The Environmental Protection Agency will collect soil and water samples this month at the former O'Neill Tank site near the Great Bend Municipal Airport, to determine if there is contamination from hazardous materials. The EPA also plans to collect samples at and around the former Plating Inc. site in the industrial park near the airport. Plating Inc. is a contaminated site that is monitored by EPA's Superfund Division, under a federal program to clean up uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.
In the next week or so, many Great Bend children will have some homework and will need their parents to lend a hand with it.
Great Bend's firefighters plan to visit every elementary school in town this month, and several preschools as well, teaching lessons they hope kids will learn - and then teach to their parents at home.
The swift fox may not be on the endangered species list, but it could be headed that way. Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he hopes to acquire a pair of the foxes for breeding.
Natural, accidental, and "unknown" - three fires with three causes in the past week.
Forget about global warming. The biggest man-made problem facing Americans – that is, the biggest problem we can do something about – may be obesity.
Celebrity Chef Mark Anthony will present his free "Dinner and A Message" cooking show at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, located one mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road at 7 SW 30 Ave.
Barton Community College instructor Linda McCaffery will present "Murder Mystery in Kansas History" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Cohen Center at Barton Community College. The Cohen Center is located in the Learning Resource Center, formerly the Library.
NESS CITY - "Remembering Our Fallen," a photo display honoring over 70 Kansans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country's uniform, will make its first visit to western Kansas when it comes to Ness City next week.
Great Bend Police responded to two unrelated domestic calls Sunday that resulted in felony arrests.
A pickup that was reported stolen last week was recovered over the noon hour Monday when the father of its owner spotted someone driving the vehicle in the southeast part of Great Bend and called law enforcement.
The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant near Burlington got a bad report card Friday.
First Lady Michelle Obama it reminding everyone to spend some time outdoors before the summer is over, which has prompted groups across the nation to sponsor Let's Move events.
A special education teacher at Great Bend Middle School was one of three Great Bend residents arrested Wednesday on drugs charges.
Connie Smith is a firm believer that volunteers gain as much from helping others as the recipients of their service gain. After wrapping up a year as an AmeriCorps member at Catholic Social Service in Great Bend, Smith hopes to be chosen for a second year with the program, while pursuing her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
Sunday marked the first time a ceremonial "first pitch" was thrown prior to a baseball game at Barton Community College's Lawson-Biggs Field. Cougar booster Rob Bowman was given the honor to mark the construction of the new Bowman Family Press Box,
In the urban dictionary, "peeps" are people - usually friends. But for birdwatchers, the peeps are five species of North American sandpipers.
There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.
After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.
"I didn't even know this was here."
Sixteen businesses will take part in Great Bend's downtown Arts & Wine Walk, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 1.
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.