinwood Recreation Commission 620-566-7323 www.ellinwoodrec.com Hoisington Little League Hoisington Recreation Commission 620-653-4050 FOOTBALL Pride of Kansas Football League pkfl.org Great Bend Rex Kern 620-791-8464 rexkern@hotmail.com Hoisington Gene Mooney 785-445-5151 genemooney17@yahoo.com Ellinwood Chad Heinz 620-562-7017 chad.heinz@ greaneyconsulting.com

Hoisington Recreation Commission 620-653-4050 Ellinwood Recreation Commission 620-566-7323 SWIM TEAM Golden Belt Swim Squad Shannon Somers 620-792-6466 scsomers@hotmail.com VOLLEYBALL Winter Heart of America/USA Volleyball www.hoavb.org 17 and under Velocity Volleyball Club Greg and Becca Maxwell 620-617-1594 SOCCER Great Bend Recreation Commission 620-793-3755

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OTHER ACTIVITIES GREAT BEND SRCA Dragstrip 455 W. Barton County Road Sunflower Rod and Custom Association Inc. 620-792-5079 www.srcadragstrip.com Central Kansas Off-Road Association David Roat, 620-786-1822 One mile south of K-156 on Radium Road. Call for membership information River Hike and Bike Trail Go South on Washington to Stone Lake Across the dike is a double track to the west between the dike and river. After 1/4 mile there is a single track going left into the trees. Trail is approximately 7 miles in length Walnut Mini Golf 2901 Washington, Great Bend 620-792-6545 Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area 620-793-7730 Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Hunting, bird watching, trails & other activities Mountain Bike Trail Go North on U.S. 281 out of town, at NW 60 Road turn left at old 4-H Building. Signs direct to the two mile loop. This is a single track, dirt, mountain bike trail

Bike Tours Golden Belt Bicycle Company 1111 Main Street, Great Bend 620-793-7060 Group rides (road biking) leave from the store on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m. and from the Playa Azul Mexican Restaurant parking lot, 4923 10th St., on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Open to everyone Disc Golf Courses Veterans Memorial Park 2100 McKinley, Great Bend Barton Community College 245 NE 30 Road, Great Bend


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xercise plays an important role in many people’s lives and with the help of the Great Bend Recreation Commission along with the City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Kiwanis Club, the people of Barton County have a new place to do their exercising. The Great Bend Fit Trail is located on the north side of Veterans Lake between the two existing parking lots near the existing rest room and hike and bike trail. The Fit Trail features a cluster of 11 pieces of fitness equipment with strength training and cardio exercise equipment such as stretching bars, elliptical, ab crunch, chest/back press, cardio stepper, squat press, plyometric stations and more. Each station is equipped with instructions on how to use each piece of equipment and how to adapt the exercises for personal fitness levels. The Fit Trail includes an element of a playground with multiple pieces of playground equipment for children 5-12 years old. A unique play experience in the Fit Trail is the featured 9-foot “Global Motion” which is a rotating playground net climber. Children can ride and climb on 14 nets inside and out on two levels on the Global Motion.

My BackYard Playground The newest playground in Great Bend features a walking path that is 1/8 of a mile long and will provide a place for adults to exercise while their children can play. The entire playground is visible from the walking trail allowing parents to watch their children as they exercise. The walking trail also promotes a way for children to exercise with their parents. Other features include: plenty of shade and benches, development of a sensory garden that encourages natural learning and relaxation; a memorial walkway that separates the 2-5 year old play area and the 5-12 year old play area; play components such as rock climbers, roller slide, spinners, a Cozy Dome, Smart Play Motion, Swoosh Slide, Net Plex, Flex Climber, Sky Port Climber, Omni Spinner, Bobbly Riders, Wee Saw and Topsy Spinner. The Smart Play Motion playground piece for 2-5 years olds provides 16 interactive developmentally appropriate skills which includes a tunnel, moveable puzzle pieces, wiggle ladder, sand play station with sifters and seats, leaf trail, race car hot wheel track that winds through the playground that allows children to send balls or their toy cars down the track, sensory panels, bell ringing, steering wheel, alphabet panel and steppers. 53

All-inclusive resort This truly inclusive playground balances physical accessibility, age and developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating play for children of all abilities. My BackYard features such playground equipment as the Omni Spinner, Roller Slide and Wee Saw. The Omni Spinner is an updated version of the old fashioned merry-go-round, the Wee Saw is a new take on the traditional seesaws, which are wheelchair accessible and developed for children with developmental delays to play in the same setting as other children. The Net Plex provides a futuristic climbing experience created from interconnected cables, net tunnels and climbing discs. The playground includes such features as rock climbers, gyro twisters and a variety of spinners. The ZipKrooz is the latest in a zip line that brings this fast growing recreation sport to a playground in an exciting and safe way. This playground feature includes three total zip lines including a ZipKrooz Assisted seat.


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mprovements to the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band shell area of Jack Kilby Square are done, adding polish to a long-time downtown Great Bend gem. Now, there will be something for all ages. “This is one we’ve been talking about for over a year,” City Administrator Howard Partington said about the work. “This is a good project.” The proposal included improvements to the band shell and the addition of a splash pad for children. The Thelma Faye Harms Charitable Trust has contributed $300,0000 towards the $355,700 renovations. Work started last fall and was wrapped up in time for spring activities. The stage and area were ready for Cinco de Mayo and landscaping and splash pad were ready for June Jaunt. The band shell Improvements to the band shell on the south end of the square included extending the stage out about seven feet, the addition of handicapped-accessible ramps on the east side and new steps on the west side, a driveway to allow for easier unloading and loading, improved drainage, inset fans to help circulate air on stage, and the filling in of the existing water fountain feature. The band shell dates back to the 1920s and it has been a while since the area was revamped. “We plan to be respectful of the bandshell,” Partington said, adding the original 54

structure will not be altered. Upgrades to the electrical system and lighting were made as well. The splash pad At the north end of the band shell plaza there is a splash pad which consists of a several water spray features. Partington said it will be a major draw for the downtown. Activated by a step pad, the features don’t run constantly and would be turned off when the park closes in the evening. The sprays use between seven and 35 gallons of water per minute. However, the pad required the removal of the fountain from the square. It also involved the moving of the vintage cannon mounted in the area.


Birdhouse Tour Downtown Great Bend features a variety of more than 70 artist-decorated birdhouses designed to combine art and nature. Birdhouse artists and contributors are Davis Barnes, Scott Beahm, Gwendolyn Beouy, Char Brown, Megan Cates, Jason Cauley, Whitney Collier, Kelsey Couture, Greg Ensley, Jill Fitzsimmons, Jeremy Gutherie, Denise Haddon, Megan Hammeke, Diann Henderson, Pam Hitz, Kelsey Hofeling, Robert Joy, Dr. Mark Judd, Jeremy Kennedy, Hillary King, Christina Lamoureaux, Katie Lies, Westen McNeely, Loretta Miller, Matthew Miller, Andy Mingenback, Leslie Mingenback, Karen Neuforth, Sister Rebecca Otter, Laura Reiser, Madison Roach, Sally Rychlec, Melanie Schneweis, Debbie Stark-Deutsch, Mary Stude, Rosy Tomlin, Kim Vink, Lance Walters, Marcia Westhoff and Michael Whelan. Downtown Tour In the epicenter of the town’s life, you can catch the sights of things like the birdhouse walking tour, monuments on the courthouse square, and old historic buildings such as the Crest Theatre. This entertaining 1 mile walk begins and ends at the historic Barton County Courthouse. For more information and a copy of a self-guided tour, contact the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village at 85 S. Highway 281, Great Bend, KS, or the Barton County Health Department. Driving Tours Various driving tours start in Great Bend and feature a wide variety of scenery in a pamphlet authored by the Great Bend Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. Cheyenne Bottoms, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and the Basin Rim Overlook are featured stops. • Tour 1 travels west to Heartland Farm, Pawnee Rock, Larned, Rush Center, LaCrosse, Otis and Claflin. • Tour 2 travels north through Hoisington, Russell, Waldo, Luray, Lucas, Wilson and Ellsworth. • Tour 3 moves east from Great Bend to Ellinwood to Chase, Lyons, Geneseo, Kanopolis, Holyrood and Mushroom State Park. • Tour 4 travels south from Great Bend to Stafford County to see St. John, Stafford and Hudson.

Byway Tour This 77-mile byway connects two of the world’s most significant natural wetlands— Cheyenne Bottoms and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway takes visitors through radiant wetlands exploding with wildlife; prairie vistas with immense blue skies; and seven rural communities shaped by nature and the entrepreneurial spirit. Kansas Quilt Walk In the sidewalks surrounding the Barton County Courthouse you will find the Kansas Quilt Walk featuring the Kansas Dugout, Kansas, Farmer’s Daughter, Kansas Troubles, Rocky Road to Kansas, Windmill and Kansas Star. The seven patterns in the sidewalks around the courthouse were chosen because they reflect the early history of Great Bend, founded in 1872. Great Bend’s Quilt Walk is a tribute to those women and their creations who kept their ancestors warm through beautiful fabric, needlework and patterns. Riverside Hike and Bike Path A multi-phase project that accompanied the Great Bend Flood Control Project along the Arkansas River. Phase 1 of the project has been completed and the path begins at the Front Door at 10th and Hubbard. GPS Tour The GPS Ranger is a handheld computer that delivers an interpretation, music, animation and nature photography based on the location of the user. These are available for checkout at various hotels in Great Bend. It takes you along the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. If you would rather have this information at your fingertips to keep, feel free to stop by the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau (located inside the Events Center) and pick up an Audio Tour CD to follow along, or go ahead and download from the Byways website at kansaswetlandsandwildlifescenicbyway.com . Heartland Walking Trails A Sunflower Foundation funded grant project that provides an electronic guide to walking trails and paths in the partner counties of Barton, Rice, Stafford, and Pawnee Counties. 55

Exodusters Spend a day on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway as you trace the Exoduster migration and settlement in Barton and Stafford counties. Featured locations include the Great Bend Cemetery, Stafford Cemetery, Martin Cemetery in Stafford County, Stafford County Historical Museum, Eden Valley Cemetery, Barton County Museum and Village, and Barton County Courthouse Square. Murals Building murals are viewed in various areas in Great Bend. Pick up a map at the Great Bend Chamber office at 1125 Williams, Great Bend. Murals feature Sign of the Times (Main & 7th); The Dance (Main & 10th); Migration (Main & 16th); Clara Barton (Williams & 16th); Something for Everyone (Williams & 16th); Santa Fe Trail (Kansas & 20th); The Lions Mural (Brit Spaugh Park); The North American Mural (Brit Spaugh Park); The Tiger Murals (Brit Spaugh Park); Happy Trails (Washington & 10th); Farm Scene (Williams & Forest); Delgado’s Mexican Restaurant (Stone & 10th); and The Bistro (2920 10th) Murals decorate the walls of many buildings in the downtown area. Painted by high school students, community volunteers, senior citizens, professional artists, and children, the murals are tied together by themes relating to Great Bend past and present. For a map and self-guided tour of the murals, contact the city of Great Bend 620-793-4111. Brochures are available for Hiking and Driving Tours and Trail & Walking Path information in Barton County at Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau, 3111 10th, 620-792-2750 or www.visitgreatbend.com


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he Barton County Commission approved the installation of the first bike awareness signs on several of the more commonly-used blacktop highways in 2016. Now, these signs mark roadways in every part of the county, creating a network that makes riding a bicycle to anywhere within the county lines safer. Within the City of Great Bend, city officials are building on the start of a bike route which already includes signs and sharrows. Plans in the works include additional trails and connecting routes. There has long been a strong community of cyclists, both road and off-road, that hold weekly group rides for various skill levels. The Golden Belt Bicycle Company, a bike shop in Great Bend, is a focal point for these folks and is a good place to make connections. Now, with the improvements that have either been done or are in the works, more bikes can be seen on streets and roads. What are the riding options? If you are the skinny-tire type (or roadie) wanting smooth, paved roads, Barton County has nearly 400 miles of paved county roads, many of which wind through scenic vistas. There are a few hills along the way as well.

These are two lane roads with minimum traffic, and biking can be started at any point. In addition, major highways such as U.S. 56, U.S. 281 and K-156 all have wide, smooth shoulders suitable for riding. If you are the fat-tire or mountain bike type looking for the rugged off-road experience, there is an extensive mountain bike trail following the Arkansas River south of Great Bend and an off-road loop circling the dried Lake Barton bed north of Great Bend. In addition, there are roads within the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge available. Now, with the rise of â&#x20AC;&#x153;gravel grinding,â&#x20AC;? the riding on gravel roads, Barton County also has an extensive network of these. With roads, trails, the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway and Cheyenne Bottoms all within pedaling distance, exploring nature on two wheels is an exciting adventure just waiting for you. There is also a wide variety of terrain available. But, if you are not comfortable on roads, there is the Great Bend Hike and Bike Path, 56

a seven-mile paved levee trail that runs along the Arkansas River and follows the flood control ditch. This path is mostly paved and is the perfect introduction to the habitat and ecology of the river as it exists in this part of Kansas. Signs, sharrows and the on-going effort to improve streets make riding in the cities of Barton County safer and easier, too. On-going efforts Be Well Barton County, a countywide coalition promoting bicycling and pedestrian travel, completed its Barton County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in the spring of 2016. That plan has been endorsed by Barton County and all the major cities in the county. The group continues to meet and promote this plan as well as working to expand bike and pedestrian options. Be Well has also developed a new county bike map. This is available online at ckpartnership.org/bewell.


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reat Bend’s Stoneridge County Club continues to invest in the future with its youth golf program. More than 30 youngsters are receiving instruction and lessons during the summer months. Great Bend High School coach Travis McAtee and Doug Kaiser, Barton Community College golf coach, coordinate a summer-long junior golf program. McAtee instructs middle-school and highschool age golfers in sessions Monday through Thursday with each age group receiving two instructions per week. Group sessions for girls, middle school players and boys are scheduled before noon and McAtee teaches one-on-one sessions when possible. The players divide their attention between golf, part-time work and other activities. “Summertime is when you can break things down and create improvement,” McAtee said. “There is more than one way to get a goal accomplished and create a quality golf swing. Some players hit the golf ball right-to-left and others hit it left-to-right. That’s the challenge you face. You want every player to have fun and be successful.” McAtee’s goal is to develop a consistent swing plane.

“Your goal is to eliminate one side of the golf course,” he said. “You get the most out of your instruction anytime you can work one-on-one and give a player undivided attention.” Kaiser directs youngsters 8-to-12 in skills, rules and etiquette. Kaiser is assisted by Great Bend graduates Kelby Titus and Andrew Erb, Barton Community College golfers. “With the younger players, they are taught one playing skill each week,” McAtee said. “Kelby Titus and Andrew Erb will see they will learn something really well when they teach it. It helps a player understand how other players think when they work with other players, especially younger golfers. The program benefits everyone down the road.” Stoneridge Country Club is part of the seven-club Western Central Kansas Golf League. Stoneridge sponsors a season-ending Fore The Kids Tournament. The season-ending tournaments pairs youngsters with golfers who have tournament experience. Stoneridge partners with the Great Bend Recreation Center, which exposes golf to another group of youngsters. Some of the club’s funding purchases equipment. Extra equipment is donated to Great Bend High School’s golf program.

Stoneridge Country Club 1458 24th Street, Great Bend 620-792-4306; 620-792-4303 The 18-hole course plays to a par of 72 over 6,495 yards.The course features Penncross bentgrass greens and Bermuda tees and fairways. Lake Barton Golf Club 673 U.S. 281 North between Great Bend and Hoisington 620-653-4255 Offers an 18-hole public course designed by Harry Robb, Sr. in 1916. The par 70 course plays to 5,536 yards. Carts are $20 and daily prices are $16 and $21 for weekends and holidays. Wayne Woods serves as golf course superintendent and Amber Jones is the club manager. Grove Park Golf Club 407 W. 3rd, Ellinwood 620-564-3123 A unique 9-hole par 32 course that features a premium on accuracy with several tree-lined fairways. Rodney Moss serves as golf course superintendent and Kurt Bressler works as the club manager. Daily rates are $15 and weekend prices are $20. Fred Wolf designed the course in 1933. Claflin Golf Course NE 150 Ave., Claflin, just off of K-156 2 miles east and 1/2-mile north of Claflin A 9-hole, par 34 public course.

