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2019-2020 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 our neighbor, Larned. 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 ..................................................................................... 10 Calendar of Events ...................................................................................... 11 Points of Interest ...................................................................................12-14 Great Bend Tribune’s Women’s Expo ........................................................... 15 Barton County Fair ...................................................................................... 16 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo .................................................................. 17 SRCA Drag Racing .................................................................................18-19 Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo ...................................................................20-21 Cycling ....................................................................................................... 22 Wetlands Waterpark .................................................................................... 23 Great Bend Recreation Commission ............................................................ 25 Baseball/Softball ......................................................................................... 26 Golf............................................................................................................. 27 Cheyenne Bottoms...................................................................................... 28 Kansas Wetlands Education Center ............................................................. 29 Parks, Recreation and Touring ................................................................30-33 Hunting....................................................................................................... 34 Fishing........................................................................................................ 35 Dining Out .............................................................................................36-37 Travel ....................................................................................................38-39 Great Bend Appliance and SleepSource ...................................................... 41 Barton County ........................................................................................42-43 It’s The Law ................................................................................................ 44 Barton County Elected Officials ................................................................... 45 Department Directors.................................................................................. 46 State and National Government................................................................... 47 Township Officials/Map ..........................................................................48-49 Who Should I Call? ...................................................................................... 50 Recycling .................................................................................................... 51 Barton County Humane Society ................................................................... 52 First Responders ......................................................................................... 53 Health ....................................................................................................54-64 Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine ......................................................... 61 Emergency Hotlines .................................................................................... 65 Custom Art by Gene .................................................................................... 66 Support/In Need.....................................................................................67-70 Barton County Historical Society & Museum ................................................ 71 Get Involved ................................................................................................ 72 Barton County Young Professionals ............................................................. 73 Clubs and Organizations ........................................................................74-75 Community Caring .................................................................................76-77 Great Bend Public Library ........................................................................... 78 Education ..............................................................................................79-82 Senior Services......................................................................................83-86 Worship .................................................................................................87-89 Albert.......................................................................................................... 90 Beaver and Odin ......................................................................................... 91 Claflin ......................................................................................................... 92 Ellinwood ...............................................................................................93-94 Galatia ........................................................................................................ 95 Great Bend ............................................................................................96-98 Hoisington .........................................................................................100-102 Olmitz ....................................................................................................... 103 Pawnee Rock ............................................................................................ 104 Susank ..................................................................................................... 105 Larned ...............................................................................................106-108 Agriculture .........................................................................................109-111 Oil And Gas ........................................................................................112-113 Service Directory ...................................................................................... 114

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Welcome To Our City! City OfďŹ ces Administration......................................793-4111 Airport..................................................793-4168 Cemetery .............................................793-4167 Convention & Visitors Bureau..............792-2750 Events Center Booking...................792-2750 Fire Department #1..............................793-4140 Building Inspection .........................793-4140 Fire Department #2..............................793-4145 Code Enforcement..........................793-4106 Municipal Court....................................793-4149 Public Lands/Parks ...............................793-4160 Public Works.........................................793-4150 Street Division.................................793-4150 Property Maintenance Division.......793-4150 Water Division.................................793-4170 Water Emergency .......................793-4100 Front Door (Sewer & Water Payments) .... 793-4100 Sewer & Wastewater Division.........793-4170 Police Department ...............................793-4120 *In Case of an Emergency call 911

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GREAT BEND CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU The Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is located inside the front of the Great Bend Events Center at 3111 10th Street. The office is perfectly located with the Events Center because CVB staff books both city facilities which include the Events Center and the Front Door. The Events Center is the local resource for tourism information in Kansas and is designated by the state as a Kansas Travel Information Center. As of July 2019, the Events Center exterior has been completely repainted with a whole new look. In the past few years city has updated the front entrance, parking, chairs, sound system, installed all new flooring throughout, purchased a new dance floor and tables. Next step goals include remodeling of the bathrooms, new air walls by 2020 and breakout room options to entice more conferences and meetings to town. The CVB is part of Community Coordinator/CVB Director Christina Hayes’ department. CVB staff includes Emily Goad, Visitor Coordinator and Grady Bolding, Visitor Service Representative. In 2019, the city will add another staff member to help oversee the maintenance and setup of the Events Center space. The staff member to help oversee the maintenance and setup of the Events Center space. The staff works hard to promote Great Bend in various ways. Christina’s goals for her department include getting Great Bend’s attractions, events, fun things to do and places to stay out to a bigger area of the state, Recruitment of new conventions, tournaments and meetings to town. Continue to provide hospitality program for hotels, gas stations, businesses and doctors’ offices so the front lines of our community know what’s happening in town. Every two years the CVB will design and distribute a new Visitor Guide for Great Bend, get our community’s name out there as a real presence in the state, effectively market and promote the Event’s Center as the premier location for Events and work with the area to bring people to our wonderful town!

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GREAT BEND 2019 September 7 ..............Pontiac Uprising Drag Race and Car Show September 14 ............Healing Hearts Rodeo September 19-22 ......Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series September 21 ............KWEC Butterfly Festival September 24 ............21st Annual Great Bend Tribune Women’s Expo September 27 ............Test and Tune September 27-29 ......Hahn Brothers Shootout September 28 ............NHRA Summit Points Race #10 Rocky Mountain Nostaliga Drag Racing Period Correct Super Stockers 1960-1972 September 28 ............50th Anniversary Barton Community College October 5...................Rosewood Rodeo October 5...................F & E Auto Auction October 11 ............... Test and Tune October 12 ............... NHRA Summit Points Race #11 October 25 ............... Test and Tune - Gamblers Race October 26 ............... NHRA Summit Points Race #12 October 26.................Zoo Boo November 2 ...............Open House for Explore GB November 9 ...............Grow Great Bend Day for Explore GB November 16 .............Find a Turkey for Explore GB November 16 .............SRCA Awards Banquet November 29 .............Black Friday November 30 .............Cookie Contest November 30 .............Small Business Saturday November 30 .............Home for the Holidays Festival and Parade November 30 .............Explore GB month ends November 30 ............Trail of Lights Begins November 30 .............Free Ice Skating Begins (Thurs. - Sat. Hours)

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August 8 ....................Party in the Park October 3...................Rosewood Rodeo October 3...................F & E Auto Auction October 24.................Zoo Boo & Downtown Halloween Parade November 7 ...............Explore GB Month: Grow Great Bend Day November 14 .............Explore GB Month: Open Houses November 21 .............Explore GB Month: Find A Turkey November 27 .............Explore GB Month: Black Friday Activities November 28 .............Cookie Contest November 28 .............Small Business Saturday November 28 .............Home For the Holidays Festival & Parade November 28 .............Trail of Lights Begins November 28 .............Free Ice Skating Begins (Thurs. - Sat. Hours) 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

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CLAFLIN 2019 December ..................3rd Annual Christmas Market & Tree Lighting

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March 7 .....................Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala March 21 ...................Eagle Radio Home & Garden Show March 27 ...................Family Crisis Center Bunco Night April 8-10 ..................Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo April 23......................Catholic Charities Wine Tasting Event May 2 ........................Cinco de Mayo in the Square May 6-8.....................KCAC Baseball/Softball Championship May 7 ........................Art & Wine Walk May 23 ......................Great Bend Waterpark Opens May 28 ......................Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market Starts June 5-7....................June Jaunt Festival June 5 .......................Free Outdoor Movie & Car Show July 3 ........................Fireworks Display July 13-18 .................Christmas in July July 16 ......................Free Outdoor Movie July 25 ......................Bike Brew Q

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July ..........................47th Annual After Harvest Festival

HOISINGTON 2019 August 30 September 2 ..............123rd Annual Labor Day Celebration August 30 ..................Kick-Off BBQ August 30September 2 ..............Carnival September 1 ..............Street Dance September 2 ..............123rd Annual Labor Day Parade November 30 .............Annual Christmas Lighting, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Clydesdale & Tractor Rides

2020 January .....................Chamber Banquet April...........................Sip & Shop June 13 .....................Rock Into Summer September 4-6 ..........124th Annual Labor Day Celebration Hoisington Chamber of Commerce: www.hoisingtonkansas.com


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FORT ZARAH East of Great Bend on Hwy. 56 • Roadside park located near one of the two original locations of the fort. • Fort was established in 1864 to help protect mail service along the Santa Fe Trail. ELLINWOOD UNDERGROUND WORLD

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ARGONNE FOREST 2100 McKinley, Great Bend 620-793-4160 • North side of Veterans Memorial Park • Dedicted to the young men from Barton County and the surrounding area who fought in World War I with emphasis on the Battle of Argonne in Germany on Sept. 26, 1918. • Displays, artwork, photos and signage

85 U.S. 281, Great Bend 620-793-5125 • 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, a pioneer cabin and a Lustron home. Collections tell the story of this area from the Paleo Period through the Indian Wars to World War II and beyond. • Admission $4 for non-members 16 & older. SUMMER HOURS (APRIL-OCTOBER) Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. WINTER HOURS (NOVEMBER-MARCH) Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Northwest corner of Main & Santa Fe, Ellinwood, U.S. 56 at the stoplight. To make tour reservations call 620-564-2400 • Built in 1887 and listed on the Kansas State Historical Register. • Tunnels originally connected the business district. • Original flooring, wallpaper, and barber’s mirror. • Tunnels under the Dick Building and the Historic Wolf Hotel. • Tours are conducted only by advance reservation. • Prohibition era Speakeasy open on Friday and Saturday nights. • Period style lunch on Sundays. • Hotel open year around by reservation. • Admission $6 adult per side or combined tunnel tour $10.

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GREAT BEND - BRIT SPAUGH ZOO AND RAPTOR CENTER 2123 Main St., Great Bend 620-793-4226 Open 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily. • Visitors pay no admission fee. The main part of the zoo features several species of cats, salt water aquariums and other exotic creatures. Be sure to check out the newly renovated Grizzly Bear exhibit where you can be right next to the bears while they take a dip in the pool! • This free zoo is good for about a 45-90 minute visit.

Great Bend Army Air Field Great Bend Municipal Airport entrance • Great Bend’s B-29 Memorial Plaza is open to visitors every day, to honor the men and women of the Great Bend Army Air Field. • No admission charge. Self-guided. FARMER’S MEMORIAL K-96 Park at the corner of K-96 and 10th St., Great Bend • 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.

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Barton County Source GOLDEN BELT VETERANS’ MEMORIAL 59 NW 50 Rd., Great Bend • Honoring Barton County Veterans from all six branches of the military from the Civil War until today • Project paid for through donations, call 620-793-1800 for information. Details also found at www.bartoncounty.org and on the County’s social media pages • Three stones are in place with the names of 1,139 veterans. Names are being accepted for Stone IV. CLAFLIN MUSEUM 210 Main Street, Claflin 620-786-9307 or 620-793-0546 • Open all holidays and by appointment • Housed on the second floor of the old Claflin Grade School with over 1800 items and old photographs • Pertains mainly to the history of northern Barton County, including the towns of Claflin, Odin, Beaver, Hitschman, Dubuque and St. Peter & Paul Church

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SHAFER ART GALLERY Barton Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend shafergallery.org • Attached to the Fine Arts Building on BCC campus • Featuring trending regional and national artists • Workshops and family activities • Free admission, open year round Winter Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Tour groups welcome • Gallery is closed for most college observed holidays JACK KILBY SQUARE Downtown Great Bend • T he grounds that surround the Barton County Courthouse • M assive bronze sculpture created by local artist Chet Cale entitled “The Gift” • Sp lash pad • H ome to the Clayton M. Morrison Memorial Bandshell and Thelma Faye Harms Stage • H oliday lights HOISINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM 120 E. 2nd, Hoisington 620-653-4320 or 620-653-2827 • Open by appointment in cooperation with Chamber events. Call for appointment.

GREAT BEND COMMUNITY THEATRE 1905 Lakin Ave., Great Bend 620-792-4228 • Renovated former movie theater • Live performances

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www.heartlandfarm-ks.org 1049 CR 390, Pawnee Rock 620-923-4585 hfarm@gbta.net • Registered agri-tourism operator • Tours welcome by appointment • Workshops and demonstrations held year-round • Walking trails, labyrinth, pottery, fiberarts, weaving, spinning, organic gardening methods • Great spaces for bird watching • Guest house available for small groups of 6-8 or individuals • Home to lovable alpacas

5944 10th St., Great Bend 620-793-8301 • Displaying the history of the oil & gas industry, geography of Kansas, and much more • The Midwest Energy Education Center offers an interactive space for youth programming • The Biggs Conference Room is available for private party rentals • Summer hours open Monday - Friday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. April through September 30 • Weekend & evening visits, programs & tours available by appointment

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DOROTHY MOSES MORRISON CHAPEL Barton Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend 620-792-9342 • 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. KANSAS WETLANDS EDUCATION CENTER 592 NE K-156, Great Bend 620-566-1456 or 877-243-9268 www.wetlandscenter.fhsu.edu • Branch of Fort Hays State University’s Werth College of Science Technology and Mathematics • Located on the SE corner of Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area on Hwy. 156 along Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway • Interpretive exhibits on Cheyenne Bottoms, including the importance of wetlands and the plants and animals inhabiting them • Scheduled educational programs, Nature Trail, Classroom, Auditorium, Gift Shop • Free admission OPEN APRIL 1 - OCTOBER 31 Monday-Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. OPEN NOVEMBER 1 - MARCH 31 Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Monday MUSEUM OF ELLINWOOD 104 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2886 ellinwoodhistoricalsociety.com • Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. • Check Museum of Ellinwood facebook for information

Expo Complex, Great Bend 620-792-5079 www.srcadragstrip.com • Home of the first NHRA Nationals in 1955 • Total length of track is 3/4 mile • NHRA sanctioned 1/4 mile dragstrip which holds a Lucas Oil Division race • Summit Points racing series held through the year • Check facebook for more information 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. • Big Bend of the Arkansas River — 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. • Walnut Creek Crossing — 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. FARMERS MARKET

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PAWNEE ROCK MONUMENT 12 miles west of Great Bend on U.S. 56 Hwy., Pawnee Rock • 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 women’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. • Enjoy a panoramic view across the prairie • 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 1223 Main St., Great Bend 620-796-2242 • Twenty-four one-of-a-kind lifesized, international Santas personally made by Great Bend artist Loretta Miller OPEN NOVEMBER 30 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 a freewill donation Presented by the Rosewood Roots and Wings Foundation

• Broadway parking lot of Great Bend Public Library, Great Bend. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings in the spring, summer and fall. • Jack Kilby Square, downtown, Great Bend. Thursday nights during Summer Street Stroll 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. May - September.

CLAYTON M. MORRISON MEMORIAL BANDSHELL AND THELMA FAYE HARMS STAGE Lakin St. side of Jack Kilby Square between Main St. and Kansas St. • Home of the Great Bend City Band summer concert series and live music during June Jaunt. For rental information contact Community Coordinator at chayes@greatbendks.net PLANETARIUM Barton Community College 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend 620-792-9320 • Groups can enjoy full-dome movies and tours of the night skies year-round and the special “Season of Light” and “The Christmas Star” 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. TRAIL OF LIGHTS GREAT BEND • Memorable Christmas lights with original works designed and crafted by park department employees. • Trail includes Brit Spaugh Park on North Main St., Jack Kilby Square, Downtown Main St. and Veteran’s Park located on McKinley St. Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving and ending January 1. For more information contact Great Bend Convention and Visitor’s Bureau 620-792-2750 or City of Great Bend 620-793-4111 www.visitgreatbend.com www.greatbendks.net

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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. Check out exhibits, demonstrations, services and wares from area businesses as well as door prizes and give-aways provided by vendors and so much more! 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).

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Family Fun at the Barton County Fair

What is your idea of a Masterpiece? Many times when you ask this question you will get a variety of answers. Some may go directly to thinking of a painting, Michaelangelo or Picasso or how about a piece of Music - Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. Even architecture will be brought up in the conversation, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal and the Great Pyramids. But what about . . . . Grandma’s Apple Pie, the neighbor’s wood carving, that bucket calf that you raised to be a steer or that beautiful dress that was sewn for a perfect fit. You see a Masterpiece is in the eye of the beholder and at this year’s fair we celebrated A Masterpiece!! At the Barton County Fair, we are a Masterpiece. With every exhibit that’s on display, to the entertainment that graces our stages, to the awards and honors that are bestowed to the winners, these are held high as Masterpieces. Our volunteers work hard each year to provide a unique perspective to the fair with theme classes and decorations that bring a since of class to the fair.

Every year presents new challenges and lots of unknowns when planning for the county fair. From entertainment contracts, events and exhibits. This year was no different, new events were added, exhibit classes modified and even a new carnival. We invite everyone to come out to the Barton County Fair. A place where you can meet new people and enjoy great food. A hometown event you can be proud of. A place with a little style, a little flare and a lot of class. Come see a Masterpiece. We also encourage you to not forget about the other events we have to offer, the holiday home tour happens every 1st Sunday in December and 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. We also host indoor go cart and flat track motorcycle races during the winter months in the Expo 3 Arena. Watch our website for more information, dates and times. www.bartoncountyfair.com Our Thanks, Barton County Fair Association

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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 2019, show manager Darren Dale said the show 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.” 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 for the 2020 Expo include horse training demonstrations, multi-chapter FFA benefit auction, K-State Research & Extension presentations, low stress cattle handling, health screenings and a wheat demo field day. A variety of concessions and a beer garden will be available as well. Great Bend welcomes everyone to the show. Motels fill up, so, if you’re planning an overnight trip during the next Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo, be sure to book ahead.

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2019 Race Schedule SRCA Dragstrip Sept. 7 ..........................................Pontiac Uprising Drag Race and Car Show Sept. 19-22 .... NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Sept. 27 ............................................ Test and Tune Sept. 28 ..............NHRA Summit Points Race #10 Rocky Mountain Nostalgia Drag Racing Period Correct Super Stockers 1960-1972 Oct. 11 .............................................. Test and Tune Oct. 12 .................. NHRA Summit Points Race #11 Oct. 25 .............................................. Test and Tune & Gamblers Race Oct. 26 .................. NHRA Summit Points Race #12 Nov. 16 ................................ SRCA Awards Banquet A full schedule of events can be found on the website. Schedule subject to change.

There are hundreds of classes in drag racing, each with different requirements and restrictions on things such as weight, engine size, body style, modifications, and many others. Check the website for rules pertaining to each classification

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pen year-round, Great Bend’s Brit Spaugh Zoo is fun and educational — and admission is free! The zoo was the dream of Great Bend Park Supervisor Brit Spaugh. He started with a duck pond and, in 1953, he acquired two whitetailed deer. Today, the zoo is part of a 46-acre park with around 100 animals and 55 different species, not including insects and fish, that meets high standards for animal care. The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and rescue of animals and to the education and entertainment of children and adults. The zoo also treats wounded birds of prey, known as raptors. Grizzly Central The grand opening of the expanded grizzly bear exhibit in 2018 made our zoo a destination attraction. The project tripled the size of the old exhibit, with added features for the four bears to explore. There are climbing areas, a stream with pools and a den. One of the most exciting features is the viewing area on the west side of the exhibit. This allows people to see the bears up close through an unobstructed window. Their big pool is just inches away from the viewing area. There are also viewing windows at the exhibits for the lions and the African serval cats.


