Jeffrey Wade Chapman entered a plea of "not guilty" to first degree murder, during his arraignment Friday in Barton County District Court. Chapman, 31, of Pawnee Rock, is charged with the intentional, premeditated murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11 or early Nov. 12, 2011.
Theater lovers have their choice of two comedy productions this week in Great Bend. Students in the theater department at Barton Community College have produced "Harry's Hotter at Twilight," and Great Bend Community Theater is presenting "Drinking Habits." The curtains on both plays go up Thursday.
The first time someone threw a baseball into the metal door at Barton Community College's Kirkman Center, it may have been an accident. But today, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs has dozens of photos of damaged walls, heavy vinyl curtains, and the aforementioned door, all of them pocked or broken from the hundreds of baseballs, softballs and soccer balls that have been hurled without a thought or care about the damage being done.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees discussed "several personnel matters" during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon, board chairman Mike Johnson said.
A published children's author with ties to Great Bend is in town this week, visiting relatives and reading to children.
Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.
A video on YouTube shows a crime scene tape across the front door of Great Bend's Grace Community Church, and its pastors, including the Rev. Jay Beuoy, being locked up in jail cells.
Two Great Bend High School graduates now living in Chicago, Ill., can be seen next week on cable television's Travel Channel.
Great Bend loves holidays.
Three candidates for county office missed Monday's deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures reports at the Barton County Clerk's Office. But they'll all get a second chance.
The Democratic candidate for Representative of the state's 112th District listed exactly five donations on his last campaign finance report.
Great Bend resident Frank McKinney on Monday declared himself a write-in candidate for the 112th District Kansas House of Representatives. Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend, are on the ballot. McKinney said he is a moderate Republican who represents a choice, especially within his own party.
In recent weeks Barton County Sheriff candidate Brian Bellendir has outspent Sheriff Gregory Armstrong, who is running as a write-in candidate, but Armstrong has collected more campaign contributions.
Election Day is Nov. 6, but a good number of Americans have already cast their ballots. On Thursday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting. His wife voted earlier in the month.
The director of Central Prairie RC&D was arrested Thursday on a warrant for two counts of theft by deception. LaVeta Miller was booked into the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash or surety bond.
Barton Community College will add wrestling to its list of sports in 2015-2016, a decision made official at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. Board members also learned that Barton has landed a five-year contract with the Kansas Department of Agriculture – Weights and Measurements Division to offer training for scales technicians.
The Great Bend Tree Board recently added 10 trees to the Argonne Forest on the north edge of Veterans Memorial Park, with plans to plant more in the spring, according to Charles Waknitz, chairman of the organization.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.
Family friendly Halloween costumes and treats can be found at area churches. Others have announced fall festivals.
Sometimes, the decisions we make have eternal consequences. That is the premise behind Judgement House, a walk-through gospel presentation with an edge. Once again, First Church of the Nazarene in Great Bend is offering Judgement House as an alternative to Halloween haunted houses.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part two considers the economic impact of agriculture on the local economy.
It's official: Great Bend has extended Halloween from a single night to two weekends of costuming and candy.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.
THURSDAY, Oct. 16
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Three arrests were made Saturday night after someone reported a burglary in progress at the Rand Mobile Home Park, 5540 Second St., south of Great Bend.
The 10th Rosewood Rodeo drew a crowd to Expo III on Saturday, showcasing the riding abilities of more than 40 riders with developmental disabilities.