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GREAT BEND 2017 September 1-2 ..........SRCA Races, SRCA Drag Strip September 8-10 ........Pontiac Races, SRCA Drag Strip September 9 ..............Together As A Community United We Stand Parade September 16 ............KWEC Butterfly Festival September 22-24 ......Hahn Brother Supercross Shootout September 26 ............Great Bend Tribune’s Women’s Expo, Events Center September 29-30 ......SRCA Races September 30 ............Hero for Heartland 5k Run/Walk October 3...................Four Corners Oktoberfest, Rosewood Furniture Gallery October 3...................Golden Belt Community Concert, “Inspiration of Broadway,” Great Bend Municipal Auditorium October 7...................KWEC Hunter Appreciation Breakfast October 7...................The Great Amazing Race, UWCK October 7...................Rosewood Rodeo October 7...................GBRC Murder in Sin City October 13-14 ...........SRCA Races, SRCA Drag Strip October 15.................KWEC Craft Series: Soap Making October 21.................Healing Hearts Rodeo October 27-28 ...........SRCA Races, SRCA Drag Strip October 28.................Zoo Boo, Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo November 4 ...............Open Houses for Explore GB November 4 ...............SRCA Awards Banquet November 11 .............Caught Ya Exploring for Explore GB November 11 .............Panther Paw Craft Festival November 15 .............Jeans Day for United Way November 16 .............USD 428 Education Foundation Dinner November 18 .............Selfie Saturday for Explore GB November 23 .............Thanksgiving; Trail of Lights begins November 25 .............Home for the Holidays Festival & Parade, Cookie Contest, Hometown Rewards Promotion Starts December 1-24 .........Hometown Rewards Promotion December 2 ...............KWEC Holiday Open House December 2 ...............Light the Square Event December 10 .............Ghosts of Christmas Past, Barton County Historical Society December 10 .............KWEC Craft Series: Feather Jewelry December 11 .............Golden Belt Community Concert, “Silver Bells and Diamonds,” Great Bend Municipal Auditorium December 18 .............Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count December 25 .............Christmas

2018 January 13 ................Icy Sidewalk Sale February ....................Chamber Banquet February 23 ...............Golden Belt Community Concert, “The Texas Tenors,” Great Bend Municipal Auditorium March ........................Spring Expo

May 5 ........................Cinco de Mayo Celebration, Jack Kilby Square June 1-3....................June Jaunt July 11-15 .................Barton County Fair July 21 ......................Summer Sidewalk Sale August 11 ..................Party in the Park, Veterans Memorial Park August 18 ..................United Way Kickoff September 7-9 ..........Pontiac Races September 21-23 ......Airfest Hahn Brothers Supercross Shoot October 27.................Zoo Boo November 3 ...............Open House for Explore GB November 10 .............Caught Ya Exploring for Explore GB November 17 .............Selfie Saturday for Explore GB November 24 .............Home for the Holidays Parade and Festival and Small Business Saturday For more events go to the following websites: City of Great Bend website: www.greatbendks.net Convention and Visitors Bureau website: www.visitgreatbend.com Great Bend Chamber of Commerce: www.greatbend.org

ALBERT 2017 March ........................Pancake Feed Fundraiser and Raffle

ELLINWOOD 2017 September 30 ............Ellinwood Hospital Foundation 2nd Annual Golf Tournament December 3 ...............Christkindlemarket

2018 July 19-21 .................45th Annual After Harvest Festival Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce: www.ellinwoodchamber.com

HOISINGTON 2017 September 1-4 ..........121st Hoisington Labor Day Celebration November 6-21 .........Promotions Committee Business-Thanksgiving Giveway November 6December 21 .............Grocery Grab November 24 .............Annual Christmas Lighting & Santa Visit November 27December 12 .............Promotions Committee Business-Share the Joy Giveway

April 4-6 ....................Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo April 7........................Golden Belt Community Concert, “David Osborne Trio,” Great Bend Municipal Auditorium April 14......................No Sales Tax in Stores April 29......................Great Migration Rally, KWEC

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May 4 ........................Art & Wine Walk

Hoisington Chamber of Commerce: www.hoisingtonkansas.com

June .........................Relay for Life August 31September 3 ..............122nd Hoisington Labor Day Celebration


HUNTING HUNTIN Hunting and fishing in Barton County

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arton County has plenty to offer hunters of upland game and waterfowl and other game animals including deer, turkey, dove, prairie chicken, and pheasant. One of the main areas to hunt is Cheyenne Bottoms. This area is a 41,000 acre basin located in Barton County. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to nearly 400 species of migrating birds and other wildlife. Cheyenne Bottoms is primarily a prairie marsh but also includes wet meadows, grasslands, agricultural land, shelterbelts and riparian areas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Area Wildlife Manager Karl Grover oversees hunting at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area north of Great Bend. For information about hunting seasons for the wide variety of species that make Cheyenne Bottoms home, pick up a current year schedule at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, or online at www.kdwpt.state.ks.us. The wildlife manager can be reached at 620-793-3066. For 24 hour current conditions, phone 620-793-7730. In addition to Cheyenne Bottoms, several thousands of acres of public and walk-in hunting is available. A map of all of these areas, as well as the access dates of each, and what may be hunted is available at the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau at 3111 10th Street in Great Bend or reached at 620-792-2750. Licenses and tags can be purchased at the various venues, courtesy of the KDWPT. FISHING Barton County also offers many places to fish for those anglers wanting to get out and get some lines in the water hoping for that rod tip to move. Some of the popular fish: catfish, small mouth bass, large mouth

bass, white bass, walleye and other non-game species like gar and carp can be found in many rivers, lakes and ponds in Barton County. The county is home to 12 lakes, rivers, and other fishing spots. These spots include: the Arkansas River, Stone Lake, Veterans Memorial Park, Cheyenne Bottoms and area creeks. For more information about places to fish visit ksoutdoors. com/KDWPT-Info/Locations/Hunting-Fishing-Atlas/CountyLocation/Barton

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BARTON COUNTY CLERK License/Permit Agent 1400 Main St., Room 202, Great Bend, 620-793-1835

P & S SECURITY License/Permit Agent 1705 K-96 Hwy, Great Bend 620-796-2133

DILLONS STORE NO. 3 License/Permit Agent 1811 N. Main, Great Bend 620-793-7887

WALMART NO. 770 License/Permit Agent 3503 W. 10th, Great Bend 620-792-3632

DILLONS STORE NO. 51 License/Permit Agent 4107 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-3591

POP N SHOP License/Permit Agent 410 E Santa Fe, Ellinwood 620-564-2087


CYCLING

HUNTING

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he annual Wounded Warriors Pheasant Hunt brings together the regional office of the national Wounded Warrior Project and the local partners. The goal is to offer fellowship and re-connection for Wounded Warriors members in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. The hunt was started as a way to thank veterans for their service by Crosby’s Wild Game Adventures and Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 504 of Barton and Stafford counties. “When they are here, they realize they are around brothers,” Ed Crosby said. “Guys served in different places, but there is a camaraderie. When we get together, no one is hurt or thinking about the past. This is a break away from everything. You are networking with guys and learning new things.” The hunt is staged at Crosby’s Wild Game west of Great Bend. Pheasants Forever co-chairs are Lynn Peterson and Charlie Swank. “This was a way our chapter members and sponsors could give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Scot Moeder, Pheasants Forever president. “We get Wounded Warriors together and treat them like kings for the weekend.” Troy Brin, Wounded Warrior manager from Kansas City, Mo., selects the Wounded Warriors. The regional chapter has 1,700 members in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The Wounded Warrior Project operates 22 offices and features 66,000 members.

“This is a popular event that everyone wants to be a part of,” Brin said. “We bring in nine new Wounded Warriors every year, several who are peer mentors who are further along in their recovery process. They can give back to someone else. They develop trust working with other Wounded Warriors who learn about programs and services. We find people who need assistance. It is a privilege to be part of this weekend.” The Wounded Warriors have served military duty and many have sustained injuries during their service. Many have battled adjustment to civilian life from military life. “When we get the Wounded Warriors together, this is when the healing begins because they reconnect with a population they served with,” Brin said. “They tell old stories and realize they are not alone with their feelings and experiences. Our biggest fear is having someone alone isolated in their home. “There are physical wounds or traumatic brain injuries,” he said. “There is someone else just like them. There may be a female Warrior who is a sexual trauma survivor and there is anxiety and depression involved with that. They understand they are not alone.” The Warriors are housed at Lance Crosby’s lodge and shoot trap for practice and pheasant during the weekend accompanied by well-trained dogs. Hunting is weaved with practice shooting and well-prepared meals by Lynn Peterson and Charlie Swank. As a special treat, the birds are cleaned and prepared for transport back home. “Our members really try to make these guys comfortable, feel special and have a great time,” Moeder said. “We couldn’t make this event possible without the help of our local generous sponsors! A special thank you to all of them.” Established in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project was founded in Roanoke, Va., by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help the injured service men and women. The Wounded Warrior Project serves post-9/11 veterans who were physically or mentally injured as part of their military service. That includes “invisible wounds” like PTSD and military sexual trauma as well as traumatic brain injuries and other disabilities. The group’s four main “pillars,” or areas of focus, are mental health, physical health, economic empowerment and social engagement. The organization does not seek to supplant services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs but to augment them. 60


Great Bend Appliance, Furniture & Sleep Source Emphasizes Service Dale Pruter Serta’s gel-infused iComfort bed is a best seller and Corsicana and Tempur/Pedic products are also sold. England furniture opened in 2004, a La-Z-Boy company that offers Catnapper and Coaster products. Additions over the years include Oreck vacuum cleaners, Sun Heat infrared heaters and LG, Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba flat-panel televisions. Great Bend Appliance offers service delivery, installation and set up as well as in-home design and consulting services for customers. “We are always looking for that next niche in the market,” Pruter said. “We try to have something for everyone. That’s how we succeed – by diversifying. We always look for that next thing that might take off.” Sun Heat products are the result of customer requests. Brand Source supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities and furnishes all appliances for the Ronald McDonald houses throughout the nation. KitchenAid is a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. Employees include co-owner Sherry Pruter, Kenny Pruter, Steven Nagel, Rachel Nagel, Matt Phillips, Audra Rostine, Eric Rostine, Chonny Simonson, Teresa Wondra, Shelly Post, Harold Weikert, Rony Gonzales, Pablo Ibarra, Miraya Starnes, Josh Hamilton and Jeni Doan. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday.

“Our employees understand that they need to treat a customer the way they would want to be treated and that’s the philosophy we live by,” Great Bend Appliance owner Dale Pruter said. Great Bend Appliance, Furniture and Sleep Source has been owned and operated by Pruter since July 20, 1998. The business features 7,000 square feet and five bays that serve a busy crew and provide storage space for a wide array of products including appliances, beds and furniture. The business in located at 2301 10th St. The business was honored as Outstanding Business of the Year in 2005 by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and 2005 Brand Source Dealer of the Year in the Great Plains Division, which included 80 stores in eight states. “That was a real compliment,” Pruter said. “By expanding into sleep products, furniture and electronics, we were a model child of what Brand Source can offer to dealers.” The store’s franchise agreement with Brand Source is the backbone of its variety and competitive edge. Brand Source collaborates with 4,000 individual business owners across the United States to buy brand-market goods. “Brand Source gives all the independent owners the visibility of the bigger box stores because we carry the same brands. It levels the playing field with the bigger companies. Some people come in and need it all and we can make truly competitive package deals.” Great Bend Appliance showcases Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Amana appliances. The Sleep Source, which opened in 2000, offers beds, mattresses, headboards and sheets.

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ncorporated in 1886 when the railroad came to town, Albert was on its way to becoming a town 12 years earlier when its first postmaster, Thomas I. Byrne, accepted his position in 1874. This was several years before the U.S. Postal Service instituted Rural Free Delivery, so residents of Albert and the outlying areas visited Byrne to pick up their mail, or paid a fee to have it delivered. Byrne would have likely kept the post office in Albert as a sideline to his primary occupation, most likely storekeeper. It was the growth of the postal customer base, in fact, that prompted the initiative to have the town incorporated, which would also facilitate trade. Since 1886, the population of Albert has remained pretty stable, at around 175 residents. The main houses of business include the Coop, Farmers Bank and Trust, and the post office, along with some home-based businesses. Community life is simple in Albert, as in most small close-knit communities. Neighbors know neighbors, and are always on hand to help one another and celebrate life’s milestones. But sometimes, more organized events are called for, and Albert rises to the occasion. Like many rural towns, the Volunteer Fire Department is a crucial institution in Albert. Residents undergo extensive training and willingly drop what they are doing at a moment’s notice to respond to fires both in

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town and in the country. In order to maintain up-to-date equipment, each year, the Albert VFD holds an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage feed the last Saturday in March. The event draws hundreds of people from all around the area, sometimes tripling the town’s population for a short while. The community gathers for a potluck supper to celebrate the holiday season and welcome Santa Claus on the first Sunday of December. The city council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the city office, 2006 Main Street.

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Mayor – Rod Cushenbery

Gas and Electric Midwest Energy, 620-792-1301

2002 Main, 620-923-4699

Councilman – Stan Ewy Councilwoman – Joann George Councilwoman – Marty Hanhardt Councilwoman – Katie Haselhorst Councilman – Robert Ritterhouse

Phone Service and Cable Golden Belt Telephone Association Rush Center, 785-372-4236

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Students in Albert attend school at USD 404 Otis-Bison in nearby Otis, just 7.5 miles to the northwest. The district also offers a virtual school option, the SouthWinds Academy, which is open to any student eligible for public education in the state. USD 403 is a 1A district, with athletic options offered including football, basketball, volleyball, track and cross country. Several extracurricular options are available too, including forensics and robotics. Otis-Bison students attended the Western Kansas Lego Robotics Competition at Fort Hays State University in April 2017.

City of Albert P.O. Box 10, Main St. Albert, KS 67511 620-923-4665

Water and Sewer Don Dolechek – 620-923-4284 RECYCLING Sunflower Diversified Recycling 5523 10th St., Great Bend, 620-793-5800 Monday - Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - noon.

HOSPITALS Great Bend Regional Hospital 514 Cleveland St., Great Bend 620-792-8833 ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society 620-792-4297 PARK Pivonka Park on Main Street


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Beaver Banking, Brewing, and Bernie

Beaver’s brilliant history

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he town of Beaver was created by a group of men who wished to be the board of directors of a bank according to documents at the Barton County Historical Society Museum. During the summer of 1918, a Mr. Piester was named as a local sales agent for the sale of town lots by the Beaver Town Company. Also that summer, Piester, along with the town company president and vice president, organized four other men to be the board of directors for a bank to be called Farmers National Bank, which would be located in the brand new town. These men also happened to be the board of directors of another bank, the Farmers State Bank of Redwing, located just eight miles east of Beaver. “The Board of Directors of the Farmers National Bank were also the owners of the Farmers State Bank at Redwing, including the building housing it. They agreed to move the building to Beaver.” The building was placed on a moving outfit and was placed on the Southeast corner of Block 10 of the new town of Beaver and opened for business on Monday, Aug. 10, 1918. “It is interesting to note that shortly after the Farmers National Bank opened for business, a second bank known as the Farmers State Bank was established. The Farmers State Bank and

a small grocery store were located in the same building. So, in no time the little town of Beaver had two banks, a small grocery store and Mr. Piester’s one dwelling sitting in the middle of a large wheat field.” In more banking news, flash forward to 1930. It was near the beginning of the Great Depression, and all the country’s banking woes. The Farmers National Bank purchased and took over the interest of the Farmers State Bank. On the same date four men drove into town and robbed the bank of $1,200. They were later apprehended, tried, and executed. Executed? For robbing a bank? Small town justice. St. Joseph Catholic Church was built and provided a center for community in the tiny town. The school was well attended. One man, Bernie Prosser, who grew up and attended school there

would go on to become a Marine, fighting in World War II, and rising in rank to Major. With no formal education, he was what the service referred to as a “Mustang.” In 2014, the Prosser family donated Maj. Barnard J. Prosser’s military dress uniform jacket, complete with his many medals of commendation earned over his 31 year career, his hat and dress gloves to the BCHS Museum in Great Bend. Born in 1924, Prosser graduated from grade school at the age of 14, and that was the end of his formal education. He worked hard on the family farm during the Depression. If we could talk to him today, he might have even been able to tell us about the 1930 bank robbery from a child’s perspective. Today, the population of Beaver has dropped to around 30. Still, it is home to a restaurant and craft brewery, Beaver Brewery at Mo’s Place. Linda and Leonard Moeder, former owners of the restaurant, grow hops on a vacant lot near their market garden. The restaurant is another of Barton County’s far-flung destination eateries. They keep seven beers, brewed in-house, on tap, and serve bar food and noon specials during the week, with weekend steak specials. Today, any children that may reside in town would attend school at Hoisington.

