LARNED - It had been more than 40 years since a Kansas Attorney General addressed a public meeting in Pawnee County.
Teens who can sing, dance and act are invited to hone their crafts this summer by attending "Broadway @ Barton," a residential summer high school camp at Barton Community College, from June 15-27.
Editors note: Because she was a victim of child abuse, this woman's name was changed to Jaine to protect her identity.
"You're an overcomer," is the message that Sarah Schenek, coordinator for the Dell Hayden Memorial Advocacy Center (CAC), wants to send to victims of childhood sexual abuse.
With voters heading to the poles Tuesday for local general elections, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last-minute reminders.
Anyone with a camera has a new opportunity to get the creative juices flowing and compete in a unique photography contest.
Barton Community College trustees on Thursday approved certificate programs for Occupational and Safety Health Administration courses taught at BCC's Grandview Plaza facility and elsewhere.
Barton Community College supporters sometimes call the Shafer Art Gallery the "Gem of the Campus," and now that gem has a proper setting, with the newly remodeled foyer and lobby in the Fine Arts Building. They also are connected to another campus jewel that had become somewhat tarnished over the decades; the Fine Arts Auditorium is sparkling once again. On Thursday, college officials held an open house for the auditorium, where the bulk of the renovation work was done.
Thursday, by the Obama administration announced it would be placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species.
The USD 428 Board of Education met Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School for the monthly noon meeting.
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.
JobFest 2014 will be Great Bend's 18th annual concerted job fair effort as employers gather to provide information about jobs available at their businesses. This year's event is set from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th Street in Great Bend.
As part of a community-wide tourism campaign capitalizing on the area's winged wetland creature heritage, numerous decorative fiberglass bird houses started to dot Great Bend sidewalks over the past couple of years. The goal – create an attraction and get shoppers to flock to the businesses.
Update on U.S. Highway 156
Per Barton County Communications, 156 HWY will be shut down due to zero visibilty from high winds and dirt blowing per KDOT. Exact location will be K-156 at milepost 130 or just south of NE 20 RD on K-156. Kansas State Troopers suggest anyone traveling east on K-156 or coming from the northeast detour to JUCO-NE 30 RD.
The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to start next Monday has been postponed. It is now schedule to start Aug. 18 in Barton County District Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for May 9.
The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference wants to take Great Bend out to the old ball game next Wednesday, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a second sting for 2014 on April 11 and while the results have improved from the first sting, more needs to be done.
Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.
Crime Stoppers is hoping someone can provide more information about the death of Rhiannon M. Young, who died in what was described as a hit-and-run accident last October in Great Bend.
Camp Hope, a camp for children with cancer, will remain in Barton County this year in spite of a fire that wiped out the dining hall of the intended camp site.
Those who attend one of the "Planetarium Reboot" programs that start Thursday at Barton Community College will also get a look at the new entrance to the Science & Math Building. That $50,000 project included adding new doors that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and remodeling the vestibule. The Planetarium is located in Room 101 of the Science Building, which is on the northeast corner of the campus.
GARFIELD - Barton County Commissioner Don Cates, a decorated military hero, died tragically doing what he loved - flying.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.