TOPEKA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday he has granted the Governor's request for the USDA to issue a drought disaster declaration for 21 Kansas counties as well as 18 contiguous counties.
No one likes to think about a natural disaster happening, but the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night took a step to be better prepared should the worst come to pass.
For area wheat farmers, these are the best of times with prices at $8 per bushel and the worst of times with a nagging drought.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about rules for tagging motor vehicles in Kansas.)
Barton Community College's 41st commencement is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the College Gymnasium. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman will welcome the graduates, their families and friends to the ceremony.
Just in time for baseball and softball season, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans to improve its presence on Facebook.
An upturn in the amount of vandalism to road signs is costly and potentially dangerous, local law enforcement officers report.
Continuing their efforts to honor those serving the United States in the armed forces, Great Bend High School English students of Crystal Cross will hold a bicycle/walking rally Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
As the 57th-annual 3i Show closed Friday in Garden City, the site of the 58th show remained uncertain.
CLAFLIN - "Once a Wildcat-Always a Wildcat" will be the theme as the city of Claflin holds an All-School Reunion on May 29 with a day filled with activities.
Attorneys for the man accused of murdering a 14-year-old Great Bend girl have asked the court to dismiss a charge of criminal sodomy, saying it creates double jeopardy.
The Olympics came to Great Bend Friday.
County Engineer Clark Rusco and his staff are hip-deep in history these days. Maybe deeper.
Anyone who drives past Barton Community College this Saturday may see several police cars and a couple of ambulances on campus. But they shouldn't reach for a cell phone to call 911, college officials said, because it's all part of a planned learning event.
Knowing something about her Mexican heritage helped Yessenia Bustamante in her quest to become this year's Cinco de Mayo Queen for Great Bend's annual celebration. But a desire to help others is what cinched the decision for the judges.
Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, 85 South U.S. 281, Great Bend, will soon switch to its winter schedule. It will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 1-2.
SeaPort Airlines today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an alternate service pattern for air service from Great Bend Municipal Airport. The new service will replace current scheduled service to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport with nonstop service to Kansas City International Airport.
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.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced Wednesday that several thousand dollars worth of property that was allegedly stolen by burglars has been recovered over the course of the last several days.
A vehicle ran a stop sign at 10th and Patton in Great Bend and hit a USD 428 school bus taking a group of preschoolers to school at around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton. The bus received minor damages, and there were no injuries to the passengers. The bus was able to complete the trip to the Washington school.
"I will definitely not forget this day," said Braydan Peak. He and mom Sheryl watched from an office window at First United Methodist Church as workers from Stone Sand Co. gingerly demolished Great Bend's old opera house at the intersection of Williams and Forest streets. As they watched, the history of the day was not lost on either of them.
The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the second quarter entries for the Focus on the Byway photo contest. Entries for the third quarter are being accepted now, said Cris Collier, president of the visitors bureau.
The beleaguered old opera house on the corner of Forest in Williams in Great Bend didn't put up much of a fight Tuesday.
Two people were injured when vehicles collided at 10:36 p.m. Monday on South U.S. 281, milepost 101 in Barton County. One was later arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alchol.
Three suspects were arrested around 8 p.m. Monday for allegedly selling marijuana in the area of McArthur Lake, behind Fine Mobile Home Park (5500 block of Ninth St.). A fourth known suspect fled on foot and was still at large Tuesday.
Clayton W. Adams, driving while suspended, fine $100, Attorney fees $75, court costs $110
ELLINWOOD - John Celock, Huffington Post writer, author, and founder of an online newspaper, spoke to Ellinwood High School students about the importance of becoming involved in the community to make a difference.
A machine purchased by Sunflower Diversified Services with grant money from Barton County is in operation, and the county may be seeing a return on its investment.
A baby bobcat rescued off an oil rig near Great Bend last spring has become an animal ambassador at Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding, Calif.
Ellinwood High/Middle School 1st Quarter Honor Roll