On a recent afternoon, dozens of students from Jefferson Elementary School roamed the Long Pumpkin Patch northeast of Great Bend.
Timber! Well, sort of.
For the Unified School District 428's proposed policy governing electronic communications between teachers and students, it was takes three and four at the School Board's luncheon meeting Tuesday.
PARADISE – Paradise lost?
SUSANK – Things are dry in the northeast Barton County community of Susank, and they are about to get dryer. The Russell Rural Water District No. 3 based there issued a notice to its users this week requesting they do what they can to save water, a resource made more precious by the blistering hot, dry summer.
Shingles is a painful, debilitating disease, one that particularly attacks those 60 and older. There is a vaccine, but it is costly.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It is the gig of a lifetime for Great Bend native and rising opera star Bryan Pinkall.
An 80-acre swatch of rural Barton County will be the hub of some global discussion this week as the Dominican Sisters' Heartland Farm hosts the Sirolli Institute international fall forum.
The brochure reads "own a piece of history or make your own."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9"
As the Barton County Health Department braces for the approaching flu season, public health educator Janel Rose, said there should be no shortage of influenza vaccine for 2011-2012.
ANTHONY – Over 1,300 miles separate New York City and Anthony, but a bond cultivated between the communities since the 9/11 terrorist attacks erases that distance. And, as America solemnly commemorates the 10th anniversary of fateful September morning this weekend, they, along with Great Bend, will again be inexorably linked.
Wanted: A few good performers, or at least some well-seasoned ones.
Due to lingering concerns about the economy, the number of Americans expected to travel during summer's last gasp this weekend is down from the 2010 Labor Day travel period, the American Automobile Association reports. The same holds true for Kansas and the other states in AAA's West North Central Region.
It's a tough number to get a handle on, but Kansas Action for Children estimates there are 75,000 children in the state without health insurance.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Encouraged by the lowest gas prices in recent memory and a brighter economic outlook, the number of those going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving weekend will be the highest in several years.
It is a sign of the times.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
According to the United States Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center, there was a 4.8 magnitude quake at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday centered about eight miles south of Conway Springs in Sumner County.
It was a cold fall morning Tuesday as the late morning sun filtered through the golden autumn leaves at Veterans Memorial Park. A stiff north breeze whipped the rows of Old Glories lining the Avenue of Flags.
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