JUNCTION CITY - Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman was one of at least 2,000 people who reportedly listened to more than three hours of public comments Monday, at a listening session about possible reductions at Fort Riley. He spoke in favor of keeping personnel at current levels at the base, as did U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Getting down to the business of education, board members for USD 428 met Monday night to hear the first reading of a proposal and presentations by the K-6 math adoption team for a new district-wide math curriculum. After reviewing two options, the teachers came to a unanimous decision with overwhelming support for one that includes text and web-ready lessons, training and professional development, tech-support and consumables over a seven year period.
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a daunting task, but Barton Community College's Financial Aid Department will offer students and parents free assistance in making sure the application is filled out correctly. Barton is participating in a national initiative "College Goal Sunday," from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Learning Resource Center on the Barton County campus.
Two youths playing with a lighter started a grass fire that damaged two trailer houses on Sunday, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported. Human activity also led to two fire calls on Saturday, although one was contained to a grill.
The prosecution rested Monday afternoon and the first defense witnesses were called as Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial entered its second week. Chapman is charged with the first-degree murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11, 2011.
Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.
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Two candidates have been identified for the opening of the Barton Community College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, which oversees the Barton Foundation.
Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act by a vote of 99 to 0. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 12, will provide measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members.
Sen. Mitch Holmes, Rep. John Edmonds and Rep. Troy Waymaster attended a legislative coffee held at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce meeting room Saturday morning. School funding and April elections were the main points of discussion.
The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman will resume Monday morning. It is expected to wrap up before the end of the week.
ELLINWOOD - An Ellinwood Police Department pursuit ended with a suspect arrested for driving under the influence and other charges, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports.
Robert Ingersoll of Great Bend knows what it's like to be a cancer patient who needs a kind word or a helping hand.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be part of a competitive, traveling baseball league. There will be an open informational meeting about 7U and 8U summer baseball from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Big Bend Batters Box, 2207 Washington St.
Children can hear a story with an animal theme and then meet one of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo animals at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the zoo. Sarah Cruz, education director at the zoo, said her new "Animal Tails" program is free and is suitable for preschoolers.
At the Monday, March 2 meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education meeting, members approved a resolution calling for a bond election in hopes of gain approval to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the building of a new school building for Lincoln Elementary School and to upgrade security and other systems at the district's other three buildings.
The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is set for April 8-10 at the Great Bend Expo Complex, but the real news is that the show will be in Great Bend at least another five years.
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.
So far, Barton County and Kansas has been fortunate. Reports of severe weather have been minimal in 2015.
Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Clint Hawkins said checks that Central Prairie Honor Flights members thought were written to businesses wound up instead in the banking account of the nonprofit organization's director, LaVeta Miller. Hawkins testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court, where Miller is on trial for two counts of theft by deception, each greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000.
Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved offering a letter of support for an effort by Ellinwood residents to make the historic Chisholm and Great Western Trail a national historic trail.
The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks - including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.
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The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.
If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.
The long-running campaign to clean up Veterans Memorial Lake took another step forward Monday night when the Great Bend City Council approved the application of a chemical jolt to help eliminate the toxic blue-green algae.
The City of Great Bend has a new police chief and a new City Council member.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a resolution allowing the transfer of funds for the Great Bend Public Library heating and air conditioning system loan. The amount being transferred is $762,012.92.
Monday, March 2, was "Read Across America Day". This year, the book is the Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.