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din is a small sleepy town surrounded by farms and wheat fields. The first family settled in Odin in 1874. The town was settled by Austrians and German settlers. Originally the town was called Nazareth and the name still remains on the wrought iron fence that goes around the cemetery which is next to Holy Family Church, 1387 NE 90th. The first church, St. Mary’s, was built in 1878 by Father Hundhausen, who visited once a month from Ellinwood. In 1881, Father Emmerich built the rectory and the first school, and started on a new church. In 1876, the Holy Family Church was commissioned but it burnt down and in 1889,

Father Heiman was appointed and a new stone church was built. The church cost $30,000, and he built the school that was finished in 1908. In 1999, Holy Family celebrated its 100 year anniversary, and the parish, being the oldest in the area, celebrated its 125th anniversary. The church is still very active today. Railroads never found their way into Odin, but in the early 1900s the town started to grow. At one time there were two grocery stores, a creamery in back of the pool hall, and a post office. The town is located 24 miles northeast of Great Bend off of NE 90 Ave. and has a population of 101 people according to a 2010 census. Odin’s median household income is $53,125 and the median house is valued at $34,600.


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Claflin Claflin a community that honors its heritage

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he town of Claflin was established in 1887. Like most of the towns in Barton County, they were established when railroad promoters sold enough stock in a location to warrant building a depot. For Claflin, that happened when Jay Gould came to the townsite sometime prior to tracks being laid in 1886. Once the first scheduled train went through in March, 1887, the town was off and running. By 1901, citizens circulated a petition to have the town designated a “city of the third class,” and it’s first mayor was elected. That man was H.E. Hill. Claflin is unique because its Main Street closely resembles what the original town looked like in its infancy. The buildings are owned by the Miller family, who own the regionally popular Millers of Claflin furniture store. The facades include the names of some of the original business establishments of the town. Schools have always been important to the people of Claflin and the surrounding area. Not long after the town was established, two new schools were organized. They included a public school and a Catholic school. Over the years, the State of Kansas ordered districts to consolidate, and in doing so, some towns lost their schools, and it wasn’t long before they lost their identities and eventually became ghost towns. Seeing this, when Claflin, Holyrood, and Bushton faced consolidation, they devised a plan where each town would retain a school.

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That’s why students who make up USD 112 Central Plains attend elementary school at Holyrood, middle school at Bushton, and high school at Claflin. Every other year, the Claflin All-school reunion is held, and alumni from its days as the Wildcats attend with the newer Oilers, and it is a cause for celebration that lasts the entire weekend. The Claflin Area Pride organization also organizes other community events, including the annual Christmas tree lighting and an Easter egg hunt. This year, the CAP is raising money to purchase a live Christmas tree to be planted in the community square at 321 Main Street. Health and heritage are also important to the people of Claflin. That is why they have transformed the old school buildings at 400 Main Street into the Claflin Community and Wellness Center, complete with gym equipment and 24-hour card access. New residents can stop into the City Hall and ask for details. The old school is also home to Claflin’s History Museum. The Miller Family helped spur the creation of this museum after the previous building that housed the museum was condemned and the artifacts put into storage. Donations raised by the community have made it possible to supply a handicapped stair lift for visitors that have difficulty managing stairs. It is located at the south entrance of the building. Surrounding the school, there is an interactive fun-walk for parents and young children, to encourage exercise, reading, and bonding time. Seniors in Claflin meet the third Wednesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Claflin Community Center for a birthday coffee and program. On the second Tuesday of the month, they play bingo at the Claflin Community Center from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Not far west from Claflin is a scenic overlook of the Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area. For a brief period from 1945 to 1946, the basin was used as a bombing and artillery range by the US Army Air Corps. In 1957, it became a dedicated waterfowl management area by the Kansas State Parks and Wildlife. In 1988, it was designated a “Wetlands of International Importance”. During dry years, there may be no standing water, but in wet years, one or two feet of water may cover the Bottoms area.

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CITY DEPARTMENTS

Mayor – Michael Urban

City Clerk Patricia Schmidt, 620-587-3707 City Attorney Robert Suelter, 620-793-4114 Superintendent of Utilities Richard Hayes, 620-588-3723 Police Chief Gary Vaughan, 620-587-3344 Fire Chief Doug Hubbard, 620-587-3498

Councilman – Kirk Schneweis Councilman – Casey Hubbard Councilman – Kelly Nixon Councilman – Doug Hubbard Councilman – Dan Michaelis City Council members meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the City Hall, 111 E. Hamilton. There are five council members who can be contacted through the City Hall office at 620-587-3707.

CLAFLIN WALKING TRAILS Tradition Trail 1.12 miles and begins in front of the school at the southwest sidewalk, winds around the front of the school, past the tennis courts, north to the tree belt, then west to the gravel drive and follows the grassy path along the western tree line. It then runs south through the tree belt to the grass and continues south behind the visitors’ bleachers, past the track storage unit and then to the raised knoll near the highway. Turning east on top of the ridge, walkers then should go to the grassy walkway beside the fence. Walkers turn north and continue to the Trail sign to complete the 1.12 mile loop. City Loop Claflin’s favorite walking path stretches a distance of two miles and winds through much of the city. Courtesy of BartonCounty.org

Electric Midwest Energy, 800-222-3121 Phone Service Sprint, 800-877-7746 Cable H&B Cable Service, Inc. 800-432-8296 Post Office 620-587-3935, 218 Main Street

UTILITIES AND SERVICES

Recycling Drop off located at City Shop 710 W. Front

Gas Kansas Gas Service 800-794-4780

Animal Control Claflin Police Department 620-587-3344

Medical Care Clara Barton Hospital 620-653-2114 205 W. 9th St., Hoisington LIBRARY Independent Township Library Librarian, Judy Wondra 108 Main St., 620-587-3488 Hours: Monday: 3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - noon Closed Wednesday and Sunday

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Ellinwood Ellinwood fun for kids and kids at heart

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home to the Dick Building, and underneath that building is where the tour starts. Tours are by appointment and can be scheduled by calling 620-564-2400.

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Historic hotel and tunnels It follows then that another must-see is the Historic Wolf Hotel. Owner Chris McCord has done much to preserve Ellinwood’s architectural heritage when he purchased and renovated the Wolf Hotel in 2011. The basement of the hotel included shop fronts that were part of Ellinwood’s underground commerce scene in the late 1800s and into the first half of the 1900’s. He opted to renovate those too, and in doing so augmented the long-running Ellinwood Underground Tunnel tour. What was once Ellinwood’s first library, located in the tunnel at the corner of Santa Fe Ave. and Main St., has now become a Prohibition-era themed nightclub which McCord operates on Friday and Saturday nights for the public, and which is available for special events on other nights of the week. The Historic Wolf Hotel is a working hotel, and includes the Sunflower Room, which is currently available for events. Sometime in 2017, McCord hopes to open the Sunflower Room for Sunday night fried chicken dinners. Check the Historical Wolf Hotel facebook page for notices of when dinner will be served. No visit to Ellinwood is complete without a tour of the entire underground tunnel network. North Main Street’s first block is

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fter two years of fundraising, the Ellinwood Rotary Club’s vision was realized with the installation of a whimsical Splash Pad for children to frolic and play in during the heat of summer. Located by the Ellinwood City Pool, several water features are motion activated. Depending on the weather, the Splash Pad is turned on mid-May, and will continue to be available after Labor Day weekend, providing a cool break after the Ellinwood City Pool closes for the season. Children are important to the city of Ellinwood, and that is evident by the schools, both public and parochial, the parks, and the events that always include plenty of things to do for kids. The Ellinwood Historical Society finally has a new location to display its museum artifacts that have been under wraps for several years. In May, the public was given a sneak peek at the new Ellinwood Historical Museum, 104 Main St., and Ellinwood’s grade school students helped with decorations. They included pictures they created that shared their depictions of Ellinwood. At some point regular hours will be posted, but for now, visitors to Ellinwood can make appointments to visit by Messenger on facebook, or through the Historic Wolf Hotel, 620-617-6915.

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Community events Ellinwood celebrates its heritage with three annual events. In July, there is the 44th Annual After Harvest Festival and Parade. In late September, there is the Ellinwood Craft Beer Festival, and in early December, there is Christkindlmarket. This year, the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival started Thursday, July 13 and ran through Saturday, July 15. Festivities included a carnival, a parade, beer gardens and street dances, a community barbeque and ice cream social, and more. Kids found plenty to do with carnival rides, tractor pulls, a talent show, games, and the splash pad was on during regular pool hours. September 30, the Ellinwood American Legion hosts its 6th Annual Craft Beer Festival at the old train depot on the south side of Santa Fe at Main Street. It is a decidedly adult event, but there’s nothing wrong with letting the adults have some fun now and then. The festival features beers from regional breweries as well as craft brews from local distributors. Live bands bring a musical aspect to the event. Relax

on the tent-covered lawn, or cool off inside the Legion building. On the first Saturday in December, Ellinwood steps back in history and celebrates German heritage with Christkindlmarket. Horse-drawn-carriage rides, an authentic-looking German “Father Christmas” making the rounds, and arts and crafts for sale by local vendors at the Wolf Hotel and other storefronts help spread holiday cheer. Ellinwood’s School and Community Library installs a picture book walk around Ellinwood’s downtown for the holiday season, starting and finishing at the library. Families are encouraged to stop in and enjoy hot cocoa and treats the day of Christkindlmarket. The community gathers for the Christmas tree lighting and living nativity at the Wolf Park bandshell, and to enjoy exploring the life-like gingerbread village that evokes the wonder of years gone by. Other special events for the evening will be announced closer to the date. Stop in at the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce at 110 1/2 N. Main St. for more details.

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Ellinwood is located in between Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, both of which can be found on the Kansas Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway tour. Regardless of whether you start at the North or the South end of the tour, Ellinwood is at about the halfway point, and is a natural stopping point to refuel, have a bite to eat, and let the kids burn off some energy. The friendly people of Ellinwood look forward to meeting you.

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Galatia Galatia, northern Barton County rural outpost

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ccording to writer Keari Schmidt, in her essay “A town called Dogtrot: The first community of Galatia in Barton County, KS,” Galatia and the surrounding area are most noted for their farms, at least since it was incorporated in 1889 by German settlers. Prior to that, in 1870, the land was first settled by English immigrants, who found the land difficult and frustrating to farm. That was in part because the area was still where the buffalo roamed, so attempts at farming were often trampled by the woolly beasts. While some of this first wave of European immigration hung on, many moved on, making way for the second wave of

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immigrants from Germany, who brought with them their own methods, traditions and faith. For many years, Galatia was a tidy and productive little town, and included a general store, a school house, business offices, two churches and a small hotel, along with services for farmers. Today, Galatia’s population hovers just around 35, and St. Paul Lutheran Church and the CoOp are the two draws that bring in people from outside town. The Gorham Farmers CoOp provides elevator services for the surrounding area’s farmers who grow commodity crops like wheat, corn, beans and milo. Cattle production is also common in the area. St. Paul Lutheran Church shares a pastor with St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend, and occasionally the two churches will share services. Many of the congregants grew up in Galatia, and still live in and around Barton County, making the drive to the little church that holds so many shared memories. In 2016, some of the members of the church published its history after spending several years compiling photos and first-hand stories about happenings in the town and the church. Some of that research included amusing correspondences by reporters from Hoisington, who traveled the county by horse. At that time, towns were located about 10 miles apart, the distance a man could reasonably travel in a day. Travelers would stay in hotels or boarding houses, and continue on their journey as soon as their business allowed. In Galatia, a Main Street property served as the hotel many years ago, according to a former EMERGENCY Hoisington 911 UTILITIES Electric Western Cooperative Electric 1-800-456-6720 Gas/Propane Mid-State Co-op 785-373-4239 Phone Service Rural Telephone 785-567-4281

owner. Since then, it has served as a restaurant and bar on and off over the years, and is now closed. North of town is the Fairview Cemetery, the final resting place of English and German settlers and their succeeding generations. Located in the northwestern corner of Barton County, many of the birds that stop at Cheyenne Bottoms, further south in the county, can be seen resting and feeding as they continue their journeys northward in the spring time. Making the drive provides an opportunity to enjoy miles of peaceful bucolic settings, punctuated with tidy modern farmsteads, as well as the deteriorating ruins of a time gone by. Post Office 800-275-8777 Rural route from Otis, 100 N. Main Trash Service Shamrock Sanitation 620-792-1639 Animal Control Golden Belt Humane Society 620-792-4297 ZIP CODE 67565


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ith new eating establishments, motels and other businesses springing up, the Great Bend landscape is rapidly changing. In addition, the establishment of the Transload Facility at the Municipal Airport west of town is now a trade center for the state and nation. For the family and visitors, there are improvements to parks and recreational areas. The city sponsors numerous community-wide events as well. Furthermore, in keeping with a longrunning City Council goal, in the past two years, several new housing options are being built. There is a new 48-unit apartment complex (which is now under expansion), new homes in a city-owned housing development and efforts to encourage new construction in other areas. These endeavors are just the most recent evolution of the Great Bend landscape. The historic community dates back well over 100 years. The town was named after the great bend of the Arkansas River, a feature noted as early as the first days of the Santa Fe Trail, which played an important role in the new community’s development. A trading post

was established and later a small military post, Fort Zarah. After the Civil War the land began to be developed by easterners, and by the early 1870s a town had formed. With a population of only 600, Great Bend was founded in 1872. It was named the temporary county seat in May of that year. The next year Great Bend was made Barton County’s permanent county seat. Great Bend started life as a cow town, complete with shootouts, Texas cowboys and saloons. Although this only lasted a few years, Great Bend’s rowdy cowtown reputation inspired a 2013 Hulu web series called “Quick Draw.” After this, Great Bend grew into a regional trade and service center, a role that grew stronger during the growth of the oil industry and, later, when it served as a major World War II Army Air Corps training base. Since then, the community has continued to develop as a medical, legal and technical service center, as well as a regional shopping and entertainment provider. The town’s assets include a central geographic location, abundant natural resources, a safe and healthful climate, hardworking people and a relaxed atmosphere.


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Agriculture plays a large role in the Great Bend region. Wheat, corn, milo, soybeans and sunflowers are a few of the crops grown here. Cattle, hogs, and chickens are raised and several large commercial feedlots can be found in the area. The oil industry also plays an important role in the community. In 2008 the Kansas Geological Survey estimated that Great Bend and Barton County produced in excess of 2 million barrels of oil and nearly 541,000 mcf (thousand cubic feet) of natural gas. One barrel of oil is enough to drive the average car about 840 miles. The transload facility in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s industrial park west of

CITY COUNCIL Council members meet at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month in the City Council chambers at 1209 Williams. There are eight council members, two members are elected from each ward of the city. All governing body members serve two-year terms. Council members can be reached through City Hall, 1209 Williams, 620-793-4111 MAYOR Mayor, Mike Allison term ends in 2017 COUNCIL MEMBERS First Ward Councilwoman Vicki Berryman 620-282-1141 term ends in 2018 First Ward Councilman Mike Boys 620-786-5048 term ends in 2017 Second Ward Councilman Joel Jackson 620-792-7452 term ends in 2018

town will bring more rail and truck traffic to the region. New and expanding grain handling operations east of town are bringing additional business. Also important are outdoor recreational activities. Great Bend is located next to two of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most important wetlands, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Bird watchers flock to the area to observe the different varieties. Sportsmen find the area appealing for pheasants, quail, goose, duck and deer hunting. Great Bendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population, according to the Bureau of Census is 15,717 and Barton County has a population of 26,775.

