The 26-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in the courthouse square will be even taller this week, after city employees cap it with a magnificent topper, according to Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. City employees will add the custom-made decoration as the City of Great Bend hosts its first Business After Hours, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Downtown businesses will stay open until late, in the first of a series of "Thirsty Thursdays."
Great Bend Community Theatre will present a holiday classic with a twist: "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play."
It looks like a big Christmas present now, but this Saturday evening the wrapping paper will come off of the Great Bend Public Library's "Bookstore." The unveiling will take place following the 5:30 p.m. Home for the Holidays Parade.
Barton Community College Director of Financial Aid Myrna Perkins said BCC students are receiving record amounts of financial aid - $1 million more than in 2010-11.
Two men with criminal convictions in Pawnee County are eligible for parole hearings from the state's Prisoner Review Board.
Barton County native Carolyn Hall will talk about her book, "Prairie Meals and Memories – Living the Golden Rule," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at the Barton County Historical Society meeting.
By SUSAN THACKER
Great Bend has some new sparkles in its Trail of Lights.
Barton Community College has taken its military training to at least 13 states, and is attempting to offer even more courses at Fort Sill, Okla., and at Fort Leavenworth.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a "person of interest" in last Saturday's shooting death of Damon Galyardt. No one has been charged in the 25-year-old Great Bend man's death, which is being investigated as first-degree murder, and no one is considered a suspect.
A Claflin woman was taken to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington on Monday after the car she was in was rear-ended by another car on NE 130 Road and K-156, 1 mile north of Claflin, around 7:35 a.m.
Law enforcement officers followed up several leads Saturday after learning about the shooting death of Damon Galyardt, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said Tuesday.
The Future Business Leaders Association at Great Bend High School has offered to build a website for the Great Bend Recreation Commission in a program called "Tech the Rec."
The investigation continued Monday into the death of a 25-year-old Great Bend man whose body was discovered by hunters Saturday morning.
For years, a piece of Civil War history has, in effect, been hidden in plain sight in the Barton County courthouse square.
Nine students from Great Bend's Seventh-day Adventist School took time out from an art project Friday and traveled to the Cherry Village nursing home to present their Christmas music program. A room full of residents and guests listened to the 30-minute program.
The Great Bend Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office both received reports this past week from people who were the intended victims of con artists. They reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.
The Golden Belt received 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight Wednesday, according to reports from the National Weather Service offices in Dodge City and Wichita.
A mixture of snow and sleet began falling in Barton County Wednesday evening, which led to a number of weather-related accidents. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to two injury accidents in Barton County and one in Ellsworth County, all between 7:28 and 10:22 a.m. on Thursday.
Kansas got an early taste of winter Wednesday night when 4-6 inches of snow fell on this part of the state.
Here are some photos taken Thursday morning in Great Bend. About 4 inches of snow fell overnight in Great Bend and Ellinwood, with Claflin receiving 5.5 inches. An observer in Larned reported 3.8 inches.
Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a head-on collision Thursday morning in Barton County, after a car slid on ice south of Great Bend and hit another car head-on. One driver was injured.
A Great Bend man told police he was hit by a car around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The driver never stopped, according to the victim, 20-year-old Noe Chavez.
The number of trees in Great Bend is nearly half what it was 40 years, according to a "tree census" taken in 2012 by the city's Tree Board. City Administrator Howard Partington has asked the board to implement an accelerated tree planting program.
Two vehicles collided at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in Barton County. Injuries were minor but one driver, Cindy Aracely Esquivel-Dominguez, was arrested for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and no insurance.
When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.
A video record
After a Ferguson, Mo., police officer fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, and the subsequent rioting, the Obama administration suggested more body cameras for police officers. As it turns out, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation were already headed in that direction.
Some Kansas homeowners could see their property taxes go up next year, to make up for an expected reduction in tax revenue from oil.
Before and after Thanksgiving, many of us find ourselves overindulging in treats. According to one news source, many people gain 6 pounds this time of year.