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Zoo Hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except Christmas day and Thanksgiving day. The entrance is through the Raptor Center, located in Brit Spaugh Park. Enter off north Main Street (23rd and Main). Admission is free. Inside the Raptor Center, visitors can peer inside the veterinary room and watch as checkups and other procedures are done on animals. For your convenience The Raptor Center features restrooms, a gift store, educational exhibits and a meeting area. Food that can be fed to the ducks, swans, geese and fish is sold at the front desk. Wagons and wheelchairs are available for rental. The zoo also has a sensory processing disorder kit. Ask if you need to use a weighted lap blanket, noisecanceling headphones or fidget toys.

Bison project In 2019, work began on a new exhibit that will feature bison. It is expected to open in 2020. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said the exhibit will be compliant with Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) standards. Hamlin also

announced plans for a pavilion that will straddle the alligator pond and the trumpeter swan/ goldfish pond. Get involved There are many ways to get involved with the zoo. During the summer of 2019, kids were able to explore the

lives, adaptations, habitats and conservation of animals around the world with the zoo’s firstever Zoo Camp, in cooperation with the Great Bend Recreation Commission. There are also opportunities to get involved by joining the Great Bend Zoological Society, animal “adoption” or volunteer

work. Just ask at the front desk. For more information on the Zoological Society email gbzoosociety@gmail.com, or call 620-793-4226. Be sure to visit the Great Bend Zoological Society and Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Facebook pages for current zoo news and activities.

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hen it comes to riding a bicycle, Barton County has you covered. There are ample blacktops, gravel roads, off-road trails, bike paths and city streets to meet the needs of all riders, from casual cyclist to the hardcore rider. Now, thanks to the efforts of Be Well Barton County, a county-wide coalition promoting bicycling and pedestrian travel, a new map of bike routes throughout the county is available. It showcases various loops, including the mileage involved, and highlights assorted attractions along these paths. “This has been a long time coming,” said Dale Hogg, Be Well member and educator for the Barton County Health Department. “This is a great resource not only for riders here, but for those visiting the area.”

This is available online at ckpartnership.org/bewell. 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 “gravel grinding,” 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, a sevenmile 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. Bike friendly efforts The Barton County Commission approved the installation of the first bike awareness signs on several of the more commonlyused 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. There are also more signs on county roadways providing directions and distances to communities in the county. 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. Now, with the improvements that have either been done or are in the works, more bikes can be seen on streets and roads. Be Well 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.


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Explore the Wetlands Waterpark T he Wetlands Waterpark, located at 2303 Main Street in Great Bend, is a safe, clean, family oriented entertainment experience open seven days a week — weather permitting — starting on Memorial Day weekend and continuing until mid-August. Hours are 12:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., with Family Swim Nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Wetlands is an aquatic adventure with seven slides, spray features, a climbing wall, “water wars� area for friendly water balloon battles, and the original bucket challenge: a 300-gallon tipping bucket that repeatedly refills and then drenches anyone brave enough to stand under it!

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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 that’s in our nature. See how many shorebirds you can spot in the decor. There is also a zero-depth entry area, a swimming pool with a divided shallow end separated by floating features, bath houses, concession area and several shady spots. 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. Admission is $4 for adults 18 and older; $3 for youths 3-17

years old; and free to children under 3. Discount passes for 15 admissions are available for $40. Private parties can also be arranged. For more information call 620-792-1516 or 620-7934111. 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, 620-7933755 or www.greatbendrec.net.

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 mhammeke@gbrec.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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hildren and families are the cornerstone of any growing community, and no organization has worked harder at improving Great Bend’s quality of life than the Great Bend Recreation Commission. That was the consensus when the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development awarded The Great Bend Recreation Commission with the 2018 Legacy Award. Each year, the Rec enrolls thousands of people in group and individual recreation programs such as fitness, art and cooking. There are

programs and classes for youth and adults, senior citizens, and special populations. GBRC has sports programs from youth instructional to adult leagues. Swimming lessons are taught in the summer and special kids activities are offered throughout the year. Special events in partnership with the City of Great Bend include baseball tournaments and the annual Party in the Park. Schedules are mailed or can be viewed online at www.greatbendrec. com. Online enrollment is also available.

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reat Bend’s ball fields are available for rent by individuals, groups or private tournaments. Chris Umphres, sports director of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, 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. 114. The 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 four skinned infields with lights and

a grass infield. 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. 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.

BAT CATS Barton County loves baseball, and there are several other fields available for local use. In 2017, Al Burns Field in Veterans Memorial Park became home field for the Great Bend Bat Cats. “The first year went great,” said team organizer Roger Ward, a former American Legion Baseball coach and longtime local baseball promoter. “We finished ninth in the NBC World Series.” In 2019, the Bat Cats became a first-year member of the Kansas Collegiate League, which features the Andale Warhawks, Cheney Diamond Dawgs, Derby Twins, El Dorado Broncos, Haysville Aviators, Hutchinson Monarchs, Mulvane Patriots, Newton Rebels, Salina Shock and Wichita Sluggers. The Bats Cats played the previous two years in the Jayhawk League.


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reat Bend continues to invest in the future with its youth golf program. Lake Barton Golf Course shares the spotlight for junior golf instruction with Great Bend’s Stoneridge County Club. Tandi Mai leads two dozen youngsters at Lake Barton while Travis McAtee headlines a high school group at Stoneridge Country Club. Doug Kaiser, Barton Community College golf coach, coordinates a summer-long golf program through the Great Bend Recreation Commission. Mai said she appreciates the support from Lake Barton that allows her to focus on instruction for players with experience and players learning the game once a week during the summer. “We feel blessed to offer a well-kept secret at Lake Barton, which is in excellent playing condition this summer,” Mai said. “The players have learned a lot.” Great Bend High School coach Travis McAtee had recent graduates Kelby Titus and Andrew Erb play golf at Barton Community College. Titus has assisted with instruction and also works with the grounds crew at the golf course. 5A state qualifiers Cole Streck and Brantley Baldwin are among the junior golfers McAtee assists several times a week at Stoneridge Country Club. “Our summer participation has been good. One of my goals was to see some of the better players compete in more summer golf events and they’ve done that,” McAtee said. “We’ve

seen more players compete during the summer. Anytime you compete in tournaments, they’ll be carry-over that will help them in the future.” Cal Dunekack, Cailee McMullen and Kaylee Reiser have been regular entrants during the summer tournaments sponsored by the Kansas Golf Association. Streck has placed runner-up and third in KGA-sponsored events, highlighted by a 68-73 (141) runner-up finish at Hutchinson’s Carey Park Golf Course. McAtee works once a week with the girls, once a week with the boys plus a combined session that features individual work with players. One new twist is McAtee has incorporated a phone swing application that allows players to see how their swing is improving. “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 oneon-one and give a player undivided attention.” 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 1438 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 1922. 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 Joe Hipp 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 treelined 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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verlooking the historic and environmentally critical Cheyenne Bottoms is the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, a branch of Fort Hays State University’s Sternberg Museum. It opened 10 years ago. But, during 2018, the KWEC saw its most significant enhancement project to its exhibit hall since opening in 2009 with the installation of 12 new exhibit features, including 14 interactive pieces telling the complex story of the wetland’s ecosystem. The facility also sponsors numerous educational programs for children and adults throughout the year. In 2018, it had contact with nearly 30,000 visitors and program participants. Across the highway is the sprawling Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area. Most of it is managed by the state, but there is also the 7,694 acre Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve managed by The Nature Conservancy. The bottoms has long been a Mecca for bird watchers, hunters and other nature enthusiasts. It is a gem that has garnered national and international attention. According to information from

the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, the popular attraction consists of nearly 20,000 acres of water surface meandering through a 41,000 acre natural land sink northeast of Great Bend. The State of Kansas 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 KDWPT. 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. 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. The Bottoms is also the northern anchor of the 77-mile Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway that connects

National it and the Quivira Nation Stafford County. Wildlife Area in Stafford This route is now both a way to highlight their ecological significance and an important economic development tool for the region. Established in 2002, this byway region has been named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas. Kansas has 12 byways, nine scenic byways and three historic byways. Two of the scenic routes, the Wetlands and Wildlife and the Flint Hills, have national scenic byway status. In 2017, the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway overlook was dedicated. Located on K-4, the overlook is about eight miles east of Hoisington. From the scenic overlook, which sits atop 100-foot bluffs that circles the Cheyenne Bottoms basin on three sides, one can view the bottoms. 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


The nation’s largest inland marsh 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 350 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, ock 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 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 with newly renovated interactive exhibits, 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 ďŹ nd 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 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.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), Buttery Festival with Monarch buttery tagging and other activities (September), Hunter Appreciation Breakfast (October), Star Gazing (October), KWEC Holiday Open House (December), Winter Kids nature programs (February), Greater Prairie Chicken Lek Tours (April), Wings N Wetlands Birding Festival (odd years in April), Summer Kids nature camps ( July), and many other public programs throughout the year.

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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.

hether you are looking for a good spot to picnic or hike, swim or play catch, Barton County has several great offerings. Fishing, hunting, sports, and fitness opportunities are all offered along with several tours that will take you behind the scenes. Don’t miss the professionally designed disc golf course in Veterans Memorial Park.

Hoisington Municipal Swimming Pool 721 N. Center St. 620-653-2535

CITY PARKS Claflin City Park 400 W. Front, Claflin Ellinwood City Park 7th and Park, Ellinwood Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo 2123 Main St., Great Bend

Bicentennial Park West 7th & Monroe, Hoisington Heritage Park Clay & 3rd, Hoisington East Park 3rd & Pine, Hoisington

Harms Park 2305 Heizer, Great Bend

RECREATION CENTERS

Santa Fe Trail Park 10th and Frey, Great Bend

Claflin Recreation Commission 406 Main St., Claflin 620-588-4321 claflinrec.weebly.com

Veterans Memorial Park 4800 17th St. Terrace Great Bend Dog Park - Northwest side of Lake at 17th and McKinley, open daily

Hoisington Recreation Commission 1200 Susank Road, Hoisington 620-653-4050 hoisingtonrec.com Ellinwood Recreation Commission 13 N. Main St., Ellinwood 620-566-7323 www.ellinwoodrec.com

SWIMMING Great Bend Recreation Commission 1214 Stone St., Great Bend 2715 18th St., Great Bend 620-793-3755 greatbendrec.com

Claflin Municipal Swimming Pool 400 W. Front St. 620-588-3655

Great Bend Wetlands Waterpark 2303 Main, 620-792-1516 www.greatbendwaterpark.com Swimming lessons available through the Great Bend Recreation Commission. 620-793-3755 Splash Pad The free 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


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FISHING AND BOATING

Claflin City Park 400 W. Front Corner of Main & Albro, Claflin

Rotary Lake 7th & McArthur, Great Bend 620-793-4160 Public access.

Ellinwood City Park 209 W. 1st St., Ellinwood

Stone Lake Washington St. & Railroad Ave. Great Bend 620-793-4160 Must abide by motor and fishing regulations. Also available: picnic area and a nature trail. Public access.

My Backyard Playground 2715 18th, Great Bend Veterans Memorial Park 4800 17th St. Terrace Great Bend Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo 2123 Main St., Great Bend Bicentennial Park West 7th & Monroe, Hoisington YOUTH SPORTS See “Recreation Centers” for more youth sports and lessons. SUMMER BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL American Legion Class AAA – Great Bend Chiefs Class A – Great Bend Braves Class AA – Hoisington

FOOTBALL Pride of Kansas Football League pkfl.org Great Bend Rex Kern 620-791-8464 rexkern@hotmail.com

ASA Girls Fast Pitch Softball Great Bend Quicksilver Khris Thexton, 620-793-1500 khristhexton@yahoo.com

Hoisington Gene Mooney 785-445-5151 genemooney17@yahoo.com

Sunflower League Hap Dumont Bombers Baseball Great Bend Recreation Commission 620-793-3755

Ellinwood Chad Heinz 620-562-7017 chad.heinz@greaneyconsulting. com

Hoisington Little League Hoisington Recreation Commission 620-653-4050

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 gbwrestlingclub@gmail.com Great Bend: Jesse Richter 620-282-2910 gbkwc@hotmail.com Hoisington: Rex Kern 620-791-8464 rexkern@hotmail.com

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. OTHER ACTIVITIES Great Bend

SWIM TEAM Golden Belt Swim Squad Shannon Somers 620-792-6466 scsomers@hotmail.com

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area 620-793-7730 Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Hunting, bird watching, trails & other activities

VOLLEYBALL Winter Heart of America/USA Volleyball www.hoavb.org 17 and under Velocity Volleyball Club Greg and Becca Maxwell 620-617-1594

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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 Great Bend River Rats www.facebook.com/gbriver.rats 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 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 BOWLING AND MINIATURE GOLF Walnut Bowl 3101 Washington, Great Bend 620-793-9400

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BIKE TOURS Golden Belt Bicycle Company 1111 Main Street, Great Bend 620-793-7060 Group rides leave from the store on Tuesdays (gravel roads) and Thursdays (mountain biking) at 6:00 p.m. Rides also leave from the Playa Azul Mexican Restaurant parking lot, 4923 10th St., on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Open to everyone

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

DISC GOLF COURSES Veterans Memorial Park 2100 McKinley, Great Bend Barton Community College 245 NE 30 Road, Great Bend WALKING TRAILS Claflin Tradition Trail & City Loop Both are popular trails used by residents directions can be found on bartoncounty.org Great Bend Great Bend Fit Trail Veterans Memorial Park 2100 McKinley, Great Bend Hoisington Clara Barton Hospital Walking Path 250 W. 9th St., Hoisington

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Downtown Great Bend 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 Theater. This entertaining 1 mile walk begins and ends at the historic Barton County Courthouse. Check out the Kansas Quilt Walk around the courthouse square and admire the wonderful sculpture of Jack Kilby in the front. The inventor of the microchip graduated from Great Bend High School. On the north side of the square is The Rifleman, a memorial to Union soldiers with the Grand Army of the Republic. A walk around downtown Great Bend reveals more bronze sculptures. For more information and a copy of a selfguided tour, contact the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village at 85 S. Highway 281, Great Bend, or the Barton County Health Department.

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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 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 Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau Brochures for Hiking and Driving Tours and Trail & Walking Path information in Barton County are available at Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau 3111 10th, Great Bend 620-792-2750 or www.visitgreatbend.com 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, La Crosse, 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 The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway is known for its beautiful prairie and wetlands. 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. You can pick up an Audio Tour CD or USB drive to put in your car, you follow the signs and track numbers to listen and learn. Audio is available at the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau, 3111 10th St., (www.visitgreatbend.com), the County Courthouse or you can download from the Byway website at kansaswetlandsandwildlifescenicbyway.com 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. On the back of the band shell is a painting of a Kansas Sunflower Barn Quilt. 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.

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Center, or online at www.kdwpt. state.ks.us. For 24 hour current conditions, phone 620-793-7730. In addition to Cheyenne Bottoms, several thousands of acres of public and walk-in hunting are 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.


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Fishing in Barton County Barton County offers many places to fish for anglers wanting to get out and put some lines in the water hoping for that big catch. Some of the popular fish: catfish, small mouth bass, large mouth bass, white bass, walleye and other nongame species like gar and carp can be found in many rivers, lakes and ponds in Barton County. Fishing spots include: Stone Lake, Veterans Memorial Park, Rotary Lake, all in Great Bend; Wolf Pond in Ellinwood; the Arkansas River; Cheyenne Bottoms; and area creeks. AUTOMATIC STANDBY GENERATORS

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Dairy Queen Restaurant 301 E. 9th (East K-4) 620-653-2806

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GENERAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

GREAT BEND MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Catch-A-Ride 620-792-7797

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 (KGBD) is located at 9047 Sixth St., 3 miles west of Great Bend. 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 midAmerica fuel stop for personal and business aircraft. The City of Great Bend has an eight-member 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 620-793-4168.

Catch-A-Ride is a service offered by Sunflower Diversified Service. Minibuses are available in the city limits of Great Bend and a 10 mile surrounding radius. The buses are available from 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The mini-bus requires advanced notice. Passengers must call at least the day before to schedule their rides. An afterhours 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. Fare is $2 per person per stop. Mini-Bus & Van 620-792-3859 Transportation is available in the Great Bend city limits and in a limited radius outside town, including west to the airport, south of Red Barn,

east to the Doonan dealership, and north to Barton Community College (with special student rate). Van hours are 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Mini-Bus with wheelchair lift operates from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Let the dispatcher know if you need a wheelchair lift. An answering machine is available after hours. Fares in town with 24-hour advance notice are $1.50 for one way or $3.00 for a round

trip, and $1.00 for each extra stop. The fare for same-day service is $4.00 per person one way and $1.00 for each extra stop. Fares outside of Great Bend are $8 per person one way. Hoisington Trolley 620-653-2555 Fare is 25 cents per person one way in Hoisington and up to 1 mile outside of town. Fares are higher for longer trips and 48 hours notice is required.


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Airport Manager Martin Miller 620-793-4168, 620-792-9446 greatbendairport@ruraltel.net www.greatbendks.net/index. aspx?nid=190 General Aviation Service Centerline Aviation Chrissy & Derek Genova 620-796-2130 http://www.fuelwith.us B-29 MEMORIAL The Great Bend Municipal Airport was constructed in 1943 as a World War II Army

RV PARKS & CAMPING Great Bend All Seasons Mobile Home & RV Park 4 NW 30 Road 620-793-9601 Full hookups, showers, cable, Wi-Fi, storm shelter, private patios 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 Hoisington Hoisington Activity Center 1200 Susank Rd. 620-653-4050 Exercise facility, showers, dump station, 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

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Air Force Base to accommodate the B-29 Superfortress bomber. 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.

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Great Bend Appliance, Furniture & SleepSource celebrates 21 years of business “We have a phenomenal staff who understands customer courtesy. They know their product and how to treat a customer the way that they want to be treated,” G.B. Appliance Owner Dale E. Pruter said. This philosophy has served the business well as they just celebrated 21 years of business in Great Bend and the surrounding communities. “We started out with just my wife and me, and have expanded to 20 employees as the business has grown,” Pruter said. They recently hired a second Service Technician, Eric Johnson, to keep up with the demand for service and installations. Both Steven Nagel and Johnson are certified technicians trained at Fred’s Service Academy in Madison, Ohio. 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 appliances and furniture. “BrandSource gives the independent owners the visibility of the bigger box stores because we carry the same brands,” Pruter said. “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.” Appliance service has also been a big part of their success. Service Tech Steven Nagel was trained to service all Whirlpool, Maytag and Kitchenaid appliances, graduating as valedictorian from Fred’s Appliance Repair Academy in Madison, Ohio. “We are happy and proud to have such a quality young service tech who knows how to treat customers and holds customer service as their number one priority,” Pruter said. In addition to service, they offer delivery, installation and set up as well as in-home design and consulting services for customers. Great Bend Appliance showcases Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and Amana appliances, and recently added

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“Scratch and Dent” appliances to their line-up, new appliances with slight blemishes, which can save customers a lot of money. The Sleep Source offers beds, mattresses, headboards and sheets. Serta’s gel-infused iComfort bed is a best seller, and they offer Corsicana and the new Tempurpedic family of products, plus a new line of Sealy hybrid mattresses. The England furniture division is a La-Z-Boy company that offers many different furniture products. Additions over the years include: Oreck vacuum cleaners, SunHeat infrared heaters and LG, Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba flat-panel televisions. “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 and listening to customer requests and needs.” BrandSource supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities and furnished all appliances for the Ronald McDonald houses throughout the nation. KitchenAid is a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. The business was honored as Outstanding Business of the Year by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce in 2005, and was awarded the BrandSource Dealer of the year in 2005. Employees include co-owner Sherry Pruter, Kenny Pruter, Steven Nagel, Rachel Nagel, Eric Rostine, Audra Rostine, Chonny Simonson, Teresa Wondra, Shelly Post, Jeni Doan, Pablo Ibarra, Miraya Starnes, Tammy Dreese, Daniel Hammeke, Josh Hamilton, Chris Jeska, Roland Nagel, Kasey Starnes.