Second Ward Councilman Wayne Henneke 620-617-4095 term ends in 2017 Third Ward Councilwoman Allene Owen 620-792-2086 term ends in 2017 Third Ward Councilman Cory Zimmerman 785-817-9906 term ends in 2018 Fourth Ward Councilman Dana Dawson 620-793-7884 term ends in 2017 Fourth Ward Councilman Brock McPherson 620-793-9237 term ends in 2018 CITY DEPARTMENTS City Administrator Howard Partington 620-793-4111 City Attorney Robert Suelter 620-793-4114 City Clerk Shawna Schafer 620-793-4111

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through our doors. This is not counting the numerous phone calls we have received for reference/information questions. We look forward to helping even more people in our community and are planning some new and exciting classes. These include but are not limited to Bilingual Story Time, Game Design in the Teen Spot, Technology Classes and Open Tech Hour, and classes on our illustrious 3D printer. Thank you for showing us that you care about the Great Bend Public Library and we hope to see you soon! HOURS: Mon. - Thurs.: 9 am-8 pm Fri. & Sat.: 10 am-5 pm Sun.: 1 pm-5 pm

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few years ago, a new group formed in Barton County with the goal of getting younger residents more engaged in their communities. Since then, the Barton County Young Professionals has blossomed and become very active in the area. The Barton County Young Professionals Group is targeted for individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 who live and/or work in the Barton County area. The program has three main goals: Fostering business and social networking; providing opportunities to give back to the community; and developing young leaders in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce. Members enjoy a variety of monthly events, which rotate between sponsored mixers, leadership development luncheons, and social events. In addition to numerous networking opportunities, members also enjoy exclusive perks, including half-price rental of Chamber meeting rooms, professional leadership training, discounts and freebies from local businesses, and more. The group is a program of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development. Anyone who lives in the Barton County area between the ages of 21 and 40(ish) is welcome and encouraged to participate.

The program was founded in 2011 when several community members gathered together to revitalize a similar program offered by the Chamber. With the support of the Chamber and numerous sponsoring businesses, the group gathered 100 people for the first networking mixer in November 2011. Since that time, it has grown to approximately 750 total members with approximately 300 of those actively participating each year. YP members: Partnered with the Great Bend Rotary Club to raise funds to install the Tot Spot playground equipment at Brit Spaugh Park in Great Bend; sponsored a yearly half marathon, donating the proceeds to healthy lifestyle-related projects such as bicycle racks; and stay active in other civic groups and organizations. To get involved as a member of the Barton County Young Professionals group, one can either join at a Young Professionals event or email bartonyp@gmail.com with your full name, employer, email address, and cell phone number. There is no membership fee for joining at this time. Also be sure to like the Barton County Young Professionals Facebook page and join the private Facebook group for members only. This is a great way to stay connected between events and network with other members. 77


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he Golden Belt Humane Society in Great Bend is the place to find and adopt a furr-ever friend, or to pick up the family pet that strayed from home. It is a low-kill facility, networking with other shelters for rescues and placements. In the past five years, the Society has seen a 50-60 percent increase in adoptions and 30-40 percent increase of owners claiming their animals. They have many animals that are needing good homes. Adoption Fees Dogs: (Includes Spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, parvo/distemper vaccine, bordetella, dewormed, micro-chipped and heart worm test 6 months and older) Males $131; females $147 If fully vetted, the adoption fee is $100 per animal. Cats: (Includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccine, feline 4-Way vaccine, dewormer, felv/FIV/HWT test 8 weeks and older; microchipping is optional) Males $68; females $94 if not spayed/neutered. If fully vetted, the adoption fee is $30 per cat. With a growing number of volunteers, the Humane Society usually goes off-site once a month for Adopt-A-Pet, where visitors can view animals. This is typically accompanied by a fundraiser, such as a burger or brat lunch. Money generated helps lower adoption fees, pay for medical treatment and spays/neuters, and purchases supplies and equipment. Director Heather Acheson said ongoing programs include training for homeless dogs by inmates at the Larned Mental Health Correctional Facility. This program was started by Bobbie King in 1999, and more than 200 dogs have been trained and prepared for their future homes.

A new partnership has been established with Sunflower Diversified Services, whose clients come four days a week to help with daily cleaning routines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Supervised by a Sunflower staff member, clients assist with sweeping, mopping, dishes, laundry, cleaning bathrooms, walking dogs and brushing cats,â&#x20AC;? Acheson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunflower does make a huge impact in our facility. We have grown significantly over the years and staff is able to spend more time caring for the animals while Sunflower clients work to keep other areas of the facility clean. This partnership is very much appreciated.â&#x20AC;? Another partnership is with Central Plains High School in Claflin. During the school year, a supervised student participates in daily cleaning routines, stocking, and other various jobs to help build work skills and prepare for his or her future endeavors.

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Various events are also a part of the Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success. The staff and volunteers participate in the After Harvest Festival at Ellinwood, Labor Day festivities at Hoisington, Shine and Show car shows, and events in the Barton County community.

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017 has been a big year for Hoisington. The school district saw the completion of construction on the new Lincoln Elementary School. Replacing the school where children have been educated for nearly a century, the new building includes state of the art wiring to accommodate all of today’s important educational technology, and it is completely ADA accessible. The new school opened its doors for the first time in August to a new group of Hoisington students. In the spring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library came to Hoisington, thanks to the generous support of the United Way of Central Kansas and individuals who appreciate what the program offers to all the children of their city. Preschoolers, kindergarteners, and early elementary school students participated in a reada-thon in March to provide the final

push to bring Dolly home, too. Now, families living within Hoisington’s 67544 zip code can visit the Hoisington Public Library to enroll in the program that will send one age appropriate book every month free of charge to each child until the student reaches the age of six years old. While they are there, librarians will issue them a library card and enroll them in the summer reading program. As the school year gave way to summer, Debbie Stevens, the director of Hoisington’s GPS Kids Club received a commendation from the Mayor of Hoisington, Clayton Williamson. He declared the last week of June as Debbie Stevens Week. That’s because through Debbie, the children of Hoisington have been able to enjoy a supportive and nurturing after school program, and during the summer, she and her staff provide a summer program. It’s not just any old summer day camp either.


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Debbie organized groups of kids to work together on civic projects like cleaning up the cemetery in advance of Memorial Day, and they returned to place flags prior to the weekend. That’s just one of the many opportunities Debbie made possible for Hoisington’s youngest citizens. Hoisington has three parks, and the largest, Bicentennial Park, located at 6th and Monroe, is where the baseball diamonds, horseshoe pits, tennis courts, swimming pool and walking trail are located. Hoisington provides a 1 mile paved walking path, and in 2017 installed waste stations, in order to ensure residents’ four-legged walking buddies can also enjoy the path. The swimming pool continues to draw Hoisington’s youth when the weather hits triple digits. It’s open from Memorial Day weekend through the start of school, which is usually the third week of August. The cost of admittance is $2 per person per visit, $35 for an individual season pass and $60 for a family season pass. The City of Hoisington assesses a fee of $2 per month on every resident’s utility bill for the purpose of providing the resident, their families and up to four guests free admittance to the pool during the season. Swimming lessons and water aerobics are available. Heritage Park at 500 West 1st Street, and Pride Park at 400 East 3rd Street, also offer play equipment, tennis and basketball courts, picnic and park benches. The biggest annual event in Hoisington is the Labor Day Celebration. This year will be the 121st year in a row the community has celebrated the first weekend of September.

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The four day celebration starts Friday, Sept. 1, with a community barbecue, beer garden, and the opening of the Wee Entertainment Carnival. Saturday is a full day of activities from barbecue cook-offs, baby and kids pageants, and the Thunder in the Wetlands Fireworks Display. Its also when the Hoisington Activity Center will hold the third annual Touch a Truck event, featuring vehicles of all kinds used by the city, with plenty of other area businesses represented. Kids can climb in and out of a Flight-for-Life helicopter, an oil field truck, tractors, and more. Sunday is the 34th annual Kansas State Demolition Derby, followed by a street dance. Then, on Monday, Hoisingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Labor Day Parade is one of the most anticipated and longest parades around. A childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parade precedes it. All year long, the Hoisington Clown Committee raises money to purchase toys for kids of all ages, and they are distributed to children lining the street at the parade. From education to recreation and everything in between, Hoisingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s focus on kids makes it a one-of-a-kind community.


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CITY COUNCIL Council Members Mayor — Clayton Williamson, term ending in 2018 Ward 1 Councilman — Gerald Donovan Councilman — Travis Sinn Ward 2 Councilman — Carrol Nather Councilman — Michael Aylward Ward 3 Councilman — Jim Morris Councilman — Karen VanBrimmer Ward 4 Councilman — Christina Smith Councilman — Robert Bruce Council members meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Hoisington City Hall located at 109 E. 1st, 620-653-4125.

CITY DEPARTMENTS City Manager — Jonathan Mitchell 620-653-4125 City Clerk — Donita Crutcher 620-653-4125 Public Works Director — Paul Zecha 620-653-4385 City Attorney — John Horner 620-793-7874 Recreation Director — Chris Kinman 620-653-4050 Police Chief — Kenton Doze 620-653-4995 Fire Chief — Jerry Stricker 620-653-7772 Emergency Medical Service Director — Scott Fleming 620-653-4150 MEDICAL CARE Clara Barton Hospital 250 W. Ninth, 620-653-2114 LIBRARY Hoisington Public Library 169 S. Walnut, 620-653-4128 POST OFFICE 119 E. Second, 620-653-2838

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lthough he retired from medicine, avid outdoorsman, hunter and photographer Dr. Dan Witt remains active. The Hoisington man retired in 2011 after 38 years as a urologist. Today, he devotes himself full-time to his hobbies. We at the Great Bend Tribune are happy he did. Witt writes a monthly outdoors column for the paper, Marsh Musings, and includes stunning wildlife photos he takes along with his submissions. He also turns his lense on area sporting events and his work appears on the Tribune’s pages. “He has a passion for photography, his community, youth and nature,” said Tribune Managing Editor Dale Hogg. “His contributions only make our paper stronger.” Like he did with all of his interests, Witt threw himself into the doctoring profession, continuing long after many his age had retired. However, the cost of being in practice no longer exceeded the benefits, and Doc decided it was time. He and his wife will continue to live in Hoisington in between travel. The primary reason that the Witts came to Hoisington 21 years ago, was so that Doc could hunt and fish at Cheyenne Bottoms. Having grown up in Broom, Texas, hunting and fishing with his dad, he wanted to be closer to the outdoors. “I turned 50 and couldn’t grow a pony tail,” Witt said. So, he came to Hoisington. The healing profession was a tradition with the Witts. “My father was a doc and practiced 42 years,” said Witt. Dr. John L. Witt was a doctor of the old-fashioned variety, and did about every kind of medicine from delivering babies to other surgeries. The younger Witt was inspired by his father, and began assisting him in surgery in the late

1940s. “From five years old, I knew I wanted to be a doctor,” said Dr. Dan. “ My old man was smart, kind and fun. He was good at what he did. I admired him.” Dr. Dan admired his father so much, he chose to do his medical rotations with him while in med school. The small town boy from Broom, Texas became the only southern boy to learn urologic surgery at Cherry Hill Medical Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Dr. Witt was then offered a teaching appointment at the University of Health Sciences in Urology in Kansas City. The Witts moved to Hoisington in 1990. “I would like to thank all the docs who referred patients, and most of all, I would like to thank the patients who trusted us with their care,” he said. “It has been a happy journey.” The distance between the patient and the doctor has become too large, Dr. Witt said. “I remember when I worked for the patient. Patients are depersonalized.” 83


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Olmitz Olmitz, Home of St. Ann’s Church, seen for miles

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lmitz was settled in 1875 by a group of 59 settlers from a small community of the same name from Moravia, which today is part of the Czech Republic. Most were from German descent. It became a town in 1887 when the Missouri Pacific Railroad arrived and the Olmitz Depot was built. Moravian traditions were important to the people of Olmitz, and one of those traditions was beer. It is said that Olmitz once reached a population of 350, and had five saloons, as well as many “home industries.” This drew the attention of the famous prohibitionist, Carrie Nation. She

made plans to clean up drinking in Olmitz, but it is said, a group of citizens planned a “tar and feather” party for her. When Nation heard about it, she opted to return to Hoisington. Today, there are no bars or saloons in Olmitz, but there is That New Place, where visitors can stop in and order hamburgers and fries and a number of other tasty items, have a cold drink (beer or pop), and relax for a while. They have a pool table handy for a friendly game, and the restaurant is a popular destination for people out for a relaxing ride. While beer was important to the people of Olmitz, their church was by far the most important. St. Ann’s parish started as a mission of St. Anthony’s parish back in the 1889. By 1898, the congregation outgrew the small church, and a larger church was built. The St. Ann’s Parochial School building, formerly the St. Anthony Church building, was moved to Olmitz in 1903, and The Sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ staffed the school until it closed in 1976. A class souvenir on file at the Barton County Historical Society Museum in their library collection includes the names of 52 students attending the Olmitz School, Dist. No. 100, Walnut Township, Barton County, Kansas, from Nov. 16, 1901 to May 6, 1902 (this was a regular school year at that time,

allowing children of farm families to be on hand to help during the farming season.) Olmitz kids attend school at nearby Otis. They are also active in local boy scouts and 4-H organizations. In 2015 Eric Frieb of Olmitz received his Eagle Scout pin after completing his community project. Frieb raised funds and had an active hand in building the education pavilion at Heartland Farm. As a young child, Frieb attended Heartland Farm’s youth peace camp in the summer, and wanted to give back to the farm in a way that would continue to benefit youth in the future. In April, the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department organizes a hog feed and silent auction to raise funds for new equipment and ongoing maintenance. Volunteers include people from all walks of life with a common goal – to serve

one another when they need it most. Volunteers train as paid firemen do, and when on call have been seen rising from tables at restaurants, leaving parties and family gatherings, rising at all hours of the night, and making their way to answer the call. It is truly remarkable the commitment displayed, and the community responds in kind. Area businesses are always very generous in their donations to the silent auction. Weather permitting, a car show set up around the Knights of Columbus gives autophiles a chance to show off their cars, which range from antiques from the early days of automobiles, to hot rods and heartbreakers from every decade in between. Live music is always part of the fun, starting in the evening and usually continuing until midnight.

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Mayor – Terry Riese

City Clerk – Mary Bitter Streets – Tom Schneider Treasurer – Tim Stos Sewer & Water – Tom Schneider

Fire Chief — Jim New 620-639-1308

Councilman – Jim New Councilman – Dave Bitter Councilman – Dennis Carruthers Councilwoman – Karla Hagans Councilwoman – Ashley Elsen Council Members meet at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Olmitz City Building, 219 Main Street. Council members can be reached at 620-586-3311

CHURCH St. Ann’s Church, 115 Cleveland, Rev. Anselm Eke Mass scheduled at 8:00 a.m. Sunday.

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Pawnee Rock Pawnee Rock, gateway to Historic Site Return to prairie look and feel planned

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On May 16, 2017, an EF3 tornado destroyed 10 homes at the northwest corner of Pawnee Rock, and several homes sustained damage to roofs and windows. Yards were littered with tree branches, and the residents spent several days dragging debris to the street to be hauled away. It will likely be some time before residents fully recover. Several area churches and individual volunteers stepped up with the initial cleanup efforts, bringing snacks and water for workers, and providing plenty of labor to those in need. At the historic site, several old trees were uprooted, and the next day lay down along the road that encircles the park. Some of the smaller structures there sustained damage, but the monument itself continued to stand, seemingly impervious. The State of Kansas is striving to allow parks to return to their native varieties of plants. For this reason, there are

City Clerk – Cathy Grover 620-982-4386 Fire Chief – Heath Dill 620-639-2381 Maintenance – Shane Bowman 620-982-4386

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he city of Pawnee Rock, founded in 1887, celebrated its 130th Anniversary in May of 2017. Before it was settled, it was a prominent point on the landscape, providing a 360 degree lookout for miles over the plains below. Visitors to Pawnee Rock State Historic Site and the Pawnee Rock Monument can view several inscriptions scraped into the rock dating back to the early days of the Santa Fe Trail, up to the present day. Travelers along the trail would stop there in order to take a break and enjoy the view, as well as the sense of safety provided by having a long vantage point. For miles in all directions, it was possible to spot wagons and riders on horseback. From time to time, the Pawnee Indians used the rock to wage attacks. When settlers decided to create a town at the base of the rock, they cut stone from there to lay foundations and build their structures. When the Santa Fe Railroad approached, ties were created from it. Finally, women of the Daughters of the American Revolution banded together to raise money for a monument to be placed atop the rock in order to preserve it from further destruction.

