Local law enforcement officers and members of The Storm Special Olympics team met in front of the Wetlands Waterpark on Wednesday to continue a tradition. They carried the "Flame of Hope," a torch that will light the fire Friday at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games at Wichita State University.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, 2123 Main, is staying open longer this summer, and offering daily Keeper Chats, where the public can learn more about the animals. The zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but staying open until 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As always, admission is free.
The trailer that broke free from a pickup and hit a motorcycle on Great Bend's 10th Street last August, causing the deaths of a Hutchinson couple, did not have an adequate safety chain, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Barton County District Court. The complaint also alleges the load was not securely fastened.
A Great Bend man has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of a husband and wife riding a motorcycle through Great Bend last August.
LaVeta D. Miller was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison, and ordered to pay more than $129,000 in restitution, for stealing money from Central Prairie RC&D. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty granted a departure from sentencing guidelines that would have placed Miller on probation.
Three people were booked into the Barton County Jail on kidnapping charges Saturday evening, while a fourth suspect remained at large. The alleged victim, Robin Pierce, contacted police from Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Once you learn to ride a bike, you never forget. But everyone can use an occasional refresher on safety and rules of the road. The annual Youth Bike Safety Rodeo held Friday at Brit Spaugh Park provided tips for both beginners and seasoned riders.
Nobody wants to see their taxes go up, but Wednesday's decision by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees to keep the pool open will be worth the cost. We estimate it will be less than $9.50 on a $100,000 home next year, and less than $2.50 a year after that.*
Keeping the swimming pool in operation at Barton Community College is likely to require an increase in the mill levy, but it won't be the only reason for a possible increase, college trustees said Wednesday.
The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.