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arton County sits near the geographical center of Kansas, and is home to the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and many historic sites that tell the story of how the region helped shape the nation as a whole. From Native Americans to Spanish explorers and settlers on the Santa Fe Trail, many have passed through the region over the centuries. The Arkansas River, the sixth largest river in the United States, flows through the county, with its northernmost bend peaking just six miles east of where Great Bend sits today. Indigenous people settled along the river for thousands of years before Spanish conquistador and explorer Ferdinand Coronado and his men traveled through the area in the 1540s. A 192-mile portion of the Arkansas River in Kansas was designated as a National Water Trail, by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism in 2016. The trail begins in Great Bend and ends at the KansasOklahoma border southeast of Arkansas City. Barton County is now a hub of state, national and international trade with the Transload Facility at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. It is also the crossroads

of two major highways, U.S. 56 and U.S. 281. But, the history runs deeper. Spanish conquistadors and explorers are reported to be the first Europeans to ever visit this portion of Kansas. Nearly three centuries later, the first Americans to officially visit the area were Lt. Zebulon Pike and his men while conducting an expedition to the Rocky Mountains in 1806. Later, this route became known as the Santa Fe Trail, traveled by pioneers heading west for a better way of life. Then the railroads, and civilization in the form of cities and towns took hold. In 1867, Barton County was created, but it wasn’t until 1872 that the minimum population of 600 was reached in order for the county to

be organized. 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. In 1943 during World War II, 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.”


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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. Today, major industries in Barton County

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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. 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. The zoo remains open today and has been updated. The park also now includes the Wetlands Aquatic Park. In 1965, Barton County Community Junior

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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.

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People quick facts Bar Barton arton County Population, 2018 estimate............................................................................................................................... 26,111 Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2017 ........................................................................... -5.6% Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018 ........................................................................... -3.2% Population, 2010 .............................................................................................................................................. 27,674 Persons under 5 years, percent ........................................................................................................................6.3% Persons under 18 years, percent .....................................................................................................................23.8% Persons 65 years and over, percent ................................................................................................................19.2% Female persons, percent ..................................................................................................................................50.6% White alone, percent, (a) ...................................................................................................................................95.% Black or African American alone, percent (a)................................................................................................... 2% American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent (a) ...................................................................................0.9% Asian alone, percent, 2015 (a) ..........................................................................................................................0.3% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent (a) ......................................................................0.1% Two or More Races, percent .............................................................................................................................1.8% Hispanic or Latino, percent (b) ........................................................................................................................15.2% White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent ..................................................................................................81.2% Living in same house 1 year & over, percent, 2012-2016 ..............................................................................81.8% Foreign born persons, percent, 2012-2016 ......................................................................................................5.5% Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2012-2016 ........................................................11.8% High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2012-201686.1% ......................................... 87.6% Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25+, 2012-2016 .........................................................16.9% Veterans, 2013-2019......................................................................................................................................... 1,785 Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+................................................................................... 17.9 Housing units, 2018 ......................................................................................................................................... 12,757 Homeownership rate, 2018 ..............................................................................................................................68.7% Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2013-2017 ....................................................................... $87,600 Households, 2013-2017 ................................................................................................................................... 11,288 Persons per household, 2012-2016 .................................................................................................................. 2.36 Per capita money income in past 12 months (2017 dollars), 2013-2017 .................................................... $26,264 Median household income, 2013-2017 ......................................................................................................... $46,070 Persons below poverty level, percent ............................................................................................................15.6%

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Barton County Jail 1408 Kansas, Great Bend 620-793-1876

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

Barton County Courthouse 1400 Main, Great Bend 620-793-1800

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

County Attorney M. Levi Morris 620-793-1851

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

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COURT PROBATION SERVICES District Court Clerk Martha Rivas 620-793-1856

20th Judicial District Court Services 1806 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1887

Judicial Division 1 Carey Hipp 785-472-4052 (Ellsworth)

Central Kansas Community Corrections 1806 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1940

Judicial Division 2 Steve Johnson 620-793-1863 Judicial Division 3 Mike Keeley, Chief Judge 620-793-1863

Juvenile Intake 1213 Baker, Great Bend 620-793-1930

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

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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.

James Jordan - County Treasurer 1400 Main, Room 208, Great Bend 620-793-1831, 620-793-1978 fax A four-year term. Term began 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 must 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 in Room 207. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 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 Kenny Schartz Schremmer Chairwoman, Chairman pro-tem 5th District 1st District Term began Term began January 2015 January 2015 jschartz@ kschremmer@ bartoncounty.org 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

M. Levi Morris - County Attorney 1400 Main, Room 302, Great Bend 620-793-1851, 620-793-1855 fax A four-year term. Appointed December 2018. Next election November 2020. barton.cntyatty@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)

James Daily Member, 4th District Appointment began April 2019 jdaily@ 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


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Amy Miller, KCEM Barton County Emergency Management and Risk Management 1400 Main Room 108, Great Bend 620-793-1919, 620-786-4450 cell, 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.

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. Phillip Hathcock County Administrator 1400 Main, Room 107, Great Bend 620-793-1800, 620-793-1807 fax Duties include: The Administrator 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. Barbara Esfeld County Appraiser 1400 Main, Room 206, Great Bend 620-793-1821, 620-793-1820 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 personal property within the county. Judy Goreham Environmental Management/Zoning 1910 18th St., Great Bend 620-796-4300, 620-792-9905 cell, 620-796-2282 fax Duties include: Enforces the Barton County Environmental & Sanitary Code. Permitting includes water wells, septic systems, licensing of wastewater contractors, water testing, property transfer inspections and environmental assistance. It also enforces the Barton County Zoning Regulations, the Barton County Nuisance Code and licenses fireworks stands that are in unincorporated areas of the county. It also handles most of the Floodplain Regulations compliance for the unincorporated areas.

Dena Popp Communications / 911 Director 1300 Stone, Great Bend 620-793-1920 Duties include: Provides emergency dispatching services for Barton County Sheriff, police departments of Claflin, Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington, Kansas Highway Patrol, and all fire departments and emergency medical services in the county. 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 Weeds 2300 6th, P.O. Box 518, Great Bend 620-793-1936, 620-793-1938 fax John Debes Information Technology 1400 Main, Rm 201, Great Bend 620-793-1841, 620-793-1990 fax Provides technical support to all county offices. Gary Bruner Facilities Management 1400 Main, Rm 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 Services (JIAS) 1213 Baker, Great Bend 620-793-1930, 620-793-1977 fax Amy Boxberger Central Kansas Community Corrections 1806 12th, Great Bend 620-793-1940, 620-793-1893 fax

Barry McManaman, PE Barton County Engineering 1400 Main Room 108, Great Bend 620-793-1808 Services Provided: Plans, develops and maintains the county’s infrastructure to provide safe travel and enhance the life of Barton County citizens. Coordinates related activities with cities, townships and other governmental units. Phillip Hathcock 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, 620-786-9485 cell, 620-793-1899 fax 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, April-October (weather permitting). Check website for other locations, www.bartoncounty.org. 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 batteries. The facility does not accept agricultural pesticides over 2.5 gallons or 10 pounds total volume per customer. Check website for complete list and requirements. There is also a giveaway program of these items, call for information.

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Governor Laura Kelly State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave., St. 241S Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Phone: 785-296-3232 Toll Free: 877-579-6757 https://governor.kansas.gov

Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers State Capitol 300 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS 66612-1590 Phone: 785-368-8500 Toll Free: 800-748-4408

Secretary of State Scott Schwab 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 Phone: 785-296-4165 https://www.kansasstatetreasurer.com

Attorney General Derek Schmidt 120 SW 10th, 2nd Floor Topeka, KS 66612-1597 Phone: 785-296-2215 https://ag.ks.gov/home

Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt 420 SW 9th St. Topeka, KS 66612-1678 Phone: 785-296-3071 Consumer Assistance Hotline 1-800-432-2484 (KS only) kid.commissioner@ks.gov

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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 Email: taylor4senate82@gmail.com

District 112 Representative Tory Arnberger, Republican Capitol Room: 352-S Seat: 45 Phone: 785-296-7363 Email: ToryMarie.Arnberger@house.ks.gov Home: P.O. Box 103, Great Bend, KS 67530 Phone: 620-603-8967 Email: tmarnberger@gmail.com

District 113 Alicia Straub, Republican Capitol Room: 512-N Seat: 108 Phone: 785-296-7682 Email: Alicia.Straub@house.ks.gov Home: 401 S. Kennedy, Ellinwood, KS 67526 Phone: 620-564-2196 Email: alicia.straub@house.ks.gov

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District 109 Troy Waymaster, Republican Capitol Room: 111-N Seat: 7 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 www.roberts.senate.gov Committee Assignments: Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Select Committee on Ethics; Committee on Finance; Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; 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; Veterans’ Affairs Committee; Indian Affairs Committee U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall Republican, 1st District 312 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-2715 www.marshall.house.gov Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Science, Space and Technology


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Barton County Source

| TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS

ALBION Clerk—Rocky Meitner, 620-653-7596 or 620-282-8633,1280 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

FAIRVIEW Clerk—Deric Funk, 785-445-2958 2093 NW 90 Rd., Russell, KS 67665 Treasurer—Dennis N. Steinert 620-935-4333 or 620-923-5489 2257 NW 80 Ave., Russell, KS 67665 Trustee—James DeWald, 620-935-4274 935 NW 180 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564

BEAVER Clerk—Scott Schlochtermeier, 620-639-6595 856 NE 210 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Terry R. Miller, 620-786-5385 573 1st Ave., Beaver, KS 67525 Trustee—Gerald Schauf, 620-587-3352 or 620-791-7973, 481 NE 190 Rd. Hoisington, KS 67544

GRANT Clerk—Mark Stos, 1333 NW 150 Rd. Otis, KS 67565 Treasurer—Joleen Steinert, 620-935-4348 or 620-786-4195, 970 NW 160 Rd. Olmitz, KS 67564 Trustee—Joe F. Axman, 620-586-3274 898 NW 140 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564

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, 620-797-1639 578 NW 40 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530

GREAT BEND Clerk—R.L. Engle, 620-793-7767 1314 College View Dr. Great Bend, KS 67530 Treasurer—Mike Snyder, 620-793-7043 48 NW 48 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Denis Bachand, 620-792-1932 304 NE 30 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530

CHEYENNE Clerk—John Lamatsch, 620-587-9977 1396 Lewis–Odin, Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—Francis J. Debes, 620-587-3668 or 620-786-4501, 749 NE 130 Rd. Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—John Klug, 620-587-3952 908 St. Stephan Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 CLARENCE Clerk—Dennis Comer, 620-923-4688 172 NW 140 Ave., Albert, KS 67511 Treasurer—LaVerne Oetken, 620-793-6905 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 or 620-562-7619, 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

INDEPENDENT Clerk—Bridget Beran, 201 8th St. Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—James J. Debes, 620-587-3544 or 620-786-1342, 310 E. Hamilton P.O. Box 45, Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—Randy Oeser, 620-987-2362 101 6th, Claflin, KS 67525 LAKIN Clerk—Aaron Birzer, 620-564-2130 or 620-786-1555, 1146 NE 20 Rd. Ellinwood, KS 67526 Treasurer—Corey Robl, 620-786-6810 996 NE 10 Rd., Ellinwood, KS 67526 Trustee—Mark Knop, 410 E. 8th St. Ellinwood, KS 67526 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

COMANCHE Clerk—Linda Borror, 620-564-2484 1043 SE 20 Rd., Ellinwood, KS 67526 Treasurer—Kraig Clawson, 620-564-2646 276 SE 56 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Don Ravenstein, 620-564-2285 or 620-282-9633, 328 B SE 80 Ave. Ellinwood, KS 67526

LOGAN Clerk—Joseph V. Zink, 620-562-8417 850 NE 150 Ave., Claflin, KS 67525 Treasurer—Joy Hertach, 620-587-3450 or 719-306-4606, 947 NE 160 Ave. Claflin, KS 67525 Trustee—David P. Wirth, 620-587-3795 673 NE 150 Ave., Ellinwood, KS 67526

EUREKA Clerk—Michael McCurry, 620-791-8622 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 or 786-0911, 995 NW 40 Ave. Hoisington, KS 67544

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 D. Jonas, 620-653-2935 56 NE 150 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544

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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 SOUTH BEND Clerk—Lance Walters, 620-7797-2600 94 SE 20 Ave., P.O. Box 1265 Great Bend, KS 67530 Treasurer—Marilyn J. Selle, 620-617-4987 198 SE 30 Rd., Great Bend, KS 67530 Trustee—Craig A. Amerine, 620-793-0206 325 SE 40 Ave., Great Bend, KS 67530 SOUTH HOMESTEAD Clerk—Brandon Yeakley, 620-653-4035 846 NW 10 Ave., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Randy Strickland, 620-653-7565 or 620-828-0841, 22 NW 70 Rd. Hoisington, KS 67544 Trustee—Gary Sidman, 620-793-7037 605 W Lakeview Dr., Great Bend, KS 67530 UNION Clerk—Justin Ludwig, 620-617-8267 197 NE 220 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Dennis R. Poland, 620-786-0241 1767 NE 10 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Trustee—Marty Michaelis, 620-653-4511 88 NE 200 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 WALNUT Clerk—Dale Kuhlman, 620-793-4537 966 NW 70 Rd., Olmitz KS 67564 Treasurer—Dale E. Maneth, 620-587-3326 1171 NW 110 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564 Trustee—Steve Schneider, 620-586-3280 897 NW 120 Ave., Olmitz, KS 67564 WHEATLAND Clerk—Kenneth N. Ney, 620-653-4665 582 NW 180 Rd., Hoisington, KS 67544 Treasurer—Garry Batt, 620-935-4390 or 785-483-1109, 2269 NW 30 Ave. Russell, KS 67665 Trustee—Kevin Nettleingham, 620-653-7695 749 NW 180 Rd., Olmitz, KS 67564

Township officials are elected by residents of their township. Elections are held during regular county-wide elections. Clerks: Term 2019-2023 Treasurer: Term 2017-2021 Trustee: Term 2017-2021


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| WHO SHOULD I CALL?

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 (Customer Service) 1-888-482-4950 (Emergency) You want to know if you are eligible for affordable housing? 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 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 Animals found, lost or being treated cruelly? Golden Belt Humane Society — 620-792-4297 Hoisington Animal Control Officer — 620-653-4995 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 — Joe Andrasek, 620-793-4111 Hoisington — Dalton Popp, 620-653-4125 Olmitz – Terry Riese, 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 question about water quality? Judy Goreham – 620-796-4300 You have a zoning question? Barton County — Judy Goreham, 620-796-4300 Ellinwood — 620-564-3161 Great Bend — 620-793-4106 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 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 would like to test your home for radon? Cottonwood Extension District Great Bend Office 1800 12th, Great Bend Donna Krug — 620-793-1910 You have a health question? Barton County Health Department — 620-793-1902 You want to escape domestic violence? Family Crisis Center — 620-792-1885 You need a referral for day care? Barton County Health Department — 620-793-1902 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 You want a business license? Great Bend City Clerk — 620-793-4111 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 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 dispute your property tax appraisal? Barton County Appraisers Office — 620-793-1821

You need a property transfer inspection when a private well and/ or private septic system is involved? Judy Goreham — 620-796-4300

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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| RECYCLING

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RECYCLING CENTERS Great Bend Sunflower Diversified Recycling Center 5523 10th St. – 620-793-5800 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recycling bin at 18th and Williams Street Items accepted: Paper, magazines and catalogs, newspapers, books, cardboard; plastic; aluminum (cans may be sold 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. The recycling center now accepts E-waste and bicycles.

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 Sunflower’s processing plant at 8823 4th St., Great Bend.

Rosewood ECycle 620-603-8348 Maintenance Building, 2200 Main St. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main St. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

APPLIANCES, TIRES & HAZARDOUS WASTE Barton County Landfill 350 NE 30 Rd. — Great Bend 620-793-1898 Hazardous Waste — 8:00 a.m. to Noon on the 3rd Saturday of each month, April through October. Unacceptable materials: liquid waste, yard waste, explosive materials, hazardous materials, radioactive materials

R Recycling Containers for c community use or special events Contact Debbie McCormick at Sunflower Diversified Services, 620-792-1325 Kans for Kids 24-hour drop-off http://kans4kidsfoundation.org/ fundraising/

CLOTHING & HOUSEWARES Salvation Army Store 2545 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-4299

Claflin 108 Main St.

COMPOST SITES Great Bend One half (1/2) mile south of Railroad Avenue on Pat Keenan Memorial Road

Ellinwood Recycling Center: 203 West 1st St. Open 24 hours

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Albert Albert Fire Station

Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-282-4104

Hoisington Recycling Center: Parking lot of Wilson State Bank

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.

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Hoisington 1-1/2 miles east on Keystone Rd.

Olmitz Olmitz Fire Station

CONVENIENT CENTRAL LOCATION

517 Washington St., Great Bend

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MURPHY TRUCK REPAIR 517 Washington Great Bend, KS 620-792-6595

In Business Since 1980 Truck Repair and Towing


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GOLDEN BELT HUMANE SOCIETY

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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, Director Heather Acheson said. Come visit the shelter and check out the adoptable cats, dogs and other animals. In 2019, Miss Kansas Sweetheart Laura Daniel made the Golden Belt Humane Society a “pet project.� 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. Check out the Golden Belt Humane Society

on Facebook or call for more information. Ongoing programs include training for homeless dogs by inmates at the Larned Mental Health Correctional Facility. This program, called the Best Chance Dog Program, was started by Bobbie King in 1999, who said more than 250 dogs have been obedience trained and prepared for their future homes. Anyone interested in adopting one of these dogs should contact King by calling 620-792-2715 (NO TEXTS). Other services available at the Golden Belt Humane Society include pet micro-chipping, as well as trap rentals for nuisance animals. “We’re always looking for volunteers and foster homes,� Acheson said. Donations of cash or of pet items are greatly appreciated. Items may include 13-gallon drawstring trash bags, plug-in air fresheners, and high efficiency laundry detergent.

The Golden Belt Humane Society 151 South U.S. 281, Great Bend Open Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 620-792-4297 (office); 620-792-5595 (fax) directorgoldenbelt@gmail.com

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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 countywide jurisdiction, also helps out in the communities and townships and assists with state and federal law enforcement agencies. 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.

Fire Departments 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

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.

