The water level of the ponds in Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is down this month, and not by accident. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the ponds are being dredged and cleaned, with new side walls built to stop erosion.
Defense attorneys for Adam Longoria are asking Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts to conduct part of Thursday's pretrial hearing away from public view.
A program that helps low- and moderate-income families move away from government and social service assistance is expanding its services into Barton County.
Donnie Lang was driving home with his wife Saturday night when the windshield on their Dodge truck seemed to explode.
Ticket sales for the 54th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day are under way, with members reporting nearly 1,800 of the $3 tickets sold in the first week, according to Paul Maneth, cochairman of the annual fundraiser. Pancakes will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Expo I Building west of Great Bend.
Young criminal offenders at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and its alternative school, Westside School, are earning high school diplomas, attending college and earning certificates in marketable job skills, thanks to a partnership with Barton Community College.
Adam Longoria will return to Great Bend at least once more before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled to start March 26. A hearing to deal with pretrial motions has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1 in Barton County District Court.
Administrators from the Great Bend Recreation Commission received statewide recognition at the Kansas Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, held Jan. 24-27 at Topeka. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick received the Distinguished Recreation Programmer award, and Executive Director Diann Henderson received the Distinguished Professional Award. GBRC Program Coordinator Chris Umphres presented the award to Henderson.
Barton County District Court Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday denied a motion seeking a change of venue for the trial of Adam Longoria. The trial, currently scheduled to begin on March 26, will remain in Barton County.
Bob Martin can only see his classic Corvette Stingray in dreams, since selling it to former race car driver Rick Hendrick. But Martin isn't crying after parting with the rare car that was once owned by singer Roy Orbison.
Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
Jeffery Wade Chapman, 30, was arrested Monday for the alleged murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced.
The decision of whether or not to move Adam Longoria's capital murder trial away from Barton County won't be announced until Monday, District Judge Hannelore Kitts said.
The Great Bend Police Department has released the name of a Great Bend man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend and cutting her with a knife multiple times on Sunday. They are looking for 30-year-old Tad Tylor Heath Hall, Detective David Bailey said.
Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.
Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.
What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?
Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.
Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.
A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.
Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.
When a storm roared through Barton County Thursday night, dispatchers received reports of arcing power lines and blowing debris.
PAWNEE ROCK - A sunrise pageant is planned for Easter morning at the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one-half mile north of U.S. 56 and the town of Pawnee Rock. The pageant starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.
On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
SALINA - The training is intense at Crisis City, a hands-on All Hazards Emergency Response Training Center west of Salina. Great Bend Fire Department sent five firefighters for training on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday, Capt. Travis Parmley said.
Participants from state, local and private organizations across Kansas took part in a two-day emergency response exercise at Crisis City, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Great Bend Fire Department sent several people.
By SUSAN THACKER