Following the adjournment of a public hearing, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the creation of a Community Improvement District for Golden Belt Cinema 6.
TOPEKA - Laura Brown, from the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, has been recognized by a statewide domestic and sexual violence advocacy organization.
Four students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team at an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.
The Kirkman Activity Center at Barton Community College has become an unofficial drop-in gym for the public, but all that will change after a $300,000 renovation is done.
Historic buildings in downtown Great Bend provide a glimpse into the city's interesting past. Nostalgic and handsome, they stand tall and distinct along the heart of Main Street and surrounding blocks. But building facades can only reveal so much. Local businesswoman Tammy Hammond has taken steps to enhance that glimpse by telling stories through a series of five bronze sculptures that she has collectively titled, "A Lifetime."
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington stood before the Kansas Senate's Ethics, Elections and Local Government Committee Monday morning. He told the members his very appearance in Topeka could be construed as a violation of the bill he came to testify against.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department wasn't feeling the love Valentines Day after employees discovered several pieces of their equipment vandalized at a remote job site south of Ellinwood Thursday morning.
Valentine's Day may be a time to celebrate loving relationships, but it's also a good time to talk about preventing violent or otherwise unhealthy relationships, says U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom in Wichita.
ROZEL – Last year the Pawnee Heights High School National Honor Society had their first "pop tab" collection to raise pop tabs for a contest they had entered which benefited the Ronald McDonald House in Wichita. They raised quite a few, but this year when they were again invited to enter the state-wide contest, sponsor Lee Durler decided there really wasn't any reason to enter that contest, because in reality PHS is a very small school, but that they should still have a contest of their own, with proceeds still going to Wichita.
As the Kansas Avenue resurfacing project nears the end of week two, Kansas Avenue may find orange cones and signage greeting them this week, Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke said the second installment of the work may cause some inconvenience for motorists.
Soon, visitors to the USD 428 website will notice some positive changes. The USD 428 Board of Education voted to accept a bid by SOCS to host the district's website, despite the fact it was not the lowest bid. Dan Brungardt, assistant superintendent, said two features the company could provide caused the administration to recommend the company. First, they offer a mobile application, and second, they offer templates, so each school will be able to maintain their own sites.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The winners of the 55th-annual Grammy Awards have been announced and the Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, won two of the honors for its recording "Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen." Bruffy and over 20 singers, including Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall, celebrated the wins in Los Angeles at the ceremony this past Sunday.
LAWRENCE - Average groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed significant declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.
These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.
Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.
Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.
Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.
A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.
Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.
Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.
Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.
This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.
Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.
Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.
Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.