ALBERT Fire Department 2008 Main 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 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 505 Centre 620-982-4553

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


Specialty Care Anesthesiology David Gillenwater, MD Chris Omenski, CRNA Garret Rebel, CRNA Kris Tarlton, CRNA

Teri Turkle-Huslig, MD Gina Westhoff, PA Dodie Martin, PA-C Mark VanNorden, DO Kristin L. Babcock, PA-C Haley Gleason, APRN

Cardiology Mohammed Janif, MD Jeffrey Curtis, MD

Convenient care walk-in clinic Kristin Goetz, APRN Ashley Vonada, PA Hayley Zink, APRN Ed Habash, PA Alisha Stinemetz, APRN Jennifer Marsell, APRN Haley Gleason, APRN Deana Schwartzkoph, APRN

General surgery Jeremy Howes, MD Patrick Stiles, MD Jerod Grove, MD Paul Teget, DO

Hospital medicine Stanley Hatesohl, MD Melinda Joye, PA-C Celestine Ofoma, MD Jonathan Pike, MD Jean Pringle, MD Mark VanNorden, DO

Pain management David Gillenwater, MD Mark Steffen, MD

Pediatrics Marta Edmonds, MD Karen Norris, APRN Harimahefa Ratsimbason, MD Kelli Smiley, APRN Ryan Williams, MD

Podiatry Richard Burkey, DPM Richard Krause, DPM

Pulmonology Lesa Klozenbucher, APRN

Psychiatry Patrick Stang, MD

Emergency medicine Dan Bequillard, PA Amanda Bickle, APRN Jennifer Humphreys, APRN Teresa Jackson, APRN Jerome Molstad, PA Jamie Schneider, APRN Joie Tedder, APRN Mark VanNorden, DO Gina Westhoff, PA

Family medicine Jeffrey Brozek, MD Stanley Hatesohl, MD Charles Keener, MD Jonathan Pike, MD Perry Smith, MD Elise Snapp, ARNP 54

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Radiologogy

Jodi Henrikson, MD Sheila Hein, APRN

Curt Thompson, MD

Spine Surgery Ophthalmology

Max De Carvalho,MD

Donald Beahm, MD Perry Schuetz, MD

Urology

Orthopedics

Ed Habash, PA Srinivas S. Samavedi, MD

Wade Babcock, PA Joshua Boone, DPM Ashley Boxberger, PA L.T. Fleske, MD Randall Hildebrand, MD Anne Linenberger, PA Max De Carvalho, MD Gulraiz Cheema, MD

Women’s health Sheila Hein, APRN


Make an appointment at one of our Great Bend locations

Trust your healthcare to the experts. At The University of Kansas Health System, we are committed to providing the highest quality of care to the people we serve. And, as part of the region’s premier academic health system, our care teams in Great Bend offer you the latest primary, specialty and surgical care right here, close to home – where you and your family need it most.

Family Medicine 1309 Polk St. Great Bend, KS 67530 620-792-5341 Great Bend Campus 514 Cleveland St. Great Bend, KS 67530 Hospital 620-792-8833 Medical Pavilion 620-792-2151 St. Rose Medical Pavilion 3515 Broadway Ave. Great Bend, KS 67530 620-792-2511 Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Learn more at kansashealthsystem.com/community.

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| IMMUNIZATIONS

Immunization Requirements for the 2019-2020 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**

Kindergarten and Grade 1 - New Requirement! Vaccine DTaP/DT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis A - New NEWRequirement! REQUIREMENT! Hepatitis B

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

Grade 2 - 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

Grade 7 - New Requirement! Vaccine TdaP/DT (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) IPV (Polio) MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Varicella (Chickenpox) Hepatitis B NEW NEWRequirement! REQUIREMENT! Meningococcal (serogroup A, C, W, Y)

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

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. • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine: 2 doses recommended at age 11 years 2 doses needed if started at 11-14 years 3 doses needed if started at 15 years or older

Grades 8, 9, 10 and 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

Grade 11 - New Requirement! In addition to above vaccines for Grades, 8, 9, 10 & 12:

Meningococcal (serogroup A, C, W, Y) 1 dose 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-8, 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.

Immunizations are administered on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday at the Barton County Health Department 1300 Kansas Ave., Great Bend 620-793-1902, 1-877-793-1903 www.bartoncounty.org


ELLINWOOD HOSPITAL AND CLINIC 605 N. Main, Ellinwood, 620-564-2548 ellinwooddistricthospital.org PROVIDERS Charlie Joslin, MD Christopher Brown, MD Robin Durrett, DO, FACS, FACOS Debbie Wolfe, APRN Diane Haines, APRN Kelli Nash, APRN 24/7 ER CARE INPATIENT CARE OUTPATIENT SERVICES IV Therapy & Injections, Port-A-Cath & PICC Line Care THERAPY SERVICES Physical and Occupational Therapy IMAGING SERVICES X-Ray, CT Scan, MRI, Ultrasound, Mammography, DXA, & EKG SPECIALTY SERVICES Endoscopy and Colonoscopy FULL SERVICE MEDICAL LABORATORY

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Communitty Outreach Services Call for more information

Emergency Preparedness Disaster Management and Recovery Community Awareness and Response Poverty Reduction Resources for assistance and guidance Stepping On Program Fall Risk Reduction for Seniors Healthy Living Laboratory Services Select laboratory services provided Immunizations All Ages Foreign Travel Back to School Off to College Annual Flu Shots Sexual Assault Care Referrals STD Testing Adult Health Well Woman Check Well Man Check Self Breast Exams Blood Pressure Checks Weight/Height Checks BMI (Basic Metabolic Measurements) Education

Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Grant Awardee Tobacco Cessation, Healthy Living Guidance Educational Services Communicable Disease Management TB (Tuberculosis) Testing and Medication Management Education STD Testing, treatment and follow-up Disease Investigation Rabies Investigation Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs Regional Satellite OfďŹ ce Care Coordination Assisting young and old with Care Management and Case Coordination Child Care Licensing Services Provides guidance and direction with new and existing Child Care In-Home and Public Facilities Car Seat Safety Technicians Guidance and Education on Car Seat ďŹ tting and safety

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Continuing our history of community care you can trust. Experts at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates have been caring for this community for years. Our American Board of Family Medicine-certified physicians and advanced practice providers specialize in comprehensive care for you and your whole family. We see patients of all ages, and even offer sports medicine services. Call to schedule an appointment today.

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The kind of care that meets your needs: • Same-day appointments are available. • Establish a relationship with one of our providers. Together, we have more than 45 years of combined experience in this community. • Receive quality care and access to the resources of a world-class academic medical center.

Pawnee Valley Medical Pavilion 713 W. 11th St. Larned, KS 67550 620-285-3161 pawneevalleyhospital.com


CLARA BARTON HOSPITAL 250 W. 9th, Hoisington 620-653-2114

CLARA BARTON MEDICAL CLINIC 252 W. 9th, Hoisington 620-653-2386 Family Practice and Acute Walk-In Clinic Nathan Knackstedt, DO T. Scott Webb, DO Debra Brockel, PA Phillip Barnes, PA Kelci Burkey, PA-C Taylor Bieberle, PA-C Jenna Snell, PA-C Brandi Goetz, PA-C Therapy Services Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy 250 W. 9th, Hoisington 620-653-5065

CLARA BARTON MEDICAL CLINIC GREAT BEND 1031 Jackson, Great Bend 620-793-6900 Family Practice Nathan Knackstedt, DO T. Scott Webb, DO Kelci Burkey, PA-C Jenna Snell, PA-C Debra Brockel, PA

CLARA BARTON SPECIALTY OUTREACH CLINICS 252 W. 9th St., Hoisington Cardiology Orthopedics Randall Hildebrand, MD Bassem Chehab, MD 620-792-4383 316-265-1308 First and Third Friday 2nd and 3rd Monday Costy Matar, MD Obstetrics and Gynecology 620-669-2717 Christine Sanders, MD Every other Tuesday 800-779-6979 Second Wednesday Urology Andrew Jensen, MD 316-636-6100 First and Third Thursday 1031 Jackson, Great Bend Perinatology – Cardiothoracic Surgery High Risk Pregnancy Brett Grizzell, MD, FACS John Evans, MD 866-858-5001 316-962-7188 Fourth Tuesday Second Monday Neurosurgery Matthew Henry, MD 877-685-2525 Fourth Monday

CLARA BARTON SURGICAL SERVICES 353 W. 10th St., Hoisington 620-653-4191 Jeremy Howes, MD, FACS Leah Alpers, PA-C P.J. Stiles, MD Ashley Boxberger, PA-C

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Continuing a tradition Barton County Sourcee

In n May, Physical Therapist Kevyn Soupiset S i t helped h l d continue ti a tradition of physical rehabilitative services in the area. He purchased Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine following the retirement of long-time owner Teresa Malone. Malone retired after a long and very successful physical therapy and business career. Soupiset has worked in outpatient orthopedics the majority of his career and is quite passionate about this area of physical therapy. He has practiced in the Central Kansas area since 2002 and helped co-found Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine in Larned in 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas (1996) with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 1999 and then a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in the spring of 2013. He has advanced his clinical and professional skills by completing advanced certifications in Sports Physical Therapy (STC) with his training through the North American Sports Medicine Institute and Manual Therapy (MTC) through the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine prides themselves in developing physical therapy programs that are tailored to each individual client who walks through the door. Everyone has different life styles and needs for function. They will work with you to develop the best program to help you attain your goals in the shortest period of time possible. “Today’s world of high deductibles and co-pays require that we be the best stewards of insurance funds available. We are experts in combining hands on treatment techniques, exercise and education to relieve pain, restore motion and strength, to get function back. To get their LIFE back. No one should have to live with pain or limitations,� he said. “Our mission is to provide our clients with compassionate, comprehensive and personal care utilizing best practices in a highly skilled and professional manner,� Soupiset said. “We strive to make an impact with a client experience that encourages them to move forward and share their positive experience with others.�

| ADVANCED THERAPY & SPORTS MEDICINE

Soupiset and Advanced Therapy’s 19 employees, at its three area locations, offer physical therapy services that cover all orthopedic conditions, including back and neck pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, neurological conditions, headaches, vertigo, balance and fall prevention and pelvic pain. They also partner with Barton Community College to offer WorkFit, a service dedicated to reducing work-related injuries and associated costs for employers including lowering their work comp premiums. This comprehensive testing procedure utilizes 28 medical measurements to provide objective baseline data about an employee’s maximum physical performance. Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine started in 1984 in Great Bend. It has grown from a single one-man clinic to three very active clinics. Great Bend is the main office with satellite clinics in Hays and Larned. The Great Bend site has a staff of 9, which includes Susan Bauer, Karina Valles, and Callie Bartlett in the front office; PTs Kevyn Soupiset, Jessica Pauly and Carrie Hildebrand and PTAs Dan Crites, Cheryl Ralston and Bonny Schartz. “I can’t express enough, how excited I am to lead the company with the same great staff, into the future,� he said. The staff at Advanced/Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine are leading physical therapy and sports medicine providers in the area and boasts over 130 years of combined experience. “Our staff is great and continue to be patient advocates and proactive clinicians, even to this day,� he added. With the expansion the company plans to increase the programs

offered, including balance and fall prevention, work comp rehab, and vestibular disorders. “Health care has changed over the last few years and we have tried to adapt to allow for the best care that can be given within the limitations of the insurance companies and to keep out-ofpocket expenses to a minimum,� Soupiset said. In Kansas, patients can receive physical therapy care without a physician’s referral, in most instances, depending on a few insurance requirements. With the advent of direct access, this allows the ability to start your musculoskeletal treatment quicker and often with less out-of-pocket expense to you, driving down your actual health care costs. Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine wants to thank everyone for the support they have received over the years, they have been anchored in the community for 35 years and are excited to keep serving the Golden Belt for many more.

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LOCATIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION: • Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine - Great Bend 4801 10th Street Hours of operation Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Phone - 620-603-4421 • Progressive Physical Therapy Center - Hays Northwest corner of Canterbury Drive and 22nd Street 2209 Canterbury Drive Hours of operation Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone - 785-621-4570 • Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine - Larned South side near 6th and Main Streets in Larned, across from First State Bank 117 W 6th Street Hours of operation Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Phone - 620-285-6011

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| HEALTH

ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY

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PHYSICAL THERAPY

Central Kansas Orthopedic Group L.T. Fleske, MD Randall Hildebrand, MD Joshua Boone, DPM 1514 K-96 Hwy., Great Bend 620-792-4383

The 10th Street Eyecare Center 2601 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-2020

Progressive Therapy & Sports Medicine Kevyn Soupiset, DPT Ashley Peintner, DPT Carrie Hildebrand, PT Shawn Jecha, PTA 117 W. 6th, Larned 620-285-6011

PHARMACY Medical Park Pharmacy 1309 Polk, Great Bend 620-792-1221

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY/ SHOULDER, ELBOW, HAND

Cardinal Pharmacy 821 N. Main St., Hoisington 620-653-2200

Achieve Rehab David Gonzales, OT, CHT 1410 Polk St., Great Bend 620-792-2111

The Central Kansas Health and Wellness Expo January 11, 2020 Watch the Great Bend Tribune for more information

PHYSICAL THERAPY/ OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Central Kansas Orthopedic Group Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Troy Moore, DPT Jake Thompson, DPT Adam Kristek, DPT Jayme Mayers, PT Kayti Trapp, PTA Kala Knight, PTA Dominic Trapp, PTA Melissa Tudor, COTA Brianna Sawyerwinnie, SLP 1514 K-96 Hwy., Great Bend 620-792-4383 Ellinwood Hospital and Clinic 605 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2548

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Barton County Health Department 1300 Kansas Ave., Great Bend 620-793-1902 www.bartoncounty.org/Health 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

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Heart of Kansas Family Health Care 1905 19th St., Great Bend 620-792-5700 522 Broadway St., Larned 620-804-6100 412 Grand Ave., Stafford 620-792-5700 www.heartofkansas.com Hutchinson Clinic 2101 N. Waldron, Hutchinson 800-779-6979 www.hutchclinic.com The University of Kansas Health System Great Bend Campus Full Service Hospital with Emergency Room 514 Cleveland St., Great Bend 620-792-8833 The University of Kansas Health System St. Rose Medical Pavilion Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic 3515 Broadway Ave. 620-792-2511 www.gbregional.com The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus 923 Carroll, Larned 620-285-3161 www.pawneevalleyhospital.com

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The Kansas Crisis Hotline 888-363-2287 Child/Adult Abuse Reporting 800-922-5330 ChildhelpÂŽ 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, 845-883-6060 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 National Center for Victims of Crime 855-4-VICTIM

Kansas Department for Children and Families 1305 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5324 www.dcf.ks.gov

Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program (KWAP) For Barton County - Interfaith Housing Services, Inc. 1-877-447-5927

Kansas Department of Health & Environment Nursing Home Complaints 800-842-0078

Kansas Legal Services, Inc. 800-723-6953 www.kansaslegalservices.org

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

Fraud Abuse Hotline 800-432-3913

Tobacco Cessation 800-QUIT-NOW

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

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

Kansas Children’s Service League-Parent Helpline 620-868-0139 www.kcsl.org

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Poison Control 800-222-1222

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

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| CUSTOM ART BY GENE

Smith follows his artistic passion and are done on 9 x 12 tinted paper and come with an 11 x 14 matte ready for framing. He describes the gallery as a friendly place to enjoy a cup of coffee, enjoy the art on display and purchase items that are for sale. Smith was born in Dighton and lived in Gove until 1956 when the family moved to Phoenix, Ariz. The drought of ‘55 and the blizzard of ‘56 took everything from his parents. Smith was always drawing or doodling on any blank spots in papers, magazines or any paper he could get his hands on. He recalls a time in the second grade he was sent to talk to Fred Crippen, the principle of Gove Grade School, for drawing cowboys and an Indian village on his workbook. Gove Grade School did not have any art classes but when he

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ene Smith has opened an art gallery and studio at 2015 Forest Ave. in downtown Great Bend. Custom Art By Gene is showing 2D and 3D works by Smith and other artists, including members of Artists At Large of Central Kansas (AALofCK). Smith started the studio/gallery to create and sell his art. He said he is open to considering art projects of any kind. His favorite media are colored pencil and graphite pencil. He has done hundreds of portraits of children, adults and the family’s fur babies. He works to deliver photo realism in the portraits he is commissioned to do. He works from photographs, sometimes torn or faded, creating portraits that are priced to be affordable

moved to Phoenix and enrolled in the sixth grade he was able to have grade school art lessons. Smith received all A’s in art through the seventh grade and was especially happy to find out that high school offered advanced art classes, which were the first choice in his class selections, but due to lack of instruction and tension between the art teacher and Smith he was given a failing grade in the first semester. He moved on to a typing class and dropped the art class. This did not stop his desire to create and he started to find media that interested him. At one point in his young life Smith sent in for an art talent test which he had seen advertised inside a matchbook cover. He took the exam and mailed it back in and received an 85 percent grade. Of course after that they offered a mail-in art class for $80, but in 1957 the tight budget of his parents prohibited the class. Still Smith was not discouraged and finding media that were an interest to him he purchased instruction books to learn from. Smith has art and portrait samples displayed at the Kansas Earth and Sky Candle Company located at 23 N. Main in Ellinwood. He plans on entering art in the Ellsworth Area Art Center during their “Cowtown Days� celebration in August and will have works in open exhibit at the Ellsworth Gallery from Oct. 1 through Nov. 15. He will

have three or four art pieces at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, where he will be demonstrating colored pencil drawing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 7, and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 14, at the Oz Building Fine Art Display. The public is invited to stop by to watch him work and ask questions about his technique. About Artists At Large Artists At Large of Central Kansas is a group of 36 seasoned artists who meet the first Wednesday of the month in the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College. Bev Simonson started the group in 2015 after inviting Karen Shaner, Nancy Rogers and Cynthia Willson to talk about bringing local art talent together for fellowship and to share their art with the communities of central Kansas. Members share new techniques, new media, composition rules and other rules of the road in painting and creating art. Occasionally they will have speakers, video or slide presentations and demonstrations. No dues are paid and volunteers sign up to bring refreshments. The meetings last two hours and after a short meeting to inform the group about art exhibits coming up and other business they have plenty of time to show art they are working on to get some advice on learning of new media or the direction a painting needs to go.


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ALCOHOLISM/DRUG ABUSE

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Support Group 620-792-1885, 866-792-1885

Alcoholics Anonymous 1620 Hubbard, Great Bend 620-793-3962 Sunday 7:00 p.m. Monday 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday 10:00 a.m. Wednesday 10:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. Friday 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Family Crisis Center 1924 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-1885, 620-793-9941 1-866-792-1885 (24 hour crisis line) Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence 888-END ABUSE, 888-363-2287 Kansas Crisis Hotline

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

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

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1910 17th St., Great Bend 620-639-2320 Sunday 10:00 a.m. Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. 701 Fritz - United Church of Christ, Ellinwood 620-282-2950 Thursday 7:00 p.m. 419 East Third St., Hoisington Sunday 9:00 a.m. Wednesday 8:00 p.m.

Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend 620-282-4014

Narcotics Anonymous 620-603-0920, 855-732-4673 www.marscna.net

Al-Anon 1620 Hubbard, Great Bend 620-793-3962 Thursday 8:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.

Dream Inc. 2006 Washington, Great Bend 620-792-5152

“Living By Faith� Group 1910 17th St., Great Bend 620-639-2320

The Center for Counseling & Consultation 5815 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-2544 www.thecentergb.org

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

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

AUTISM SUPPORT 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.

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 620-617-4790 Jenny Boyer, Chairperson KS BRCA Support Group First Christian Church 5230 Broadway, Great Bend Second Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m.

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

CHILDREN IN NEED 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 Barton County Youth Care 2212 Forest Ave., Great Bend 620-792-2902 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.

DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

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

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

EMERGENCY SERVICE AID

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

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

Rosewood Services 384 N. Washington, Great Bend 620-793-5888 Vocational training assistance and support services. SES Supported Employment Services. 620-792-6012

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

Sunflower Diversified Services 8823 4th St., Great Bend 620-792-1321 Vocational training assistance, early childhood education, support services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

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 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

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.


