It's official. The holidays have come to Great Bend.
The decorated gate at the southwest corner of the Courthouse Square, Santa's House, the ice skating rink and other seasonal decorations await local residents and their holiday guests as Great Bend prepares to launch its Christmas celebration Saturday. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. followed at 6:45 by the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree.
The jobless rate in Kansas dipped from 6.7 to 6.4 percent from September to October as state businesses gained over 6,000 jobs since this time last year, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. This was the same unemployment rate at October 2009.
Congressman Jerry Moran's 14th and final listening tour made a stop in Great Bend Tuesday morning. Come January, Moran will address constituents as one of Kansas' newest senators.
With Thanksgiving triggering the start of the holiday travel season, gas prices across Kansas have risen over six cents in the past week. However, an average cost of $2.77 per gallon won't likely keep Kansans from going over the river and through woods.
Four pick-up trucks piled with canned and boxed food formed a convoy from Great Bend High School to the Barton County Food Bank Friday afternoon.
Adam Joseph Longoria, the 36-year-old Great Bend man charged in the Aug. 21 slaying of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt will stand trial for capital murder and criminal sodomy in connection to the killing, Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts ruled Thursday afternoon.
The toxic algae threat that closed Veterans Memorial Lake in Great Bend to all recreational activities has been down graded from a warning to an advisory, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Wednesday afternoon.
Sure, Richard Klema and his squad crept through the North African desert by night to avoid the Germans.
Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout, and the ACS, Barton County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are encouraging residents to celebrate by quitting.
The Salvation Army in Barton County opens its annual Christmas Red Kettle Campaign Thursday and Great Bend Salvation Army Store Manager Jane Berg said the goal locally is $39,000.
Jake Radke looked out over the gymnasium filled with Great Bend High School students mingled with a handful of veterans Thursday morning and got a lump in his throat.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo lost one of its older residents Monday. Barusha, an 18-year-old female lion had to be euthanized due to ill health.
The Great Bend Renaissance Fair is starting to take off, organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, in his annual request for financial assistance he asked for less than in years past.
Great Bend's historic Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip was filled to the brim this last Thursday as Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week made a pit stop here, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
"They are electronic, alternative smoking devices that simulate the sensation of smoking. They do not expose the user, or others close by, to harmful levels of cancer-causing agents and other dangerous chemicals normally associated with traditional tobacco products."
As of Monday, not only will be illegal to light up in county buildings, but the use of electronic cigarettes will also be banned.
Some southwest Barton County residents who had complained about the condition of township gravel roads got some good news at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
It isn't always convenient, recycling.
Thirteen years ago this morning, 343 New York City firefighters perished when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
Despite an up tick in pump prices that briefly interrupted a general decline, the cost of a gallon of gasoline should resume its downward trend, petroleum industry analysts report.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Supreme Court last week reversed Court of Appeals ruling and that evidence in a 2010 Rice County drug case was seized illegally. The high court's decision affirmed that of the original Rice County District Court decision.
About a month ago, rural Barton County resident Judy Demel complained to the Barton County Commission about the poor and potentially hazardous condition of the dirt roads near her property just west of the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
At at time when county coffers see more money going out, it was good news for Barton County Monday morning.
Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?
The family of slain Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt "isn't worried about anything" as the Kansas Supreme Court prepares to hear an appeal of Adam Longoria, the man convicted of murdering the girl in 2010.
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