Sometimes, Paul Berscheidt considers himself lucky. Dealing with visual impairment his entire life, the Great Bend man didn't have to be told that poor eyesight isn't an obstacle to a full life. Not everyone realizes that. Young people - and some adults - used to react when he worked in customer service and reached for his magnifying machine. ...
It doesn't take a climatologist to know that conditions in this region are dry - though there are plenty of climate experts who can't wait to discuss the issue.
Local residents are being encouraged to travel to Russell Monday for a public meeting on taxes.
"Reshaping the future - honoring the past." That is the theme of this week as officials around the nation recognize the victims of crime. This week the Barton County Commission approved setting it as National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Barton County Attorney's Office Victim Advocate Camila Komarek noted those victims are not just far away, either. She told the commissioners that there continue to be plenty of victims of crime right here at home. In ...
The Kansas Oil and Gas Museum Foundation of Great Bend is again presenting its triennial Kansas Oil and Gas Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Saturday at the Highland Hotel Convention Center, 3017 10th St. in Great Bend.
Just because Kansas - at least this part of Kansas - has been hotter and dryer than normal this spring, doesn't mean that conditions won't change.
On the one hand, there was national news Tuesday that oil prices need to stabilize, which led to a drop in the cost of oil. Locally, however, Great Bend saw gasoline prices increase again Tuesday, hitting $3.66 per gallon.
It's more than coloring. It's more than finger painting. It's more than playing with clay. Elementary art these days is so much more than most adults were exposed to back in the day. Shannon Wedel and Melissa Watson, elementary art teachers, are responsible for the art education of every USD 428 grade-school student. And it's the educational aspect that sets the local public school art program apart from many others. Art instruction at the elementary ...
The eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge hit the mid-way point this week, leaving four weeks for teams to reach their goal. Some six-person teams are collectively walking 423 miles - the length of Kansas - while others are walking 1,200 miles - the perimeter of the state. In the Walk Kansas program, 15 minutes of exercise can be counted as one mile. Each team selects ...
Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will celebrate Earth Day from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22, with an after-hours event. Admission will be $3 person, with children under 4 years old admitted free. Space is limited to the first 50 paid admissions, said Carlie Brown, director of education at the zoo. No reservations are being taken. At 6:30 p.m., visitors will watch the DisneyNature production, "Oceans," in the ...
Thursday morning, the northwest part of Great Bend is going to sustain significant damage from a powerful tornado that will touch down and cause multiple injuries, requiring the response of emergency workers from around the area - as long as it doesn't rain, that is. In case of severe weather, the tornado will be postponed.
More than 40 people hit the walking trail at Veterans Memorial Park on Sunday for "Walk a Mile in My Shoes," promoting awareness of the more than 4,500 adults and children with developmental disabilities who are on waiting lists for services. Advocacy coordinator Mary Lou Warren with Sunflower Diversified Services said Sunday's walk was part of a statewide effort for people to collectively walk around the world - 24,902 ...
The processing fee for dropping a Great Bend Recreation Commission program will increase from $3 to $5, effective May 1. The GBRC Board of Directors approved the fee change when it met Monday. Executive Director Diann Henderson said people can get refunds for activities - minus the $5 fee - if they make their request prior to the starting date. The $2 increase reflects the cost to the Recreation Commission. <p ...
For about 10 years, Unified School District 428 in Great Bend has shared a Parents as Teachers grant with USD 355 in Ellinwood.
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.