Numerous fire calls over the weekend were related to fireworks. Great Bend Fire Department Chief Mike Napolitano said there were at least 20 fireworks-related fires between 12:15 a.m. Sunday 12:10 a.m. Tuesday - 14 in Great Bend and six in the county.
A partial human skull discovered last December on the Wet Walnut Creek belonged to an American Indian male who probably died before 1900, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.
Great Bend has gone without a public fireworks display for the two years, but the Fourth of July show will return Monday night at the Expo Complex west of town.
Starting today, Kansans will pay a little more to get married, file a case in court or get a vehicle VIN inspection.
A robber who reportedly grabbed a bag of cash from the Best Western office Tuesday morning escaped on a bicycle, according to information from Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department.
Law enforcement has shut down a team that allegedly burglarized businesses in six area counties, according to the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
A Great Bend woman reported being battered at her residence at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday by an unknown male. He was able to reach inside the front door and ripped the T-shirt she was wearing before leaving the residence at 2707 Morton St.
The Barton County Fair is one week away, but the first pre-fair events took place Wednesday.
Technology has brought us new ways to communicate, including electronically through texting, e-mail, chat rooms and social media such as Facebook. Photos and videos can be sent over a cell phone. While all of this technology can provide real benefits, Great Bend Police Detective Heather Smith said that young people need to be warned of the dangers of one form of electronic communication, a practice known as "sexting."
A 21-year-old man from Ellinwood could be looking at a 25-year prison sentence for soliciting young girls via text messages.
Two males and a female were reportedly injured during a fight in the McDonald's parking lot this past weekend.
A fire at 3400 Lakin Ave. caused an estimated $12,000 in damage, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
The Barton County Fair turns 20 this year and has chosen that milestone as its theme. Although the fair officially runs July 6-10 at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend, a few "pre-fair" events take place this week.
In a scene reminiscent of the Oklahoma Land Rush, dozens of children ran onto the south baseball field at Brit Spaugh Park on Thursday to claim a free bicycle.
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