STAFFORD – It's all about the chocolate as the second-annual Chocolate Sampler AFair is set to tickle taste buds Saturday is Stafford.
CLAFLIN - Kans for Kids held an informational meeting for Claflin High School students last Wednesday, providing information about childhood cancer victims in Barton County.
A Barton Community College program for law enforcement officers will examine two real-life cases as it reviews what happens when an officer is attacked.
Great Bend zoo staff headed to western Kansas in September for the Fall 2010 Ferret survey. Marge Bowen, curator at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, and zookeeper Trish McKinley traveled to Logan County, where conservationists have reintroduced the black-footed ferret, bringing the species back from the brink of extinction.
Students attending Barton Community College's seventh annual Jack Kilby Science Day will meet Bret Mahoney, a man who takes science literacy very seriously. As the Academic Networking Coordinator for Science Museum Oklahoma, he works to ignite passion and inquiry in students and teachers.
Toxic blue-green algae continues to be a problem at Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Friday. The lake remains closed to recreational activity as the agency continues to monitor the water.
Whooping Crane fall migration is here in central Kansas. Each year during late October and early November, the endangered birds can be seen at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, and in marshes and crop fields around the region. At Quivira, the best areas to look for them are at the south end of Little Salt Marsh (where there is an Observation Tower from which to scan the marsh) and the west side of Big Salt Marsh.
County officials moved ahead this week on plans to improve county emergency communications.
While fantasy Halloween horrors await brave souls who attend other haunted houses, area churches are offering a different sort of fall program this weekend at Judgement House. This seven-scene walk-through drama promises "Real people, real choices (and) real consequences," with characters going to heaven or hell.
Three trustees of Barton Community College sat down with four public school superintendents Thursday to discuss the college's partnership with secondary schools in the area.
The motion hearing for accused killer Adam Longoria has been continued due to his defense attorney being ill, said Ron Keefover, chief information officer with the Office of Judicial Administration.
Though there are few local challenges in the coming general election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman reports that there will be plenty on the ballots, including national, state, and local offices, as well as state questions.
More motions and responses have been filed this week in connection with the capital murder trial of Adam Longoria. The Great Bend man is scheduled to appear in Barton County District Court this morning for a pre-trial hearing.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, 257 S. Main. For those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction will be open beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-31.
The E Target Acquisition Battery of the Kansas National Guard rolled out the welcome mat Saturday.
While the much-anticipated ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court on Gannon v. State of Kansas school funding law suit answered a few question, several more are bound to surface in its wake.
ELLINWOOD - Curious about life, about people and places, author Cynthia Kadohata, became fascinated with custom harvesting, and her book, "The Thing About Luck," is loosely based on an Ellinwood family she met when receiving the "William Allen White Award."
It's been a long time coming, but even though the Kansas Supreme Court has released its decision in the state's appeal of the Gannon vs. Kansas school finance lawsuit, the question of funding schools is still up in the air.
The Kansas Supreme Court announced Friday morning their decision on Gannon v. State of Kansas. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 by parents and school districts after the state cut funding to schools back to 2005 levels of funding. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to discuss the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on the Gannon vs. State of Kansas, The lawsuit asserted lack of adequate funding for education in the state was unconstitutional.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.
Thursday morning, American AgCredit held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new facility to be built at the corner of 10th Street and Patton Road in Great Bend, in spite of the colder than expected temperature.
Ewalt Elementary School Principal Greg Clark of Augusta has been hired as the new superintendent for Central Plains USD 112 School District. Clark will begin his duties July 1.
The Barton Community College Foundation kicked off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign titled "Slide Rules to Smartphones" on March 1. Longtime supporter and former employee of the college Paul Maneth will serve as the chairman for the month-long fundraising drive.
The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.
Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.
A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.
Weather permitting, work on the intersection of 24th and Main in Great Bend should begin this week, City Engineer Rob Winiecke said.
Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison and City Administrator Howard Partington met earlier this week with Capt. Brian Webb and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hammeke of the Kansas National Guard about the Guard's upcoming open house.
In a vehicle driven by Christopher C. Jaso, 30, of Scott City, Skyler M. Denning, 23, Hoisington, Maria D. Cavender, 32, Great Bend, and Saxon A. Denning, 20, Great Bend were injured in a wreck at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning.