The new, first-ever Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show is only a week away and promoter Darren Dale can hardly wait.
It was clear members of the Great Bend City Council had other things on their minds Monday night as the met. The opening gavel went down at 7:30 p.m. and the closing gavel went down about 20 minutes later, in plenty of time for them to make it home for the tip-off of the University of Kansas national basketball championship game.
The Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning started under a pall as commissioners remembered veteran Great Bend Tribune City Editor Chuck Smith who covered their meetings for years. Smith died last Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 56.
"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play."
After three days of jury selection, a jury in the trial for accused murder Adam Longoria was seated by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. However, there was a snag.
It barely took Tammy Conrad a second to look at the photo in the three-ring binder placed in front her to recognize the subject.
eletebodycopy Looking over the 10 surviving potential jurors seated in the Barton County Courthouse jury box Wednesday afternoon, Adam Longoria defense attorney Jeff Wicks asked a pointed question.
It's been an issue for several years.
League of Women Voters invited all candidates for the Great Bend City Council to participate in a newspaper questionnaire in advance of the election Tuesday, April 3.
Jury selection in the trial for Adam Longoria entered its first day Monday as attorneys for both the accused murderer and the State of Kansas started whittling the 400-juror pool down to 12 plus two alternates.
Just as the greening of the plants are a sign of spring, so is the annual Great Bend Spring Expo. This marks the 18th year for the event and the theme is "A Cure for the Winter Blues."
The announcement Wednesday by the Kansas Democratic Party that anti-abortion activist Randall Terry isn't eligible to be on the party's April 14 caucus ballot won't deter the Democratic presidential candidate's White House bid.
When it comes to Great Bend's farmers market, there's something sprouting.
HAYS - The eyes of the nation may have been on March Madness and the national collegiate basketball tourney, but thousands swarmed to Hays this past weekend for the 36th annual Kansas Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading tournament.
Nujtxeeq Vue, AKA Newt, was busy at a Salvation Army Store in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning.
The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.
Today marks the official Earth Day 2014. It is a chance for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations.
In an effort to help to continue to spur growth in Hoisington, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an interlocal agreement with that city.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.
They are words one doesn't often hear in the same sentence – local government, federal government, state government and cooperation. However, they were strung together during the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Last August, some areas of Barton County experienced severe flooding. The cost of dealing with those storms was high, prompting county officials to apply for a federal disaster declaration to help clean up the soggy aftermath.
The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.
One more election in the books, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The April 1 results were canvassed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning and are now finalized.
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