Great Bend, KS

Everything and the kitchen sink: USD 428 approves $4.8 million plan

The 2022-23 school year has yet to begin but already, some blockbuster moves are being made. At Monday's USD 428 Great Bend Board of Education meeting, the board voted 7-0 to move forward with a $4.82 million renovation plan to the support services facility located on east 10th Street. Once complete, the building will house both the district's food services and maintenance departments.
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Joyce (Phillips) Essmiller, age 96

Joyce Deanne (Phillips) Essmiller, 96, passed away August 7, 2022, at HaysMed, Hays, Kansas, after a short illness. She was born February 11, 1926, in Hoisington, Kansas to Mark Paul and Ida Marie (Willcutt) Phillips. She spent her early years in Hoisington before moving to Great Bend. She graduated from Great Bend High School and married her high school sweetheart, Arnold Essmiller, Jr. on January 19, 1944. They celebrated almost 74 years of marriage before his passing on November 21, 2017.

Districts across Kansas address teacher shortage with new school year starting

GREAT BEND, Kan. (KWCH) - Summer break is quickly ending for students across Kansas, with only days left before the 2022-23 school year starts. In many districts, teachers are already back and laying the groundwork for the next nine to 10 months of learning. Heading into the school year, districts across the state have been trying to hire at a time when the Kansas Department of Education predicts the worst teacher shortage the state’s ever seen.

Caleys to celebrate 60 years of marriage

The family of Larry and Sharon Caley, Stafford, invite friends and family to join them for an Open House to celebrate the Caley’s 60th wedding anniversary. It will be held at the Stafford Senior Center, 130 S. Main Street, Stafford, Kansas from 2-4 p.m. on August 20, 2022. They were married August 24, 1962 in Council Grove.

Buffalo Injures Kansas Deputy; Animal’s Owner Found Gored to Death

BUSHTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a buffalo charged and seriously injured a Kansas sheriff’s deputy one day before the animal’s owner was found gored to death. Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray Marston said in a news release that the buffalo had wandered onto a state highway and the deputy was trying to get the animal back in a pasture when it charged.

Great Bend Chamber ready to welcome teachers back

As the official day for the start of school is approaching for several schools in Great Bend, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce is ready to welcome teachers and educational staff back to school. The 7th annual Great Bend Business Showcase, a teacher appreciation event, will take place Monday, Aug....

Lyman Kruckenberg, age 95

Lyman L. Kruckenberg, age 95 years, of Lyons, Kansas and formerly of Great Bend, Kansas, passed away early on Friday morning, July 22, 2022 at the Rice County Hospital in Lyons, Kansas. Lyman was born on November 19, 1926 at rural Great Bend, Kansas to Emil F. and Sophie J. (Soeken) Kruckenberg. He graduated from Great Bend High School in 1943, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines for a total of 3 years in both the Atlantic Theater and Pacific Theater during World War II. Lyman was united in marriage to Esther E. Keil on December 15, 1946 at Larned, Kansas. He owned and operated Kruckenberg Construction in Great Bend for nearly 40 years, and estimated that he had erected over 2,000 steel buildings in the area over that span of time. Lyman and Esther loved traveling and camping with their RV, and Lyman particularly loved fishing, hunting, woodworking, and baseball – having played and coached both slow & fast-pitch softball in his younger years. Lyman was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church and American Legion Post #180, both of Great Bend.

Singers wanted for the Central Kansas Community Choir

The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) is recruiting singers for the fall 2022 season. Rehearsals will be held from 7-9 p.m. Monday evenings starting Sept. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Great Bend. The CKCC is sponsored by Barton Community College and strives to provide challenging performances of...
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Charging bison injures deputy; animal’s owner found dead

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/Gray News) - Authorities in Kansas say the owner of a bison was found gored to death the day after a sheriff’s deputy was injured by the animal. KWCH reports that Ellsworth County 911 received a call around 9 a.m. Monday from the aunt of 56-year-old Scott Schroeder, of Bushton, who found her nephew dead in a pen. She said she thought that a bison had killed him.

Bison kills Ellsworth County man, injures deputy

Ellsworth County officials said a bison killed a man in an area northwest of Bushton on Sunday, and the animal also injured a sheriff’s deputy. The deputy was injured Sunday night in an area near K-4 Highway and 5th Road. He was trying to get a bison from the highway back onto a pasture when the bison charged him. He was in stable condition after surgery at Salina Regional Health Center. Officials said a Rice County deputy arrived at the scene and shot the bison as it was getting ready to attack the Ellsworth County deputy a second time.