It's been nearly 10 years since two Great Bend women were found murdered in the Dolly Madison bakery outlet store at 1004 Harrison St. Store employee Mandi Alexander, 24, and customer Mary Drake, 79, were killed on Sept. 4, 2002, and the crime remains unsolved.
HOISINGTON - Resplendent in jewels, colorful ballerina dresses, and twirling and blowing kisses to the friendly audience, the Hoisington Labor Day Princess was once again coronated the 116th annual Hoisington Labor Day Celebration.
HOISINGTON - Along with the decorative pole art depicting soaring birds and historic scenes from Cheyenne Bottoms, new benches with creatures of the earth now line Main Street in Hoisington as well.
When City Engineer Robert Winiecke addresses the Great Bend City Council Tuesday night, he will have good news about a long-awaited street improvement project – the intersection of U.S. 281 (Main Street) and Railroad Avenue.
TOPEKA – In July, private sector employment and nonfarm jobs both showed increases since one year ago with significant increases in some industries, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this month. None the less, the state wide jobless rate was 6.7 percent in July, up from 6.2 in June.
Editors of Barton Community College's literary journal, "Prairie Ink," aim to provide a venue for local authors to showcase their creative writing talents and have done so again with the release of their third issue of the annual publication.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has named Reta Brack as Volunteer of the Year, and also recognized the Great Bend Military Moms project as RSVP Volunteer Station of 2012, said RSVP Director Donna Baugh.
The City of Great Bend has one key administrative opening and will soon have another. Assistant City Administrator Dawn Jaeger recently resigned and City Clerk/Finance Manager Wayne Henneke has announced plans to retire in December.
ELLINWOOD - The ravaging force of a hurricane is beyond the imagination of those that have never experienced one, and most in this country have never experienced homelessness or hunger. Yet one small country in the Caribbean seems to continuously struggle with nature.
Efforts to start a non-profit group for autism awareness in the Barton County area will include an Autism Walk next month at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Just as the coming of fall brings changing leaf colors, it also ushers in the city's annual street resurfacing effort.
Jeremiah McCutchen is a man of few words and his physical and developmental disabilities drastically limit opportunities for him in life. But those limitations never stopped the 39-year-old McCutchen from outwardly expressing his enthusiasm for life and sharing his friendly personality with everyone he meets.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
After three months, it's off, at least for now.
With Labor Day on the horizon, gasoline prices have continued their march upward in Kansas and nationwide for the past two weeks, plagued by potential hurricane-induced supply disruptions and a drought-induced rise in ethanol prices, gas price analysts reported Sunday.
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 county in Army during 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and 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.
WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.