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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 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

FOOD ASSISTANCE

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

Barton County Health Department WIC Program 1300 Kansas Avenue, Ste. B Great Bend 620-793-1909, 620-793-1902

SER Corporation 1008 E. 17th St., No. 7 Hays, KS 67601 785-623-4016 www.sercorp.com

Commission on Aging 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3906

FAMILY SERVICE Healthy Families - Kansas Children’s Service League 3520 Lakin Ave. Suite 107 Great Bend 620-603-8442 ext. 1922 Vicki Richardson Family Engagement Coordinator 620-868-0139 (cell) vrichardson@kcsl.org Provides intensive, in-home parenting support for expecting parents and parents of newborns experiencing life’s pressures such as unemployment, illness, a limited support network or are simply interested in child development. KCSL offers Healthy Families in Barton, Rice, Stafford and Pawnee Counties. 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.

ElderCare Inc. 5611 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-5942, 866-792-5942 Food Bank-Ellinwood 701 N. Fritz, Ellinwood 620-282-2905 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 The Salvation Army 2545 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-4299

FRIENDSHIP MEALS/ SENIOR MEALS Ellinwood Heritage Center 103 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-3649 Great Bend Senior Center 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3906 Elder Care 5611 10th St., Great Bend 620-792-1241 Hoisington Friendship House 419 East 3rd, Hoisington 620-653-2555 Claflin Community Center 409 A St., Claflin 620-588-4321

Family and Friends Suicide Loss Survivors Group Central Kansas Dream Center 2100 Broadway, Great Bend (Use the west door off Stone Street) 620-792-8171 Monday 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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

HOUSING – SUBSIDIZED Cardinal Apartments 1400 N. Clay St., Hoisington 620-653-4342 Cedar Park Place 3910 Cedar Park Place Great Bend 620-793-8115 Cheyenne Village 5900 Eisenhower Ct. Great Bend 620-792-6074

GRIEF SUPPORT Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice Grief Support Group 3515 Broadway, 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

Ellinwood Heights 515 S Bismark Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2180 Great Bend Housing Authority 1101 Kansas Great Bend 620-793-7761 Habitat for Humanity 620-792-1232


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

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

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

PREGNANCY Birthright 1420 Wilson, Great Bend Betty Schneider – Director 620-792-3316, 800-550-4900

Emberhope 800-593-1950 www.emberhope.org

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Catch A Ride 620-792-7797, Great Bend Mini Bus and Van 2005 Kansas, Great Bend 620-792-3859 Hoisington Public Transportation 419 East 3rd St., Hoisington 620-653-2555

VETERANS Veterans Support Group Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3111 504 Main, Great Bend Second Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

WEIGHT LOSS TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 827 Claflin Independent Township Library Meeting Room. Monday 4:30 p.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) No. 1151 First United Methodist Church 2123 Forest Ave., Great Bend Tuesday 5:30 p.m. Use the west doors. TOPS Area Coordinator Beverly A. Bednasek bednasek@networksplus.net

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he Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village is located on five acres just south of Great Bend on U.S. 281 and includes several buildings filled with artifacts and documents that tell the story of Barton County. The narrative runs from the pre-Columbian era when Native Americans hunted at Cheyenne Bottoms to the history of the Santa Fe Trail and later the railroads. It continues through two World Wars and beyond, to recent history. Tina Mingenback became executive director of the museum at the end of 2018 after the retirement of longtime director Beverly Komarek. “I hope we can get the younger community members involved and continue growing our membership,” she said at the start of the year. One of her new ideas was to offer a free walking tour of downtown Main Street in Great Bend, led by Karen Neuforth, research coordinator of the Barton County Historical Society. This occurred in June of 2019 during the June Jaunt activities.

Historic buildings The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village includes historic buildings such as a church, one-room schoolhouse, post office and railroad depot, along with newer buildings added to house antique farm equipment and other large artifacts. The latest historic building added to the village is a 1950s Lustron Home filled with period furnishings. Lustrons were constructed of metal panels and were touted as a modern advancement in post-World War II housing, although the company was short-lived. The house at the museum was disassembled and reassembled, piece by piece, in 2005 and 2006 after being donated in memory of Marion and Edith Weeks. Today, it is the only Lustron house that is open to the public for tours. The historical society members continue to seek new ways to better tell the history of central Kansas. For example, as archaeologists make new discoveries about the early Native Americans in Kansas, the museum has also learned more

Visit the Barton County Historical Museum and Village The museum is located at 85 South U.S. 281, just south of the Arkansas River bridge in Great Bend. GPS: 38.34851°N 98.76519°W Telephone: 620-793-5125 Summer hours (April-October) are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday. Winter hours (November-March) are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Admission is $4 for non-members 16 years of age and older

about its own artifacts. There are arrowheads and photos of petroglyphs on sandstone outcrops that are probably 10,000 years old.


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4-H and Youth Programs ..................................Great Bend American Red Cross, Golden Belt Chapter ............. Wichita Barton Community College Foundation.............Great Bend Barton County 4 H Holding Board Inc................Great Bend Barton County Arts Council Inc. (Law Office) .....Great Bend Barton County Fair Association .........................Great Bend Barton County Historical Society ......................Great Bend Barton County Young Mens Organization Inc.....Great Bend Barton County Youth Care Inc. ..........................Great Bend Big Brothers/Big Sisters ...................................Great Bend Birthright of Great Bend Inc..............................Great Bend Boy Scouts (Quivira Council) ............................Great Bend Camp Hope ......................................................Great Bend Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas ...........Great Bend Center for Counseling & Consultation ...............Great Bend Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired...............................Great Bend Great Bend Central Kansas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) ............................Great Bend Child Abuse Prevention Education ....................Great Bend Clara Barton Hospital Foundation Inc.................Hoisington Commission on Aging ......................................Great Bend Cottonwood Extension District – Great Bend Office .......................................Great Bend Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library ....................Great Bend In Ellinwood, Hoisington and Great Bend (United Way) Eldercare Inc....................................................Great Bend Ellinwood Food Bank.......................................... Ellinwood Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center ....................... Ellinwood Ellinwood Public Schools and Community Library Foundation ........................................ Ellinwood Emergency Aid Council ....................................Great Bend Family Crisis Center .........................................Great Bend Food Bank of Barton County Inc. ......................Great Bend Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland .......................Great Bend Golden Belt Community Concert Association ....Great Bend Golden Belt Community Foundation .................Great Bend Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice .............Great Bend Golden Belt Humane & Animal Welfare Society Inc. .....................................Great Bend

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Great Bend Community Theatre Inc. .................Great Bend Great Bend Holiday Spirit .................................Great Bend Great Bend Jazz Festival Inc. ...........................Great Bend Great Bend Military Moms ...............................Great Bend Great Bend Public Library ................................Great Bend Great Bend Recreation Commission Foundation..............................Great Bend Great Bend Wrestling Club ...............................Great Bend Great Bend Zoological Society Inc./Zoo ............Great Bend Great Bend-Barton County Crime Stoppers Inc .Great Bend Habitat for Humanity ........................................Great Bend Healing Hearts Ranch ......................................Great Bend Hoisington Food Bank ......................................Hoisington Hoisington Historical Society .............................Hoisington Holy Family School Foundation.........................Great Bend Housing Opportunities Inc. ...............................Great Bend Hungry Hearts Soup Kitchen ............................Great Bend Jefferson School Parent Teacher Organization Inc..........................................Great Bend Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation .........Hoisington Kansas Oil & Gas Museum Foundation .............Great Bend Meals on Wheels Great Bend ...........................Great Bend Medicalodges Benevolence Inc. .......................Great Bend Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)...Great Bend Rosewood Services Roots and Wings Foundation .......................Great Bend Salvation Army.................................................Great Bend Senior Center...................................................Great Bend Star of Hope International America Inc. .............. Ellinwood Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation Inc. ...........................................Great Bend Teen Court .......................................................Great Bend United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas ............................ Wichita United Way of Central Kansas ..........................Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation ........................Great Bend USD 431 Education Foundation .........................Hoisington Volunteers In Action .........................................Great Bend Western Kansas Technology Corporation ..........Great Bend Youth Friends ............................ Riley School - Great Bend Park School - Great Bend

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he Barton County Young Professionals are on a mission. The group of members between the ages of 21 and 40(ish) exists to provide leadership, networking and volunteer opportunities to its more than 600 members. Add to that an emphasis on promoting the health and wellbeing of county citizens. Here are some examples: • The Flatlander Half Marathon – This started as a grassroots effort in 2015 to promote healthy and active lifestyles in the community, and has quickly become a popular well-attended race with a regional draw and significant local impact. The event features a certified half marathon course and 5K and 10K options. Organized by BCYP, the first race paid for 20 bike racks installed in Hoisington, Ellinwood, Claflin and Great Bend. The group spent some time evaluating where funds raised from the 2016 and 2017 races could make the biggest impact. Members of BCYP’s Fitness & Steering Committees determined that Be Well Barton County had the structure and momentum to produce tangible results in the community, and presented the organization with a $7,400 check in April 2018. The fourth-annual marathon is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, in downtown Great Bend. Enthusiasts of all levels are encouraged to learn more about the race and BCYP’s efforts to promote wellness in the community at www. bartonyp.com or on Facebook. • Charity Supply Drive – Every year, the Barton County Young Professionals group organizes a Charity Supply Drive where members volunteer to staff the doors at WalMart to collect donations of non-perishable food and household supplies for local charities such as the food bank. This event started in 2013 and has continued ever since. This project

has been underwritten by the Great Bend Rotary Club. • Born Learning Trail – In 2014, the Barton County Young Professionals group partnered with United Way of Central Kansas to install a “Born Learning Trail” at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. This series of activities throughout the zoo gives preschool age children the opportunity to interact with their parents while getting physical exercise and developing their young minds. The BCYP maintains this trail every year. • Tot Spot – In 2015, the Barton County Young Professionals group partnered with the Great Bend Rotary Club to fundraise, plan, and implement a new early childhood playground in Brit Spaugh Park. The equipment is geared for children under the age of five, and is situated on a solid rubber surface with a shade structure overhead and ample bench seating all around. • Literacy kits – In January 2017, members volunteered to help with the assembly of 400 literacy kits. Each kit, sponsored by United Way of Central Kansas, contains a Curious George book, crayons, flashcards, and more. This is an annual project for the organization. Background Born in 2011 when several community members gathered together to revitalize a similar program offered by the Chamber, BCYP has continued to thrive and give back, with a particular emphasis on improving the health and wellbeing of county citizens. 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.

Core values: 1. Lead. Developing young leaders in today’s workforce. 2. Network. Fostering business and social networking. 3. Volunteer. Providing opportunities to give back to the community. Anyone who lives in the Barton County area between the ages of 21 and 40(ish) is welcome and encouraged to participate. Members enjoy a variety of monthly events, which rotate between sponsored networking events, lunch-and-learn meetings, leadership events, family socials, and community impact projects. To keep courtesy memberships in Barton County Young Professionals, each member must attend at least one networking event and participate in at least one leadership or volunteer activity. Barton County Young Professionals hosts at least one event per month, with the goal of rotating programming between networking events, leadership events, social or family functions, and community impact projects. Check out the list of upcoming events below, and learn more about these events on their Facebook page as the dates approach. To learn more about the benefits of membership or to see an event schedule, visit www.BartonYP.com or call the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, 620-792-2401.


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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 American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion BINGO: Argonne Rebels, Inc. 12th & Main, Great Bend Wednesday 7:15 p.m. and Sunday 1:45 p.m. Argonne All Stars Cheer Team Amanda Schnoebelen, 620-617-2341 Barton Community College Foundation 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend Coleen Cape, 620-786-1136 foundation@bartonccc.edu Barton County Arts Council 1314 Kansas Ave., Great Bend 620-792-3595 Chet Cale, President Karen Neuforth, Secretary 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

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Cottonwood Extension District Programs Donna Krug – 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. 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 Barton County Historical Society, Inc. Tina Mingenback, P.O. Box 1091 Great Bend, 620-793-5125 Check website for changes or updates in meetings. www.bartoncountymuseum.org Boy Scouts of America 316-264-3386 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. Central Kansas Piano Teachers League Rebecca Dudrey, 620-793-5603 Meets 5 times a year Central Kansas Threadbenders Quilt Guild Linda Shull, 620-793-7352 Meets the 3rd Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Heartland Community Church 4907 10th St., Great Bend. Visitors welcome Cheyenne Stamp Club James Cochrane, P.O. Box 2009 620-786-4861 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 Columbus Club 723 Main St., Great Bend 620-793-3930 Meets monthly Daughters of Isabella, Immaculate Conception Circle #744 Judy Krebaum, 620-793-6836 Great Bend, Ellinwood, Hoisington Olmitz, Claflin A Catholic women’s organization. Meets the 2nd Monday at St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 4100 Broadway at 7:00 p.m. 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) Michael Bulk, Area Chairman mikeb@fairview mills.com 785-284-2017 Ellinwood Community Historical Society Joyce Schulte, 620-564-2886 Ellinwood District Hospital Auxiliary Elaine Wendel, Ellinwood 620-617-5108 Ellinwood Garden Club JoAnn Roth, 620-564-2920 joannroth@embarqmail.com Meets 2nd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. March - June and September - November Ellinwood Public Education and Library Foundation 300 N. Schiller, Ellinwood 620-564-3226 Epsilon Sigma Alpha/Beta Nu Kathie Keller, 620-793-6397 Etudion Club Barbara Steiner, 620-793-9614 Meets the 2nd Thursday, September - May 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 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. Linda Jerke, 620-793-2748 Professional musical entertainment brought to this area. Golden Belt Community Foundation Christy Tustin, 620-792-3000 Golden Belt Model Railroaders Assoc. PO Box 2069, Great Bend Mark Orth, Great Bend, 620-282-1432 Meets 1st Tuesday and 3rd Monday at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church (church basement) 2123 Forest, Great Bend Monday is meeting night, Tuesday is work night Golden Belt Wood Carvers Barry Bowers, Great Bend 620-793-6121 Meets on Thursdays from 6:30 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 Desk & Derrick Pam Hitz, Great Bend Regional Director Jamie Sabata 620-626-5999 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. Great Bend Garden Club Nancy Williams, 620-792-2379 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 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


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Rosewood Roots & Wings Foundation 620-796-2242 6 1213 Main St., Great Bend www.rosewoodservices.com w Non-Profit organization helping fund the t medical, educational, instructional, therapeutic and recreational needs t of o clients through fundraising events, donations and grant writing. d Rotary Club of Ellinwood Mary Drake, 620-793-0902 Rotary Club of Great Bend Lee Musil, 620-285-8709 Society of Creative Anachronism S www.sca.org w http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ westumbria/ w Great Bend Military Moms Leslie (Halbower) Barrett 620-792-2838 Sending care packages to deployed military troops. lbarrett3@cox.net Great Bend Masonic Lodge #15 1917 17th St., P.O. Box 613 Great Bend Great Bend Saddle Club Judy Demel, 620-791-7297 Meets the 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Farmers Bank and Trust 1612 Main, Great Bend In existence for over 65 years,the goal is to promote good horsemanship throughout the area. Active in play days, trail rides and parades. Facebook page GreatBendSaddleClub-theoriginal Great Bend Zoological Society 620-793-4226 Great Bend Brit-Spaugh Zoo 2123 Main, Great Bend sara@greatbendzoo.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, 620-653-2586 PO Box 149, 114 N. Main, Hoisington 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)

Optimist of Great Bend Steve Kummer, Great Bend 620-792-5415

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.

Pheasants Forever Rooster Boosters Scot Moeder, 786-0273 http://sagamorepf.com

Kiwanis Club of Great Bend Frankie Pelster, 620-603-6502 Noon on Wednesdays at Walnut Bowl. League of Women Voters Becky Dudrey, 620-793-5603 Meets for lunch and program on the 2nd Tuesday at Walnut Bowl.

PEO Chapter HR Jan Keeley, 620-792-7029 Meets at 7:00 p.m. the 2nd Monday, evenings, in members’ homes

Pilot Club Rhonda Knudson, 620-792-3643 Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday at noon at Perkins, 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.

Lions Club - Claflin Lois Krier, 620-792-9922 Meets the 4th Monday, Claflin Library

Prairie Godmothers Golden Belt Community Foundation Funds 620-792-3000 goldenbeltcf.org/prairie-godmothers

Lions Club, Evening - Great Bend Don Sweeney, 620-282-1343 Meets 1st Monday at 6:30 p.m. First Presbyterian Church 2400 Washington, Great Bend

Progress Study Club Judy Turner Meets at 1:15 p.m. the 1st Monday, October - May, usually in members’ homes

Lions Club, Noon - Great Bend Lavern Lessor Meets each Tuesday at noon at Playa Azul, Great Bend

(RSVP) 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.

Mid America Mopar Car Club Gary or Daryl Hertel Mu Kappa Chapter Beta Sigma Phi Denise Jahay, 620-564-2746

Sunflower Diversified Services Foundation 620-792-1325 Sunflower Rod & Custom (SRCA) Hank Denning, 620-792-5079 www.srcadragstrip.com Tri Circle Club Joanita Masden Tri Circle Duplicate Bridge Club Bob Goeller, 620-617-8592 Every Friday at Classic Inn in Great Bend at 12:30 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 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 Ethan Kaufman 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 Volunteers In Action Linn Hogg, 620-792-1614 1025 Main, D114, Great Bend Xi Delta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi Nancy Sundahl, 620-793-5894


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ou are not alone. That message is communicated daily by caring people who want to make Barton County a better place for everyone. One fairly new group, Rise Up Central Kansas, is leading a growing grass-roots effort to create a “Trauma Informed Community of Resilience.” People are learning what’s behind destructive behaviors such as drug abuse and criminal activity — and they’re looking at new ways to treat the root causes. The Barton County Health Department, Central Kansas Community Corrections, the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services and The Center for Counseling and Consultation are working together with community volunteers to help Barton County become a more resilient community — where people thrive in the face of adversity. Rise Up Barton County is not unique in its efforts. Toward the end of 2018, Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kip Wilson and staff told the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education how educators have been learning evidence-based practices to deal with issues created by Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. Jefferson staff, including teacher

commitment each quarter.” Members meet once every quarter at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard. At that time, representatives from the latest charity to benefit return to provide an update on how the organization is utilizing the $10,000+ gift. Members will also vote to select and nominate the next local charitable organizations to receive future funds. More details can be found at www.100bartoncounty.org or on the group’s Facebook page.

aides and paraprofessionals, are being coached on how to respond to difficult behaviors with empathy and flexibility. They are learning to better understand each student’s “triggers” and becoming more aware of what children are going through at school and outside of the classroom. The need for trauma-informed community services also came up at community visioning workshops for the “Great Bend - Better Than Great!” project. Meanwhile, several projects have taken root in recent years that present new opportunities to help others in need.

100+ People Who Care The group 100+ People Who Care - Barton County raises more than $10,000 for a different worthy charity, four times a year. As it was getting underway in 2017, Julie Mazouch at Landmark National Bank in Great Bend led the charge as chairman of a volunteer steering committee. “The concept is simple – if 100 or more people meet four times a year and each commits to a donation of $100, we can raise at least $10,000 every quarter for a local charity,” she said. “The best part is a large amount of money is raised in just one hour, which is a small time

Prairie Godmothers Another caring group formed in recent years is the Prairie Godmothers. At one of the first meetings, steering committee member Melanie Calcara said this group of “women helping women” hoped to provide funds for critical short-term needs not met by other community resources. The nonprofit organization began in 2013 and awarded its first grant the following year. Money is donated by the members, or “godmothers.” There is a fund for granting “wishes” and an endowed fund with the Golden Belt Community Foundation. “Wishes” granted in the past have included deposits and rent, paying a day-care bill, dentures, and car repairs.


