The Olympics came to Great Bend Friday. No, not those Olympics. These games offered participants the opportunity to show off their work and vocational skills. These were the 17th-annual Job Olympics, sponsored by the Barton County Transitional Council and Barton County Special Services. The arena was the Great Bend High School's Panther Activity Center. "Job simulations are used to create job situations," said Transition Council Chairperson Janet Thurow. Judges are people from the business community ...
County Engineer Clark Rusco and his staff are hip-deep in history these days. Maybe deeper. Working on the restoration of the county's historic stone bridges, constructed as part of the WPA project, Rusco reported this week that he's found a plethora of information. He's been researching details of the construction of the stone bridges and that took staff down into the salt mines near Hutchinson where county historic records are maintained. They had to go ...
Anyone who drives past Barton Community College this Saturday may see several police cars and a couple of ambulances on campus. But they shouldn't reach for a cell phone to call 911, college officials said, because it's all part of a planned learning event. The annual Barton Field Operations Day will start at 9 a.m., said Karyl White, director of the college's Emergency Medical Services program. The college ...
Knowing something about her Mexican heritage helped Yessenia Bustamante in her quest to become this year's Cinco de Mayo Queen for Great Bend's annual celebration. But a desire to help others is what cinched the decision for the judges.
Fourty years ago, the Great Bend High School music department needed a grand piano. This need spawned a tradition that continues to this day – the annual GBHS Variety Show.
Barton County officials found this week that they can save more than $2,500 by changing how they deal with county trash.
For the second time in less than a week, local gasoline prices have increased by a dime, rising Wednesday to $3.86.
Getting ready for its warm weather busy season is requiring a great deal of extra effort for city crews, according to a report City Administrator Howard Partington prepared for the Great Bend City Council this week.
Area fourth and fifth graders braved the wind on Wednesday to spend some time learning about safety at Veteran's Park. With over 20 safety stations and demonstrations, students from three counties attended the event.
The Cinco de Mayo Committee of Great Bend will hold its 18th annual celebration on Saturday in Jack Kilby Square. The public can enjoy authentic south-of-the-border cuisine and soak in Latino culture, according to committee members Roberto Hernandez and Mercedes Helms. Activities will start at 9 a.m., with entertainment for children and booths with a variety of ethnic foods - including tamales and sea food - and other merchandise ...
Wednesday is the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day, and Barton County rates released from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for 2009 shows work still needs to be done. "Sex has consequences" is the message this year from the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Each year as the Relay for Life of Barton County nears, mayors of Barton County communities gather in Great Bend to support a county-wide proclamation backing the annual cancer fighting event.
For past generations, the questions were, "Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?" or "Where were you when the space shuttle Challenger exploded?"
International news in the continuing war on terror may have brought a temporary drop in the price of oil, but it was only temporary and there is no cause for celebration in regards to fuel prices, according to national experts.
Old mapping mistakes in south Hoisington were corrected when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
Great Bend Fire Department received three back-to-back fire calls on Monday, including a carbon monoxide alarm, Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Holy Family School's annual Christmas program starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave. The school's Christmas tradition continues with songs by children in grades K-4, followed by a musical by fifth and six graders.
This week in 1903, while the people of Great Bend....., half way across the country, in Kittyhawk, N.J., Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight at 10:35 in the morning on the 17th. While they weren't the first to make it into the air--several glider pilots before them succeeded--they were the first to sustain and control their flight.
When Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies come upon an accident that looks like it was caused by inattentive driving, the first thing they do is grab the cell phone.
TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced Jackie McClaskey as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, succeeding Dale Rodman, who stepped down from the position Dec. 10.
ELLINWOOD -Kent Roth of Ellinwood announced today by social media Facebook post, Facebook:/kentrothesquire, the formation of an Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a race against incumbent Congressman Tim Huelskamp in the 2014 Republican primary election.
Barton Community College received an unqualified or "clean" audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, a representative from Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball accounting firm reported Tuesday. But after several years of working with a different auditor, the college did have some changes to make, BCC trustees learned. The management letter that accompanies the audit report noted two violations of state law: When contracting to build a new dormitory, the college entered the ...
The Bully Project, which involved the showing of an anti-bullying movie and other educational activities for local youth last month, seemed to be a success, organizers said.
Monday was Leonard Kaiser's final meeting as a board member of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, at least for now. The outgoing board member received a plaque for 17 years of service.
It should become easier to located offices in the Barton County Courthouse.
"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
Christmas came early for several local charities Wednesday morning as Farmers Bank and Trust held its 17th-annual Holiday Charity Coffee.