This marks the 10th year for Walk Kansas, a statewide fitness challenge coordinated by K-State Research and Extension. Teams are forming now for the eight-week challenge that starts March 13 and concludes on May 7, said Donna Krug at the Barton County Extension office.
With the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee less than two weeks away, coordinators are working on final details. This year's bee will see as many as 76 contestants from 66 counties.
Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will have several activities for children in March, starting with the birthday celebration of "Green Eggs and Ham" author Dr. Seuss. There will also be free movies, and four days of scheduled activities during spring break, said Eric Coulbourne, children's librarian.
A Great Bend man died and two people were injured on Saturday, after vehicles collided at the U.S. 281/K-19 junction, 11 miles north of St. John in Barton County.
Sen. Ruth Teichman, R-Stafford, said western Kansas may have one less senator when voting districts are redrawn in 2013 to keep them relatively equal in population.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office and other area law enforcement agencies responded to several accidents last Thursday when the roads were icy.
A spokesman for the Northwest Kansas Regional Prevention Center says a proposed law to allow wine and spirits to be sold in grocery and convenience stores would increase youth access.
Anyone who has ever stumbled over a throw rug should realize, being safer at home can start with small modifications. That's why Karen Sessler, care manager at the regional ElderCare office in Great Bend, recommends picking up tripping hazards as a first step for senior safety.
The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend is one of five sexual and domestic violence advocacy organizations in Kansas to receive a new form of accreditation. The process required months of self-study followed by a two-day site visit, but has resulted in service that is more supportive and effective for survivors, said Laura Patzner, executive director of the Center.
Barton Community College history instructor Linda McCaffery told college trustees she hopes to commission a bronze honoring World War II veterans, using proceeds from her first book.
Medical records will play a key role in the trial of Shawn Ney, charged with the first-degree murder of Steven Calderwood and the attempted first-degree murder of Sarah Ney on July 10, 2010. Mr. Ney was in court briefly on Tuesday as Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts held a status conference on the case with defense attorney Robert Anderson and Assistant Attorney General Travis Harrod, who joined the proceeding via telephone.
At a Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, trustee Don Learned spoke out against the sudden termination of longtime danceline/cheerleading coach Debbie Warren, who was fired by President Dr. Carl Heilman in December. Learned also criticized the board's system of management, saying, "Under Policy Governance®, of course, we trustees really have little input on the operation of the college.
Great Bend Community Theatre is ready to raise the curtain on its latest production, "The Long Weekend."
A 14-year-old female lion at Brit Spaugh Zoo died Monday. "Dakura" did not wake up after being anesthetized for her annual physical exam. She died around 12:30 p.m.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office raided a suspected meth lab Tuesday morning in Pawnee Rock.
A trio of lemurs at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has dwindled to one, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The lone lemur will be returned to Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and the local zoo will work on upgrading the exhibit area before seeking more lemurs.
When two freight trains collided and derailed last week in McPherson County, the Barton County Landfill was ready to accept whatever the cleanup crew brought, Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock said.
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Two men were arrested Monday for alledgedly stealing a four-bottom John Deere plow worth up to $2,500 from rural Barton County. Detective Rick Popp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office said watchful neighbors called 911 after seeing the men load the plow into a pickup, around 2:19 p.m. at NW 150 Road and NW 30 Ave.
Donations for the Great Bend Public Library October book sale will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 6. Donated books can be brought during library hours to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.
A new version of the motion picture "Left Behind" seeks to appeal to a broader audience than the original. But the producers at Stoney Lake Entertainment are counting on retaining the Christian audience that carried the first version.
Great Bend's Community Coat Drive concludes Saturday when free coats will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave.
Sen. Jerry Moran said Thursday was his first Town Hall where he was handed a soda and offered popcorn. Moran said he learned about the new Golden Belt Cinema 6, site of the meeting, from his press secretary, Great Bend native Katie Niederee.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees reviewed the policies on "Essential Skills," during Thursday's business meeting.
Students who wonder what path to take after high school were able to learn some options Wednesday, when Barton Community College held "All About Careers."
Approximately 45 students showed up early Wednesday at Great Bend High School to take part in See You At The Pole, part of a global prayer initiative.
Two water wells have been drilled at the Great Bend Public Library, the first step in adding geothermal heating and cooling.
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday published a decision that upholds convictions of Kenneth "Kenny" D. Crawford, 59, for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and threatening a 12-year-old girl in Barton County in 2005.