ELLSWORTH – Two Great Bend teenaged boys appeared in Ellsworth County District Court in Ellsworth Wednesday, one pleading not guilty and one no contest to a single count each of battery done in a rude manner, Ellsworth County Attorney Joe Shepack said. The charges are in connection with an alleged assault on a Great Bend High School school bus carrying the GBHS swim team home from Manhattan Feb. 6.
The Kansas Department of Transportation will delay several road projects scheduled for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, including the next leg in what has been called the Northwest Passage in an effort to help balance the state's budget. However, city and economic development officials fear delay is merely a euphemism for cancel.
Starting now, motorists in the north and west central parts of Barton County may need to adjust their driving habits. The 2016 blacktop asphalt overlay and sealing season is underway in these areas, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips said.
Bob Parrish told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that he was in the high school class of 1945, the last class to be a part of the World War II draft. He, along with many of his classmates, went ahead and enlisted.
QUIVIRA WILDLIFE REFUGE - No action will be taken this year regarding the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's complaint that junior water rights holders have for years usurped the agency's water for wildlife that rely on the critical Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County.