For two weeks, convicted murder Jeffrey Wade Chapman was seen being escorted to and from the Barton County Courthouse in street clothes and no apparent restraints, nothing preventing him from making a run for it.
The fact that Great Bend has a massive housing shortage is a given, but Matt Gillam was not expecting the interest he has received on the new multi-million-dollar apartment complex now taking shape on Grant Street.
Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.
Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act by a vote of 99 to 0. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 12, will provide measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members.
Establishing the first interagency and uniform emergency communications system is the goal of a project now in the works, members of the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee learned at their first 2015 quarterly meeting Jan. 27.
The Great Bend City Council and city personnel held a team-building work session last Friday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Council members took turns running through lists of suggestions and concerns.
It was a busy year for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. Over the course of 12 months, work involved dozens of miles of roads, thousands of tons of materials, thousands of labor hours and millions of dollars, Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning in his annual report.
There have been enough name lines purchased to pave the way for the first stone in the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial, it was reported to the Barton County Commission Monday morning. In fact, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips said there are enough to spill over onto the second marker.
Before onlookers gathered at the foot of the Jack Kilby statue in front of Great Bend's Barton County Courthouse Tuesday morning, Great Bend Physician Roger Marshall made official his bid for Congress.
The summer months represent fun in the sun for school‐aged children, but they also signal a shift in the family's daily routine. Are you considering leaving your child home alone during the summer instead of taking him/her to a sitter? Safe Kids Kansas and the Department for Children and Families have some tips on how to decide if your child is ready to be home alone.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.
The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.
Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.
One could say we are facing a pending volunteer crisis in our community. The problem – the older residents who have been the volunteer workhorses are passing away and younger folks aren't stepping up to take their place.