The water level of the ponds in Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is down this month, and not by accident. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the ponds are being dredged and cleaned, with new side walls built to stop erosion.
Defense attorneys for Adam Longoria are asking Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts to conduct part of Thursday's pretrial hearing away from public view.
A program that helps low- and moderate-income families move away from government and social service assistance is expanding its services into Barton County.
Donnie Lang was driving home with his wife Saturday night when the windshield on their Dodge truck seemed to explode.
Ticket sales for the 54th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day are under way, with members reporting nearly 1,800 of the $3 tickets sold in the first week, according to Paul Maneth, cochairman of the annual fundraiser. Pancakes will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Expo I Building west of Great Bend.
Young criminal offenders at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and its alternative school, Westside School, are earning high school diplomas, attending college and earning certificates in marketable job skills, thanks to a partnership with Barton Community College.
Adam Longoria will return to Great Bend at least once more before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled to start March 26. A hearing to deal with pretrial motions has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1 in Barton County District Court.
Administrators from the Great Bend Recreation Commission received statewide recognition at the Kansas Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, held Jan. 24-27 at Topeka. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick received the Distinguished Recreation Programmer award, and Executive Director Diann Henderson received the Distinguished Professional Award. GBRC Program Coordinator Chris Umphres presented the award to Henderson.
Barton County District Court Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday denied a motion seeking a change of venue for the trial of Adam Longoria. The trial, currently scheduled to begin on March 26, will remain in Barton County.
Bob Martin can only see his classic Corvette Stingray in dreams, since selling it to former race car driver Rick Hendrick. But Martin isn't crying after parting with the rare car that was once owned by singer Roy Orbison.
Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
Jeffery Wade Chapman, 30, was arrested Monday for the alleged murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced.
The decision of whether or not to move Adam Longoria's capital murder trial away from Barton County won't be announced until Monday, District Judge Hannelore Kitts said.
The Great Bend Police Department has released the name of a Great Bend man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend and cutting her with a knife multiple times on Sunday. They are looking for 30-year-old Tad Tylor Heath Hall, Detective David Bailey said.
On-field recognition of contributors to the Bowman Family Pressbox, Sunday, April 26, at Barton Community College
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.