The Great Bend High School A Cappella Choir could be singing "I'm Dreaming of a White Diamond Christmas" at its annual Vespers Concert later today. After all, it is the diamond anniversary of the traditional religious concert that began in 1936.
An effort to update a vital part of the county's day-to-day operations is moving closer to completion, but County Communications Director Doug Hubbard reported recently that it's still a ways off.
Keeping up with training is not a cheap proposition in this day and age, and county officials are turning to grant funding to help keep the training process moving.
According to AAA, 91 percent of Kansas holiday travelers, or 83.6 million people, are expected to take to the roadways during the year-end holiday period at a time when many are partying to celebrate the season.
If there are stars at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Maggie the grizzly bear was one of them. Her early life in captivity, when she was known as Bear 60, could be described as tragic. But she was rescued in the early 1980s and brought to Great Bend, and in 1984 her photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.
Barton County has a history of support for members of the military who also are in its work force and this week the Barton County Commission continued its support through the adoption of a statement of support for the Guard and Reserve.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the 40th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Tuesday reaffirmed America's commitment to battle the disease while the introducing a bipartisan resolution recognizing the nation's commitment to cancer research.
Since 2009, almost 700 incarcerated youth and adults have had the opportunity to pursue a higher education through Barton Community College's grant funded Reach Out, Retrain and Re-entry (R3) project. This number shattered the project's initial goal of 250 participants, and with a recent government grant extension, many more will have the same opportunities, according to Elaine Simmons, BCC's dean of Workforce Training and Community Education.
The bid opening is today on a major bridge project, but it is just one of many that are in the works for Barton County, according to information from County Engineer Clark Rusco.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to buy from local car dealerships, even though a Topeka dealership submitted lower bids on replacement vehicles. The total cost will be $116,786.10 for one three-quarter ton 4 x4 Chevrolet truck and two Chevy Impalas from Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and three Ford Fusions from Marmie Ford.
A collaboration between the Central Kansas Partnership and the Golden Belt Community Foundation has netted a $25,000 planning grant from the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Community Design initiative. Barton County is one of only seven communities in the state to receive this funding.
HOLYROOD - More technology could soon be utilized in USD 112 classrooms.
Like it or not, 2011 is grinding to a close, and Barton County officials took care of some end-of-year business when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
Take a deep breath. Turn on some soothing music. Light an aromatic candle - that is, if candles don't stress you out.
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.
STAFFORD - Millie the Weather Dog will be a guest of honor during the 6th Stafford Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Races Saturday.
A trio of lemurs at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has dwindled to one, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The lone lemur will be returned to Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and the local zoo will work on upgrading the exhibit area before seeking more lemurs.
When two freight trains collided and derailed last week in McPherson County, the Barton County Landfill was ready to accept whatever the cleanup crew brought, Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock said.
Starting around Friday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt overlay project on a 17-mile section of K-156 Highway in Barton County, from the Barton-Ellsworth County line to the US-56/K-156 junction east of Great Bend.
A cement truck rolled onto its side Wednesday morning, 4 miles east of Great Bend on U.S. 56, injuring the driver. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports Jeffery Wasson, 39, of Claflin was driving a westbound 2006 Peterbilt hauling a load of powdered cement owned by Copeland Acid and Cement. At 9:25 a.m. he attempted to turn left onto NE 60 Ave., but turned too sharply, causing the load to shift. The vehicle rolled onto the driver side.
Foster kids may lack encouragement and resources to achieve a college degree and that's why a program called "Gear Up" assists them with intervention activities, financial assistance, and tools for college success.
KINSLEY - A Kinsley man died after rolling a vehicle Tuesday night on U.S. 50, 1 mile east of Kinsley. Kansas Highway Patrol reports that Manuel G. Baca, 43, was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to the Edwards County District Hospital.
Two men were arrested Monday for alledgedly stealing a four-bottom John Deere plow worth up to $2,500 from rural Barton County. Detective Rick Popp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office said watchful neighbors called 911 after seeing the men load the plow into a pickup, around 2:19 p.m. at NW 150 Road and NW 30 Ave.
It might be easy to say that if you've seen one craft and bake sale, you've seen them all.
Donations for the Great Bend Public Library October book sale will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 6. Donated books can be brought during library hours to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital Physical Therapy Department will host a health walk this Saturday at 8 a.m. promoting the benefits of walking.
Prepare to step back in time about 500 years.
A new sign will make it easier to find the Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. The Barton County Road Department installed the brown sign on NW 50 Road near the site earlier this month, Barton Count Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.