Connie Smith is a firm believer that volunteers gain as much from helping others as the recipients of their service gain. After wrapping up a year as an AmeriCorps member at Catholic Social Service in Great Bend, Smith hopes to be chosen for a second year with the program, while pursuing her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department has replaced six culverts recently. This may not sound like big news, except that one of the jobs incorporated a new, unique method.
According to state law, the Barton County Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the properties in the county each year. This process is now under way, it was reported at the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory had good news for the Great Bend City Council Monday night and he had bad news.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
Now the fireworks ball is in the Hoisington City Council's court. Both the Barton County Commission and Great Bend City Council Monday approved setting Saturday, Sept. 29, as the date for the private discharge of fireworks.
Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three injury accidents in central Kansas over the weekend, including fatal collisions in Barton and Stafford counties and another accident in Ellsworth County.
The WWII B-25 bomber, "Maid in the Shade" is scheduled to be on display and available for rides and tours, September 17 thru 24, at Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution honoring native county resident and long-time local businessman Wendell Doonan by declaring Monday as Wendell Doonan Day in Barton County.
Barton County Commissioners had no idea what a hornets nest they were stirring up when they started talking about closing or gating a sandy road in the extreme southeastern corner of the county. They found out and, based on ears full of negative feedback and the fear of setting a dangerous precedent, opted Monday morning not to act of the request from some are landowners.
KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approached last week, three Great Bend firefighters paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Dressed in full bunker gear, including air packs, they climbed 110 flights of stairs – representing the 110 flights of the Twin Towers.
Brody Schneider didn't need pedals as he raced across the finish line Saturday in the Kiwanis bike race at Brit Spaugh Park. Brody was first in the 3-year-old division, the first race of the day, and continued to push his scooter around the park as older kids lined up to compete.
No matter how many times Bubba Blackwell lands one of his death-defying jumps, he never lets it go to his head. After a tragic crash in 2001 while attempting to clear fourteen semi-trucks, Blackwell nearly lost his life.
Tickets are now on sale for the Unified School District 428 Education Foundation dinner and auction set for Nov. 20 at the Highland Convention Center. The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner served by Sue's Barbecue.
When the Barton County Commission and the Great Bend City Council meet Monday, sparks may fly. Both agendas include discussion over the public discharge of fireworks.
A cement truck rolled onto its side Wednesday morning, 4 miles east of Great Bend on U.S. 56, injuring the driver. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports Jeffery Wasson, 39, of Claflin was driving a westbound 2006 Peterbilt hauling a load of powdered cement owned by Copeland Acid and Cement. At 9:25 a.m. he attempted to turn left onto NE 60 Ave., but turned too sharply, causing the load to shift. The vehicle rolled onto the driver side.
Foster kids may lack encouragement and resources to achieve a college degree and that's why a program called "Gear Up" assists them with intervention activities, financial assistance, and tools for college success.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two men were arrested Monday for alledgedly stealing a four-bottom John Deere plow worth up to $2,500 from rural Barton County. Detective Rick Popp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office said watchful neighbors called 911 after seeing the men load the plow into a pickup, around 2:19 p.m. at NW 150 Road and NW 30 Ave.
It might be easy to say that if you've seen one craft and bake sale, you've seen them all.
Donations for the Great Bend Public Library October book sale will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 6. Donated books can be brought during library hours to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital Physical Therapy Department will host a health walk this Saturday at 8 a.m. promoting the benefits of walking.
Prepare to step back in time about 500 years.
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.
Great Bend police officers and Barton County deputies were involved in a pursuit that began at 6:25 a.m. Saturday on West U.S. 56 and Railroad Ave.
A candle started a fire reported at 6:48 p.m. Friday at Will Power Fitness and Athletic Training, 2015 10th St., Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
An unknown person is suspected of breaking into a Great Bend home and splashing gasoline inside the residence last Friday.
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.
Additional cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Barton County, bringing the numbers to the highest in the state. There have been two neuroinvasive cases and five non-neuroinvasive cases for a total of seven as of Sept. 20.