Great Bend Police Officer Brian Dougherty helps Cole, left, and Garret pick out toys, Friday afternoon at the Walmart Supercenter. Members of the Fraternal Order of Police shopped with 40 children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program this week. Each child received a $30 gift card donated by Walmart and Great Bend Feeders. BBBS Director Stephanie Joiner said 48 children in Barton and Pawnee counties are on the waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister in the mentoring program.
Across the nation, the annual "Drunk Driving. Over The Limit. Under Arrest" winter holiday crackdown has begun, and will continue through Jan. 3.
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The motion hearing for accused killer Adam Longoria has been continued due to a scheduling conflict, said Ron Keefover, chief information officer with the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.
County officials will continue to discuss their participation in an employee recruitment program that has sought $10,000 in county tax dollars.
More than 30 people walked out of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, minutes after the meeting began Thursday afternoon. They had come to the meeting for one purpose: to express their dismay with last week's firing of head cheerleading coach Debbie Warren, who had been at the college for 27 years.
TOPEKA – After years of controversy and months of public comments, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Thursday announced it has issued the air quality permit for the proposed 895 megawatt coal-fired steam generating unit at the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation near Holcomb.
Canine Distemper Virus is what led to some 1,200 dogs being euthanized earlier this month in northwest Kansas, according to information released Wednesday by the Kansas Animal Health Department.
When the bison at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo started giving birth Wednesday afternoon, Zoo Director Scott Gregory was apprehensive. The animal affectionately known as "Buffy" has had two miscarriages in recent years, only with one successful pregnancy.
A local business is offering the opportunity to make the Christmas season a little brighter for some local and area youngsters.
Hard work has paid off for the schools in Unified School District 428, with all the buildings receiving some recognition by earning statewide academic awards.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are some issues that need to be addressed when getting a dog because, frankly, the decision involves years of commitment and cost.
Some of the details became public Tuesday in canine tragedy in Decatur County that came close to involving Barton County this week.
Photography students of Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek had their work accepted in the 27th Annual Five-State Photography Competition Exhibition at the Hays Arts Center Gallery, 112 E. 11th, Hays.
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KOC to host turkey dinner
Whooping cranes have begun leaving their breeding grounds to migrate south from Canada, and will soon be passing through Kansas on their way to Texas. One of the best places to look for them will be Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms in central Kansas.
Halloween is a week away, but many children will be in costume Saturday for early events.
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.
The search for a replacement for retiring Police Chief Dean Akings is in the beginning stages, City Administrator Howard Partiangton told the City Council Monday night. Partington will be gathering input from employees and governing body members into the development of an updated job description.
Many Kansans don't realize that right now raffles are illegal in Kansas. But that might change.
The Nov. 4 general election is about more than public office holders. There are a handful of other issues.
HOISINGTON - Miss Minnie travels the state in the comfort of a 30 foot trailer, teaching kids about where ice cream really come from. She doesn't get car sick either, but lays down, snacks on hay, and enjoys the ride.
regular city council meeting last week, the Hoisington City Council once again discussed code enforcement and the direction that the city will take in the coming year.
HOISINGTON - On Sunday Oct. 26, the annual Homecoming at Hoisington Masonic Lodge 331 will be held at 2 p.m. at the Lodge Hall at 2nd and Vine St. in Hoisington.
Sometimes, the decisions we make have eternal consequences. That is the premise behind Judgement House, a walk-through gospel presentation with an edge. Once again, First Church of the Nazarene in Great Bend is offering Judgement House as an alternative to Halloween haunted houses.
Demolition of the old opera house building at Forest and Williams will begin Thursday or Friday, Great Bend city officials said Tuesday. The work, being done by Nelson Stone, could take two or three weeks.
Democratic First District congressional hopeful Jim Sherow said Monday he understands where local officials are coming from when they worry about federal funding, transportation, agriculture and other issues that impact the economy of rural Kansas.
It's a new idea that may become the model for housing developments in Kansas, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.