Weeks before the Jack Kilby Plaza in Great Bend became a construction site, a Topeka couple was on a summer quest to visit every courthouse in each of the state's 105 counties. Barton County's courthouse ranked as an overall favorite with travelers Randy and Gayla Starkey.
Great Bend's Firefighters hope to honor a World War II veteran with some of the proceeds from this year's Spaghetti Feed and Raffle, firefighter Brad Descher said.
First came a sizzle/whoosh!, like a firework launching into the air. That was followed by the sound of running feet, as two high school students came around the Fine Arts Building.
Great Bend zoo staff headed to western Kansas in September for the Fall 2010 Ferret survey. Marge Bowen, curator at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, and zookeeper Trish McKinley traveled to Logan County, where conservationists have reintroduced the black-footed ferret, bringing the species back from the brink of extinction.
While fantasy Halloween horrors await brave souls who attend other haunted houses, area churches are offering a different sort of fall program this weekend at Judgement House. This seven-scene walk-through drama promises "Real people, real choices (and) real consequences," with characters going to heaven or hell.
Three trustees of Barton Community College sat down with four public school superintendents Thursday to discuss the college's partnership with secondary schools in the area.
More motions and responses have been filed this week in connection with the capital murder trial of Adam Longoria. The Great Bend man is scheduled to appear in Barton County District Court this morning for a pre-trial hearing.
A speeding motorist who refused to stop for Barton County Deputy Keith Kennon was arrested early Monday after a pursuit.
When Barton Community College asks "What drives you?", there's no one answer. And when people think about what supplies power to their cars, they shouldn't just think about petroleum.
This year's Halloween Parade will have to work around the construction site of the future Jack Kilby Plaza, but that shouldn't scare anyone. Plenty of volunteers will be on hand to lead children on a safe route down both sides of Main Street, where businesses will be handing out candy, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Adam Longoria will return to Barton County next Thursday, when District Judge Hannelore Kitts will rule on pre-trial motions in his capital murder case. Longoria is suspected of killing 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt of Great Bend.
The tradition of bringing Christian music lovers together for a "sing" is hardly new, but for years Lynn and Mary Chestnut had to travel for miles - sometimes to other states - to hear the Southern Gospel music they loved. All that changed in 2005, when the Great Bend couple organized a sing for central Kansas.
Barton Community College students left their classrooms Wednesday to visit employers in Great Bend, during College 2 Community Day.
Full-time employees at the Great Bend Recreation Commission will each receive $250 bonuses in recognition of the work that went into opening the new GBRC Activity Center. Four seasonal, part-time employees will also receive $125 bonuses, the GBRC Board of Directors decided Monday.
The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.
The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.
Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.
A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.
Dramatic videos of flying cameras, storms chasers, and a family emerging from a demolished home after a tornado were among the highlights of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a severe weather awareness program presented Tuesday at the Crest Theater. But Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chance Hayes didn't come to Great Bend just to entertain; his presentations provided potentially life-saving information for anyone with a desire to chase after tornados, or anyone who wants to stay safe in case of severe storms.
Great Bend Public Library staff celebrated the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday with a party for children. "Miss Amanda," as children's librarian Amanda Moran-Jones is known, read the Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," and then The Cat in the Hat invited the children to sample the same dish - scrambled eggs with green food coloring.
HOISINGTON - Joining Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) at Saturday's Legislative Coffee in Hoisington was Kansas Board of Education member Sally Cauble (R-Dodge City).
Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state, including Barton County, next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees took another opportunity Thursday to discuss the recent selection of four students from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, who were recognized Feb. 13 at Topeka. They were BCC's 2014 choice for the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.
Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.
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