Two bad drivers plus one patrol car equaled one drug bust, Wednesday morning in Great Bend.
Two armed men reportedly forced entry into a Great Bend residence Wednesday night, tied up the occupants and took electronic equipment.
When the organizers of a car show to benefit Relay for Life realized their fundraiser was the same weekend as the Big Bend Bike Rally, they decided to take their event where the crowd would be. So, people who attend the motorcycle rally this Saturday at the Great Bend Expo will also get to see some classic cars, said Valerie Locke at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants.
Motorcycle races, stunt riders and tattoo artists are all part of the fun of the third Big Bend Bike Rally, Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. For music lovers, there's a Battle of the Bands contest, followed by a concert featuring Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, an ambitious rock band that toured with ZZ Top this spring.
Great Bend police officer Mark Bretches, who heads the department's DARE program, has a new ride. In place of the bright red Mustang that kids once associated with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, Bretches now drives to Great Bend schools in a bright red, 2010 GMC Sierra truck with four-wheel-drive.
The blue box in the lobby of the Barton County Jail may look like an ATM, but it doesn't dispense cash. The Cobra-brand electronic cashier allows people to make deposits into inmate accounts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said. In addition being convenient for the public, it improves accounting at the jail.
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A 20-year-old Goodland man is in the Barton County Jail, facing charges that he solicited young girls via text messages, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said.
This was the second annual tribute to ex-prisoners of war and those still missing in action, and to all veterans. It was sponsored by the Great Bend American Legion, its Auxiliary, and the Legion Riders.
Photos from the Great Bend Municipal Airport Air Festival and Fly-in, Sept. 17-19, 2010
A parade doesn't take long, when it's led by the American Legion Riders. With no floats or marching bands, the parade before Saturday's POW/MIA Recognition ceremony lasted about five minutes, with a motorcade of dozens of flag-laden motorcycles rolling down Main Street to the courthouse square and circling the block.
A museum landed at the Great Bend Municipal Airport last week.
Attorney General Steve Six's office agreed Friday that one of capital murder suspect Adam Longoria's phone calls to his attorney's office may have been recorded at the jail. But in response to motion to dismiss the case, Six said there's been no evidence that Longoria's constitutional right to attorney-client privilege was violated.
The Great Bend Municipal Airport Air Festival & Fly-in concludes Sunday, Sept. 19, with activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concessions will be available. Many airplanes arrived at the airport this weekend, and are on display. Watch for remote-control aircraft demonstrations as well.
Accepting federal grant money may be a routine task for Barton Community College's Board of Trustees, but it's nothing to take for granted, administrators said Thursday. As Barton's trustees met to accept a new Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education, President Carl Heilman said at least one neighboring college did not fare so well.
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.