An hour and five minutes. That's how long the USD 428 BOE met in executive session with attorney Mark Calcara for the discussion of personnel matters. When the board finally came back into regular session, president Dwight Young moved to affirm the Superintendent Tom Vernon's earlier action to suspend Special Education teacher Angela Foote with pay pending an investigation of charges which led to her arrest Tuesday, Sept. 18 for "possession of methamphetamine, use of a communication facility (such as a telephone) for drug transactions, conspiracy to commit use of a facility for drug transactions, possession of marijuana ...
TOPEKA – The August Labor Report shows a decline in the unemployment rate, improvements in unemployment insurance claims and continued increases in jobs numbers since 2011.
NESS CITY - "Remembering Our Fallen," a photo display honoring over 70 Kansans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country's uniform, will make its first visit to western Kansas when it comes to Ness City next week.
A pickup that was reported stolen last week was recovered over the noon hour Monday when the father of its owner spotted someone driving the vehicle in the southeast part of Great Bend and called law enforcement.
A letter circulating has caused Fuller Brush President and Chief Executive Officer Brady Gros a lot of grief. It refers to a courtroom auction set for Oct. 16 in the State of New York.
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.
Despite wide fluctuations in crude oil prices, average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 2.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.80 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.80, according to gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - For those who want to see the sandhill crane soar, hear the quacking of ducks and geese, and have help identifying the falcon, or a pheasant, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge is offering free bus tours and lunch with the guidance of experts.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra told the Barton County Commission Monday morning he's had antique car enthusiasts come to him concerned about the tagging of the their older vehicles.
After securing easements from the City of Great Bend and Lasting Life Ministries, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to open a controversial stretch of Second Street.
The Great Bend High School Kayettes will sponsor a "black-out" for United Way of Central Kansas during the Oct. 12 football game against arch rival Hays at GBHS's Memorial Stadium. However, orders for the black event T-shirts are being taken now, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith.
Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George announced Thursday that the Kansas Main Street program is closed effective immediately. The move comes amid departmental restructuring for a total of 18 affected positions.
TOPEKA – A woman from Mexico has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison after she was arrested in Russell County with more than 12 pounds of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday.
BY STEPHANIE YOUNG
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
ELLINWOOD - A national retail store is coming to Ellinwood, the city has announced. A closing date on the sale of property has been set for Nov. 6.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Oct. 2
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Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.