Sam Brownback has a pen, and he's not afraid to use it. His executive order to remove discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender state employees proves that.
Note: This story has been updated online to correct the following error: Dean of Administration Mark Dean did not say the college is expecting mill levy increases.
BY SUSAN THACKER
JUNCTION CITY - Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman was one of at least 2,000 people who reportedly listened to more than three hours of public comments Monday, at a listening session about possible reductions at Fort Riley. He spoke in favor of keeping personnel at current levels at the base, as did U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Two youths playing with a lighter started a grass fire that damaged two trailer houses on Sunday, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported. Human activity also led to two fire calls on Saturday, although one was contained to a grill.
The prosecution rested Monday afternoon and the first defense witnesses were called as Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial entered its second week. Chapman is charged with the first-degree murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11, 2011.
The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman will resume Monday morning. It is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.
We all know how to complete the phrase, "If you don't like the weather ..."
The new binturong (BIN-tu-rong) at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has been named Poppy, zoo officials announced.
A jury for Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial was chosen Wednesday afternoon. Eight women and six men will serve, with 12 jurors and four alternates.
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.
The Great Bend Public Library will reopen at the its temporary location on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. The temporary address is 3407 10th Street, next to AT&T.
Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.
Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.
The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.
News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.
When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.
The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.
Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.
The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year's Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.
Recently, during Jeffrey Chapman's two-week trial on first-degree murder charges, the Great Bend Tribune showed photos of Chapman walking to the Barton County Courthouse in the presence of Barton County Sheriff's Officers. Because he was wearing modern constraints not visible to the naked eye, some people assumed he posed a flight risk and wondered what law enforcement officers were thinking.
This week, Great Bend Community Theatre presents a date-night play that will appeal to the bean counters and to the free spirits. One of each will meet for the first time on a San Francisco BART train. Both will have the New York Times crossword puzzle. Before the end of the trip, the romantic comedy "2 Across" could have the audience wondering if two opposites are actually made for each other.
Love was in the air on Saturday, which was Valentine's Day. The staff at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center took the opportunity to offer a winter kids' program titled "'Love' Birds."
High school students will be able to graduate with a certificate in auto maintenance and light repair, thanks to changes in Barton Community College's automotive program, college trustees learned at a recent study session.
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