The top three graduating seniors at Great Bend High School delivered brief commencement speeches Sunday, prior to 212 students receiving diplomas at Memorial Stadium.
Barton Community College's 44th commencement ceremony recognized the achievements of hundreds of students Friday, but Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said each individual has his or her own story of success.
The world is watching as efforts continue to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped a month ago from two boarding schools in Nigeria.
This story was updated on May 13.
Nearly 6 months after the death of Rhiannon Marie Young, the police investigation seemed to have stalled. Now Crime Stoppers of Great Bend-Barton County is trying something new - reaching out to the public with posts on social media.
Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."
Bid requests for the job of cleaning up the site of the Camp Aldrich dining hall were sent Monday, Barton Community College officials learned Thursday. The college owns the conference center located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. The dining hall and its basement were destroyed by fire on April 12, and bids for demolition of are being accepted until May 22.
Often, board members of Barton County's Crime Stoppers don't know who is getting their money. That wasn't the case Tuesday night.
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.
The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The judge who ordered a mental competency evaluation for first-degree murder suspect Jeffrey Wade Chapman now wants to hear why the evaluation at Larned State Security Hospital took less than a day.
The jury trial for the Great Bend woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 in money earmarked to honor World War II veterans was scheduled to start this week, but is on hold, with no date scheduled as of Tuesday. LaVeta D. Miller's court-appointed attorney has requested the trial be rescheduled to November or December if possible.
Photos taken Sept. 13, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Most Kansas festival planners are at the mercy of Mother Nature to some degree, especially when nature is the featured attraction. Saturday's weather, an early taste of fall, was perfect for most humans attending the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual fall Butterfly Festival. Those who wished they'd brought a jacket could sip coffee or hot chocolate indoors before heading outdoors in the 55-degree weather.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.
Gold Girls Club, a ministry of teenage girls, is sponsoring "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teenage girls, featuring author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.
TOPEKA - Kansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday heard oral arguments in appeals to Adam Longoria's capital murder conviction. No decisions were made as the case was taken under advisement.
The iron lung exhibit from the Barton County Historical Society Museum is featured this week at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen will attend Thursday's study session with the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. in the Seminar Room, F-30 on the lower level of the BCC Fine Arts Building. This is billed as a "linkage" meeting between the trustees and LSH. Other guests from Larned will be Holly Hertel, former director of nursing; and Julie Belt, interim director of nursing.