It's been a little over a year since the Great Bend City Council accepted a $500,000 gift to purchase the Convention Center that had been part of the Highland Hotel. The new hotel owner is settled in, and it's time for the city to move forward.
Great Bend Recreation Commission is wrapping up another busy summer and gearing up for fall programming, the board of commissioners learned Monday.
A two-year program on spiritual formation is starting this month at the Heartland Center for Spiritually in Great Bend.
Great Bend teachers are already back at school, and next Wednesday most of the students will be, too.
Farmers markets and community gardens are still supplying fresh produce, said Barton County Extension Agent Donna Krug. She recently presented a program on the benefits of "locally grown" food and its preservation.
Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has added a web-based backup for its records on animal care, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Lt. Brian J. Bellendir bested incumbent Greg Armstrong and former Lt. Richard W. Unrein to win the Republican primary for Barton County Sheriff. His will be the only name on the ballot for that office in November. With votes from all 40 precincts counted for the unofficial total Tuesday night, Bellendir led with 2,262 votes, or 46.94 percent. Armstrong had 37.6 percent with 1,812 votes, and Unrein trailed with 15.46 percent, 745 votes.
Barton Community College employees showed visitors some of the latest improvements Thursday. During an open house for the fully renovated Student Union, the college also invited people to look inside the mobile training center for Barton's natural gas transmission and distribution program. The mobile unit is the first of its kind.
There were no changes to Barton Community College's proposed budget Thursday. It was approved by the BCC Board of Trustees after a public hearing at which no one came forward to comment.
Editor's Note: This is the second to two stories about campaign finance reports filed by area candidates.
In a little more than a month, Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will know if the application for national accreditation was successful.
Editor's Note: This is the first of two stories on finance reports filed by candidates for office. Today's story is based on reports filed in the Barton County Clerk's Office. Part II will look at the reports filed in Topeka by candidates for the Kansas Senate District 33 and the House of Representatives District 112.
Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.
A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.
When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday published a decision that upholds convictions of Kenneth "Kenny" D. Crawford, 59, for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and threatening a 12-year-old girl in Barton County in 2005.
Farmers Bank & Trust has been awarded an A+ in DepositAccounts.com's independent Bank Financial Health Rating System for the quarter ended June 30. The A+ rating is defined as the highest distinction in terms of relative financial strength and stability, according to their standardized measurement system. The service gives consumers information on the relative financial strength of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The judge who ordered a mental competency evaluation for first-degree murder suspect Jeffrey Wade Chapman now wants to hear why the evaluation at Larned State Security Hospital took less than a day.
The jury trial for the Great Bend woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 in money earmarked to honor World War II veterans was scheduled to start this week, but is on hold, with no date scheduled as of Tuesday. LaVeta D. Miller's court-appointed attorney has requested the trial be rescheduled to November or December if possible.
Photos taken Sept. 13, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Most Kansas festival planners are at the mercy of Mother Nature to some degree, especially when nature is the featured attraction. Saturday's weather, an early taste of fall, was perfect for most humans attending the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual fall Butterfly Festival. Those who wished they'd brought a jacket could sip coffee or hot chocolate indoors before heading outdoors in the 55-degree weather.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.
Gold Girls Club, a ministry of teenage girls, is sponsoring "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teenage girls, featuring author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.