Barton County Source A hand up Just as there are groups that help people in need, there are also programs designed to help others help themselves. Three such programs that have come to Barton County in recent years are Circles of Central Kansas, Oxford Houses and the Central Kansas Dream Center. Circles of Central Kansas In 2017, people in poverty were asked to lead a new program, with the help of local allies. Circles of Central Kansas was formed and offered the 20week class, “Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-By World.” The program began as a joint effort among community members who made contact with another Circles program and formed a steering committee. Its original members were from Barton County Academy/ ESSDACK, Barton County Health Department, 20th Judicial District Community Corrections, the Ministerial Alliance and Kansas Kids @ Gear Up. Circles of Central Kansas is sponsored by Youth Core Ministries. Members of the steering committee said Circles is a tool that has successfully activated people to overcome generational poverty. Other community volunteers were recruited and trained as Circles coaches, called allies. “An ally is someone who cares with you, prays with you, sets goals with you,” said Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz. “They aren’t your mentor. They’re just your friend. Poverty is really about isolation and disconnection and we solve it through relationships and connection.” Oxford Houses Oxford Houses serve a vital need for families suffering from alcohol and drug addiction by providing a safe, drug-free living environment. There are over 2,200 of these self-run, self-supported recovery houses throughout the United States, including three in Great Bend. Hope Central and Credence offer housing for men and Serenity Way is for women. Each house operates democratically; they elect a

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president, secretary and treasurer but everyone has an equal say and expenses and housework are shared. In June of 2019, Oxford House Hope Central/Chapter 16 was the winner of nearly $10,000 in charitable donations from members of the 100+ People Who Care group. Presenters said the program has touched many lives in the local community, and has supported and encouraged residents in their recovery process by providing structure and accountability. As residents strive for self-sustaining, long term recovery, they continue to work toward being contributing community members. Dream Center Central Kansas Dream Center celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2018. In that time, classrooms on the first two levels of the former Roosevelt Junior High School were transformed into living spaces for the residential program participants and gathering spaces for group events were created. The community at large has thrown its support behind the efforts through private donations, volunteering, and prayers. The Center, in its infancy, provided transitional housing for women and children through the Daniel R. Trickey Life Giving Center, still housed there in the lower level of the building. Over the next couple of years, first a Women’s Discipleship Program and then a Men’s Discipleship Program were established. Both of the programs are nine-month Christian-based residential programs that help participants overcome a variety of life controlling issues, both chemical and emotional, often the result of trauma experienced earlier in their lives. Next, the need for transitional living for young people aging out of the foster care system was identified, and the staff geared up to fill yet another gap. With the completion of thirdfloor living spaces in 2018, it is now possible for the Dream Center to offer programs that support married couples in order to strengthen families.

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Another new program to the library during the 2018-2019 school year was “Read to Luna,” where children can come in and read to a trained therapy dog. Children that have difficulty reading out loud to a person may find reading to a calm dog easier, encouraging important development in reading and speaking. Luna and her handler, Glenn, have become a regular sight in the library and usually visit weekly to encourage literacy in children and young adults.

The Great Bend Public Library’s mission is to be the go-to place for connecting people, information, and ideas to support quality of life for Barton County and the surrounding area. This includes far more than just providing access to physical items. In addition to the library’s extensive collection of books, magazines, audio books, and movies in the building, there are another 140,000 digital items available from the State Library of Kansas and the Sunflower e-library.

During early 2019, the library staff worked hard on reorganizing the main library area. Bookshelves were reduced to half-height, allowing easier access for patrons and letting in more natural light from the library’s windows. As a result, the library appears much more open and inviting to the public.

New to the library this year is a digital streaming service known as “Hoopla.” Hoopla allows digital access to over 750,000 digital books, audiobooks, comics, movies, television shows, and music albums. Patrons are allowed up to four items for checkout each month, and each item can be streamed directly or downloaded for offline use later. Funds for Hoopla are provided by the Central Kansas Library System (CKLS), and the subscription model grants access to the service for all our card -holding patrons.

All library resources and programs are prepaid with your tax dollars and are open to the community. Wireless internet, computer use, and program attendance do not require a library card or library account to enjoy. Check our online calendar on the library’s website for upcoming events, and be sure to find us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay connected to the library community.

LIBRARY HOURS Regular Hours Mon-Thu: 9 am—8 pm Fri-Sat: 10 am—5 pm Sun: Closed Summer Hours (May through August) Mon-Wed: 8:30 am—6 pm Thu: 8:30 am—8 pm Fri-Sat: 9 am—5 pm Sun: Closed


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Education W 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. There are public schools in Ellinwood, Great Bend and Hoisington, as well as

the Central Plains school district that includes CPHS in Claflin. But there are other options, with 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 and classes to learn the English

language are 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. Preschools and after-school enrichment programs are also available.

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

Lincoln Elementary School 5630 Broadway, Great Bend Misty Straub, 620-793-1503 Riley Elementary School 1515 10th, Great Bend Beth Rein, 620-793-1506 Great Bend Middle School 1919 Harrison, Great Bend David Reiser, 620-793-1510 Great Bend High School 2027 Morton, Great Bend Tim Friess, 620-793-1521

SCHOOLS AND PRINCIPALS Park Elementary School 1801 Williams, Great Bend Phil Heeke, 620-793-1505

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

Eisenhower Elementary School 1212 Garfield, Great Bend JoAnn Blevins, 620-793-1501

Barton County Special Services Cooperative 2535 Lakin, Great Bend Christie Gerdes, 620-793-1550 0

Jefferson Elementary School 2716 24th, Great Bend Kip Wilson, 620-793-1502

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

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Seventh Day Adventist Church and Elementary School (parochial K-8) 7 SW 30 Ave., Great Bend Sherry Larson, principal 620-791-7314

CENTRAL PLAINS USD 112 Mascot: Oilers 600 S. Main, P.O. Box 168 Holyrood 785-252-3695 www.usd112.org The Board of Education meets at 6:00 p.m. the second Monday of each month at 600 S. Main, Holyrood Superintendent Greg Clark Athletic Director Pat Stiles 620-587-3801

PRE-SCHOOL AND PRE-KINDERGARTEN Barton Community College Child Development Center 245 NE 30th Rd., Great Bend 620-792-9360

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

Central Plains Elementary School 600 S. Main, Holyrood Jane Oeser, 785-252-3666

Helping Hands Pre-School 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-1615

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 Stacy Novak, 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 Cherie Nicholson cnicholson@usd431.net 620-653-4134 Athletic Director Matthew Shultz mshultz@usd431.net 620-653-2141

Holy Family School 4200 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-3265 Incredible Years Pre-School 1312 Patton, Great Bend 620-792-4087

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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 dottie.dozier@ckcacademy.com Dottie Dozier, Administrator

Roosevelt Elementary and Pre-School 315 N. Vine, Ellinwood Shellby Walker, 620-653-4470 swalker@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. Joseph’s School (parochial K-8) 111 W. 3rd, Ellinwood Marlene Clayton, principal 620-564-2721

Lamb’s Gate Christian Pre-School 210 S. McKinley, Great Bend 620-792-3343 Migrant Pre-School Riley School 1515 10th, Great Bend 620-793-1506 Noah’s Ark Pre-School First United Methodist Church 2123 Forest, Great Bend 620-793-3451 Roosevelt Pre-School 315 N. Vine, Hoisington 620-653-4470 St. John Lutheran Child Development Center 615 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2885


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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.

SPECIAL NEEDS Early Childhood Special Education Services 2535 Lakin, Great Bend 620-793-1508

USD 112 Central Plains 600 S. Main, Holyrood 785-252-3666

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

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

Rosewood Services 384 N. Washington, Ave. Great Bend 620-793-5888, 620-793-8393 (fax) www.rosewoodservices.com

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

Sunflower Diversified Services, Inc. 1521 K-96 Highway, Great Bend 620-792-1325 www.sunflowerdiv.com

GPS Kids Club 352 W. 12th, Hoisington 620-292-6114 gpskidsclub@yahoo.com

Pathways, ResCare Inc. 2317 Washington, Great Bend 620-793-8501 Residential, Day Program, Vocational, Case Management, Health Maintenance.

COLLEGES Barton Community College 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend 620-792-2701 www.bartonccc.edu (GoBarton.com) K-State at Barton 245 NE 30 Rd., Great Bend 620-786-1188 Science and Math Building Room S-105

OTHER EDUCATION SERVICES Barton County Academy/ESSDACK Steven Polley 1010 Taft, Great Bend 620-792-7995 A wide variety of classes are available. Students can earn their diploma.

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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.

RSVP 1025 Main, D114, 620-792-1614

TRANSPORTATION 620-587-3707

Great Bend Housing Authority 1101 Kansas, 620-793-7761

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Great Bend Public Library 1409 Williams, 620-792-2409 Senior Net, Internet for Senior Adults, Point & Click Internet Class

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 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

RSVP Advisory Council 2nd Tuesday High Rise, 1101 Kansas

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program 620-792-1614 Great Bend City Auditorium Lakin and Williams Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Walkers and Joggers Kansas Equipment Exchange 866-666-1470 Kansas Guardianship Program 800-672-0086

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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, Tuesday-Thursday, 1:00 p.m. Coffee & Donuts Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. Dominoes Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 p.m. Ice Cream, 3rd Thursday, 3:00 p.m. 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 Legal Services, 620-792-3906 Great Bend Regional Service Center (SRS) 1305 Patton Road Great Bend 620-793-5324

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Great Bend Activity Center Megan Hammeke 2715 18th, 792-2604, ext. 210 Bridge, Friday, 1:00 p.m. Fit for Life Class Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m. Tai Chi, 620-793-3755 Wii Games, 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 Recreation Commission 1214 Stone Street, 620-793-3755

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TRANSPORTATION Catch-A-Ride 620-792-7797 Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mini-Bus 2005 Kansas, 620-792-3859 Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Van 2005 Kansas, 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

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Living Independently in Northwest Kansas 1103 Main, Great Bend 620-792-6600

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

Medicaid 800-766-9012

Veterans Administration 800-827-1000

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

Veterans Hospital 800-878-6881

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

Ellinwood Country Living

UTILITY ASSISTANCE 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

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Barton County Source Salvation Army 2545 10th Street, Great Bend 620-792-4299

Medicalodges Great Bend 5926 Eisenhower, Great Bend 620-792-3207

EMPLOYMENT

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.

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

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ASSISTED LIVING HOUSING Almost Home, Inc. 1919 Van Buren, Great Bend 620-617-1634 Country Living of Larned 714 W. 9th, Larned 620-285-6900 Diversicare of Larned 1114 W. 11th, Larned 620-285-6914 Intermediate Swing Bed at Ellinwood Hospital 605 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2548 Ellinwood Country Living 302 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2100 Good Samaritan Society, Lyons 1311 S. Douglas Ave., Lyons 620-257-5163 Leisure Homestead Association 405 Grand Ave., Stafford 620-234-5208 402 N. Santa Fe St., St. John 620-549-3541

Claflin Housing Authority 602 W. Albro, PO Box 332, Claflin 620-587-3435 Ellinwood Heights Apartments 515 S. Bismark, Ellinwood 620-564-3383

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Locust Grove Village 701 W. 6th, La Crosse 785-222-2574 Woodhaven Care Center 510 W. 7th, Ellinwood 620-564-2337 SPECIAL GROUP ACTIVITIES 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 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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ASSEMBLY OF GOD

BAPTIST – NORTH AMERICAN

First Assembly of God Church 601 Patton Road, Great Bend 620-792-5211 BAPTIST First Baptist Church 1601 19th Street, Great Bend 620-792-3894 BAPTIST – AMERICAN

BAPTIST – INDEPENDENT

9:00 a.m.

Nursery Available 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

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

Calvary Baptist Church 307 West A, Ellinwood 620-564-2070

First Bible Baptist Church 5962 4th Street, Great Bend 620-792-3894

Sunday School

BAPTIST – SOUTHERN

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

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

The Great Bend Tribune publishes news releases and worship times for the area churches in the Friday editions.

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

Crosspoint Church 57 SE 20th Rd., Great Bend 620-663-4164

Heritage Baptist Church 2000 Monroe, Great Bend 620-793-9990

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

St. Patrick Church

St. Rose of Lima Church

4100 Broadway

Broadway & Baker

Service Time 10:10 a.m.

Youth Group Sunday Nights 6:00 p.m.

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Sunday Eucharist Saturday Saturday Sunday

5:00 pm 5:30 pm 8:00 am

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CATHOLIC St. Ann’s Catholic Church 115 Cleveland, Olmitz Dominican Chapel of the Plains 3600 Broadway, Great Bend 620-792-1232 Holy Family Church 1387 NE 90th Ave., Odin 620-587-3628

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CHRISTIAN – INDEPENDENT Community Christian Church 253 NE 30th Rd., Great Bend 620-792-8215 Pawnee Rock Christian Church 519 Centre, Pawnee Rock 620-982-4406 CHURCH OF CHRIST

HOLINESS CHURCH Bible Holiness Church 502 Stone, Great Bend 620-603-6632 INDEPENDENT BIBLE Hoisington Bible Church 501 E. 2nd Street, Hoisington 620-653-4533 LATTER DAY SAINTS (MORMON)

Immaculate Conception 310 Main, Claflin 620-587-3628

Church of Christ 1122 Stone, Great Bend 620-792-4647

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

CHURCH OF GOD

St. Joseph Catholic Church 214 N. Main, Ellinwood 620-564-2534

EPISCOPAL

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

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

St. John’s Lutheran Church 512 N. Wilhelm Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2044

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church 122 E. 5th Street, Hoisington 620-653-2963 CHRISTIAN (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) First Christian Church 5230 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-6603

Trinity Lutheran Church 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@hotmail.com

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First Church of God 1224 Baker, Great Bend 620-793-5231 First Street Church of God 601 E. 1st Street, Hoisington 620-792-6896

EVANGELICAL FREE Grace Community Church 210 McKinley, Great Bend 620-792-7814 FOURSQUARE River of Life Foursquare Church 1219 Main, Great Bend 620-792-4933

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 5851 Eisenhower, Great Bend 620-793-7328 LUTHERAN – MISSOURI SYNOD Our Saviour Lutheran Church 5860 Eisenhower, Great Bend 720-378-1102

Concordia Lutheran Church 460 W. 9th Street, Hoisington 620-653-4644 LUTHERAN – ELCA St. Mark Lutheran Church 2101 Jackson, Great Bend 620-792-4796 Trinity Lutheran Church 2701 24th Street, Great Bend 620-793-7894

3301 Lakin Great Bend 620-793-8491 Sunday School - 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship Service 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Daniel Dugas office@cbcgb.kscoxmail.com www.centralbaptistchurchofgreatbend.com


Barton County Source Peace Lutheran Church 1243 CR 400, Rural Albert 620-923-4624 St. Paul Lutheran Church 423 Main, Galatia Emmanuel Lutheran Church 1109 N. Vine, Hoisington 620-653-4345 NAZARENE First Church of the Nazarene 4811 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-6139 Hoisington Church of the Nazarene 359 W. 9th St., Hoisington 620-653-4122

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

Faith Community Church 293 W. Barton Co. Road Great Bend 620-793-8084 Fellowship of Faith Bible 915 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 620-614-1547 Peace United Church of Christ 4 miles North of Hudson 492 NE 140th St. 620-786-9780 Prodigal Ministries 820 Hickory, Great Bend 620-793-5175

Crosswinds Church of Kansas 354 W. 1st, Hoisington 620-282-1908

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PRESBYTERIAN

METHODIST

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

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

PROTESTANT

UNITED METHODIST

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

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

SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST

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

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 7 SW 30th Ave., Great Bend 620-793-5096 UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST First Congregational United Church of Christ 3400 21st Street, Great Bend 620-792-5346 Immanuel United Church of Christ 701 N. Fritz Ave., Ellinwood 620-564-2050

First United Methodist Church 467 W. 3rd Street, Hoisington 620-653-2119 King United Methodist Church 1608 Odell, Great Bend 620-793-6778 Trinity United Methodist Church 5700 Broadway, Great Bend 620-793-6016 United Methodist Church 120 3rd Street, Claflin 620-587-3505

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Albert

SUSANK GALATIA

BEAVER

ODIN CLAFLIN

OLMITZ

ALBERT HOISINGTON

PAWNEE ROCK

GREAT BEND ELLINWOOD

Albert’s fire department central to the city’s history

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he City of Albert was laid out in 1876 when the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad running from Great Bend to Scott City was built, according to an entry in the 1973 edition of the Barton County, Kansas Family Heritage Album. The entry was provided by R.J. Pivonka, a longtime Albert resident. Take a drive down the short Main Street, and you will see Pivonka Park on the west side of the street. By the early 1900’s Albert had prospered to include a blacksmith shop, two general stores, a hardware and implementory, a livery barn, three grain elevators a bank and a hotel and restaurant, Pivonka wrote. Unfortunately, because structures then were heated by wood or coal, and lightning was a common threat on the plains, many structures were lost over the years to fire. “Along the fall of 1914 WWI began,” Pivonka wrote. “This changed everything completely. Our boys were called to arms and the war ended on November 11th, 1918. Farm prices were good for several years. Along about that time the tractor and truck came into being. The farm was being

CITY COUNCIL Mayor – Rod Cushenbery Councilman – Stan Ewy Councilwoman – Joann George Councilwoman – Marty Hanhardt Councilwoman – Charles Keller Councilman – Robert Ritterhouse City Clerk – Lois Ritterhouse

mechanized. Prior to that time it was horsepowered. Farmers raised their draft stock and feed. In a few years the tractor, truck and combine changed the mode of farming completely.” As the farm economy took hold, Albert’s residents prospered, and the community adopted municipal electricity and natural gas, but still, no fire fighting equipment was to be had throughout the 1920’s, 1930’s and much of the 1940’s. About 1947, when the natural gas distribution system was constructed, the city finally invested in new city buildings and fire fighting equipment, as well as a small Model T truck with chemical tanks to store and transport its modern fire equipment. This proved to be a wise investment for the city, as well as the three townships surrounding Albert. A

The Albert city council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the city office, 2006 Main Street, 620-923-4665. The City of Albert mailing address is P.O. Box 10, Main St. UTILITIES AND SERVICES Natural Gas and Electricity Midwest Energy, 620-792-1301 Water and Sewer City of Albert, 620-923-4284 Don Dolechek, 620-923-4284

volunteer fire department was raised from the residents of the city. Today, like many rural towns, the Albert Volunteer Fire Department is the crucial city institution. Resident volunteers undergo extensive training and willingly drop what they are doing at a moment’s notice to respond to fires both in town and in the country. Each year, the Albert VFD holds an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage feed the last Saturday in March. They roll out the equipment for a shine and show event, and hundreds of people from all around the area come to watch the firefighters cook and flip pancakes on the long griddles set up in the firehouse. It’s an all you can eat event that has been known to triple the town’s population, at least for a few hours that one day a year.