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no plans to replace the trees that were toppled. Over time, the rock will be allowed to return to grass and wildflowers. As it has for decades, the park is a great place to visit with children, who can run, climb, and marvel at the views from the folly constructed by the monument. The height is the estimated original height of the rock. In town, there are two antique stores that are well worth the visit. The Santa Fe Mercantile, owned by Pawnee Rock’s mayor, Linda McCowan, and P Lee’s Antiques, housed in Pawnee Rock’s oldest building, made from stone from the rock, are both chock full of local history. They provide a great place to stop before heading up the hill. Be sure to bring a cooler with snacks and drinks along, because there are no services available in Pawnee Rock.

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he city of Susank was officially founded as a town site in December, 1919, shortly after the end of World War I. The Santa Fe Railroad branch line was completed in the northern part of Barton County at that time, and the town would become one of a handful of small stops along the rural countryside. A boxcar served as the first depot, with a new building built later. Some of the first businesses included the Farmer’s Union Elevator, the Jonas Blacksmith Shop, Harvey Jonas Garage, Susank State Bank, and the Farmer’s Union grocery. SUSANK RD.

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The post office changed location several times, as did the postmaster. Soon after came a hotel, and a building with a barber on one side, and a cafe on the other. As the town prospered, an additional garage, another cafe, and an implement dealership was established. Houses were built, and the first schoolhouse, really just a small cottage, was brought in from the country until a new one could be built. On May 9, 1940, the City of Susank, having reached a population over 100 people and hopeful of growth, was incorporated as a third class city. At that time, every home in the city relied on individual wells and sewage lagoons, but the leadership of Susank was progressive about bringing in city water and sewer, something that was not common for towns of that size. To bring these services, the leadership would have to work diligently for more than a decade, and in that time, the population of the city slowly began to diminish. Still, success was realized first in 1951 with the installation of city water in February of that year. Then, in April 1961, the second half of the dream was realized when the sewer system was installed. It may seem a strange town motto, but a lot of effort was put into bringing these services to a rural burg of only 87

people, so Susank was proud to be known as “The smallest town in Kansas with a sewer system.” Still, the population continued to shrink. In 1962, the State of Kansas passed legislation to dramatically reduce the number of rural school districts. In 1947, there were 3,000 districts in the state, and after unification, that dropped to 400. Susank, along with Beaver and Olmitz and several other now vanished towns were eventually unified with Hoisington USD 431. Today, students are bussed to schools there. The loss of the city’s school led to the migration of families away to larger cities, and the businesses and services followed. Between 1960 and 1970, the city lost nearly a third of its population. The decrease slowed over the next couple of decades, but between 2000 and 2010, it experienced another big decrease, and today hovers around 37.

There are three businesses in Susank. They include the elevator, which in August, 2017 will merge with Great Bend Coop, Russell Rural Water, and J.D.’s Diner. Dixie Carter opened J.D.’s Diner in 2015. It’s a great place to stop in for burgers with all the fixins’, but on the weekend, rib eye steaks are the specialty on Friday and Saturday nights. Dixie said they cut their own steaks. The salad bar is well stocked on the weekend, and Kansas staples like chicken fried steak and hamburger steaks are also worth stopping for. Customers come from all around the area, she said, as far as from Great Bend. J.D’s Diner, it turns out, was once Susank’s first schoolhouse. That little cottage from the country has a lot of history, to be sure. Be sure to take a moment to look at the old photos of Susank’s earlier days, including a period photo of the old schoolhouse, when you visit.

CITY COUNCIL

CITY DEPARTMENTS

OTHER CONTACTS

RECYCLING

Mayor – Dennis Trapp 620-653-2769 or 620-653-7683 Councilman – Jeff Cotten Councilman – Bill Luerman Councilwoman – Jackie DeBusk Councilman – Rick Wilson Councilman – Jim Price

City Clerk – Rue Price Treasurer – Diane Wilson Water Superintendent – Dennis Trapp

UTILITIES Western Cooperative Electric 800-456-6720 Midwest Energy, (natural gas) 620-792-1301 Phone Sprint United, 800-877-4646

Sunflower Diversified Recycling 5523 10th St., Great Bend 620-793-5800

The Susank city council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 127 Hoisington Road.

POPULATION 34

ZIP CODE 67544

TRASH SERVICE Shamrock Sanitation, Great Bend, 620-792-1639

ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society 620-792-4297 POST OFFICE Rural route from Hoisington 620-653-2838


REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE Appliances, Tires, E-waste & Hazardous Waste Barton County Landfill 350 NE 30 Rd. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Great Bend 620-793-1898 Hazardous Waste â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 8:00 a.m. - Noon on the 3rd Saturday of each month, April through October. Unacceptable materials: Liquid Waste, yard waste, explosive materials, hazardous materials, radioactive materials E-waste â&#x20AC;&#x201D; E-waste is waste produced when the 30 to 40 million electronic products from our homes, schools, government offices and businesses become obsolete or no longer functional and need to be discarded. Barton County Landfill accepts E-waste free of charge from households, schools and businesses in Barton County. The landfill no longer recycles televisions or computer monitors, but they are accepted for disposal, with the exception of CRTs (Cathode Ray Tube). For CRT disposal contact Howieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Recycling Inc., Manhattan, 785-776-8352 www.howiesrecycling.com

Paper Shredding

Great Bend Sunflower Diversified Recycling Center 5523 10th St. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 620-793-5800 Mon., Wed., Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - noon Items accepted: Paper, magazines and catalogs, newspapers, books, cardboard; plastic; aluminum (cans purchased or donated); glass jars and bottles; steel or tin cans (rinse); rechargeable batteries & misc. metals; plastic bottles #1 (PET), plastic bottles #2. Flags accepted for retirement. New: The recycling center now accepts E-waste and bicycles.

Clothing & Housewares Salvation Army Store 2545 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-4299 Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-282-4104

Compost Sites Great Bend One half (1/2) mile south of Railroad Avenue on Pat Keenan Memorial Road Ellinwood Park and 7th Hoisington 1-1/2 miles east on Keystone Rd.

Scrap Metal Heavy Metal Recyclers Inc. 76 SE 16 Rd. (South U.S. 281) Great Bend 620-388-5636

Aluminum Cans

Confidential records destruction services (fee charged) Contact Sarah Krom at Sunflower Diversified Recycling, 620-792-1321

Recycling Centers

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Recycling Containers for community use or special events Contact Sarah Krom at Sunflower Diversified Recycling, 620-792-1321

Not accepted: Carbon paper, wax paper, foil coated paper, colored plastic containers, plastic food wrap, paper towels, photographs, motor oil containers, window glass, batteries, household hazardous waste containers, plastic foam Additional information: Small amounts of documents can be shredded for 30 cents a pound. Please take large volume cardboard loads and large volumes of documents for shredding to Sunflowerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s processing plant at 8823 4th St., Great Bend.

Kans for Kids 24-hour drop-off http://kans4kidsfoundation.org/fundraising/ Albert ................ Albert Fire Station Claflin................ 108 Main St. Ellinwood ......... 305 E. Santa Fe Blvd. Great Bend ....... 2920 10th St. 700 Frey St. 2801 N. Main St. 1649 K-96 Hoisington........ 201 N. Main St. Odin .................. Knights of Columbus Olmitz ............... Olmitz Fire Station

Olmitz Recycling Trailer: From Rush County picks up the first week of each month

Pawnee Rock Pawnee Rock Lions Club: Picks up recycling the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 620-982-4414, 620-982-4628

HEAVY METAL RECYCLERS, INC. 76 SE 16 RD., GREAT BEND (S. HWY 281)

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EDUCATION

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hether learning to read or wanting to acquire an advanced degree, the educational needs of Barton County residents are met through a variety of public and private institutions. Along with the public school institutions there are parochial and private schools and an alternative learning center. The special needs population is served, as well as a chance for adults to continue their education or get their GED. Citizenship preparation is also available.

At Barton Community College, students can earn industry certifications and career technical degrees in addition to the traditional associate degrees and transfer options with numerous four-year universities. BARTonline.org is Bartonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online learning platform where full programs or a-la-carte classes can be taken at a nationally competitive price. The college also offers customized training on request, short-term classes and much more.

Visit GoBarton.com for more information. The Center for Adult Education is operated by Barton at 1025 Main in Great Bend. Adults can earn a high school diploma through GED preparation and testing or take civics classes to prepare for citizenship tests and interviews. This is also the location for the Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center, developed to respond to the increasing educational needs of adults.

Riley Elementary School 1515 10th, Great Bend JoAnn Blevins, 620-793-1506

Integrated Learning Center 2027 Morton, Great Bend Bill Maddy, 620-793-1521

Great Bend Middle School 1919 Harrison, Great Bend David Reiser, 620-793-1510

Barton County Special Services Cooperative 2535 Lakin, Great Bend Christie Gerdes, 620-793-1550

PUBLIC SCHOOLS GREAT BEND USD 428 Mascot: Panthers 620-793-1500, 620-793-1585 (fax) 201 South Patton Rd., Great Bend TV Channel 21, www.usd428.net The Board of Education meets at 5:00 p.m. the second Monday of each month District Education Center 201 S. Patton Road, Great Bend Superintendent Khris Thexton, 620-793-1500 Athletic Director David Meter, 620-793-1521 SCHOOLS AND PRINCIPALS Park Elementary School 1801 Williams, Great Bend Phil Heeke, 620-793-1505 Eisenhower Elementary School 1212 Garfield, Great Bend Laurie Harwood, 620-793-1501 Jefferson Elementary School 2716 24th, Great Bend Kip Wilson, 620-793-1502 Lincoln Elementary School 5630 Broadway, Great Bend Misty Straub, 620-793-1503

Great Bend High School 2027 Morton, Great Bend Tim Friess, 620-793-1521

Parent Teacher Resource Center 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-1633


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EDUCATION

CENTRAL PLAINS USD 112 Mascot: Oilers 600 S. Main, P.O. Box 168, Holyrood 785-252-3695 785-252-3697 (fax) www.usd112.org The Board of Education meets at 6:00 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Central Plains Middle School 600 S. Main, Holyrood Superintendent Greg Clark, 725-252-3958 Athletic Director Pat Stiles, 620-587-3801 SCHOOLS AND PRINCIPALS Central Plains Elementary School 600 S. Main, Holyrood Jane Oeser, 785-252-3666 Central Plains Middle School 500 S. Main, Bushton Jane Oeser, 620-562-3596 Central Plains High School 700 Albro, Claflin Toby Holmes, 620-587-3801 ELLINWOOD USD 355 Mascot: Eagles 300 N. Schiller, Ellinwood 620-564-3226 620-564-2206 (fax) www.usd355.org The Board of Education meets at 6:00 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Ellinwood School Community Library 210 N. Schiller, Ellinwood Superintendent Ben Jacobs, 620-564-3226 Athletic Director Derek Schoenthaler, 620-564-3136 SCHOOLS AND PRINCIPALS Ellinwood Grade School 310 E. 6th, Ellinwood Julie Josserand, 620-564-2750 Ellinwood Middle School 210 E. 2nd, Ellinwood Mark Cook, 620-564-3136 Ellinwood High School 210 E. 2nd, Ellinwood Mark Cook, 620-564-3136 HOISINGTON USD 431 Mascot: Cardinals 165 West Third, Hoisington 620-653-4134 620-653-4073 (fax) www.usd431.net The Board of Education meets at 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Education Office 165 West Third, Hoisington Superintendent Bill Lowry blowry@usd431.net 620-653-4134 Athletic Director Matthew Shultz mshultz@usd431.net 620-653-2141

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PAROCHIAL & PRIVATE

Lincoln Elementary School 516 N. Pine, Hoisington Alan Charles, 620-653-4549

Central Kansas Christian Academy (private K-8) 215 McKinley, Great Bend 620-792-3477 office@ckcacademy.com Dottie Dozier, Administrator

Roosevelt Elementary and Pre-School 315 N. Vine, Ellinwood Bill Lowry, 620-653-4470 acharles@usd431.net Hoisington Middle School 360 W. 11th, Hoisington Pat Reinhardt, 620-653-4951 preinhardt@usd431.net Hoisington High School 218 E. 7th, Hoisington Joel Mason, 620-653-2141 jmason@usd431.net

Holy Family School (parochial pre-school-6) 4200 Broadway, Great Bend Karen Moeder, 620-793-3265 office@gbholyfamily.org St. Josephâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School (parochial K-8) 111 W. 3rd, Ellinwood Marlene Clayton, lead teacher 620-564-2721 Seventh Day Adventist Church and Elementary School (parochial K-8) 7 SW 30 Ave., Great Bend Steve Smith, principal 620-793-9247


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Migrant Pre-School, Riley School GPS Kids Club 1515 10th, Great Bend 352 W. 12th, Hoisington 620-793-1506 620-292-6114 gpskidsclub@yahoo.com Noah’s Ark Pre-School 2123 Forest, Great Bend COLLEGES 620-793-3451 Barton Community College Roosevelt Pre-School 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend 316 N. Vine, Hoisington 620-792-2701 620-653-4470 www.bartonccc.edu K-State at Barton St. John Lutheran 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend Child Development Center 620-786-1188 615 N. Main, Ellinwood Science and Math Building, 620-564-2885 Room S-105 Share & Care Pre-School and Child Care Center 5700 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-4616 Little Blessings Pre-School 2701 24th, Great Bend 620-793-7894 USD 112 Central Plains 600 S. Main, Holyrood 785-252-3695

SPECIAL NEEDS VOCATIONAL Rosewood Services 384 N. Washington, Ave. Great Bend 620-793-5888, 620-793-8393 (fax) www.rosewoodservices.com Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc. 1521 K-96 Highway, Great Bend 620-792-1325 www.sunflowerdiv.com

SPECIAL NEEDS Early Childhood Center 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-1508 PRE-SCHOOL AND PRE-KINDERGARTEN Applied Learning Center 4500 10th St. Place, Great Bend 620-793-9733

Helping Hands Pre-School 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-1615 Holy Family School 4200 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-3265

Sunflower Early Education Center/Invest in Kids Program 1312 Patton, Great Bend 620-792-4087 AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Barton Community College Childcare Development Center 245 NE 30th Rd., Great Bend 620-792-9360

Incredible Years Pre-School 1312 Patton, Great Bend 620-792-4087

Barton Community College Child Development Center 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend 620-792-7995

Great Bend Children’s Learning Center 1802 22nd, Great Bend 620-792-2421

Lamb’s Gate Christian Pre-School 210 S. McKinley, Great Bend 620-792-3343

TLC Discoveries 2701 24th, Great Bend 620-793-8816

Pathways, ResCare, Inc. 2317 Washington, Great Bend 620-793-8501 Residential, Day Program, Vocational, Case Management, Health Maintenance. OTHER EDUCATION SERVICES Barton County Academy/ ESSDACK Becky Gillette 5220 W. 10th, Great Bend 620-792-7995 High school diploma, ESL program, classes in english, writing, math, science and computers. Center for Adult Basic Education 1025 Main (Upstairs), Great Bend 620-793-5794 Basic math and reading, English as a Second Language, citizenship, workplace literacy, free GED tutors, free practice tests, final tests. Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center 1025 Main (Downstairs, D-111) Great Bend 620-793-8164 Free services include academic adviser; career exploration and advising; assessments of academic skills and financial needs; information about vocational/ technical schools, colleges and universities; assistance with applications for admission and financial aid, reference library.


