The first of three groups of soldiers from the Kansas National Guard's 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, which has a subordinate unit in Great Bend, will be welcomed home from their year-long deployment to the Horn of Africa on Thursday Topeka.
Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to 812 Stone St. at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The first crew on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from a window, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. "The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down; however, the house had a large amount of belongings throughout the structure making it difficult to totally extinguish the fire." No one was hurt, but several dogs in the house died. Damage was estimated at $50,000 and at last report the cause of the fire had not been determined.
Barton Community College will offer a Certified Medication Aide update course to provide CMAs with continuing education and a review of medications and delivery styles, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16 at the Lyons State Bank, 101 East Main St., Lyons.
The Barton Community College Music Department will host Music Scholarship Day on Friday, Feb. 10. Current or prospective students may contact the music department to set up a time for an audition for music scholarships or performance awards.
Starting next week, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will offer free courses on using the computer spreadsheet program Microsoft Excel 2010. One-hour classes are available twice on Tuesdays, at 3 and 7 p.m., on the following dates:
Layne Bieberle (Sr) and Michael Ryan (Jr) finished as 2015 state tennis doubles runners-up in the 3A-1A Division (season record of 32-1) at Emporia May 15-16. Central Plains finished 6th as a team. (Layne Bieberle, Michael Ryan, Michael Lamatsch, Matt Demel, Carson Kirmer and Brady Rugan).
On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
Marc Waite, a recent graduate from Ellinwood High School, has signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Barton Community College this fall. Pictured front row, left to right are EHS coach Lesli Taylor, Waite and, back row, parents Mel and Mary Waite.
GREAT BEND - The Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) recently participated in Great Bend's sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes relay race. The event is a playful opportunity for men to increase awareness in their community, as well as to raise funds to combat violence against women.
LARNED - The Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) recently formally recognized three newly-promoted staff at the Town Hall meeting May 6 - Charles Perez, Juvenile Corrections Officer II (sergeant); and Justin Veeder, Juvenile Corrections Officer III (lieutenant); and Sam Sullivan, Juvenile Corrections Officer II sergeant);
Renovating a basketball court or adding a sign to the outskirts of town may seem like small steps, but in some rural Kansas communities they are part of a bigger effort to enhance the quality of life for the area's citizens.
We all know that the 2016 campaign will cost way more money than ever before - $10 billion is the latest head-spinning estimate - and that the reform laws aimed at curbing fat-cat clout have virtually collapsed. But still, it was shocking last week when the nation's top watchdog said that she's powerless to police the new Wild West.