Barton County officials approved standing up for a local transportation program that has garnered state attention.
The last time that Glenn Opie came to a Great Bend City Council meeting, City Attorney Bob Suelter told the council members that the bid from Eby Construction to complete the Jack Kilby plaza area in 84 days for $408,085, was below the engineering estimates.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a juvenile being raped, somewhere in the vicinity of Hart's Corner. A deputy and three Great Bend police officers were dispatched to the Central Kansas Medical Center Emergency Room at 5:11 p.m. Sunday, where the girl's father reported she had been raped.
An Ellsworth woman died in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at the Hedville Road intersection with Interstate 70 in Saline County. Mary A. Donley, 82, was taken to Carlson-Geisendorf Funeral Home in Salina. The other driver, 18-year-old Austin Shane Nelson, 18, of Salina, was not injured. Both were wearing seat belts. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol online crash logs, Nelson was in a southbound Ford truck on Hedville Road at 8 ...
Jay Holloway loves to fish. That's why while he and his family was on vacation in Florida over Christmas and New Years, he begged to venture into the warm Atlantic waters aboard a chartered fishing boat. For a guy used to reeling in a channel cat, what he hooked into New Years Eve came as quite a shock. "It was a shark," he said Monday, not long after returning from his excursion. ...
County officials, who learned about plans to drop VIN inspections for vehicles coming to Kansas from other states when they read it in the Tribune last week, showed concerns for the service moving out of the county's hands and will investigate it being taken over by another department.
Anyone interested in the plans to install traffic signals at Broadway and Harrison are invited to attend a city meeting set for 6 p.m. next Monday, it was announced Monday night at the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In response to changes in the health care landscape, in the near future, Central Kansas Medical Center will cease providing in-patient care to focus solely on out-patient services, hospital officials said Monday.
The winter storm that began last week contributed to several accidents in central Kansas, including a fatality Sunday in Pratt County. Kansas Highway Patrol also worked one injury accident last Friday in Ellsworth County, and one Sunday in Rush County. Lazaro Antonio Garcia, 43, of Emporia, died when the pickup he was in went out of control on any icy Pratt County road some time Sunday afternoon. The KHP ...
Editors note: Ellinwood historians Mary Jo Cunningham and Robert Yarmer provided information for this story.
Over Christmas, Kansas news sources reported on a near-tragedy south of here where a family was "recovering from a pre-Christmas brush with serious carbon monoxide poisoning," according to the Associated Press.
Relay for Life of Barton County organizers want folks to click their heels together three times and say "there's no place like hope, there's no place like hope."
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - The annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count was held in December, and the results showed that the 95 species of birds were present at Cheyenne Bottoms this winter. The numbers were up.
The suspect in the Dec. 19 burglary of P&S Security, Richard Allen Etim, was arrested just after 3 p.m. Thursday, the Great Bend Police Department reported. Lt. William Browne said an officer made a traffic stop on a red Honda car at Lakin and Harding. During the stop it was discovered that Etim, 22, was in the car, and there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was ...
The Great Bend Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3111 is organizing the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery
Perfect attendance is a rare accomplishment for most students. It takes planning and preparation, with illnesses and bad weather to contend with from time to time, to make it in to school every day on time. But for those who achieve it, it's nice to be recognized for the effort. Dale Shaner wanted to do that for USD 428 students. He had an idea, and after sharing it with his wife, Karen, and some friends, the group put the idea into action.
Barton County Sheriff's officers are emphasizing seat belt laws by participating in the Click It or Ticket program. For the week prior to Memorial Day, and continuing until June 2, drivers can expect to see more BCSO deputies on the highways, aggressively enforcing "Kansas Occupant Restraint" laws and other traffic statutes. Click It or Ticket is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said his ...
Nine head coaching contracts were renewed Wednesday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met, but the contracts of two head coaches are "pending final review." The board discussed personnel matters behind closed doors for nearly an hour before voting on head coach contracts, administrative contracts and contracts for managerial staff. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said there were no changes in head coaches, but the board did not approve a contract for a ...
Orange cones and construction crews are already in place on the U.S. 281 bridge just north of the Great Bend city limits as the Kansas Department of Transportation begins to replace the span, a project that could take until next spring.
A minor child was left in a truck with a loaded gun Monday night as two suspects fled from Barton County deputies.
Workers began pouring the foundation of the new Great Bend Middle School tornado safe room Tuesday morning, less than a day after the devastating F4 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., tore the roofs off two elementary schools, injuring many and killing nine confirmed at the time of this writing.
Work on the bridge north of the Club at StoneRidge has been completed and the road is open, according to the Barton County Engineers Office.
BY DALE HOGG
CLAFLIN - Numerous volunteers have put their hands together and established a new Community/Fitness Center for the Claflin area. The project involved refurbishing the old Claflin Elementary School for the new purpose.
Great Bend residents George and Zola Weber said they love living in this community. But now they live in fear of their neighbors' pit bulls and suggested to the City Council Monday night it ban such vicious dogs from inside the city limits.
Gasoline prices have risen dramatically in the past two weeks throughout much of the Midwest. While the price increases may ease off by June, but don't expect relief at the pump this Memorial Weekend, industry experts say. The American Automobile Association's online daily fuel gauge report and GasBuddy.com both showed the average price for a gallon of regular gas Monday in Kansas was $3.92. Just one week ago, the average price was $3.64, and it ...
The last week in April may have been National Crime Victims Rights Week, but the needs of those impacted by crime continue even without any special recognition, Camila Komarek told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
When Dale Phillips first started working for Barton County, the oil used to seal the county's 380-plus miles of paved roads cost 15 cents per gallon. This year, it costs $2.50.
Great Bend High School principal Tim Friess welcomed family and friends to the graduation ceremony at Panther Stadium Sunday, where he announced the 206 graduates of the Class of 2013. The sun broke through clouds briefly late afternoon, making it possible for the ceremony to be held outside, despite the threat of impending thunderstorms.