At the end of Jessica Perez's vocal recital last Friday at Barton Community College, following the last notes of Verdi's "Caro Nome," an appreciative audience gave the soprano a standing ovation - and then the audience sang to her. The song was "Happy Birthday," in honor of her 23rd birthday.
Editor's note: This story was updated on May 6 to clarify the victim's relationship with his ex-wife. She was at his house but does not live there.
The trustees of Barton Community College will tour the remodeled Planetarium this week.
Once again, Great Bend men answered the question, "Are You Man Enough?" by putting on high heels and walking or running down Main Street to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.
The prayers of Great Bend Christians were joined with the faithful around the United States on Thursday, for the National Day of Prayer. About two dozen people met in the courthouse square at noon to offer prayers for the government, military, schools, media, businesses, churches and families in the community, state and nation. They concluded with a prayerful walk around the square.
It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.
Two animals born at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo are headed to the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.
Barton Community College intends to rebuild the Camp Aldrich Dining Facility that was destroyed by fire on April 12. The dining hall, including the basement, which served as a storm shelter, was a total loss.
"Wichita," a Western/thriller motion picture filmed in Kansas, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Crest Theater in Great Bend. Admission is $10 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.
This year's Cinco de Mayo celebration for Great Bend will take place Saturday, May 3, in the courthouse square. Once again, the celebration will start with an 11 a.m. parade that starts at Brit Spaugh Park and proceeds south on Main Street to the courthouse square.
Attorneys have reached an agreement to have Jeffrey Wade Chapman wear a turtleneck at his first-degree murder trial, covering a tattoo on his neck that says "murder" in reverse letters.
Professor Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author, is fond of reminding his students and readers of their place in the universe:
Terry Fellers, 59, didn't need to watch the movie "Heaven is for Real" to know that is the case. After seeing the story of a 5-year-old boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, Fellers decided it was time to share his own experience of heaven.
The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to start next Monday has been postponed. It is now schedule to start Aug. 18 in Barton County District Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for May 9.
Camp Hope, a camp for children with cancer, will remain in Barton County this year in spite of a fire that wiped out the dining hall of the intended camp site.
SATURDAY, Aug. 30
When 500 Kansans were surveyed online about the state's most recognized brands of companies or organizations, KU and the Jayhawks topped the list.
The Great Bend Police Department fielded several unusual calls on Thursday, including a reported sighting of a man in a red devil costume.
"Winter is Coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," and a fact for residents of Great Bend.
An honor graduate, a PhD., a polyglot and a former police officer were among the new employees who introduced themselves Thursday at the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting.
There are still several weeks of summer ahead, but members of Trinity United Methodist Church are already thinking about people who will need warm coats later this year.
Cookies and lemonade and an unusual "petting zoo" were offered Monday at the Barton Community College Library, which hosted "Librarypalooza."
Three one-vehicle accidents over the weekend sent area residents to three different hospitals, according to Kansas Highway Patrol logs. The most serious accident occurred Friday night in Ellsworth County.
Mike Clark is no doubt good at his job, which is raising money for Kansas State University's athletic department. But the first thing he told Great Bend Kiwanians when he visited this week was, "It's not all about the money; it's all about relationships."
HOISINGTON - "How lucky can you get?"
The bright yellow school buses in front of Great Bend's Walmart and 10th Street Dillons store Wednesday weren't carrying children. Rather, they were part of the United Way of Central Kansas Stuff the Bus project. Shoppers were invited to drop off items from the "wish lists" of the 19 United Way agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Detective David Bailey said the Great Bend Police Department is close to wrapping up a recent case where someone used window chalk to write racist graffiti on the cars of an African American family.
At one of Great Bend's historic churches, the congregation is focusing on "church outside the walls."