HAYS – There was more March madness in Hays this past weekend as members of the Storm Special Olympics teams took part in the 35-annual Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.
A sparse crowd of curious Barton County voters gathered in Great Bend's Crest Theater Tuesday night. Attending the Great Bend League of Women Voters Forum, they hoped to gain insight into where various local candidates stood on issues facing the area.
Kansas labor officials are pinning January's larger-than-anticipated rise in the state's unemployment rate on weather and the end of holiday hiring, not on the lingering impact of the recession. The January 2011 jobless rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 in December 2010 but down from 7.1 percent in January 2010.
Great Bend and Barton County voters will have the opportunity to hear the views of local candidates prior to the April 5 general election during a forum sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters Tuesday night.
LUCAS – This may sound like a strange thing to say about a public restroom, but here it goes.
There are a lot of stories in the dusty old Great Bend High School yearbooks stacked in the back of Rachel Basden's classroom, and Basden has heard many of them.
A small space heater took the chill out of the air in the cavernous Expo III building at the Great Bend Expo Grounds Friday afternoon, and the smell of wood filled the air.
It was a tearful and emotional afternoon Wednesday. Approximately 550 members of Kansas Army National Guard were honored during a ceremony at the Bicentennial Center in Salina as they deployed to the Horn of Africa for a year-long mission.
A long-standing program that serves economically disadvantaged children and their families in Unified School District 428 is no more, at least for now, local education officials learned Thursday.
Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts did what he could Tuesday morning to assure wheat, corn and milo producers from across the state that farming would survive the current political rancor and regulatory binge taking place in Washington, D.C.
It was all about service to youth and community at the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon Friday afternoon.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
New name, same mission. What was known as United Way of Barton County has changed is now United Way of Central Kansas.
When the original Great Bend High School Memorial Stadium was razed last summer, Unified School District 428 personnel salvaged 881 brass name plates.
With the bitter cold and drifts of snow, it may not be easy to think about spring. But, that is exactly what Debbie Finn wants folks to do.
Flashing yellow lights around town herald the start of another academic year. It also signals that drivers to be aware children could be crossing the streets in those school zones.
The putrid stench of rotting fish hung heavy over Veterans Memorial Lake Friday morning and buzzards circled overhead.
According to state law, the Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the county each year. Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said this year, her staff is measuring and inspecting properties located south of K-4 to 50 Road, including the rural areas and Olmitz, part of Hoisington, Albert and Barton Hills. Properties that have sold recently and/or have building permits will also be inspected.
It was a battle of Barton County natives as Alicia (Schartz) Straub narrowly defeated incumbent District 4 County Commissioner Ken Lebbin in the Republican primary Tuesday. Barring a successful write-in candidate in the November general election, Straub will assume the post come January.