County officials have approved funding for the local Extension programs for another year.
At a time when government financial bad news is awfully easy to come by, local government provided some important good news this week, as the Barton County Commission was briefed on its financial condition as of last year.
Barton Community College's enrollment figures show an overall 5.2 percent increase from summer 2010 to spring 2011, college officials reported. That increase comes off the heels of 10 percent enrollment growth the preceding year.
Just as all seems hopeless, a clever young man comes to the rescue. That is the story told by the Great Bend Recreation Commission's 17th-annual youth summer theater production "Aladdin."
A new local farm show to replace the 3i Show will be one of the topics at a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday in the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce board room, 1125 Williams, said Chamber Board President Ron Straub.
Gas prices are on the rise again, locally, with prices ranging from $3.43 to more than $3.55 around Great Bend on Tuesday.
Defense attorneys for Adam Joseph Longoria have asked for a pre-trial hearing to determine what photos will be admitted at his capital murder trial. His attorneys also want a hearing in October or November, in addition to the one scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 21, to deal with pre-trial motions.
The man arrested after 15-year-old Jessica Cheyanne Shearer died on July 4 has been formally charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy with a child 14-16 years old and aggravated endangering a child.
DODGE CITY – The annual 3i Show, the ag exposition that for years alternated between Great Bend and Garden City, will no longer be held in either community, the Western Kansas Manufactures' Association announced Tuesday. From 2012-2016, it will take place in Dodge City.
They came home tired, but energized nonetheless.
It may have missed our attention, but this region continues to be stuck in the grip of dangerously high temperatures and no appreciable precipitation.
LARNED – Kevin Mincio's incredible journey started with 9-11.
Adam Joseph Longoria was obsessed with Alica DeBolt and the two exchanged dozen of text messages, according to the motions filed by Deputy Attorney General Victor Braden in Longoria's capital murder case.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is proposing a maximum general fund budget of $1,649,900 for fiscal year 2011-12, with $485,990 earmarked for personnel. An additional $164,720 not included in the $1.6 million is budgeted for the employee benefit fund, GBRC Director Diann Henderson said Monday as her board of directors held its public budget hearing.
Today is the last day to take in the 2011 Barton County Fair, which opened last Wednesday.
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.