A severe late-summer thunder storm rolled through portions of northern Barton County, and Russell and Ellsworth counties Tuesday night, bringing large hail, heavy rains and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.
When a community looks at marketing itself as tourism destination, there is often a disconnect between what local folks think tourists want and what tourists really want.
Bill Mead spent Tuesday afternoon in the pilot's seat.
For the most part, Unified School District 428 Curriculum Director Ruth Heinrichs' report on the school system's 2011 State Assessment Test results Monday night brought good news.
Great Bend-based Unified School District 428 has been turned down for membership in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League by the administrators of the so-called "super league," the School Board learned Monday night.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last Wednesday suspended the licence for Schloemer Day Care Home, a licensed day care facility operated by Annette Schloemer located at 1027 Garfield, Great Bend.
A warrant has been issued for a Great Bend man as a suspect in the Sunday morning drive-by shooting in southeast Great Bend, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said. Meanwhile, the Great Bend Police Department is continuing its investigation into the incident.
There were some tense moments at the Great Bend Municipal Airport over the past couple weeks as the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration threatened jobs and funding to some smaller airports.
This marks the second year and second campaign for the newly renamed United Way of Central Kansas. The annual drive to raise funds for charities begins Sept. 1.
Legion Riders and members of the Patriot Guard from Great Bend and surrounding area will join fellow bikers from across the state at a once-in-a-lifetime celebration – the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the official Kansas 9/11 Memorial in Anthony.
If the number of e-mails he's received are any indication, there is swelling support in Kansas for a new law that would set guidelines on how long a parent can wait until they report a child missing, said state Rep. Bill Wolf.
RUSSELL – The history of Russell now sprawls across the huge building way facing Cecil Bricker Park at Main and Eighth streets. Victoria artist Rick Rupp has installed his latest masterpiece, consisting of 60 5x10-foot panels depicting scenes from Russell's historic past.
WICHITA – Due in part to the on-going economic slow down, the American Red Cross announced Tuesday it will close its office in Great Bend as of Sept. 2 as part of an agency-wide streamlining effort.
Area fire departments battled temperatures well into the 100s and tinder dry conditions in a running fight with a wind-whipped wheat stubble fire in western Barton County Friday afternoon.
The Great Bend City Band will bring rock harmonies to the stage Tuesday night when it performs the world premiere of Steve Lueth's Everly Brothers arrangement.
Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters summed up this past year this way – "2014 was a 'Royal' year."
MANHATTAN – The Great Bend Panther basketball squads squared of with the Manhattan High School Indians in the Little Apple Tuesday night for their last action leading into the Christmas break. The GBHS girls fell 72-57 and the GBHS boys lost 61-45.
A monitoring well will be installed on city property at the southwest corner of 10th and Morphy to track the spread of gasoline that leaked at the site many years ago, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Eduction program joined forces with local businesses at Monday night's City Council meeting to recognize 12 fifth-grade students for writing outstanding essays as a part of their D.A.R.E. classes.
Calling it a good idea, the Great Bend City Council Monday night joined forces with the Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club to make playground improvements at Brit Spaugh Park.
Sadly, Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner said her agency stays busy.
It is said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps, but they may not always tell the entire truth.
When it comes to health care, the choice still belongs to the patient. That's the message Great Bend Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Brent Hanson wants the community to hear.
No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.
LARNED – One of the items proposed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday to address a projected $280 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2015 was $5.4 million savings from the delay of the Larned State Hospital Meyer Building Expansion.
Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider wants to get two messages out regarding flu vaccinations.
When it comes to Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra, it boils down to a matter of trust, or the lack of it, County Commissioners said Monday morning.
"Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good for the economy, and #GivingTuesday is good for the soul." This comment referring to the official opening of the Christmas shopping season is posted on 92nd Street Y's website.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.
HAYS – The 32nd-annual Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hays High School and Hays Middle School. Great Bend High School basketball squads joined teams from Hays, Olathe North, Garden City, Newton, DeSoto, Colby and Thomas Moore Prep of Hays in taking part.