Long hours of study, meeting and writing were accepted by the Great Bend City Council this week when it approved the proposed amendments to the city's cemetery rules.
ST. LOUIS – Almost 2,200 Barton County taxpayers received more than $4.6 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) last year, an average of $2,112.
The Great Bend man sought by Great Bend authorities for alleged involvement in the beating and cutting of his ex-girlfriend on Sunday turned himself in to police in Gardner Thursday afternoon, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said.
Since improvements were made in the Broadway and Harrison intersection, there has been a marked reduction in accidents, according to statistics presented to the Great Bend City Council this week. But there is still a need for the signal, according to a dissenting member of the council.
The decision of whether or not to move Adam Longoria's capital murder trial away from Barton County won't be announced until Monday, District Judge Hannelore Kitts said.
District Judge Hannelore Kitts will issue her decision on the venue issue for the Adam Longoria case next Monday. Kitts did rule on several other pretrial issues on Wednesday, including:
The Great Bend Police Department has released the name of a Great Bend man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend and cutting her with a knife multiple times on Sunday. They are looking for 30-year-old Tad Tylor Heath Hall, Detective David Bailey said.
A mute swan that died recently at Veterans Memorial Lake apparently died of health problems related to old age, according to Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
City officials are continuing to seek answers to the question, which is the Great Bend Convention Center, and it looks like they were right when they initially suspected the project will require a sizeable investment, though the facility was "given" to the city.
As snow returned to the community on Tuesday, it may not have seemed like spring is just around the corner, and, as the Great Plains is known to show, it may not be.
The social network is being used locally for a anti-tobacco promotion aimed primarily at teens.
Adam Longoria is scheduled to appear in Barton County District Court on Wednesday morning for a pretrial hearing on pending motions. Longoria is charged with capital murder in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt on or about Aug. 20, 2010. His jury trial is scheduled to start March 26.
PAWNEE ROCK – Digging through piles of dusty boxes and brittle, yellowed documents found in the old Pawnee Rock city office yielded a unique treasure for the residents of this small western Barton County community.
Back in 1960, Great Bend and Barton County authorities agreed to work together on improving Railroad Avenue from Washington to Main Street.
Barton County government property falls into three basic lists: general materials, vehicles and firearms and other law enforcement equipment. And all of that has to be accounted for.
The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a second sting for 2014 on April 11 and while the results have improved from the first sting, more needs to be done.
Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.
Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can provide more information about the death of Rhiannon M. Young, who died in what was described as a hit-and-run accident last October in Great Bend.
Camp Hope, a camp for children with cancer, will remain in Barton County this year in spite of a fire that wiped out the dining hall of the intended camp site.
Those who attend one of the "Planetarium Reboot" programs that start Thursday at Barton Community College will also get a look at the new entrance to the Science & Math Building. That $50,000 project included adding new doors that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and remodeling the vestibule. The Planetarium is located in Room 101 of the Science Building, which is on the northeast corner of the campus.
GARFIELD - Barton County Commissioner Don Cates, a decorated military hero, died tragically doing what he loved - flying.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.
Great Bend Firefighters were able to save a mobile home Monday morning after a buildup of lint ignited behind a dryer. The call to 5540 Second St. Unit F was reported at 8:35 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find light smoke throughout the house.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.