The new head librarian in the Children's Department at Great Bend Public Library is no stranger to children who visit the area regularly. Amanda Moran-Jones joined the staff two years ago as the assistant children's librarian and was promoted to the head children's librarian with the departure of Eric Coulbourne.
On Wednesday morning, a chunk fell off of the building at the corner of Williams St. and Forest Ave.
Three rollover accidents were reported Monday in Barton County, and a Sterling couple was injured Tuesday in Reno County.
Editor's note: This story has been updated from a version originally published on the website which listed an address on Holland St. This clarifies the arrest was not at the residence.
Local writer Roger Fry has created an American action hero for his novel, "The Chronicles of John Grant - Volume One: Tip of the Spear." The public can hear him read from his new work at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.
Some of the trustees of Barton Community College will join President Dr. Carl Heilman when he travels to Topeka next month at the start of the next Legislative session. Gov. Sam Brownback will give his State of the State address on Jan. 15, and Heilman is encouraging trustees to come to Topeka for two or three days.
Friends and family of Alicia DeBolt were shocked last week when it appeared that the man who murdered the 14-year-old girl from Great Bend might be seeking pen pals on Internet site Write A Prisoner.
Scam artists are always finding new ways to prey on senior citizens, or new twists on old cons. But seniors also have to be aware of aggressive marketing ploys that may be perfectly legal, a representative for senior services said.
The annual Christmas Bird Count is underway, and the National Audubon Society is asking volunteers to help with the census of bird populations.
Two related crimes earlier this month in Great Bend resulted thousands of dollars in property loss, according to information from Great Bend Police Chief Akings, a spokesman for Crime Stoppers. One business has announced a $2,000 reward for information in solving the crimes.
When the Prairie Godmothers held a "lingerie luncheon" Thursday at Renue Salon in Great Bend, they decked the halls with dozens of new undergarments and pajamas for women and children in Barton County.
Great Bend Fire Department received three back-to-back fire calls on Monday, including a carbon monoxide alarm, Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Barton Community College received an unqualified or "clean" audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, a representative from Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball accounting firm reported Tuesday. But after several years of working with a different auditor, the college did have some changes to make, BCC trustees learned.
Monday was Leonard Kaiser's final meeting as a board member of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, at least for now. The outgoing board member received a plaque for 17 years of service.
A while back the League of Women Voters asked Great Bend City Attorney Robert Suelter to discuss the three-mile zone around the city limits, which has been overseen by the city since 2000. The area has a mix of agricultural, industrial and residential uses.
The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.
The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.
Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.
A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.
Dramatic videos of flying cameras, storms chasers, and a family emerging from a demolished home after a tornado were among the highlights of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a severe weather awareness program presented Tuesday at the Crest Theater. But Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chance Hayes didn't come to Great Bend just to entertain; his presentations provided potentially life-saving information for anyone with a desire to chase after tornados, or anyone who wants to stay safe in case of severe storms.
Great Bend Public Library staff celebrated the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday with a party for children. "Miss Amanda," as children's librarian Amanda Moran-Jones is known, read the Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," and then The Cat in the Hat invited the children to sample the same dish - scrambled eggs with green food coloring.
HOISINGTON - Joining Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) at Saturday's Legislative Coffee in Hoisington was Kansas Board of Education member Sally Cauble (R-Dodge City).
Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state, including Barton County, next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees took another opportunity Thursday to discuss the recent selection of four students from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, who were recognized Feb. 13 at Topeka. They were BCC's 2014 choice for the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.
Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.
The job of city administrator isn't all about pot holes and snow removal. On Monday, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington joined Community Coordinator Christina Hayes as she talked to the city council about plans for Party in the Park on Aug. 16.
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