At first glance, the wooden boxes popping up in Barton County might be mistaken for a new version of Great Bend's big, decorative "bird houses." But these structures have something inside - books - all free for the taking.
Great Bend's Central Kansas Dream Center, located in the former Roosevelt School at 2100 Broadway Ave., is all about "reaching hurting people, restoring families (and) realizing dreams." Director Kimberly Becker recently spoke at a Noon Kiwanis meeting and described the ministries at the site, along with plans for growth.
Great Bend residents routinely call the police to report that their cars or garages have been splattered with eggs or paint balls, and usually they're advised to wash everything off and call back if there was any actual damage. Sadly, vandals took it up a notch this week by writing racial slurs on the vehicles of a black family.
The .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.
Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.
Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.
Two Great Bend men were taken to jail early Sunday after shots were fired at 1318 Macarthur Road. Dennis Morrison was initially booked on a charge of attempted first-degree murder and Jacob Keenan was booked on charges of aggravated burglary and criminal threat, although further investigation led to lesser charges for both men.
HUDSON - The Hudson community in Stafford County will hold its annual Chicken Ride, Turkey Trot or Not, and Ham & Jam this Saturday, Aug. 2.
The spaghetti was flying - as was the ketchup, mustard, whipped cream and Hawaiian Punch - Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Great Bend Public Library.
The Barton County Courthouse will be open Saturday for anyone wishing to vote in the primary election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including over the noon hour.
Even with a cut in state aid expected, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't ask local property owners for more tax money in Fiscal Year 2015, Barton's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Thursday.
The announcement that the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend will be redesigned and expanded is welcome news.
Dan Dan the Magic Man can stretch a piece of chewing gum about 12 feet and make a live rabbit appear in an empty cage. But magician Dan Heath's greatest trick may be the way he can hold the attention of a young audience for the better part of an hour.
Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.
The bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.
The number of high school students receiving college instruction during their school day continues to grow, thanks to the Kansas Legislature's decision to pay for their tuition on technical education courses.
SATURDAY, Aug. 30
When 500 Kansans were surveyed online about the state's most recognized brands of companies or organizations, KU and the Jayhawks topped the list.
The Great Bend Police Department fielded several unusual calls on Thursday, including a reported sighting of a man in a red devil costume.
"Winter is Coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," and a fact for residents of Great Bend.
An honor graduate, a PhD., a polyglot and a former police officer were among the new employees who introduced themselves Thursday at the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting.
There are still several weeks of summer ahead, but members of Trinity United Methodist Church are already thinking about people who will need warm coats later this year.
Cookies and lemonade and an unusual "petting zoo" were offered Monday at the Barton Community College Library, which hosted "Librarypalooza."
Three one-vehicle accidents over the weekend sent area residents to three different hospitals, according to Kansas Highway Patrol logs. The most serious accident occurred Friday night in Ellsworth County.
Mike Clark is no doubt good at his job, which is raising money for Kansas State University's athletic department. But the first thing he told Great Bend Kiwanians when he visited this week was, "It's not all about the money; it's all about relationships."
HOISINGTON - "How lucky can you get?"
The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
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