RECYCLING Sunflower Diversified Recycling 5523 10th St., Great Bend 620-793-5800 U.S. POST OFFICE 2002 Main, 620-923-4699 MEDICAL CARE The University of Kansas Health System 514 Cleveland St., Great Bend 620-792-8833

In 2018, Albert artist Daniel Branham was picked by the Kansas Governor’s One Shot Turkey Hunt to be the official artist of that year’s event. This great honor has only been bestowed on two other Kansas artists since the hunt’s inception in 1986. Self taught, Branham’s work has been displayed in notable venues throughout Kansas, including the Deines Cultural Center in Russell and the Carnegie Center for the Arts in Dodge City. Keep an eye out for his work at area art walks, and auctions for organizations including Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited and the Public Broadcasting Service. In the 1960s, Kansas began restructuring its education system, and many school district consolidations followed. Eventually, Albert consolidated with the nearby USD 403 Otis-Bison, where students from Albert, Otis, Bison, Olmitz and Timken attend school together. A 1A school in the Kansas State High School Athletic Association, the girls’ basketball team placed second in the Central Prairie League, behind Central Plains which boasts a winning streak of 111 games in a row as of the end of the 2019 season. The Otis-Bison 8-man football team made it to state playoffs in 2018.

ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society, 620-792-4297 PARK Pivonka Park on Main Street ZIP CODE 67511


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Beaver has unique bank history When a handful of northern Barton County businessmen got wind that the Santa Fe Railroad was going to build a branch line from Little River to Galatia in order to capture the business of transporting wheat, they saw opportunity. By chartering a town strategically on the line, the steady transportation could ensure success for businesses hoping to serve those living near the stop. They laid out the townsite of Beaver and took plow to sod to stake out 16 city blocks, and eight city streets, First through Fourth Avenues crossed by Oak, Elm, Main, Ash and Vine streets. Banker Calvin Peister of Redwing, a small town eight miles to the south, was the first to load his small bank building onto a rig and move it to Beaver. So began the Farmers National Bank of Beaver. A second bank, the Farmers State Bank, was established inside the Hitschmann store building later that year. By the time the Santa Fe Railroad made its first stop into

Beaver, the town was already up and running, ready to welcome passengers and receive freight. A little over a decade later, the two banks merged, and all seemed to be going well. Then, the Feb. 24, 1930 edition of The Great Bend Tribune reported,“Farmers State Bank of Beaver Robbed of $1,272 by Two Men.” “Two unmasked men robbed the Farmers State Bank at Beaver, in the northeastern part of Barton County, shortly after 1 o’clock this afternoon and escaped with $1,272.11 in currency and silver.” The bank examiner, L.H. Smith, and cashier, I. Forney, were the only two people in the bank at the time. The two were held at gunpoint and ordered to keep quiet if they wanted to escape unhurt. About that time, the bank president, John Stoskopf, entered the bank, and was ordered to do the same. “One of the bandits compelled Forney to go to the vault and hand out all available cash. While he

was detained there the remaining bandit marched Smith and Stoskopf to the vault. All three men were locked inside. Then the two bandits scooped all the cash in sight on the counters and escaped, driving a black model A Ford coupe in a southerly direction.” Luckily, the cashier had prepared himself for the robbery and was able to free the three men quickly. “The robbers apparently are not familiar with bank vaults for they neglected to throw the catch which would have locked the door when it was closed on Smith, Stoskopf and Forney.” People on the street were able to get the first two numbers of the robbers’ license plate, and determined they were from Lincoln County. It was also discovered that one or more of the tires on all vehicles on the street outside the bank were flattened, presumably by the bandits. A private detective from the Burns Detective Agency was hired

by the bank to work with the county sheriff to find the bandits. They were successful, and it was reported in the March 6, 1930 edition of the Tribune, “Suspects are held in Beaver Robbery; Three questioned on Robbery of Maize State Bank involved in Beaver Bank Holdup.” The Farmer’s National Bank was still going strong 43 years later when a history of Barton County was published, noting that in May of 1919, the bank had $76,531.46 in assets, and by 1973, the assets had grown to $3,450,870.00. It served 800 customers and had loans in the amount of $1.4 million on the books. Beaver has declined since the 1970’s, with a population hovering around 30 today. The post office there officially closed the day after Christmas in 1992. The bank closed years ago, and the remaining businesses are agriculture related, except for the town’s one restaurant, which recently underwent a change in ownership.

Community is at the roots of Odin Odin’s impact in northern Barton County belies its tiny size. Founded in the 1870’s of German settlers, it grew despite the railroad’s failure to pass near. Community, it turns out, had more to do with Odin’s formation than commerce. Today, neighboring communities turn to Odin as a place to meet, worship and celebrate the big and small moments in life. Two establishments, the Odin Store and Holy

Family Catholic Church thrive at the crossroads of NE 90 Ave. and NE 140 Rd. three miles north and four miles west of Claflin. The Odin Store is where friends and family meet to watch a game, have a bite to eat, or pick up sandwiches and such to go. It’s a place for class reunions – several schools, some long gone and some still operating, once served the school-age population in the area, so the Odin Store is a fondly

remembered meeting spot. Step into the store, and it becomes apparent people from near and far have found their way to the Odin Store where they left behind signatures and photos that fill the walls and ceiling. Across the avenue stands the church, its steeple visible for miles. Interestingly, Holy Family Catholic Church was the second church to be built in Odin. The first, according to the Dodge

Diocese, St. Mary’s, was built in 1878 by Father Hundhausin, a visiting priest from Ellinwood who would make the trip once a month to serve the sacrament to followers there. That church burned down, and it was replaced in 1878 with a stone church, Holy Family. After the church was built, a school was built and finished in 1908. Today, the church family is closely linked with the parishes of St.

Joseph in Ellinwood and Immaculate Conception in Claflin. Fr. Terrance Klein, priest at St. Joseph and Holy Family, regularly invites the public to attend a monthly discussion, “Theology on Tap,” on the first Saturday of the month at the Underground Saloon inside Ellinwood’s Historic Wolf Hotel. Early Mass at Odin’s Holy Family is served on Sundays, and the cemetery behind the church is a beautiful place to reflect.


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Claflin

SUSANK ODIN

GALATIA

CLAFLIN

BEAVER OLMITZ HOISINGTON

ALBERT

PAWNEE ROCK

GREAT BEND ELLINWOOD

Claflin has a winning formula for basketball

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ocated north of Cheyenne Bottoms and west of the intersection of Hwy 4 and US 156, visitors entering Barton County via US 156 may recognize Claflin as the community with the friendly billboard that states “If you can’t stop, smile as you drive by.” Claflin has always been proud of its schools since its humble 1870’s start. Early on, public and parochial schools ensured resident children had every opportunity to learn and excel in their interests. Originally the Claflin Wildcats, Claflin consolidated with three other school districts forming Central Plains USD #112 in 2011. Due to its size, the district ranks 1A in the KSHAA. But, size has nothing on drive and a commitment to win, and one need only look to the district’s basketball program for proof. The

district ended the 2018-2019 basketball season with a 111 game winning streak for the girls, and a 53-game winning streak for the boys. It is the only program in the history of Kansas to win five straight state girls titles. Probably Claflin’s most famous girls basketball player is 2001 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball all-time career scoring leader and 2015 National High School Hall of Famer Jackie Stiles. Stiles held that title for nearly 20 years when, on March

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City Council members meet at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the City Hall, 111 E. Hamilton. Council members can be contacted through the City Hall office, 620-587-3707.

20, 2017, the record was broken by Kelsey Plum of Washington State by 18 points to end the season with 1,080. Stiles ended her high school basketball career in 1997, and went on to play for Southwest Missouri State University, where she twice led the NCAA in scoring (2000 and 2001) and won the 2001 Wade Trophy as the nation’s best college player. That year, Stiles led her team to the Final Four of the 2001 NCAA tournament,

CITY DEPARTMENTS 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 MEDICAL CARE Clara Barton Hospital 205 W. 9th St., Hoisington 620-653-2114

and later played for the Women’s National Basketball Association, first with the Portland Fire, and then with the Los Angeles Sparks. Injuries kept her from playing and cut her career short. She retired for good in 2006. Fast forward to 2019. In March, the Central Plains girls broke the all-time consecutive wins mark in Kansas High School Girls Basketball with 111 straight wins, breaking the record 107 game streak set by Hoxie from 2011-2016.

UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity Midwest Energy, 800-222-3121 Natural Gas Kansas Gas Service, 800-7944780 ANIMAL CONTROL Claflin Police Department 620-587-3344 RECYCLING Drop off located at City Shop 710 W. Front U.S. POST OFFICE 218 Main Street, 620-587-3935

It should be no surprise today the Claflin program is led by coach Pat Stiles, father of Jackie Stiles. The team can also claim success thanks in part to junior point guard Emily Ryan’s high scoring. She joins a small club that includes Stiles, herself, and Laurie Kohen of Moundridge, KS, scoring 2,000 points over their high school careers before their senior year. It should be noted, the Oilers Football team is a formidable 8-man football team as well.

LIBRARY Librarian, Judy Wondra 620-587-3488 Independent Township Library 108 Main St. 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 ZIP CODE 67525


Ellinwood

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History comes alive in Ellinwood Museum of Ellinwood one of three historic draws to Austrian-German founded community

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n 2017, the Ellinwood Historical Society’s museum committee realized a long term goal with the opening of the Museum of Ellinwood. The two-story building at 104 N. Main, directly across the street from the Heritage Senior Center, contains a permanent collection of over 2,500 artifacts that help to tell the story of Ellinwood’s origins and development over the past 130 years. Founded in 1872, the city of Ellinwood was originally settled by an Austrian and German company of immigrants. A large group from the mother countries came as a group with the intention of incorporating a town and creating community. The family of John and M.K. Wolf was among those early settlers, and today are considered some of the most important figures in Ellinwood’s past. Members of the family invested heavily in the community, building businesses and business houses, including a brewery, a mill, a hotel, retail buildings, and stately homes. Their generosity included providing land for parks and recreation, and their civic mindedness included holding office on the Ellinwood City Council, and this list is far from exhaustive. Joyce Schulte is the president of the Ellinwood Historical Society,

and acting director of the Museum of Ellinwood. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from mid-April through mid-October. New collections are exchanged every two to three months, so there is usually

something new and different. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion, and the museum, historical society and AL members teamed up to celebrate the occasion with a banquet honoring the almost 70 Ellinwood men and women that

served the U.S. military during World War 1. That exhibit is still available for visitors during the summer of 2019, and museum volunteers are happy to work with family and visitors interested in researching family history, able to connect them with answers to questions that arise while researching family that for most has been absent for many years. Museum volunteers completed researching the genealogy of the Wolf family recently. The Museum of Ellinwood partners with other groups in the community, including the Ellinwood High School History Club and the Ellinwood School and Community Library to provide opportunities for children and adults interested in history. During the second half of summer 2019, they are partnering with the library to display “Ellinwood Art throughout the Ages,” “We have works of art created by Ellinwood residents dating back into the 1870’s,” Schulte said. Volunteers are also preparing to share tips on preservation with the history club later this year. They will have the opportunity to handle antique editions of Harper’s Bazaar Magazine reports written by field correspondents of the Spanish American War.


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The Museum of Ellinwood is on the bus tour circuit, and enjoys a loose partnership with the Historic Wolf Hotel and the Ellinwood Emporium Antique Shop, both on the corner of Hwy 96 and Main St. at the only stoplight in Ellinwood. A stop there rounds out a unique guided tour. Both the hotel and the antique store are connected to a halfblock of underground boardwalk structures. The remaining structures were condemned and filled in after World War II, but the owners of the two buildings realized their historical importance and swayed city officials to spare their spaces.

Chris McCord is the owner and operator of the Historic Wolf Hotel. He grew up in Ellinwood, and began buying, restoring and selling real estate when he finished high school. He’s not a preservationist by trade, but when he heard the hotel was up for sale several years ago, he felt compelled to purchase it and went to work on preserving and restoring what he considers the heart of Ellinwood. Years later, and countless personal and volunteer hours later, the hotel tours include a visit to the hotel rooms upstairs, the lobby and restaurant on the first level, and an underground saloon and speakeasy located

in the basement. There’s even a “secret” entrance to the speakeasy around the back of the hotel, where visitors enter and make their way to the basement, returning to the prohibition era with each step. Rick Casagrande, owner of the Ellinwood Antique Emporium, sits atop the underground business houses where blacksmithing was done and where barbering and dentistry where offered by Mr. Jung, a colorful Ellinwood character. Each fall, the historical society researches five colorful Ellinwood characters and then presents their story

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at a cemetery tour they call “Graveside Conversations.” Mr. Jung was a recent subject. “We researched his life, created a script, but when we went to the cemetery, we couldn’t find a grave marker for him,” Schulte said. The historical society began work

on a genealogical history for Jung, and discovered that six months after he retired, he suffered a debilitating stroke. His wife cared for him herself until his death. Their savings depleted, she was able to provide a burial, but not a gravestone. She then moved back to Wisconsin to be near

family. “Since we learned the history, the Ellinwood Historical Society has raised around $200 towards a grave marker for Mr. Jung,” Schulte said. Visitors to his former barber shop are invited to leave a donation towards the cause on the bed there.

CITY COUNCIL Mayor, Irlan Fullbright

MEDICAL CARE Ellinwood Hospital and Clinic 605 N. Main, 620-564-2548

Councilmember Councilmember Councilmember Councilmember Councilmember

ANIMAL CONTROL Police Department 209 W. 1st, 620-564-3001

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Kirk Clawson Ken Lebbin Steve Oelke Jacque Isern Jon Prescott

The Ellinwood city council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at 104 East 2nd St. CITY DEPARTMENTS City Administrator – Chris Komarek 620-564-3161 City Clerk – Kim Schartz 620-564-3161 Electrical Superintendent – Jon Perron 620-564-3046 Street Dept. Superintendent – Kevin Clair 620-564-3451 Water/Wastewater Superintendent Spencer Proffitt 620-564-3046 Police Chief – Chance Bailey 620-564-3001 Fire Chief – Chris Komarek 620-564-3161 U.S. POST OFFICE 299 N. Main, 620-564-2840

UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity Light & Power Plant Jon Perron, Electric, 620-564-3451 Jim McMullen, Power Plant 620-564-2211 Natural Gas Kansas Gas Service, 800-794-4780 LIBRARY Director, Sheri Holmes 620-564-2306 Ellinwood School Community Library 210 N. Schiller RECYCLING Recycling Center 203 West 1st. – Open 24 hours COMPOST SITE Park and 7th – Open daily 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

ZIP CODE 67526


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SUSANK ODIN

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CLAFLIN

OLMITZ ALBERT HOISINGTON

PAWNEE ROCK

GREAT BEND ELLINWOOD

Galatia and St. Paul Lutheran Church history intertwined

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n its first iteration, the town of Galatia, then named Four Corners, was settled by English immigrants. Those early residents found the surrounding environment unforgiving, however, and many departed. They were followed later by German immigrants who incorporated the town of Galatia there in 1889, and set to work building a community. Only remnants remain today along Galatia’s Main Street of a thriving railroad stop community that once included a general store, school house, two churches, a small hotel, a lumberyard, creameries, grocery stores, elevators, lodges for the Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen, and a dance hall. The Fairview Cemetery was established first as Union Cemetery in 1886, but the name was changed in 1905, and the Fairview Township became responsible for its upkeep in 1921. It is located at the northern outskirts of the city. Today, one church remains, the St. Paul Lutheran Church, which in 2016 published a notable church history that included the congregation’s history going back over 100 years. Copies can be found

at the Barton County Historical Society museum. In 2018, Galatia, along with other communities in the northern part of the county, became part of Barton County Fire District No. 2, which is based out of Hoisington. An elevator and a city hall where the city council meets monthly remain in the community. Many northern Barton County communities were built along the Santa Fe railroad line, and by design were spaced about 10 miles apart. This was about the distance that a person could reasonably travel in a day by foot or by horseback. In the early years of the county, newspaper editors depended on correspondents from each town to report on the happenings there, and would occasionally send a reporter out on horseback to make the rounds and gather news from outlying areas. Those reports became regular features in the newspaper or newspapers that served those towns, and helped to keep communities connected with the comings and goings of their friends and families settled nearby. The directory includes clippings from long-ago editions

CITY COUNCIL Mayor - Steve Wilhelm Councilman — Gary Anschutz Councilman — Michael Guertin Councilman — Josh Keil Councilman — Kevin Polzin Councilman — Dennis Funk Council members meet at 7:30 p.m. (8:00 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time) on the first Tuesday of each month at 150 W. Floyd Council members can be reached by calling the Mayor Steve Wilhelm 620-935-4331 or 620-923-5028

of the Hoisington Dispatch describing encounters with people and animals along the road. Sunday services at St. Paul Lutheran Church are held weekly at 9:00 a.m. from the first Sunday in April through the last Sunday in September, and at 11:00 a.m.

CITY CLERK Diane Deines UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity Western Cooperative Electric 1-800-456-6720 Natural Gas/Propane Mid-State Co-op 785-373-4239 U.S. POST OFFICE 800-275-8777 Rural route from Otis, 100 N. Main

October through March. The congregation welcomes visitors. Pastor Adam Wutka provides an informative tour of the church and its unique artifacts. It is his informed opinion that St. Paul is the oldest continuously active church building in the county.

MEDICAL CARE Clara Barton Hospital 250 W. Ninth, 620-653-2114 TRASH SERVICE Shamrock Sanitation 620-792-1639 ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society 620-792-4297 ZIP CODE 67565


Great Bend Barton County Source

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SUSANK BEAVER

ODIN CLAFLIN

HOISINGTON

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PAWNEE ROCK

ELLINWOOD

From cowtown to crossroads, Great Bend center of it all

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t the crossroads of both Kansas and the nation as a whole sits Great Bend. It has much to offer residents and visitors alike. From commerce to dining to recreation, opportunities abound. For the family and visitors, there many parks and recreational areas, featuring activities from playgrounds to trails to disc golf to fishing. There is also the Great Bend Sports complex with baseball and softball fields that are the envy of many communities. The city sponsors numerous community-wide events as well such as June Jaunt and Party in the Park. Furthermore, in keeping with a

long-running city council goal, in recent years, several new housing options have been built. 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 cowtown, 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, a base that evolved into the Great Bend Municipal Airport. 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. Adventurer and JanSport founder Skip Yowell was from Great Bend, as was Jack Kilby, one of the inventors of the microchip and 2000 Nobel Prize winner. 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.


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One barrel of oil is enough to drive the average car about 840 miles. The transload facility in the city’s industrial park west of town brings more rail and truck traffic to the region. Expanding grain handling operations east of town are bringing additional business. With these businesses and certified commercial service airport access, Great Bend is now a national commerce hub, with connections to global markets. Also important are outdoor recreational activities. Great Bend is located next to two of the world’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 Bend’s population, according to the Bureau of Census is 15,170 and Barton County has a population of 26,111. CITY COUNCIL Mayor – Joe Andrasek term ends in 2019 First Ward Jessica Milsap – 620-791-7495 term ends in 2020 Dan Heath – 620-786-5576 term ends in 2019 Second Ward Barry Bowers – 620-792-5378 term ends in 2020 Jolene Biggs – 620-793-3443 term ends in 2019 Third Ward Cory Urban – 785-760-4846 term ends in 2019 Dana Dawson – 620-793-7884 term ends in 2020 Fourth Ward Andrew Erb – 620-639-5038 term ends in 2019 Brock McPherson – 620-793-9237 term ends in 2020

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. All governing body members serve two-year terms. Council members can be reached through City Hall, 1209 Williams, 620-793-4111 CITY DEPARTMENTS City Administrator Kendal Francis – 620-793-4111 City Attorney Robert Suelter – 620-793-4114 City Clerk Shawna Schafer – 620-793-4111 Public Lands Scott Keeler – 620-793-4111 Public Works Director 620-793-4150 Street Department James Giles – 620-793-4150 Utility Superintendent 620-793-4100

City Sanitarian Austin LaViolette – 620-793-4150 Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker – 620-793-4144 Water Pollution Control (WPC) 620-793-4170 Police Chief David Bailey – 620-793-4120 Fire Chief Luke McCormick – 620-793-4140

CITY TELEVISION Channel 20 City information and current events.

