Someone broke into the building at J and D Raceway on Tuesday, set fire to paper towels and threw feces around in the bathroom. Great Bend Police are investigating the case as arson, estimating damage at $350.
Barton Community College has been on a steady growth streak for six years now. The institution as a whole drew 17,819 students in 2012-13, which is an increase of about 4,000 students since the growth trend began in 2007-08, according to the unduplicated headcount data gathered at the close of the spring semester.
Luke Cory, Regulatory Team Leader with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers said Wednesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had requested the public comment period for an application to drill a vertical oil well on land included in the The Nature Conservancy's Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Preserve near the designated Wildlife Area be extended from 21 to 30 days. The new deadline is Saturday, July 13.
Lan-Lan Wang, Taiwan, arrived in Kansas on June 17 as one of four IFYE students visiting rural communities in the United States from Taiwan this summer. Other students are visiting Montana, Colorado and South Dakota.
The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to appoint Amit Patel as the new city clerk/finance director. He fills a position left vacant since the retirement of Wayne Henneke last December.
The annual 4-H Fashion Revue, leading up to the 2013 Barton County Fair, brought glamour to the catwalk at the Crest Theatre in Great Bend Monday evening. Participants in the buymanship and clothing construction projects were spotlighted as they followed the yellow brick road. Club members modeled outfits they painstakingly built with an eye towards economy, and the garments they constructed with attention to detail and creativity in the weeks and months leading up to the show.
The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.
It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.