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.
The time is drawing near to claim a piece of Great Bend High School history.
It's spring time, the Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and that can only mean that outdoor projects are on the move, whether it's around the house or around the town. City Administrator Howard Partington noted this week that projects are evident around Great Bend. Unfortunately not all of them are going as expected.
Safe Routes to Schools Program (SRTS) is a program that was established to create just what it sounds like - safe routes to public schools - and Great Bend is going to participate, or at least it will try to, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has applied for a grant that could help with its transportation costs, and the Shafer Gallery is seeking its annual funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Since both RSVP and Shafer Gallery are overseen by Barton Community College, it falls to the college president to approve their grant applications.
The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to start next Monday has been postponed. It is now schedule to start Aug. 18 in Barton County District Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for May 9.
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference wants to take Great Bend out to the old ball game next Wednesday, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a second sting for 2014 on April 11 and while the results have improved from the first sting, more needs to be done.
Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.
Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can provide more information about the death of Rhiannon M. Young, who died in what was described as a hit-and-run accident last October in Great Bend.
Camp Hope, a camp for children with cancer, will remain in Barton County this year in spite of a fire that wiped out the dining hall of the intended camp site.
Those who attend one of the "Planetarium Reboot" programs that start Thursday at Barton Community College will also get a look at the new entrance to the Science & Math Building. That $50,000 project included adding new doors that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and remodeling the vestibule. The Planetarium is located in Room 101 of the Science Building, which is on the northeast corner of the campus.
GARFIELD - Barton County Commissioner Don Cates, a decorated military hero, died tragically doing what he loved - flying.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.