(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on the continuing spread of pine wilt disease.)
Megan Hammeke is the Great Bend Recreation Commission's newest recreation coordinator, in charge of programs for senior citizens and people with special needs, as well as the summer aquatics program. GBRC Director Diann Henderson introduced Hammeke to the recreation commission's board of directors when it met Monday.
There is a much to be proud of for the organizers of the 2011 Relay for Life of Barton County.
A half inch of rain may have kept their solar oven from working Saturday, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of the hosts of Heartland Farm's Open Farm Day.
Assistant City Administrator Dawn Jaeger has announced that the city is looking for volunteers to participate in efforts to improve a vital local facility.
A split-second decision can mean the difference between life and death for any police officer put in a high-stakes situation. The right training can nudge the situation toward a successful outcome, while a lack of it might result in tragedy.
Prosecutors in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria announced Thursday that they won't seek the death penalty if he is convicted.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may consider a plan to allow limited bow hunting at the college's Camp Aldrich.
In a brief statement following the second preliminary hearing for the man accused killing Great Bend teen Alicia DeBolt, the DeBolt family said Thursday afternoon they backed the prosecution's call to not seek the death penalty for Adam Longoria.
An unattended candle was the cause of a fire early Thursday in Great Bend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Great Bend High School will hold its 2011 Fall Homecoming today. Events are planned throughout the afternoon and evening.
It's going to take a combination of approaches to address the issues that have turned Veterans Lake into the sickly green that has been seen for the past several months.
Great Bend native William Teater, who played a crucial role in the FBI investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, will return Tuesday to speak to law enforcement professionals and safety-conscious community members.
A 20-foot travel trailer located near the city of Albert was destroyed by a fire Tuesday night. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports arson is suspected and the case is under investigation.
When text messages were exchanged between Adam Longoria's and Alicia DeBolt's cell phones, Nex-Tech Wireless towers were collecting the data. That was the source of much of the testimony on Wednesday, as Longoria's second preliminary hearing in connection with the Great Bend teenager's murder got under way.
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.