It's official. The holidays have come to Great Bend. Residents lined Main Street on a chilly evening Saturday to watch the 2010 Home for the Holidays Parade makes its way through downtown to the Courthouse Square. Thirty two entrants walked, rode on floats or pranced on horse back as they displayed their Christmas spirit based on the theme "Our Favorite Christmas Stories." "I think things were really successful and everyone enjoyed the ...
HOISINGTON - While character education is common in elementary school and junior high schools, it is unusual to find high schools that are teaching responsibility, honesty, and making good choices, but Hoisington High is doing just that.
Frigid weather mixed with cheerful madness - that was the scene late Thursday and into the early morning hours Friday. Bargain hunters turned out early for sales that marked the unofficial opening of the holiday shopping season. It may not appear on any calendar, but for serious shoppers, Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving - is as exciting as the first day of pheasant season is ...
With only a few months left until Habitat for Humanity plans to break ground on their next building project, the nonprofit organization's board is hosting their second-annual "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater with hopes for raising at least $15,000. These funds will be acquired through a combination of ticket sales, table sponsorships from local business, and free will donations at the event.
Beverly Prescott of Larned and Sr. Patricia Martinez of Great Bend were honored for their service as Foster Grandparent volunteers at the November In-service and Holiday Luncheon held at Cedar Park Place in Great Bend on Nov. 17th.
ST LOUIS Mo. - The Internal Revenue Service is looking for almost 112,000 taxpayers who are missing regular refund checks totaling more than $164.6 million.
Comparing Barton Community College to area peers using the institution's own data is one thing, but an independent, apples-to-apples survey is even better, says Charles Perkins, Barton's dean of information services. A website allows prospective college students and their parents to compare schools online, checking everything from enrollment and graduation rates to costs, Perkins said. The Integrated Postsecondary Education DataSystem (IPEDS) collects data from nearly 6,700 post-secondary institutions across ...
When Rita Vredenburg moved from Texas to Kansas last year to be closer to her sister, she brought her village with her. The Christmas Miracle Village, that is. Vredenburg has a collection of holiday lights, Nativity scenes and animated displays that light up the night in rural Stafford County. The scene on north U.S. 281 - about a mile south ...
The jobless rate in Kansas dipped from 6.7 to 6.4 percent from September to October as state businesses gained over 6,000 jobs since this time last year, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. This was the same unemployment rate at October 2009.
As most Americans continue to strain their vision watching for the promised economic recovery, it's not just the working class that is having a difficult time making ends meet.
It was President Calvin Coolidge who said: "The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten."
This Thanksgiving season, Brent Tiede won't get to toss a football around with his kids, go hunting or even go to work, but he is counting his blessings - among them the promise of a new, healthy heart. The call could come any day from St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where the former Great Bend man is at the top of the B waiting list - those needing ...
Congressman Jerry Moran's 14th and final listening tour made a stop in Great Bend Tuesday morning. Come January, Moran will address constituents as one of Kansas' newest senators.
With a school zone, baseball complex and growing array of health providers, city and county officials have become concerned about the speed that traffic follows on McKinley, south of 10th Street.
Great Bend's schedule of holiday events will move into Official Christmas Mode at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a parade down Main Street. A 13-foot Serbian spruce was planted in the courthouse square last week, so that the annual lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree can take place at 6:45 p.m., said Scott Keeler, superintendent of the city's parks.
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.
This is part one of a three part series focusing on youth aging out of foster care.