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School club takes to the sky

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here have been clubs in schools for a long time, but here in Great Bend there is a different type of club that sees things from a birds-eye-view – the Park Elementary School’s Drone Club. “This is a fun club for the children,” principal Phil Heeke said. “It’s their future, it teaches them about today’s technology and it even gives them a look into future jobs.” The club has been around for three years and started as a summer program for children. After the Great Bend Recreation Commission asked club members to shoot video of the My Backyard Playground, the club just blossomed. “We have a lot of possible future projects lined up over the summer,” Heeke said. “Some of the projects we have done already include the city pool, the Police Department, Fire Department and Animal Medical Center. According to Heeke, the biggest project members are currently working on is for Unified School District 428. The club is taking aerial

footage of school dismissals at each school. The purpose of this is to see if the district can improve on school release by tracking traffic patterns and how the bus loading goes after the children are dismissed.

“We feel this is very important for the safety of our children when school gets out,” Heeke said. “We will use this footage and make improvements to our schools.” The club and drone There are eight to 10 children who participate in the club, and they all have their own job. These include pilots and battery technicians. The students at the school call the drone “Tiger Eye In The Sky” nicknamed after the school mascot. Some children, after they move on to their next school, come back to Park to help teach the new students on how to be pilots and work with video. 91

“We have several students that will come back over the summer and help teach the new pilots the basic fundamentals on flying and setting up the drone,” Heeke said. The drone is capable of flying 400 feet in the air and a mile out. It is controlled by a built-in GPS system which allows it to be very steady during flight. There is also an attachment on the bottom of the drone that holds a camera. The images from the camera can be seen through a cell phone or tablet during flight. Video footage of the drone is available the Park Elementary Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ parkelementarytigers.


DINING OUT

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HOMETOWN DINING GREAT BEND

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Dairy Queen 2302 North Main Street 620-793-8961

Delgadoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2210 10th Street 620-793-3786 Great Bend Taco 3106 10th Street 620-793-5211

Gambinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1309 Main Street 620-603-6272

Grannyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen 925 E. 10th Street 620-793-7441 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery 2920 10th Street 620-792-4386

BAR & GRILL

Pizza Hut 2006 Main Street 620-792-7161 4101 10th Street 620-792-8228

Classic Inn Restaurant & Supper Club 30 S. Patton Rd. 620-792-3100

Lumpyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar & Grill 2017 Forest Avenue 620-793-6420 The Page An American Bistro 2920 10th Street 620-792-8700 Walnut Bowl 3101 Washington 620-793-9400

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Mi Tierra 118 E. 1st 620-292-6009

That New Place Bar & Grill 309 Main Street 620-586-3234

JDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diner 201 Main Street 620-653-4007

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Kiowa Kitchen Still Going Strong Kiowa Kitchen Mexican Restaurant is 40 years young and still going strong, featuring a menu that includes the best Mexican food in the country. It was opened Sept. 18, 1978, by Gwini and Frank Delgado, and there have been three sets of owners, all from the same family. and on May 1, 2001, ownership changed to Chrissy and Kerry Andrews, and on Aug. 2, 2010, ownership changed to Troy and April Meitner. Troy starting working for Gwini and Frank (his aunt and uncle) at the age of 14. He helped them off and on over many years. Troy left the business for 10 years and installed fire extinguishers all over the state of Kansas. Then due to a shoulder injury and surgery, he decided he enjoyed being back home instead of traveling. So, in 2010 Troy was given the opportunity to purchase Kiowa Kitchen. Upon purchasing the business, he changed some of the recipes back to the original recipes of Gwini and Frank. The inside of the building underwent a facelift in 2012. Outdoor signage and a bar was added, and indoor carpeting was replaced.

But, the owners say Kiowa is about more than the building and the food. It’s about employees and customers as well. Tina Weiszbrod is a longtime employee originally hired by Gwini and is a mainstay at the restaurant. Overall she has worked at Kiowa for 16 years. She said she has a love for the people and the food. And, the owners said Kiowa Kitchen has an awesome customer base. Many say they love to eat there because it feels like they are family. It’s been fun watching the customers grow up and then bring in their babies as well, the owners said. People remember eating there as kids and when they come back to town to visit they stop and eat. Many say it’s a family tradition to eat at Kiowa. And it draws a large following from locals and many from around the area. As for the food, Troy is a bit choosy on the type of meat that is served at the restaurant – all of it comes from Ellinwood Packing Kiowa’s top signature dish is the catfish (there is no fish in this Mexican dish). But, the hot sauce is a specialty and is available to purchase and the owners said no other around compares to the flavor of their sauce.

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IMMUNIZATIONS

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Immunization Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year K.A.R. 28-1-20 defines immunizations required for any individual who attends school or a childcare program operated by a school. Below are the requirements for the indicated school year. Please carefully review the requirements. The usual number of doses required are listed; however there are exceptional circumstances that could alter the number of doses a child needs. If you have questions about your child’s immunization status, contact your chld’s primary care provider or local health department. Proof of receiving the required immunizations must be provided to the school prior to the student attending the first day of school.

Early Childhood Program Operated by a School Ages 4 Years and Under Vaccine DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Hib (Haemophilus Influenza Type B) Prevnar (Pneumococcal Conjugate)

Requirement 4 doses 3 doses 1 dose 1 dose* 2 doses 3 doses 4 doses** 4 doses**

Additional ACIP Recommended Vaccines Not Required for Early Childhood Programs

• Rotavirus: Three doses recommended for infants less than 8 months of age. • Influenza (Flu) Vaccine: Annual vaccination is recommended for all those 6 months of age and older.

Kindergarten - Grade 6 Vaccine DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B

Requirement 5 doses 4 doses *** 2 doses 2 doses* 3 doses

Additional ACIP Recommended Vaccines Not Required for School Entry

• Influenza (Flu) Vaccine: Annual vaccination is recommended for all those 6 months of age and older. Immunizations recommended for adults: • Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine • Hepatitis A & B Vaccines • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MR) Vaccine • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis Vaccine (booster) • Influenza Vaccine annually • Zostavax (Shingles) Vaccine - age 60 and older • Pneumococcal Vaccine for adults 65+

Grades 7 - 12 Vaccine Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B

Requirement 1 dose ~ 4 doses *** 2 doses 2 doses* 3 doses

Additional ACIP Recommended Vaccines Not Required for School Entry

• HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: Two doses are recommended at age 11 years. HPV is a cancer prevention vaccine! • Meningococcal - MCV4 (Meningitis) Vaccine: One dose is recommended at 11 years of age with a booster dose at 16 years of age. • Influenza (Flu) Vaccine: Annual vaccination is recommended for all those 6 months of age and older. Notes: * Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine is not required if child has had Chickenpox disease and disease is documented by a physician’s signature. Without a physician’s signature, vaccine is required even if you believe your child has had Chickenpox disease. ** Total doses needed are dependent on vaccine type and the age doses were administered. *** All students in grades K-6, all new students and students currently completing the Polio series must have 6 months between the last 2 doses of Polio Vaccine, and one dose must be after the 4th birthday. ~ All students in grades 7-12 are required to have one dose of Tdap regardless of the interval since the last dose of DTaP or Td.

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Catholic Social Service Pregnancy Counseling 2201 16th St., Great Bend 620-792-1393 Clara Barton Hospital Level IV Trauma Center, Skilled Swingbed, 24/7 Emergency Room 250 W. 9th St., Hoisington 620-653-2114 www.clarabartonhospital.com Clara Barton Medical Clinic Family Practice 252 W. 9th St., Hoisington 620-653-2386 1031 Jackson, Great Bend 620-793-6900 www.clarabartonhospital.com Ellinwood District Hospital 605 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2548 www.ellinwoodistricthospital.org

Ellinwood Clinic 611 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-3771 Great Bend Regional Hospital Full Service Hospital with Emergency Room 514 Cleveland St., Great Bend 620-792-8833 www.gbregional.com Heart of Kansas Family Health Care 1905 19th St., Great Bend 620-792-5700 www.heartofkansas.com Hutchinson Clinic Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Care 4 Locations including Ellinwood and Hoisington 620-669-2578 www.hutchclinic.com Pawnee Valley Community Hospital A HaysMed Partner 923 Carroll, Larned 620-285-3161 www.pawneevalleyhospital.com St. Rose Health Center A HaysMed Partner 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend 620-792-2511 www.strosehc.com

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NEW Underwater Pool

Therapy Now Available Thanks to HydroWorx Aquatic therapy isn’t necessarily a new technique. Troy Moore and the other physical therapists at Central Kansas Orthopedic Group have been utilizing it for years.But recently, their team invested in a cutting edge new piece of equipment known as a HydroWorx therapy pool that is already changing lives for patients in Barton and Pawnee Counties. Robert Witt is a resident of Larned, and drives to Great Bend 3 days per week to utilize the new aquatherapy pool because of the amazing results he’s seen since it was installed. “I had Polio when I was two years old, and then I recovered,” Witt says. “But 7 or 8 years ago, I started experiencing Post-Polio Syndrome (PPS) which causes my muscles to start weakening, and it was getting progressively worse.” Six months ago, Robert says that he could only walk 100 yards at a time. “My doctor was going to order me a wheelchair. Luckily, my wife found out about this, and I wish I had known about it sooner.”

A special camera allows the therapist to monitor minute movements and coach the patient on better form during therapy sesions. The camera feeds a screen at the patient’s eye level. The fresh water pool allows therapists to view patient movement from all sides, and provide instruction while the patient feels less weight on their joints while underwater. The pool is filled with clean water after the patient enters, ensuring the most sanitary environment possible.

Witt says that he can walk much further after regular visits to the HydroWorx pool at CKOG. “I’m not even sure how far I can walk because I haven’t pushed my limits yet. It really has increased my endurance,” Witt says. “I would tell anybody that if they have a chance, they should get in here. This has really improved my life.”

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Other types of patients can speed up their recovery time after injuries, surgical procedures, and athletic strain because of the lightweight feeling underwater. “Patients feel up to 80% lighter, depending on the depth of the water surrounding them,” says Troy Moore, DPT. “This is very beneficial for people of all ages, and we have been amazed at what an impact it’s making. We just want to help people feel their best.”

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Patients who have undergone an injury or a recent surgery are often hesitant to undergo therapy because of the pain caused by their joints. But being underwater alleviates most of the weight, making it easier to move freely.


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New Administrator at PVCH Impressed by Employees, Community Support Eric Lybarger started his new job as the administrator at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital (PVCH) in September. In the past several months he has been working on keeping the hospital moving in a positive direction, creating and maintaining important relationships, and focusing on making sure PVCH is a great place for employees to work, providers to practice medicine, and patients to receive care. During his nine months at PVCH, Lybarger has been impressed with the quality of the hospital staff more than anything else. “The people who work here are the reason PVCH is successful,” Lybarger said. “One of the first things I noticed when I started my job was the dedication of the staff. Even when I was interviewing for the job, I could sense the pride everyone has in the facility, especially the staff that worked in the old hospital and went through the closure scare and the fight to keep the hospital open.” Having worked in a larger forprofit hospital in Oklahoma for 10 years, it was Lybarger’s experience in the “have-to-make-money” healthcare world that helped establish his beliefs in what really makes a hospital successful. It is not all about the number of patients you see and how much money you’re making. “It has to be about people,” he said. “You have to genuinely care about people - patients and employees alike - to be a successful. Although the hospital has to generate enough revenue to keep the doors open, it’s purpose is far from making money. Providing great care and working together as a cohesive team working toward a common goal is what you have to strive for as an organization.” Lybarger said this goes for every member of the organization no matter where they are on the organizational chart. “We all have to work toward the goal of providing a great patient experience,” he said. “How you treat people during their most vulnerable time is very important. Patients may not remember the clinical details of their visit to the hospital, but they will certainly remember if you treated them with courtesy and respect.” Another thing Lybarger

has been impressed by is the community support for the hospital. The fact that the community fought to keep the hospital and then built a brand new facility is a great healthcare success story. Many times hospitals close without a fight and the community is left with an empty building, but not in Larned. The community stood up for the hospital, which is motivation for PVCH to support the community, provide great care and to continuously look for ways to improve and offer additional services when appropriate so people don’t have to leave Pawnee County for care. Pawnee Valley Community Hospital hires new Foundation Coordinator Pawnee Valley Community Hospital recently hired Julie Bugner-Smith as the new Foundation Development Coordinator. Formed in 2012, The Pawnee Valley Community Hospital Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to advance quality healthcare in Pawnee County. The PVCH Foundation, in partnership with our donors, seeks to meet both immediate and long range healthcare needs for our residents. Private contributions strengthen our funding resources and allow us to provide quality programs, services, technologies and education for the citizens we serve. Julie was recently the Executive Director at United Way of Central Kansas for 7 years and has helped launch UWCK to grow from Barton County to include Pawnee County, increasing the agencies from 19 to 23, established community impact programs, Stuff the Bus, Box of Love, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Literacy Kits for all pre-kindergarten children, Reality U, and established the current Pacesetter recognition program. Julie has 9 years of hospital experience, making her a great fit for the Foundation. “I am thrilled to join the incredible team of PVCH,” said Bugner-Smith. “Their mission statement to provide the best service in the area and their commitment to excellence is to be commended. PVCH is also very community oriented

which fits with my core values. The history of the hospital and what it means to the surrounding communities is a testimony on the sheer determination of what we as individuals can do together.” Eric Lybarger, PVCH Administrator and Foundation board member said Julie’s successful track record raising money and her experience in healthcare made her a great fit to lead the Foundation. “We are fortunate to have Julie on our team to help build relationships in the community and increase funding for the foundation,” said Lybarger. “The pressure on small, rural hospitals is significant from a revenue standpoint, so having the Foundation as a partner is vital to the success of PVCH. We look forward to Julie continuing her career as a great fundraiser and helping us enhance healthcare in Pawnee County.” If you would like to contact Julie, she can be reached by calling (620) 285-8632 or by e-mail: juliebugnersmith@haysmed.com. Pawnee Valley Medical Associates Adds New Nurse Practitioner Pawnee Valley Medical Associates welcomed Bonnie Landgraf, a family nurse practitioner (FNP), to the practice last fall. “We are fortunate to have Bonnie working in our clinic,” said Eric Lybarger, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital administrator. “She is hardworking, dedicated and great with her patients.” Landgraf recently earned her Masters of Nursing, Family Practice Practitioner degree from Carlow University. She earned her Registered Nurse degree from Heritage Valley Sewickley School of Nursing in Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ohio University. Her clinical experience includes being the Administrator on Duty and Clinical Leader at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She has also held various pediatric nursing positions during her career. Her clinical rotations for her FNP degree included training in the areas of primary care, pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics, oncology and emergency/urgent care.

An FNP is an advanced practice nurse who manages acute and chronic conditions, promotes health, prevents disease, educates, and provides counseling services to individuals and families across the lifespan. PVCH is first Critical Access Hospital in University of Kansas Health System Late last year The University of Kansas Hospital and Hays Medical Center (HaysMed) finalized their partnership agreement, which took effect January 1, 2017. Leaders of the two hospitals say they share a long-term vision to enhance and extend comprehensive, high-quality, cost-efficient healthcare in a not-for-profit setting to transform healthcare delivery throughout Kansas. Through its affiliation with HaysMed, Pawnee Valley Community Hospital will be part of the system as the first critical access hospital partner. PVCH will not change its name, but there will be changes to signs, name badges and other items to symbolize being part of the new health system. “We are fortunate to be included in this new health system and look forw¬ard to w¬orking ¬with The University of Kansas Health System,” said Eric Lybarger, PVCH administrator. “With partners like HaysMed and KU Hospital, PVCH ¬will be in a position to help transform and enhance care and access for Kansans in Pa¬wnee County and the surrounding area.” John Jeter, MD, who continues as CEO of HaysMed, says the final negotiations went smoothly. “When both parties share the same patient care philosophy and vision, final agreements flow naturally. Our staff is excited now that the partnership agreement is complete and we can begin realizing our goals for this partnership,” says Dr. Jeter. PVCH hospital board and Pawnee county commissioners have discussed details of the new partnership HaysMed has with the University of Kansas Health System, including how PVCH fits into the new health system, use of the new logo, and branding. Plans are being discussed as to how and when that change will occur.

