Let the wordplay begin.
Barton County fourth graders got a crash course in farming Wednesday, during the 17th Kids Ag Day.
From time to time, we receive questions about the Kansas Open Records Act. One reader wants to know if mug shots from the jail are public record after someone is arrested.
Barton Community College will receive more than $1.5 million over the next five years to improve its Student Support Services division, President Carl Heilman reported.
A student at Barton Community College had finished her courses in the Medical Assistant program, and all that remained was an internship at an area hospital or clinic. There was only one problem: The student had moved to Mississippi.
One version of a proposed funding formula for postsecondary technical education would, in theory, mean more money for Barton Community College. But, as the Kansas Technical Education Authority prepares to recommend a formula to the Kansas Board of Regents, college officials here say nothing is certain.
Three days of summer remain.
A Great Bend reader supplied this question about TV cooking shows:
Seven days a week, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver lunch to dozens of homebound ill, elderly and disabled people in Great Bend and Hoisington. The service is also available five days a week in Ellinwood, where clients can order frozen meals for the weekends, said Mary Lou Warren, chairman of the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.
The Barton County Arts Center, housed at 1401 Main St. in Great Bend's oldest stone and masonry building, is now listed in the "This Place Matters Community Challenge." Friends of the Arts Center are encouraging everyone to vote in the online challenge, where the winner will receive $25,000, said Karen Neuforth, executive director of the Barton County Arts Council Inc.
The Great Bend Police Department received several reports of criminal damage to property last Friday and into the weekend. Reports included graffiti, broken windows and slashed tires.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees met some new employees and hired a few more at Thursday's meeting.
A painting by Barton Community College student Petr Grigor'ev has been accepted for the National Watercolor Society's 90th Annual Open Exhibition.
Several small nonprofit organizations in central Kansas, including the Barton County 4-H Holding Board in Great Bend and Central Kansas Thread Benders Quilt Guild in Radium, are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status because they missed a tax filing deadline. These organizations can still preserve their status by filing returns by Oct. 15, 2010, under a one-time relief program, the Internal Revenue Service announced last week.
The .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.
Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.
Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.
Two Great Bend men were taken to jail early Sunday after shots were fired at 1318 Macarthur Road. Dennis Morrison was initially booked on a charge of attempted first-degree murder and Jacob Keenan was booked on charges of aggravated burglary and criminal threat, although further investigation led to lesser charges for both men.
HUDSON - The Hudson community in Stafford County will hold its annual Chicken Ride, Turkey Trot or Not, and Ham & Jam this Saturday, Aug. 2.
The spaghetti was flying - as was the ketchup, mustard, whipped cream and Hawaiian Punch - Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Great Bend Public Library.
The Barton County Courthouse will be open Saturday for anyone wishing to vote in the primary election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including over the noon hour.
Even with a cut in state aid expected, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't ask local property owners for more tax money in Fiscal Year 2015, Barton's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Thursday.
The announcement that the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend will be redesigned and expanded is welcome news.
Dan Dan the Magic Man can stretch a piece of chewing gum about 12 feet and make a live rabbit appear in an empty cage. But magician Dan Heath's greatest trick may be the way he can hold the attention of a young audience for the better part of an hour.
Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.
The bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
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