Shirley Degenhardt sits in her flower bed filled with mums on Hemlock Street in Great Bend Friday morning. For several years, Degenhardt would buy mums then plant them after the flowers' season had waned. They survived and have taken over part of the front yard, exploding into an array of reds, golds and other fall colors each autumn. "I don't buy them anymore," she said.
This year is sixth the Great Bend Beautification Committee will offer those planning holiday parties ideas on how to decorate for the season, while at the same time, earning some money to improve the community.
Tests performed on Great Bend water in September found e. coli and total coliform bacteria. However, a second set of "repeat" samples all tested negative, city Water Department officials said. They will continue the required routine testing.
HOISINGTON – A speeding car led to a pursuit that ended at a Hoisington service station with a standoff and the use of tear gas Wednesday night, Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong said.
In the First Barton County Commission District, auctioneer and Democratic incumbent Kenny Schremmer of Hoisington kept his seat by defeating Republican challenger and 9-12 Coalition organizer Kyle Radenberg of rural Barton County, garnering about 62 percent of the vote.
INMAN – After six weeks of voting, the Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the results of the 8 Wonders of Kansas People contest. Former Great Bend resident and microchip pioneer Jack Kilby, and Civil War nurse and veterans advocate Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke (who lived at Bunker Hill, Ellsworth, Great Bend and Russell) were not among the top vote getters.
In next Tuesday's general election, votes will be cast in three of the five Barton County Commission districts. To help inform the public on where the candidates stand, the League of Woman Voters of Great Bend asked each of them to respond to a series of five questions.
Incumbent Republican Bill Wolf and challengerDemocrat Christina Stein, both of Great Bend, are facing off in next Tuesday's general election to fill the 112th District Kansas House seat. Each took time recently to respond to five questions posed by the League of Woman Voters of Great Bend.
STAFFORD – It's all about the chocolate as the second-annual Chocolate Sampler AFair is set to tickle taste buds Saturday is Stafford.
Toxic blue-green algae continues to be a problem at Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Friday. The lake remains closed to recreational activity as the agency continues to monitor the water.
For Larry McDilda, owner of Family Jewels in Great Bend, finding his home in central Kansas was the result of a long search.
The motion hearing for accused killer Adam Longoria has been continued due to his defense attorney being ill, said Ron Keefover, chief information officer with the Office of Judicial Administration.
It's an issue that is an all to common part of Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips' bi-weekly departmental update to the County Commission. Amongst the other activities is often listed the effort involved in replacing signs, particularly stop signs, destroyed by vandals.
A new sign will make it easier to find the Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. The Barton County Road Department installed the brown sign on NW 50 Road near the site earlier this month, Barton Count Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
It was the late Pat Keenan who, as a Barton County commissioner, campaigned to have the road to the Great Bend Compost Site paved. He was recognized Monday morning for that effort as the County Commission named that road in his honor.
Governor Sam Brownback Friday signed a proclamation declaring Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. Locally, the annual observance is a chance to focus the community's attention on fires and the tolls they can take.
Following a brief hearing in the Barton County Courthouse main courtroom Friday afternoon, District Judge Ron Svaty ruled Jeffrey Wade Chapman competent to stand trial for the 2011 death of Damon Galyardt.
Great Bend High School will celebrate its 2014 Fall Homecoming Friday. Activities get underway in the afternoon and run through the evening.
An emailed comment from a woman in Connecticut has sparked improvements to the Barton County and Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway websites, county commissioners learned Monday morning.
Barring any objections from the Kansas State Historical Society, the old limestone bridge three miles north of Beaver will be demolished and replaced by a new, wider, safer one, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.
The National Football League and its Commissioner Roger Goodell have been embroiled in a seething controversy since Sept. 8, when a video was released showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice slugging his then-fiancée in an elevator.
September is Farm Safety Month and this upcoming week is Farm Safety and Health Week. The observance is a program of the National Safety Council's National Education Center for Agricultural Safety.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
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