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CLAFLIN Claflin Community Center 409 A Street, 620-587-3707 Activities, Meetings, Games, Birthday Cake and Coffee 3rd Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. Bingo, 2nd Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. TRANSPORTATION 620-587-3707 ELLINWOOD Ellinwood Heritage Center 103 N. Main, 620-564-3649 Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friendship Meals 11:45 a.m. Potluck Dinner 2nd & 4th Monday Aerobics, Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Games, Finger Foods, Card Party 1st & 3rd Sunday, 6:00 p.m. Cards 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Woodhaven Bingo 5th Sunday

TRANSPORTATION Ellinwood Heritage Club 620-564-3649 or 620-564-2877 GREAT BEND RSVP 1025 Main, D114, 620-792-1614 RSVP Advisory Council 2nd Tuesday High Rise, 1101 Kansas Great Bend Housing Authority 1101 Kansas, 620-793-7761 Great Bend Public Library 1409 Williams, 620-792-2409 Senior Net, Internet for Senior Adults, Point & Click Internet Class Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program 620-792-1614 Senior Center 2005 Kansas Ave., 620-792-3906 Commission on Aging 3rd Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. Friendship Meals Monday-Friday, noon Birthday, 1st Monday, noon

Canasta, Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. Coffee & Donuts Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. Dominoes Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 p.m. Ice Cream, 3rd Thursday, 3 p.m. Legal Services, call 620-792-3906 Pitch, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Potluck, 2nd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. Senior Center Advisory Council 1st Thursday, 9:30 a.m. Educational sessions, parties are held at 1:15 p.m. Newsletters available at Senior Center, Great Bend Rec Commission, High Rise, Central Kansas Public Library Senior Center Rental 620-792-3906 Recreation Commission 1214 Stone Street, 620-793-3755 Great Bend Activity Center Megan Hammeke 2715 18th, 792-2604, ext. 13 Bridge, Friday, 1:00 p.m. Fit for Life Class Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m. Tai Chi, call 620-793-3755 Wii Games, call 620-793-3755

Jean Cavanaugh Wellness Area Great Bend Rec Center 1214 Stone 620-793-3755, ext. 2 Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - noon Great Bend City Auditorium Lakin and Williams Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Walkers and Joggers Burnside Room Rental 620-793-3755 Kansas Equipment Exchange 866-666-1470 Kansas Guardianship Program 800-672-0086 Great Bend Regional Service Center (SRS) 1305 Patton Road Great Bend 620-793-5324

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TRANSPORTATION Mini-Bus 2005 Kansas, 620-792-3859 Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. C.A.B. 620-792-3859 Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. HOISINGTON The Hoisington Commission on Aging 109 E. 1st, 2nd Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. Friendship Hall 419 E. 3rd, 620-653-2555 or 620-617-2116 Friendship Meals, noon TRANSPORTATION Our Trolley (mini-bus) 620-653-2555 Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. OTHER SERVICES Barton County Health Department 1300 Kansas, Great Bend 620-793-1902

Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-282-4014 Center for Counseling & Consultation 5815 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-2544 or 800-875-2544 Elder Care 5611 10th, Great Bend 620-792-5942 Elder Care Friendship Meals 620-792-1241 Great Bend Public Library 1409 Williams, Great Bend 620-792-2409 Honorary Sportsman Card Barton County Clerk-Courthouse 620-793-1835 Living Independently in Northwest Kansas 1103 Main, Great Bend 620-792-6600 Medicaid 800-766-9012

Meals on Wheels 1025 Main, D114, Great Bend 620-792-1614, 620-792-1833 Also serves Ellinwood & Hoisington

Veterans Administration 800-827-1000

Pathways, ResCare Home Care 2317 Washington, Great Bend 620-793-8501 Personal care assistance, instrumental activities of daily living, wellness monitoring, housekeeping

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Parents Teacher Resource Center Washington School 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-1633 Educational service, copying, binding, laminating, spiral binding RSVP 1025 Main, D114, Great Bend 620-792-1614 Social Security Administration 620-663-8341, 877-846-8333 811 E. 30th Ave., Hutchinson Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging 620-793-6633 1905 Washington, Great Bend

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Barton County Emergency Aid Council 3007 10th, Great Bend 620-793-3345 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Food Bank 3007 10th, Great Bend 620-792-4001 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program 877-505-5150 Low Income Energy Assistance Program 1305 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5324 ext. 200 866-445-4327 Salvation Army 2545 10th Street, Great Bend 620-792-4299

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EMPLOYMENT Older Kansans Employment Program-Kansas Works 1025 Main, Great Bend 620-793-5445 Lyle Dotson 620-225-8230 Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Southwest Kansas Agency on Aging 1905 Washington, Great Bend 620-793-6633, 620-225-8230 800-742-9531 HOUSING Cardinal Apartments, Inc. 1400 N. Clay, Hoisington 620-653-4342 Cedar Park Place 3910 Cedar Park Pl., Great Bend 620-793-8115 Claflin Housing Authority 602 W. Albro, PO Box 332, Claflin 620-587-3435 Ellinwood Heights Apartments 515 S. Bismark, Ellinwood 620-564-3383

At our residence your loved one has the freedom to live with choice in their care, while you can be secure that they are being cared for by compassionate and professional staff.

Cherry Village 5926 Eisenhower, Great Bend 620-792-3207 High Rise Apartments Housing Authority of Great Bend 1101 Kansas, Great Bend 620-793-7761

Intermediate Swing Bed at Ellinwood Hospital 605 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2548 Country Place Senior Living 302 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2100

Country Place Senior Living 259 W. 6th, Hoisington 620-653-4121 Country Place Home Plus 520 N. Vine, Hoisington 620-653-4121 SPECIAL GROUP ACTIVITIES

Housing Opportunities Inc. 1313 Stone, Great Bend 620-792-3299 Income based rental properties open to ages 55 and over and/or disabled Barton County Rental Housing Developments The Oaks LP, Ellinwood Northglenn LLC, Great Bend Bedford Place LLC, Great Bend Walnut Creek LLC, Great Bend Walnut Glenn LLC, Great Bend CreekSide Place LLC, Great Bend Cheyenne Ridge LLC, Hoisington WheatRidge LLC, Hoisington Also available is the USDA Rural Development Self Help Housing Program. Income based home ownership program. No down payment, closing costs wrapped into the loan and payments based on income.

Woodhaven Care Center 510 W. 7th, Ellinwood 620-564-2337 Cherry Village Nursing of Great Bend 1401 Cherry Lane, Great Bend 620-792-2165 Great Bend Health & Rehabilitation Center 1560 K-96 Hwy., Great Bend 620-792-2448 Brookdale Senior Living Solutions 1206 Patton Rd., Great Bend 620-792-7000 River Bend Assisted Living Facility 3820 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-7017

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These groups go on special trips, enjoy social events and expand their knowledge from educational seminars. Call the numbers listed for more information. American Eagle Club American State Bank 620-793-4275 Club 5-0 Farmers Bank and Trust NA 620-792-2411 Hoisington Recreation 620-653-4050 Preferred Status Landmark National Bank 620-792-2196 Silver Cougar Club Barton Community College 620-786-1136

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s one drives the country roads that criss-cross Barton County, they can’t miss the rolling fields of green and golden crops, herds of cattle and towering grain elevators. Clearly, farming is a big deal here. Agriculture is Kansas’ largest industry with about 90 percent of the land devoted to ag production, and is a key economic driver and employer in Barton County as well. Barton County has ranked in the top 25 of wheat-producing counties the past several years and Barton County’s 694 farms cover 900 square miles or around 566,000 acres. Farmers here also produce hay, alfalfa hay, soybeans, corn and sorghum. In fact, the county ranks in the top 10 for hay, alfalfa hay and sorghum production. Kansas, as a whole, is a national leader in wheat, grain sorghum and beef production. The state ranks nationally second in wheat production behind North Dakota, second in feeds and fodder production, third in beef and hides/ skin production and seventh in overall agricultural production.

Food and processing sectors deliver $780 million in revenue and supports 1,660 jobs in Barton County. The total regional agricultural impact from food and processing is $920 million. Cat and dog food manufacturing employs 370 people and produces $470 million to Barton County’s economy. Cattle ranching and farming employs 420 people and produces $171 million in revenue. Grain farming employs 462 people and delivers $69 million in revenue. Direct effects capture the contribution from food and agricultural products. Indirect effects capture the economic benefit from farms and agricultural businesses purchasing products from supporting industries. Farming roots run deep in Barton County. Many family farms can trace their origins back 100 years or more.

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Wheat has flourished In central Kansas, wheat is still king. It has been that way since the 1870s when the first pioneers and European settlers brought with them some of the crops that did well in their home countries. At that time, corn was the primary crop grown. In the 1870s, about 5,000 Mennonites settled in Kansas from Russia, bringing with them Red Turkey winter wheat because its kernel was high in protein, and compared with other varieties, was more drought tolerant and disease resistant. Nearly 150 years later, winter wheat still thrives in Kansas. The official tour projection for total production numbers of hard red winter wheat to be harvested this year in Kansas was 281,707,913 bushels. Officials calculated an average of 46.1 bushels an acre in the estimated 7.4 million acres. More diversity Increasingly, agricultural resources provide raw materials for a broad range of nonfood products, such as chemicals, fibers, construction materials, lubricants and fuels. Developing and commercializing biobased and bioenergy products provide new and expanded markets for agricultural feedstocks, it reduces our nation’s dependence on petroleum and other imported materials and it helps diversify agriculture. As the world population grows and as demand for animal protein increases, Kansas farmers and ranchers will play a critical role in feeding Kansas families and families around the world.

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into the fall of the next year, until salt water began pouring from the well. The flow could not be stopped, and ended up ruining a sizeable portion of land because nothing would grow there from that point forward. The second attempt in 1887 at the Cheyenne Bottoms found oil, but the well was plugged because it produced too much salt water as a by-product. Then, two major fields were discovered around Ellinwood and the town now called Claflin. These were the Silica and Bloomer fields. Their discoveries led to several wells being dug, and the area is still productive today. Natural gas was also found, and is contained for commercial use.

By 1936, there were more than 100 producers in Barton County, with a production potential of 130,000 barrels a day, and a monthly allowable

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Great Bend was home to an oil refining plant with a capacity of 800 barrels a day. Many landowners made money from their holdings as producers and/or lease holders. In 1936, with the country suffering during The Great Depression, this was especially important because even businessmen who werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involved in oil production still felt its impact. Oil has seen several ups and downs over the years. For a time, several major players in the industry had offices in Great Bend, but as companies consolidated and new refining processes were developed, technology changed, and the need to upgrade equipment prevailed. The big players closed offices and relocated in places like Texas where production was higher. In 1931, there were 31 Kansas refineries operating in Arkansas City, Chanute, Chase, Coffeyville, El Dorado, Fredonia, Galva, Garnett, Great Bend, Hutchinson, Kansas City, Natoma, McPherson, Neodesha, Parsons, Phillipsburg, Potwin, Russell, Scott City and Wichita. Few have been built since the 1940s, and several older ones have been closed. Today, three located in McPherson, Coffeyville and El Dorado are all that are left.

well as displays of alternative energy sources such as the huge windmills near Montezuma. Students can operate a drill or turn a crank to learn how much energy it takes to light a light bulb. Computer software is available for more hands-on education. There are additional displays on the grounds including a full derrick, a 1928 Ford Truck donated by Bovaird Supply, in addition to other tools utilized in the industry. Another attraction is the Hall of Fame. Portraits and biographies recognize key figures from the oil industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past and present.

Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame and Museum Located in Great Bend, the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum is a monument to this industry. Besides being a repository for memorabilia and displays and an educational facility for folks of all ages, it is used by members of the public for a wide variety of meetings. Numerous public and private schools have visited the Energy Education Building & Conference Center of the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum Foundation in order to gain a better understanding of the various phases of the industry including geology, drilling, well completion, production, refining, and an illustration of various products manufactured from oil. Interactive displays make the Energy Education Building appealing to young people. There are working replicas showing how oil and gas are extracted and how they are refined into gasoline, as

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City Attorney – Ronald Smith Municipal Judge – Julie Fletcher Cowell City Treasurer – Joseph Simmons Police Chief – Chuck Orth Fire Chief – Randy Bird EMS Director – Joseph Dickinson

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Soldiers story On the morning of January 2, 1869 members of Company A, 10th US Cavalry stood before the smoldering ruins of what had been the Fort Larned cavalry stables. The fire had killed 39 of the company’s horses, huge stores of hay and grain, as well as saddles, and ammunition. It had started in the early hours of the morning while the men of Co. A were a half mile away guarding the post woodpile. Company A’s regiment, the 10th US Cavalry was one of two all-black cavalry regiments authorized by Congress in 1866 as part of an overall army re-organization after the Civil War. There were to be two cavalry regiments—the 9th and 10th—and four infantry regiments— the 38th, 39th, 40th, and 41st—although, the two infantry regiments were eventually reduced to two. Regimental commander, Col. Benjamin Grierson, set up his headquarters at Fort Leavenworth and began recruiting men to fill his ranks. Initially the recruits were drawn from African American Civil War veterans in the Departments of the Missouri, Platte and

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in 1964 and underwent major renovations in the years that followed. It is one of the few frontier forts where the original buildings have been preserved. Many hours of dedicated research and work have gone into restoring the fort. The Santa Fe Trail was established as a national historic trail in May 1987 and trail ruts made by the countless ox and mule drawn wagons can still be seen near the Fort. The fort is located at 1767 Kansas 156, Larned, Kan.

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Arkansas but most of the company’s members eventually came from a few northeastern cities. According to the company’s commander, Capt. Nicholas Nolan, Co. A “was organized on the 14th day of February, 1867 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.” Although initially reluctant to command a company of African American soldiers, Capt. Nolan soon came to admire their devotion to duty, hard work, and eagerness to prove themselves in the field. One thing that impressed him in the beginning was the way they cared for their horses on the march down to Fort Larned from Fort Riley in April of 1867 despite their inexperience. “My troop preserved its horses without disease, although the latter were young and unused to service of any kind, and brought them to Fort Larned, Ks. in such condition as to excite the admiration of Major Gen. Hancock…” The city is governed by the mayor and city council. The city manager is hired by the city council and provides administrative services. City elections are held every year. The mayor is elected from the city at large for a two-year term. Council members are elected for two years from their respective wards and serve staggered terms with an election of one position in each ward annually. There is no limit on the number of terms that may be served. The Larned City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 417 Broadway. Council members can be reached at the city office, 620-285-8500.


