The Great Bend USD 428 school board had its first reading Tuesday of next year's handbooks for students, teachers, athletics and activities. The Athletic Handbook and the Activity Handbook include some new guidelines for school bus sponsor duties.
The attorney for Darrin Hirsh has requested either a judgment of acquittal or a new trial for the former Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper who was found guilty of aggravated assault, criminal threat and domestic battery last year by a Barton County jury.
The Crest Theater's main floor seating was filling up Saturday and volunteers were considering opening the balcony as the Barton County Republican Caucus got underway. Several registered voters were ready to drop their ballots in the box and leave by 10 a.m., but County Chairman Richard Friedeman asked them wait until the end of a short party meeting.
Democrats came from as far away as Scott City to vote Saturday in the party caucus at the Hoisington Activity Center. In the final tally, there were 130 votes for Bernie Sanders and 67 for Hillary Clinton. Southwest Kansas will now send three delegates to vote for Sanders and one to vote for Clinton at the National Convention.