Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.
The job of city administrator isn't all about pot holes and snow removal. On Monday, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington joined Community Coordinator Christina Hayes as she talked to the city council about plans for Party in the Park on Aug. 16.
Note: This story was updated on Feb. 18 to show the correct date for Party in the Park. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 16.
Great Bend City Council members expressed satisfaction with snow removal efforts that occurred this month, saying the type of snowstorm that hit Barton County is rare.
Great Bend Community Theatre members are on the lookout for comedy this week as they present a red hot comedy, "Neighborhood Crime Watch."
Members of the Kansas Legislature's House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday considered a resolution to ignore science.
The featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, Edward Everett, spoke for more than two hours on Nov. 19, 1863. Then President Abraham Lincoln rose and spoke for less than two minutes, delivering the "Gettysburg Address." It was 272 words long.
Main Street was blocked off for a time on Thursday night as the Great Bend Fire Department responded to the Dance by Design dance school, where a buildup of ice apparently caused electrical wires to spark and start a small fire.
Zachary Steven Eisenhour Sr., 29, returned to prison last week after violating his parole for child abuse and other crimes committed nearly seven years ago in Stafford County.
Winter classes are in full swing at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, and the staff is already getting ready for spring and summer, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the Board of Directors on Monday.
A motorist was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after the car she was driving slid off of West Barton County Road, around 12:45 p.m.
A sign that can be found in some business establishment reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."
With a Winter Weather Advisory in effect Tuesday morning, schools were closed and Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that Barton County was experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall, leading to treacherous road conditions.
A private airplane that flew out of the Great Bend Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon crashed and burned around 5 p.m. in a field near Nashville, Tenn. There were no survivors, according to Tennessee news sources such as NewsChannel5.com, which also reported that the Gulfstream 690C was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri-Co in Pawnee Rock.
The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.
The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.
Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.
A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.
Dramatic videos of flying cameras, storms chasers, and a family emerging from a demolished home after a tornado were among the highlights of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a severe weather awareness program presented Tuesday at the Crest Theater. But Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chance Hayes didn't come to Great Bend just to entertain; his presentations provided potentially life-saving information for anyone with a desire to chase after tornados, or anyone who wants to stay safe in case of severe storms.
Great Bend Public Library staff celebrated the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday with a party for children. "Miss Amanda," as children's librarian Amanda Moran-Jones is known, read the Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," and then The Cat in the Hat invited the children to sample the same dish - scrambled eggs with green food coloring.
HOISINGTON - Joining Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) at Saturday's Legislative Coffee in Hoisington was Kansas Board of Education member Sally Cauble (R-Dodge City).
Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state, including Barton County, next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees took another opportunity Thursday to discuss the recent selection of four students from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, who were recognized Feb. 13 at Topeka. They were BCC's 2014 choice for the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.
Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
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