The latest report from the Kansas Department of Labor indicates the April 2011 unemployment rate in the state was 6.3 percent, down from 7.1 percent in March 2011 and down from 6.8 percent in April 2010.
Some photo's from Sunday's commencement ceremony at Great Bend High School.
Improvements in emergency communications in Barton County are continuing and the project is nearing completion, according to information from County Communications Director Doug Hubbard.
BUSHTON - Katelyn Zink is accustomed to being called last.
When Jake Schridde walks across the stage with is diploma during Great Bend High School's commencement Sunday afternoon, he ends a family tradition that spans more than three decades.
Dr. Richard Preston has made a "bittersweet" decision – bitter in that he will miss his patients and colleagues, and sweet in that he will have more time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He has announced his retirement, effective Saturday, May 21.
Hopefully, Great Bend is not in the middle of digging out from a major disaster when you are reading this story, but if it were, action taken this week by the Great Bend City Council would have helped.
The local Job Fair, held Thursday at the Best Western Courtyard, attracted about 300 job-seekers and 24 local businesses, and was called a success by all who attended.
Dr. Carl Heilman's contract as president of Barton Community College was extended by one year, to June of 2014, at Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.
In preparation for taking out the island and putting in a new turning lane in at accident-prone Broadway and Harrison, crews from Wheatland Electric will remove the light pole from the intersection today, said Mark Kercher, Wheatland's area supervisor.
Great Bend High School will hold its 124th-annual graduation Sunday at GBHS's Memorial stadium. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 5.
There's not much of a problem this year.
It wasn't exactly like the Cavalry riding in to the last minute rescue of the homesteaders, but action approved by the Great Bend City Council this week will allow a local family to have their home - at least to have it where they want it.
Crawling around on their hands and knees, Great Bend Fire Department Capt. Luke McCormick and firefighter Dustin Spore groped their way around the front yard of Fire Station Number 2 Wednesday afternoon.
The two-year contract to provide air service to the Great Bend Municipal Airport and other Essential Air Service facilities in Western Kansas expires at the end of September, and three carriers want the air travel business in those communities.
HOISINGTON - Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
Great Bend Community Theatre members take the stage this week with "Becky's New Car," a comedic cruise by playwright Steven Dietz.
The Barton Community College Planetarium is getting a "re-boot," as the staff is calling it.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
LARNED – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan joined staff and members of the community Thursday to observe and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Larned State Hospital.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
Members of the Jack Kilby Committee plan to bring signage for the project up to date Friday when they add another bronze plaque recognizing donors to the Kilby Plaza, located on the west side of the Barton County Courthouse Square.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
The federal Food Stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, underwent changes beginning in October of 2013, and as a result, local charities that provide food are now seeing an increase in usage.
The Barton County Historical Society Museum is holding its first art exhibit, with works inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Andy Warhol, to name three.
The Barton Community College Foundation Clay Shoot set for May 4 has been canceled, due to last Saturday's fire at the Camp Aldrich Conference Center. Meanwhile, sponsors of Camp Hope and dozens of other scheduled events are scrambling to find alternate locations.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A federal grand jury in Kansas City returned indictments Wednesday against a Mexican national charged with using false identification documents and identity theft in Barton County, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
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.
Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.
It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.