Great Bend, some parents say, is losing its competitive edge with other school districts by not offering competitive sports at the seventh grade level. This was the message delivered by one of these parents who addressed the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night.
A federal study released this week indicates more high school seniors nationwide have used marijuana in the past month than have smoked a cigarette, as pot use slid up slightly as tobacco use stagnated. In addition, it showed daily marijuana use up in all grades surveyed.
Investigators from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office and the Great Bend Fire Department determined the blaze that destroyed a house southeast of Great Bend Thursday afternoon was likely caused by an electrical problem, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said Friday morning.
Drug sniffing dogs from the Great Bend Police Department and Barton County Sheriff's Office made two positive "hits" on possible narcotics during a surprise, random search at Great Bend High School Thursday morning, Unified School District Superintendent Tom Vernon said.
There were times all Great Bend Fire Department personnel could do Thursday afternoon was stand back and watch as a house southeast of Great Bend burned. Although everyone had gotten out safely, authorities said the house was a total loss.
Brightly wrapped gifts may not be all we are giving each other this holiday season.
The deaths of a handful of small fish at Veterans Memorial Lake are the result of the cold and not the recent toxic algae that plagued the popular recreational area, city and state officials said.
Several local charities received an early Christmas present Wednesday afternoon as Farmers Bank and Trust held its 14th-annual Holiday Charity Coffee.
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.
Two items in the news of late should act as a reminder to all of us that there are folks out there willing to scam us for our money if we let them.
TOPEKA – Ruling the jury instructions may have violated his constitutional rights, the Kansas Supreme Court Friday overturned the death sentence for Sidney Gleason, convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.
Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part series about the Great Bend City Council's 2015 budget-planning session Tuesday night. Part one dealt with the council's goals. This installment will delve into the budget's numbers and what they mean.
On June 13, Great Bend City Council members toured city facilities as the first step in the 2015 budget-planning process. Next they gathered on July 2 for a brain-storming session with the purpose of establishing their goals for the upcoming year.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.