First came a sizzle/whoosh!, like a firework launching into the air. That was followed by the sound of running feet, as two high school students came around the Fine Arts Building.
The World Series is set to begin Wednesday and the Great Bend Public Library is having a World Series of its own.
City and county officials are planning to travel to Hutchinson, Thursday, for an important highway meeting and they are encouraging more local residents to go also.
Barton County Commissioners approved a new contract with a juvenile detention center in Finney County, though it's hoped the center won't be needed, due to the distance from Barton County. One reason an alternative detention area is needed is because the juvenile section that was designed for the county jail taxpayers funded wasn't designed correctly, commissioners were told.
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.
Children at Tiffany's Day Care in the 900 block of Williams enjoy an early Easter visit from the Easter Bunny. The business is operated by Tiffany Nily.
It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.
Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.
When Great Bend was first chartered, most people walked from point A to point B. It was the norm for home builders to install wide sidewalks and buffer strips between the walk and the road in most parts of the city.
ELLINWOOD - Saturday at 3:55 a.m. Ellinwood Officer Renfro attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction. The vehicle refused to stop and a short chase ensued, ending in the driver, Dalton Staudinger, loosing control of the vehicle and hitting a carport and fence in the 200 block of North Wilhelm.
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.