It's Black Friday, the official opening of Shopping Season, perhaps the biggest day of the year for retail sales. The countdown to Christmas begins today, and for many people the spending scoreboard has begun to tick off the days while adding up the gifts.
Finding people who want jobs is easy. Finding people who are ready to work and have a basic knowledge of the business they come to is not. That's what business and industry leaders told the Barton Community College trustees this week.
A 250 watt light bulb in a recessed fixture meant for a 75 watt bulb was the cause of a fire Tuesday night at 5210 10th St., Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
A Great Bend man was among several people injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle accident in Wichita.
A week of helping victims of Hurricane Sandy has left three local women more appreciative than ever of their own blessings this Thanksgiving.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees have approved an increase in tuition and fees for all students, starting in the fall of 2013. However, they also increased the discount to Barton County students, so there will be no change in what they pay, said BCC President Dr. Carl Heilman.
A lot of people were whining the day after the election, because their candidate for president didn't win. It's OK to whine; some people think they've earned the right to whine by voting. But some folks have gone too far.
For the past five years, the Daniel R. Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center has been quietly offering single homeless women, many with children, a place where they can turn their lives around.
Three Great Bend residents who flew to New York last Thursday are scheduled to return home at the end of the week, after helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Great Bend Fire Department has purchased a new fire truck and ambulance in recent weeks, Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Now that pheasant hunting season has begun, the Great Bend Recreation Commission is again holding its Longest Tail Feather contest, program director Garet Fitzpatrick said.
The three Barton County candidates who missed the Oct. 29 deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures have now filed those reports, Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The reports show campaign contributions received and money spent between July 27 and Oct. 25.
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.
Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.
A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.
On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.
Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.
Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.
Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.
The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.
This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.
Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.
Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.
What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?
Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.
Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.