The Imagination Playground is coming to Great Bend and will make its public debut during June Jaunt. The portable playground is a set of oversized blocks, lightweight but sturdy enough to build with. They were designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, who was inspired by watching his own children play.
Barton County Historic Society is celebrating the 60th anniversary of organized drag racing in the Golden Belt with a new exhibit and a car show during its open house this Saturday.
Several people working to make Barton County a healthier place received some recognition and financial assistance Monday during the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting. Doug Vance, executive director of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association, visited the meeting along with representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas, to present a $2,500 facsimile check and a banner in honor of Great Bend winning the Blue Chip award.
The senior class president of Heights High School in Wichita was suspended for the rest of the school year after posting a bit of trash talk about the school football team on Twitter.
Barton Community College trustees may request an exemption to a new gun law taking effect July 1.
One way to keep Mom out of the kitchen this Mother's Day is by taking her to lunch. Jeannie Munsch will be cooking German Wedding Roast to serve this Sunday at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An investigator from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's office was in Great Bend Monday to determine the cause of a fire Sunday afternoon at 2011 Jackson St. It was one of several fire calls over the weekend, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Students from 13 schools demonstrated their life skills and vocational abilities Friday during the Job Olympics at Great Bend High School's Panther Activity Center.
PAWNEE ROCK - Bergthal Mennonite Church was built to last forever, or at least until the Lord returned. Settlers had first outgrown a little stone church near Dundee, and then a wooden church northeast of Pawnee Rock. A massive brick building, complete with a bell tower, replaced the wooden building in 1915.
On July 1, it will no longer be illegal to possess a switchblade knife in Kansas. Daggers, straight-edged razors and stilettos, once banned, will also be legal.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo underwent an inspection Wednesday from the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners, and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the facility "passed with flying colors."
A child's letter to the editor seeking information about Kansas prompted a Great Bend resident's upcoming visit to Conway School in Mt. Vernon, Wash.
The week usually starts on Sunday, or some would say Monday, but in Great Bend a new week starts tomorrow (Saturday, April 27).
Sunflower Rod & Custom Association is celebrating the 60th anniversary of drag racing at the old B-29 bomber runway west of Great Bend, and in a big way. Kansas Speedweek got under way Saturday with the first-ever West Central Super Quick Series.
A local company was awarded the contract to build a $4.2 million, 172-bed dormitory for Barton Community College. BCC trustees on Thursday chose C.V. Cale Construction, Great Bend, over two lower bidders from other parts of the state.
The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.
Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.
Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.
HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.
When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.
Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.
Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.
Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.
The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.
A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.
Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.
Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.
President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.
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