The Great Bend Fire Department is still trying to give away a little peace of mind.
It is fondly referred to by members of the Barton County Sheriff's Office as "the beast."
HAYS – There was more March madness in Hays this past weekend as members of the Storm Special Olympics teams took part in the 35-annual Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
A sparse crowd of curious Barton County voters gathered in Great Bend's Crest Theater Tuesday night. Attending the Great Bend League of Women Voters Forum, they hoped to gain insight into where various local candidates stood on issues facing the area.
Kansas labor officials are pinning January's larger-than-anticipated rise in the state's unemployment rate on weather and the end of holiday hiring, not on the lingering impact of the recession. The January 2011 jobless rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 in December 2010 but down from 7.1 percent in January 2010.
Great Bend and Barton County voters will have the opportunity to hear the views of local candidates prior to the April 5 general election during a forum sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters Tuesday night.
LUCAS – This may sound like a strange thing to say about a public restroom, but here it goes.
There are a lot of stories in the dusty old Great Bend High School yearbooks stacked in the back of Rachel Basden's classroom, and Basden has heard many of them.
A small space heater took the chill out of the air in the cavernous Expo III building at the Great Bend Expo Grounds Friday afternoon, and the smell of wood filled the air.
It was a tearful and emotional afternoon Wednesday. Approximately 550 members of Kansas Army National Guard were honored during a ceremony at the Bicentennial Center in Salina as they deployed to the Horn of Africa for a year-long mission.
A long-standing program that serves economically disadvantaged children and their families in Unified School District 428 is no more, at least for now, local education officials learned Thursday.
Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts did what he could Tuesday morning to assure wheat, corn and milo producers from across the state that farming would survive the current political rancor and regulatory binge taking place in Washington, D.C.
It was all about service to youth and community at the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon Friday afternoon.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
New name, same mission. What was known as United Way of Barton County has changed is now United Way of Central Kansas.
Nearly 100 years ago, the Farm Credit Act was ratified by Congress. The first-ever loan made from that fledgling system went to a farmer in Larned.
Michael Mosiman has been serving Uncle Sam for a very long time.
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.