On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Great Bend high school debate team traveled to Bishop Carroll High School, Wichita, and tied for third overall in sweepstakes with Moundridge. There were 22 other schools at the tournament. Moundridge and Great Bend both had 11 wins and four losses on the school's total win-loss record. The tie was broken by the school's opposition record.
Area community officials, business leaders and residents are being encouraged to participate in an upcoming Kansas Department of Transportation meeting in Hutchinson to support the next phase of state highway construction to include a project between Hutchinson and Sterling as part of the continued effort to improve transportation in this part of the state.
The issue of "when" on the implementation of traffic signals at Broadway and Harrison was addressed when the Great Bend City Council met Monday night, as was the issue of "where."
A speeding motorist who refused to stop for Barton County Deputy Keith Kennon was arrested early Monday after a pursuit.
It's not a sight one expects to see in town – a mountain range of reddish-orange milo heaped in piles taller than many buildings.
"We help about 600 kids each year," said Layne Philbern, a principal organizer of the 29th Annual Central Kansas Toys for Tots Run. A poker run, with about 80 motorcycle riders involved, began at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Things Chopped, 2400 Main, Great Bend. Participants gather toys and some funds, too, for children from Wilson to Stafford County to La Crosse, etc., in Central Kansas. Philbern, a Great Bend resident until about three weeks ago, now hails from Chanute. His wife and daughter registered participants in the Poker Run Saturday morning.
County Clerk Donna Zimmerman has explained that some voters may have to show ID when they vote, due to current federal regulations.
When Barton Community College asks "What drives you?", there's no one answer. And when people think about what supplies power to their cars, they shouldn't just think about petroleum.
INMAN – Voting for the 8 Wonders of Kansas People will end midnight, Friday, Oct. 22. The results will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 28.
EMPORIA –Rural Olpe resident Linda Carson has a list of reasons why she doesn't like camping. In a colorful, zany children's book, Carson details those reasons.
This year's Halloween Parade will have to work around the construction site of the future Jack Kilby Plaza, but that shouldn't scare anyone. Plenty of volunteers will be on hand to lead children on a safe route down both sides of Main Street, where businesses will be handing out candy, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
In another step to better prepare this area for any future disasters, Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller is seeking input about Barton County residents with special needs.
The City of Russell celebrated the 100th anniversary of its electric department last month. To mark the occasion, the city will host an open house from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the plant, 133 West Eighth.
The two-plus-block stretch of Broadway Avenue in Great Bend from Polk to McKinley streets has always been intended for one lane of traffic in each direction.
Adam Longoria will return to Barton County next Thursday, when District Judge Hannelore Kitts will rule on pre-trial motions in his capital murder case. Longoria is suspected of killing 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt of Great Bend.
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, Cynthia Kadohata, who is Japanese-American, 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.
HOISINGTON - Building skills and real life experiences, USD 431 Hoisington Future Business Leaders of America have opened a coffee shop serving beverages to student and staff.