Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra wants the public to know that, though the state has announced you can't renew your vehicle tag and registration over the past week, you really CAN renew your vehicle tag and registration over the next week.
As the holiday travel period looms, average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.11 per gallon Wednesday, kansasgasprices.com reported. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.31.
The cougar on loan to the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo will soon be moved to an area for public viewing, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.
Eighty million years ago, this part of Kansas was part of an inland sea. More recently – say the last 3.5 million years or so – the area was a savannah with trees. Soil samples suggest the wildlife refuge we call Cheyenne Bottoms has been a wetland for 100,000, says Pam Martin, an educator for Kansas Wildlife & Parks at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, were not accepted by the Barton County Commission this week and will go back to the Planning Commission.
The city of Ellinwood, the Ellinwood School Foundation and the Golden Belt Community Foundation will evenly split nearly $3 million dollars in a bequest from Vivian Archer, formerly of Ellinwood.
After nearly three months and a steady interest, an offer has been made on the former Shady Grove School property, the Unified School District 428 School Board learned Tuesday afternoon.
The sculpture paying tribute to the area's rich agricultural past will be officially dedicated in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday. The "Breaking the Prairie Sod" memorial is located in the park at K-96 and 10th Street on the west end of Great Bend.
County officials have shown their support for a project that is aimed at making a local facility more family friendly.
With an innovative entry in which cars were decorated as reindeer and a truck converted into a sleigh, the Mid-American Mopar Car Club took theme honors in the 2011 Home for the Holidays Parade Saturday evening in downtown Great Bend. The theme was "Let it Snow."
Sponsors of "Barton County's Got Talent" have added one last chance to audition for the upcoming dinner theater, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. Auditions will start at 5 p.m. this Wednesday in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium. Anyone wanting to try out can reserve a 10-minute time slot by calling event organizer Rachel Mawhirter, 620-786-4896.
The 26-foot-tall Mayor's Christmas Tree in the courthouse square will be even taller this week, after city employees cap it with a magnificent topper, according to Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. City employees will add the custom-made decoration as the City of Great Bend hosts its first Business After Hours, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Downtown businesses will stay open until late, in the first of a series of "Thirsty Thursdays."
HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.
All classes at Barton Community College have been canceled due to a power outage, Monday.
While there was understandably a great deal of interest this past week in the news that a new six-screen movie theater would be developed in downtown Great Bend, that was only one of the announcements of improvements planned for local projects.
Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."
Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.