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MUNICIPAL OFFICES City Clerk, 419 Broadway 620-285-8500 Police Department 419 Broadway Emergencies dial 911 620-285-8545 Animal Control Larned Police Department 419 Broadway 620-285-8545

Wastewater Treatment 620-285-8513 Pawnee Sanitation 620-285-7780 UTILITIES Electric, Water, Trash, Sewer City of Larned 620-285-8500 Gas Kansas Gas Service 800-794-4780

Fire Department Randy Bird, fire chief 814 Main Emergencies dial 911 620-285-8520

Cable Cox Communications 866-684-5087

Emergency Medical Service Joshua Huff, EMS director 123 W. 9th Emergencies dial 911 620-285-8505

Golden Belt Telephone Association 800-432-7965

Larned Swimming Pool 620-285-8570 Parks/Cemetery 620-285-8535 620-285-8500 (records) Building Inspection 620-285-8509 Street Department 620-285-8560

Phone Service AT&T, 800-288-2020

Nex-Tech Wireless 122 W. 5th, 620-910-7676 OTHER SERVICES Poison Control 800-332-6633 Post Office 803 Broadway, 620-285-2791 Larned Community Center Mike Seeman Larned Recreation Director 1500 North Toles, 620-285-6002

Recyling 620-285-8555 620-792-1321 Larned Country Club Consists of a nine hole golf course and a clubhouse located in Edwards Park. 611 E. 14th Moffett Stadium 318 Mann Stadium has a seating capacity of 1,100 with a baseball diamond and tennis courts. Jordaan Memorial Library 724 Broadway Municipal Court 417 Broadway, 620-285-8500 MUNICIPAL PARKS Schnack Park 544 W. 1st Shelter house, playground equipment, charcoal grills, picnic tables, restrooms, swimming pool, duck pond, skateboard park and train Lowery Park 544 W. 1st Park benches and glider, fountain, statuary and monuments, drinking water hydrant, off-street parking, playground equipment, basketball court, ball field, Zebulon Pike Plaza, Youth Building for rent

Sanitation Department 620-285-8555

SEPTEMBER 2-4 .....................Fort Larned Labor Day Weekend Living History Event 22.......................Fort Larned Naturalization Ceremony OCTOBER 1.........................Chamber Last Chance Golf Tournament 14.......................Fort Larned Candlelight Tour (by reservation only) 14 & 15 ..............Santa Fe Trail Center Tired Iron Show NOVEMBER 10.......................Santa Fe Trail Center Traveling Exhibit 11.......................Larned Veterans Day Parade 13.......................Santa Fe Trail Center Annual Meeting DECEMBER 2.........................Burdett Christmas Celebration 2.........................Fort Larned Christmas Open House TBA ....................Larned Annual Christmas Celebration TBA ....................Larned Christmas Parade TBA ....................Larned Kiddie Movie 3.........................Rozel Christmas Celebration 9.........................Larned Civic Pride Kiddie Shopping Day 9.........................Fort Larned Christmas Past Celebration

Doerr Vernon Park 1500 Carroll Tennis courts, picnic shelter, playground equipment Jordaan Memorial Park 18th & Toles Softball fields, Pawnee County Fair Facilities, John Haas Building for rent, walking path with exercise stations, and Community Center South East Neighborhood Park 3rd & Park Playground equipment Committees Larned has many committees which oversee various activities and set policies. Some of these include: Board of Zoning Appeals, Planning Commission, Library Board, Recreation Commission, Airport Authority, Housing Authority, Tourism and Convention, Building Trades, and American Disabilities Act Committee. Cemetery The city owns and maintains the cemetery located one mile west of Larned on 8th Street. Records and maps are located at City Hall. Airport The Larned-Pawnee County Airport is located one mile north and one mile east of Larned. A 4,200 ft. paved and lighted runway is featured. Rental hangars and a self-service credit card fueling facility is available.

JANUARY 2018 28.......................Fort Larned Kansas Day Celebration 28.......................Santa Fe Trail Center Kansas Day Celebration FEBRUARY 2018 9-11 ...................48th Annual Chamber Antiques & Collectible Show MAY 2018 26-28 .................Fort Larned Memorial Day Weekend Event JUNE 2018 8.........................Larned Chamber Banquet TBA ....................Santa Fe Trail Days 16.......................Juneteenth Celebration JULY 2018 4.........................Old Fashioned 4th of July at Fort Larned 4.........................Santa Fe Run Walk SEPTEMBER 2018 20-22 .................Santa Fe Trail Center Rendezvous TBA - To Be Announced

www.cityoflarned.org www.larnedks.org www.pawneecountykansas.com www.santafetrailcenter.org


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Ag Systems, Inc. 810 E. 14th and U.S. 56, Larned, was purchased by the Schoonover brothers in 1983. Don Schoonover and Rocke Foster have worked in irrigation design and service since 1977. The service department of eight, factory-trained technicians has more than 200 years of combined experience. They service and stock parts for all brand pivots covering an area from Dodge City to Great Bend and Hays to Pratt. Valley Center Pivots are celebrating 50 plus years of service and are committing all their future years in conserving water with the newest innovations in sprinkler packages and computerized panels. To better serve their customers, Valley Center Pivot Dealer, Ag Systems, Inc. of Larned, provides insurance services for all major brands of irrigation equipment.

Don Schoonover and Debora Fox-Johnson are licensed by the state of Kansas to write policies through DiversiďŹ ed Agrisurance. DiversiďŹ ed Agrisurance has been in business for more than 40 years and is the largest single insurer of irrigation equipment. Contact them for your â&#x20AC;&#x153;no obligationâ&#x20AC;? quote. Services at Ag Systems include a well stocked parts department carrying MC Crometer ďŹ&#x201A;ow meters, galvanized chemical check valves, Ag Sense monitors, and monthly specials. Ag Systems is committed to offering ff the best Service, Parts and Design for years to come for all your irrigation needs.

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FORT LARNED NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 1767 K-156, Larned Visitor’s Center 620-285-6911 An authentic army post from the 1860s -1870s on the Santa Fe Trail. Nine restored buildings make it the best preserved Indian Wars military post on the trail.

THE SANTA FE TRAIL CENTER 2 miles west of Larned on K-156 620-285-2054 Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Closed Mondays the remainder of the year. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Museum telling the story of the Santa Fe Trail.

Photo Credit | Tricia Ryan

Custom Processing of Beef, Hogs, Lamb and Goat

Quality Meats, LLC

909 E. 14th, Larned • 620-285-6376 Mon.-Fri. 8-5; Sat. 8-12 and 508 Broadway, Larned • 620-285-8988 Mon.-Fri. 9-6 Extended hours during deer season Carroll Bennett, Owner • 785-364-6396 cell

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Specializing in Insurance Coverage for Center Pivots

Ag Systems Inc. 810 E. 14th St. (U.S. 56), Larned, only wants the best for their Customers. That is why they utilize Diversified Agrisurance for their Customers’ center pivot insurance needs. Trouble – even disaster – can happen in the blink of an eye. Don’t wait until you have a claim to find out what is and isn’t covered! When choosing an insurance provider for your “major brand” center pivots, it is important to pick a Company that knows and understands the irrigation business. Diversified Agrisurance has over 40 years of experience and has become the single largest insurer off mechanized irrigation equipment in the nation! Coverage is provided through C ntral States Indemnity Co. of Omaha, an A+ rated Ce Insurance Company. Their policy covers most direct physical losses to covered property. Unlike most of the competitors, their policies do not depreciate the value of the equipment in the event of a

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loss. They pay full cost, less deductible, on pivots up to 34 years of age, to repair or replace, whichever is less, up to the insured value shown on the policy. In addition, coverage is available for sudden structural damage to your pivot caused by or resulting from mechanical or electrical failure for qualifying pivots less than 20 years old. Limited coverage is available on pivots over 35 years of age. Claims always seem to happen at the most inopportune time – usually within the heart of irrigation season. Ag Systems Inc. promises to get you up and running as quick as possible – Diversified fi Agrisurance can settle most claims quickly with an estimate, photos of damage, and simple proof of loss form! Is it time for a Center Pivot Insurance Checkup? They have competitive premiums! Feel free to stop in or call Don Schoonover or Debora Fox-Johnson for your “No Obligation” Quote.

620-285-2111 service or parts http://www.agsystemsirrigation.com

We specialize in irrigation insurance.

Don Schoonover Debora Fox-Johnson 810 E. 14th St. Larned, KS 620-285-2111 debora.fox-johnson@ilsbeef.com

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ver the past three years a variety of people have called PRAIRIE VISTA their home. From young professionals, families and retirees. What attracts them to PRAIRIE VISTA is simply quality housing, location and cost efficiency with no maintenance. There is literally “no place like them” situated on a quiet cul-de-sac located on the west end of Larned, This housing community is owned by the city and the people of Larned. As a sizeable investment in their community this project has one goal in mind and that is to meet the needs of its resident and attract new members to live, work and play in our community. Being city owned and operated making sure that we provide top quality service to our tenants and protecting the long term investment we have made is our top priority. Since we are not a large corporately owned and operated housing facility you will find the personal attention to all of our residents and the commitment to sustaining a high quality home environment in our city is very evident in what we are doing. In addition to what we had anticipated with the PRAIRIE VISTA housing community, we have been very pleasantly surprised to see the number of people in our city that are retirees looking to down size, sell their homes and want to remain in the area. For a number of them that do not meet the requirements related to other income based housing that is offered in the Larned area, this is a great fit for their future plans.

These retirees really like the duplex’s one level floor plan, additional bedrooms, garage, safe room, high quality appliances and amenities. Not to mention no more property taxes, insurance and home maintenance to worry about, allowing them to spend more time and money doing more of what they want in their retirement. We are extremely happy with all of the people and families that have decided to make PRAIRIE VISTA their home now and in the future and very grateful for their support and the support of the citizens of Larned for their contribution in making Larned a city we are proud of. If you would like additional information or to set up an appointment to look at one of the Prairie Vista Duplex apartments, contact Charles Spina / Property Manager/ City of Larned at 620-285-8519. If you would like to take a virtual tour of the apartments go to the City Web Site – cityoflarned.org and look under the SPOTLIGHT FEATURE at the bottom of the home page.

West 6th St. Larned (K-156 & Morris) prairievista@cityoflarned.com

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Great Place to Live Work & Playâ&#x20AC;? Prairie Vista and Apartments A Residential Community West 16th Street, Larned, (K-156 & Morris) 620-285-8519 prairievista@cityoflarned.com 3 bedroom rental duplexes, 2 full baths, safe room, and single car garage, 1200 sq. ft. per unit.

Doerr-Vernon Park Splash Pad Ft. Larned Ave. & Vernon Dr., Larned A water tower and other water spray features. The park includes a Fort Playground, General Store, Log Cabin and Covered Wagon.

Pawnee County Area All Veterans Memorial Ft. Larned Ave. & Vernon Dr., Larned Dedicated to all service men and women who served their country. Located in Doerr-Vernon Park.

Larned Golf Course 681 E. 14th Street, Larned 620-285-4955 Well maintained course features small & sloped Bentgrass greens with bluegrass & perennnial rye fairways. Includes sloping, dog legged fairways & tree-lined water hazards. 9 hole, par 35 course, course rating is 35.9 and it has a slope rating of 106.

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Baltzell Motel & Garden Suites 705 10th St. 620-792-4395 Pets allowed Best Western Angus Inn 2920 10th St. 620-792-3541 Indoor pool, high-speed internet, whirlpool, sauna, game rooms, banquet & reunion center (up to 200 people) Comfort Inn 911 Grant, 620-793-9000 High-speed internet, indoor heated pool, breakfast, exercise room, guest laundry, 100 percent smoke-free Days Inn 4701 10th St. 620-792-8235 Breakfast, high-speed internet, pets allowed Holiday Inn Express & Suites 3821 10th St. 800-holiday www.hiexpress.com/greatbendks Free Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, indoor pool, fitness room, business center Travelers Budget Inn 4200 10th St. 620-793-5448 Pets allowed, outdoor bird cleaning station, free Wi-Fi

Quality Inn 3500 10th St. 620-793-8486 Breakfast, indoor pool, high-speed internet, laundry facility www.choicehotels.com HOISINGTON Rodeway Inn & Suites 57 W. K-4 & U.S. 281 620-292-6022 Breakfast, laundry, exercise room, pets in carrier, Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, bike path, hiking/ nature area, game room, meeting room, huntersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cleaning station; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Duck Blindâ&#x20AC;? bar, 100 percent smoke-free ELLINWOOD The Historic Wolf Hotel 1 N. Main 620-639-6915 ellinwoodwolfhotel@hotmail.com Continental breakfast, free wireless internet and satellite

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All Seasons Mobile Home & RV Park 4 NW 30 Road 620-793-9601 Full hookups, showers, cable, Wi-Fi, storm shelter, private patios

Hoisington Activity Center 1200 Susank Rd. 620-653-4050 Exercise facility, showers, dump station, full hookups

Cottonwood Grove 2800 N. Main, 620-792-4558 Full hookups and cable Finer Mobile Park 5501 9th St., Lot 40 620-792-5803 Storm shelter, full hookups Kiowa Kampgrounds 517 Kiowa Rd. 620-793-3160 Full hookups

Cheyenne Bottoms A primitive camping area is available at Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area at the roadside area on NE 40 Road, 1 mile west of the area headquarters ELLINWOOD Wolf Pond Santa Fe and Fritz 620-564-3161 Electric, water

LARNED Rodeway Inn 802 E. 14th St., U.S. 56 620-285-2300 Internet, breakfast, pets allowed for a fee, RV parking www.choicehotels.com Best Western Townsman Inn 123 E. 14th St., U.S. 56 620-285-3114 Country Inn Motel 135 E. 14th St., U.S. 56 620-285-2316

Travelodge 3200 10th St. 620-792-7219 Breakfast, internet, pets allowed

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The Great Bend Municipal Airport (KGBD) is located at 9047 Sixth St., 3 miles west of Great Bend.

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Airport Manager Martin Miller 620-793-4168, 620-792-9446 greatbendairport@ruraltel.net www.greatbendks.net/index.aspx?nid=190

Great Bend Municipal Airport is a federally certified commercial service airport serving all aspects of civil aviation and military activity. Charters are available from Centerline Aviation Service, along with self-service and full-service aviation fuel, flight training, maintenance and hangars. The airport is also utilized by private recreational and business general aviation aircraft. Military aircraft occasionally use the airport as a refueling stop and for training. It is home to approximately 50 locally based aircraft, and is a popular mid-America fuel stop for personal and business aircraft. Coming in September 2018 is the Airfest, which takes place every three years. General Aviation Service Centerline Aviation Chrissy & Derek Genova 620-796-2130 http://www.fuelwith.us

AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE The City of Great Bend has an eightmember airport advisory committee that has the authority to make recommendations and advise the City Council on matters related to the airport. To contact a member of the Airport Advisory Committee, call 620-7934168. HISTORY OF THE AIRPORT Great Bend Municipal Airport was constructed in 1943 as a World War II Army Air Force Base to accommodate the B-29 Superfortress bomber. The airfield included three intersecting 8,000-foot long paved runways, taxiways, aircraft park aprons, aircraft storage hangars, and several support facilities to include administrative buildings, barracks, and automobile access roads. The men and women who contributed to the success of the war effort included elite combat crews, mechanics, armorers, cooks and clerks. Early in 1944, the 58th Bomb Wing took off from the airport runways. After World War II, the airport was transferred to the City of Great Bend, and the City began to modify the facility to better serve civilian aviation.

B29 MEMORIAL Located at the entrance to the Great Bend Municipal Airport, the B-29 Memorial Plaza is dedicated to everyone involved in building, flying and providing support for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The memorial honors bomber crews, groups, and individuals on bronze plaques and bricks. Visitors are welcome 365 days a year. There is no admission charge.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION General Public Transportation Catch-A-Ride 620-792-7797

Mini-buses are available in the city limits of Great Bend. The buses are available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are no weekend services. The mini-bus requires advanced notice. Passengers must call at least the day before to schedule their rides. An after-hours answering machine is available to leave a message. The dispatcher collects all messages the next day, or if over the weekend messages are collected on Monday mornings. Three uncanceled prescheduled rides are grounds for eviction from bus usage. Fares $1.50 for one way $3 round trip, Each extra stop is $1

THE C.A.B. 6207923859 The C.A.B. service is available in the Great Bend city limits and in a limited radius outside town with the outer limits being the Great Bend Airport (west of Great Bend), the Doonan Dealership (east of Great Bend), the vicinity of Hart’s Corner (south of Great Bend), the All Seasons Mobile Home Park (North of Great Bend), and Barton Community College (with Special Student Rate). The service hours of the C.A.B. are 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The C.A.B is available at the time of request (pending availability). An answering machine is available after hours.


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SERVICE DIRECTORY Auto Service/Repair

Therapy/Counseling

RESTORATION and BODY WORK

A.T.R.A. Service Center LLC Alignments * Tires * Repairs * Accessories

418 Main Street Larned, KS 67550

Appointments Welcomed!

Auto Body Repair

Robin Schneider, LSCSW, LLC

Somebody’s Body Shop, LLC Insurance Claims Accepted 95 Yrs Combined Experience Fiberglass Work Rod Straub • Don Straub

Shawn Smyth & Jeremy Burger, Owners

Child & Family Therapy Services 1018 Kansas Ave., Great Bend 620-603-6257

1420 2nd St., Great Bend 620-793-3999

Tire & Auto Service

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p. 620.285.0101 • f. 620.285.0102 Monday-Friday • 8:00a.m. - 5:30p.m.

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Tire and Auto Service Professionals

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Dry Cleaning • Pressing & Ironing Wedding Gown Preservation Alterations and More!

Electric Motor Winding

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