KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It is the gig of a lifetime for Great Bend native and rising opera star Bryan Pinkall.
City officials still have some areas to work on, but over all they got good marks in the city's annual audit, according to Vickie Dreiling, of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball.
The U.S. Navy Band Country Current entertained a crowd of country-music fans Monday evening in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium. The concert was sponsored by the Great Bend Tribune and BCC.
An 80-acre swatch of rural Barton County will be the hub of some global discussion this week as the Dominican Sisters' Heartland Farm hosts the Sirolli Institute international fall forum.
Higher prices kept the Barton County Road and Bridge Department from completing as many miles of black top sealing as they would have liked this season.
Local businesses have joined together to support plans for the Third Annual POW-MIA Recognition Ceremony and Flag Retirement planned in Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday.
The brochure reads "own a piece of history or make your own."
Stuart Barry Fish, 49, is eligible for a parole hearing before the Prisoner Review Board in October. Fish, who has also gone by the name "Outlaw," is incarcerated at Hutchinson Correctional Facility in a work-release program. His convictions in Pawnee County are from criminal damage to property over $100 in 1983 and theft over $150 in 1987. He is also in prison for aggravated burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, which occurred in Sedgwick County in 1991. He returned to prison in 2008 after a parole violation.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission has begun its fall programming season with the theme "Come Outside and Play."
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9"
County officials are hoping that local volunteers will take up some of the slack after the decision was announced that Red Cross is pulling back further from this region.
Great Bend City Council has approved the bid for the 2011 residential street reconstruction and resurfacing project, which will provide for a great deal of neighborhood improvements.
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As the Barton County Health Department braces for the approaching flu season, public health educator Janel Rose, said there should be no shortage of influenza vaccine for 2011-2012.
ELLINWOOD - The sound of a thundering herd of 400 longhorn cattle will reverberate through the streets of Ellinwood at 1:30 p.m. Saturday as they are driven through the city as a part of the 150th birthday celebration of Kansas' statehood.
Great Bend Middle School student Dalton Dicks was seated next to last year's champion Jazmin Garcia. Her good luck rubbed off on the middle school seventh-grader.
The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.
Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.
Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.
The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.
The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.
In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.
With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.
TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.
Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.
WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.
ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.