UTILITIES AND SERVICES Water & Sewer Utility Office 1615 10th St., 620-793-4100 Electricity Midwest Energy 1025 Patton Rd., 620-792-1301 Wheatland Electric Cooperative Inc. 620-793-4223, 800-762-0436 Natural Gas Kansas Gas Service 800-794-4780

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

U.S. POST OFFICE 2100 16th St., 620-792-4381 ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society 151 U.S. 281, 620-792-4297

COMPOST SITE 1/2 mile south of Railroad Ave. on SW 5 Ave., 620-793-4150 Open 24 hours, 7 days a week MEDICAL CARE The University of Kansas Health System 514 Cleveland St., 620-792-8833


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ince 2016, improvements throughout the city of Hoisington have helped to turn around health outcomes for many residents, and may just be setting the foundation for healthier generations to come In 2016, Hoisington’s Clara Barton Hospital Health for Life Coalition was successful in acquiring a grant from Pathways to a Healthy Kansas and Blue Cross and Blue Shield for nearly $500,000 to be used over five years to change the attitude and landscape for wellness in Hoisington and Northern Barton County. Since then, institutions throughout the city of Hoisington, businesses throughout the northern cities of the county, and the hospital itself has implemented new policies concerning wellness. In addition, many improvements to the city’s

parks and other infrastructure to encourage getting outdoors are building momentum toward more and more residents adopting active lifestyles. Hoisington has three public parks. Bicentennial Park, located in the northwest section of the city just south of US 4 next to the Rodeway Inn, is the largest and becoming the city’s premiere park. On the east side of the city, there is Pride Park, where the Friendship House is located, providing senior citizens in the city with a regular meeting place, and families a great place to gather for activities and play on the playground equipment. On the west side of the city, there is Heritage Park. That neighborhood park includes shelters, a lighted basketball court, restrooms, and plenty of space to play.

In 2019, a major renovation of the ballfields at Bicentennial Park began. The goal, to enlarge the diamonds in order to accommodate tournament play for softball and baseball. Improvements to parking and pedestrian access were implemented, increasing the safety of all. The idea for the renovation was spurred by the need in 2017 for additional field space to complete tournaments that were scheduled to take place in Great Bend, but due to weather, needed to be relocated. Coaches and referees saw the potential and urged the city’s recreation department to consider improvements. Through city investment and grants from a number of organizations, the project became a reality

and it is hoped it will be completed in time for the 2020 season. On the north side of Bicentennial Park, a mile-long walking path was improved first with the addition of pet waste stations, and then with the recent addition of a fenced dog park, Scentral Bark. Parking was improved at the north entrance to the walking trail next to hotel parking for Rodeway Inn. Scentral Bark is divided into two areas, one for small breeds and the other for large breeds. A sniff zone is also included, providing a safe transition for new visitors. A dog watering station, and various obstacles were also installed, allowing more ways for pets to interact with owners at the park.


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A visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shelter and other improvements are part of the overall plan for the space. People and pets will be motivated to get out and enjoy a walk more often, and travelers will have a reason to stop and get needed exercise with their companions in Hoisington before venturing on to their ultimate destination. Frisbee golf is another activity that is growing in popularity in the area. Bicentennial Park includes a 9-hole course which in late 2019 or early 2020 is set to receive a makeover from Dynamic Discs, a top disc golf leader based in Emporia, Kansas. The redesign is one of the Pathways grant projects, and the city hopes it will take their beginner course to the next level.

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CITY COUNCIL Mayor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dalton Popp Ward 1 Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Becky Steiner Ward 2 Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carrol Nather Ward 3 Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jim Morris Ward 4 Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Christina Smith

Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Travis Sinn Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Darren Reinert Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Richard Rubio Councilman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Gary Shook

Council members meet at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at Hoisington City Hall, 109 E. 1st, 620-653-4125. CITY DEPARTMENTS City Manager â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Mitchell, 620-653-4125 City Clerk â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Donita Crutcher, 620-653-4125 Public Works Director â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jonathan Mitchell, 620-653-4385 City Attorney â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Horner, 620-793-7874 Recreation Director â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Chris Kinman, 620-653-4050 Police Chief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kenton Doze, 620-653-4995 Fire Chief â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jerry Stricker, 620-653-7772 Emergency Medical Service Director â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 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 U.S. POST OFFICE 119 E. Second, 620-653-2838 RECYCLING Parking lot West of Wilson State Bank UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity Municipal Power Plant, 164 S. Elm, 620-653-4675 Natural Gas Kansas Gas Service, 800-794-4780 ANIMAL CONTROL 620-653-4995 or 620-653-2333, Dolores Kipper CITY TELEVISION Channel 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; City Information and Current Events BURN SITE/COMPOST SITE 150 NE 100 Rd. Open daily 24 hours (limbs and grass) Available for Hoisington residents only

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Bicentennial Park also offers shelters and a playground, horseshoe pits, and plans are underway to install a pickleball court or two in 2019. This, too, will be funded in part through a Pathways grant. Pickleball is similar to tennis, but is played with rackets similar to those used in badminton, and the ball is similar to a whiffle ball. The courts are smaller than for tennis too. All of this results in a more easy-going pace than tennis, and opens the activity up to more ages and abilities. Upgrades to the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool and tennis courts have been ongoing, and there are plans to make significant improvements to the pool shelter in the next two years. The City of Hoisington provides water and sewer to residents, and receives a pool surcharge each month from customers. The fee provides a fund for ongoing maintenance, and it also allows the city to provide free swimming passes for customer households. Grandparents are also encouraged to bring visiting grandchildren to the pool free of charge.

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arly on, the city of Olmitz, incorporated in 1887, was a thriving Moravian settlement community that boasted several businesses and at its peak was home to 350 people, many of whom were employed in manufacturing in the county. Those who were not, were involved in farming, and in the early part of the 1900’s, Olmitz was considered one of the best wheat markets in the area with three elevators located on the outskirts of the community. Located on the Missouri Pacific Line 11 miles west of Hoisington and one mile south of US 4, Olmitz is south of Galatia, and east of Otis, and Timken. Within a few years after its establishment, it was a popular business and retail center for the area. With five saloons within a few blocks of each other, it’s no wonder famed prohibitionist Carrie Nation paid a visit to Olmitz in hopes of delivering her message in a very memorable way to the folks there. When word got out that she planned a visit, the response from Olmitz was a warning that a welcoming party of citizens were prepared to tar and feather her. Nation was impressed, and instead CITY COUNCIL

extended her stay in Hoisington rather than try her luck there. Olmitz is home to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, and the St. Ann’s Parochial School, which closed its doors in 1949. The school building remains, and is used by the congregation for various purposes. Extensive work to preserve the church’s elaborate stained glass windows was undertaken in 2013 to mark the 100th anniversary of its construction. According to a 1989 St. Ann’s church directory, the first St. Council members can be reached at 620-586-3311

Mayor – Terry Riese

CITY DEPARTMENTS Councilman - Curtis Peterson Councilman - Matt Suchy Councilman - Josh Tessendorf 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.

City Clerk — Lisa Suchy Streets — Buck Lindsay Treasurer — Tim Stos Sewer & Water — Tom Schneider City Attorney — Don Reif Jr. Municipal Judge — Joel Jackson

Ann’s school house was the former St. Anthony’s church, which was moved to Olmitz from a neighboring community and converted into a school in 1903. While some families made arrangements for their children to board with nuns during the school terms, many traveled to school by horse and buggy or walked. The Max Mater family, it is written, had 12 children. All traveled to school in a mule-drawn buggy. “Jack” pulled the first nine to school over a period of 20 years. “Many joked as to when Jack would graduate. But Jack died and the three youngest were pulled by his replacement, “Jenny.” A fire of unknown origin broke out on Jan. 27, 1913, and all of the buildings on the church grounds were destroyed. Insurance UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity Western Cooperative Electric 800-456-6720 Natural Gas Midwest Energy, 620-792-1301 TRASH SERVICE Unruh Brothers Waste LLC Great Bend – 620-792-2257 MEDICAL CARE Clara Barton Hospital 250 W. Ninth, 620-653-2114

amounted to only $5,500, but “although the previous year recorded a total crop failure, the congregation pledged $18,000 to the building of a new church and school.” The replacement, built of native limestone, was completed in 1913, and served the community for the next 35 years. Memorial Day Mass each year draws current-day and past congregational members. The steeple can be seen from miles away, acting as a beacon for visitors out on a country drive. Though small in population, Olmitz is home to That New Place restaurant, a post office, a utilities office, and a volunteer fire department, which is now affiliated with Barton County Fire District No. 2. Fuel sales are available. RECYCLING Sunflower Diversified Recycling 5523 10th St., Great Bend – 620-793-5800 ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society – 620-792-4297 U.S. POST OFFICE 223 Main St., 620-586-3319 ZIP CODE 67564


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rom the early 1820s and into the 1880’s, Pawnee Rock marked the halfway point for travelers along the Santa Fe Trail. Setting out from Independence, Mo., headed for Santa Fe, N.M., the spot was a mixed blessing landmark. While abundant hunting was available, and fresh water was to be had at the banks of the Arkansas River nearby, the rock was also an advantageous spot for Pawnee Indians to spot wagon trains and organize raids. In May 1887, following the advancement of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, the city of Pawnee Rock was chartered. In 1888, frustrated with the Great Bend Tribune’s tendency to examine all county issues with Great Bend at the center, the Pawnee Rock Leader was created. Here’s what the publisher had to say about the city of Pawnee Rock: “While Pawnee Rock is not as large as some Kansas towns, she is second to none for location and for choice farms on all sides of her. The site on which she stands is as fine as any in the state, with a grand proximity from the Arkansas River south of us to the top of the far famed Rock on the north, giving us fine drainage with a beautiful plat for our little city. While the view from the top of the Rock is beyond description, giving us a sight of Great Bend fourteen miles to the east, with Larned nine miles to the west, and many miles north and south open to view.” In the couple of decades that followed, limestone from the Rock was used to build foundations of buildings in town, and the

prominence of the bluff was diminished. The women of Pawnee Rock, through their social clubs, organized to create a monument at the top of the bluff to save the Rock from further destruction. In 1912, a pavilion was built to approximate the original height of the bluff, so visitors for years to come could expereince the vistas as past travelers had. Today, when you visit Pawnee Rock State Historical Site, take time to follow the short trails around the bluff, and you will see evidence of those past travelers etched into the stone, some with dates reaching far back into the early 1800’s. Historical interpretation

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CITY DEPARTMENTS

Mayor – Linda McCowan

CITY CLERK – Sharon Anglemyer 620-982-4386 Fire Chief – Heath Dill 620-639-2381 Maintenance – Shane Bowman 620-982-4386

Councilperson – Deb Bader Councilperson – Joyce Link Councilperson – Chris Meade Councilperson – Paul Umble Councilperson – Phyllis Agee Council members meet at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at City Hall, 423 Rock Rd. 620-982-4386

MEDICAL CARE The University of Kansas Health System 514 Cleveland St., Great Bend 620-792-8833

and the stone monuments tell the story of the importance of the Rock. Pawnee Rock’s community today is proud of its heritage. Over the years, the city’s population swelled, and later shrank as school districts consolidated, requiring some to close their schools, as Pawnee Rock was forced to do. Still, its proximity to larger employment centers like Great Bend and Larned continues to make the community a good choice many call home. Stop in at the city hall on Centre Street or one of the antique stores on the highway entrance to the town to learn more about the town and the history of Pawnee Rock.

UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity & Natural Gas Midwest Energy, 1-800-222-3121

ANIMAL CONTROL Golden Belt Humane Society 620-792-4297

U.S. POST OFFICE 501 Centre St., 620-982-4308

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ocated north of Hoisington is the small community of Susank. Probably the youngest city in Barton County, it was founded in December, 1919, shortly after the end of World War I. Susank is linked with Beaver to the east and Galatia to the west along a spur of the tracks originally part of the Santa Fe railroad. Edward J. Susank, a Barton County official, worked with the Santa Fe railroad and members of Congress to establish the town on the spur completed in 1917. While the news of the incorporation of a new city might have gained the attention of the county’s media that month, it did not. The bigger story reported in the Great Bend Daily Tribune was a coal supply crisis. Striking miners in Colorado and winter weather found coal supplies depleted in the area. The Santa Fe railroad was scrambling to fill orders and keep trains moving throughout the ordeal, so there was no time to celebrate the incorporation of a new city on the spur. Here’s an excerpt from a December, 1919 Tribune report: “Although the coal situation in

this city was somewhat alleviated yesterday through the releasing of three carloads of coal, orders still continue to pile up with local coal dealers. There were no coal cars on the tracks awaiting release. The one car load from the Pittsburgh field, which it was stated was sent to this city, during the first part of the week, has failed to arrive. Porter Young, a member of the school board, stated this morning that the schools had a sufficient supply of fuel to last them for several days, and that the schools

probably would not be forced to close on account of the shortage. It was at first decided to allow but one week’s vacation during the holidays, but the coal situation has compelled them to allow the usual two weeks vacation, thus continuing school one week longer in the summer months.” In addition to a Great Bend Co-op elevator and a utilities office, Susank is home to L.D.’s Diner, which is located in the former school building. The chicken fried

CITY COUNCIL

CITY DEPARTMENTS

Mayor — Dennis Trapp

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

Councilman — Jeff Cotten Councilman — Bill Luerman Councilwoman — Jackie DeBusk Councilman — Jim Price Councilman — Rick Wilson The Susank city council meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at 127 Hoisington Road. Questions for council members can be directed through the mayor at 620-653-2769.

UTILITIES AND SERVICES Electricity Western Cooperative Electric, 800-456-6720 Natural Gas Midwest Energy, 620-792-1301 MEDICAL CARE Clara Barton Hospital 250 W. Ninth, 620-653-2114

steak is worth a stop, and Saturday night prime rib makes L.D.’s Diner a destination for those exploring Kansas. For details, find them on facebook. By the end of the 1920’s, automobiles were a dominant form of transportation throughout the county, but the use of correspondents by the newspapers continued to provide important insights into the workings of outlying towns, and Susank was no exception. From the May 28, 1929 Susank correspondent’s report in the Great Bend Daily Tribune, here’s a slice of everyday life describing the comings and goings and surprise visits from a small rural city: “W.T. Susank is building a combine shed. Frank Machacek returned to Chicago where he has employment. Wm. Ochs was in Salina the last of the week and brought back a large International truck. Wm. Spencer, an old resident of this community but now of Hutchinson, spent a few days here visiting. He is somewhat of a slight-of-hand performer and entertained the people here with some of his tricks.”

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Larned home to 100-year-old courthouse

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arned and Pawnee County celebrated the 100th anniversary of their courthouse in the spring of 2019. Pawnee County Commissioner Debra Lewis welcomed community members and read aloud a proclamation naming the week of April 24, 2019 “Pawnee County Courthouse Celebration Week.” Historian Tom Giessel highlighted the way growing up in and around the courthouse had influenced the life of one Larned girl, Nellie Cline, who went on to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives as Mrs. Nellie Cline-Steenson and make a difference for western Kansans during the first half of the 20th Century. Nellie Cline-Steenson was the daughter of a prominent Pawnee County lawyer at the turn of the 20th century. Cline-Steenson was admitted to the state bar

and was the first woman who pleaded criminal cases orally in the state Supreme Court. She was elected as county attorney. With the passage in 1920 of the national 19th Amendment, she was elected one of the first four women ever to serve in the House of Representatives in Kansas. She introduced and succeeded in passing the first law in Kansas which gave protection to farm labor (Threshermen’s Lien Law). Giessel quoted a passage from Cline-Steenson’s autobiography concerning the courthouse. “If the ghosts of memories living in the past of the old court house could speak, what stories of mystery, intrigue and murder, of innocence and guilt, of love and hate, truth and lies, jealousy and sacrifice, frailties and strength, southern ideas of honor and dishonor, they would reveal. If the old walls could speak, their tales

of real life would out-rival any of the performance of the stock companies which came to town playing their “melar-dramers” in the “Grand Ole Opera House.” At a time when fires were common and the destruction they wrought upon structures in cities the world over, it was a bragging point for the county officials that “there was not a piece of wood any larger than a matchstick,” put into the construction of the massive four-story building. Constructed of stone and

masonry, concrete and steel, even the doors and trim were made from metal finished to simulate wood. According to Geissel, it took months to build just the scaffolding to support the floors as they built them, and months again to take the scaffolding apart. During construction, people would walk into the construction zones to gawk at the progress workers were making, it prompted a warning in the Larned Tiller and Toiler


Barton County Source urging onlookers to keep away. Constructed of Bedford Limestone from Illinois and Indiana, with accents made of marble from Maine, probably the most spectacular feature are the stone pillars at the east entrance weighing 9-tons each. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were brought in by rail,â&#x20AC;? said Joel Davis, Pawnee County Information Officer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They hooked up mule teams to bring them up Broadway and raise them.â&#x20AC;? Times being as they were, no one thought to take a photo of the event, so we are left to our imaginations concerning the sight that must have been. The heart of the courthouse where Cline-Steenson received her first impressions of the importance of laws and their making was the courtroom, located on the third floor, with a fourth floor gallery that provided those attending court to look down upon events unfolding. Originally designed to provide seating for 800, during a midcentury remodel, the one courtroom was divided into three. Access to the

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gallery was removed, and a dropped ceiling installed on the third floor. To the average visitor, there is no evidence there was ever a gallery attached. Still, its former grandeur exists. While it is not open to the public, Davis and Geissel agreed to take the Great Bend Tribune on a behind the scenes tour. We reached the fourth floor from a back stairway coming off the judges chambers on the third floor. On the east side of the building, there were menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s separate jurors dormitories on the north and south ends. Bunk beds and wash closets were provided so jurors could remain sequestered overnight when necessary.

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Bunks were set up along its length, where today there are crude shelving units filled with cardboard storage boxes. A deep porcelain sink is still present on the west wall of the room. Transom windows above the doors provided ventilation. It could be pretty hot and pretty cold up there. The jurorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; quarters as well as the jail room and another room where gallery seating and ornate bas-relief ornamentation remain untouched, are now home to numerous stored files. Tall leather-bound tomes containing tax rolls dating back to 1876 line crude shelves. Each page is handwritten with pen and ink. The handwriting is perfect, the cursive hard to read by modern eyes. At one time, the Pawnee County Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office was located on that floor, and across the hall was a jail. Nearly identical leather-bound books can be found in the former jail room, but these contain records of cases tried in court. As the 100th Anniversary Celebration came to an end, the county worked with community groups to assemble a time capsule to sink in a paved square on the southeast side of the courthouse lawn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has stood for 100 years, and we are confident it will stand for 100 more,â&#x20AC;? Lewis told the Tribune the day of the ceremony. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exciting to consider what the next century has in store for Pawnee County.

CITY COUNCIL Mayor - William Nusser Ward 1 Carroll Bennet Gary Rainbolt Ward 2 Terry Clark George Elmore Ward 3 Dennis Wilson Jason Murray Ward 4 Sharon McGinness Kim Barnes Council members meet 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. Council members serve two-year terms.

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of 1886, and continued 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 production of 261,000 barrels, according to accounts in the Aug. 12, 1936, edition of The Great Bend Daily Tribune. 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.

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