County officials will continue to discuss their participation in an employee recruitment program that has sought $10,000 in county tax dollars.
More than 30 people walked out of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, minutes after the meeting began Thursday afternoon. They had come to the meeting for one purpose: to express their dismay with last week's firing of head cheerleading coach Debbie Warren, who had been at the college for 27 years. Board chairman Dr. Paul Maneth said student Luke O'Bryan had approached him about supporters speaking at the ...
TOPEKA – After years of controversy and months of public comments, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Thursday announced it has issued the air quality permit for the proposed 895 megawatt coal-fired steam generating unit at the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation near Holcomb.
Canine Distemper Virus is what led to some 1,200 dogs being euthanized earlier this month in northwest Kansas, according to information released Wednesday by the Kansas Animal Health Department.
When the bison at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo started giving birth Wednesday afternoon, Zoo Director Scott Gregory was apprehensive. The animal affectionately known as "Buffy" has had two miscarriages in recent years, only with one successful pregnancy. Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, was called, and a healthy baby was born around 4:15 p.m. "Bison have the same gestation as a human, about nine months," Gregory said. "That ...
A local business is offering the opportunity to make the Christmas season a little brighter for some local and area youngsters. Great Bend Coffee Company, 2015 Lakin, is displaying a Giving Tree to benefit children under 5 who attend either Sunflower's Early Education Center or its Incredible Years Preschool. "This is so incredibly generous," said Cathy Estes, coordinator of both the EEC and the preschool. "The folks at Great Bend ...
Hard work has paid off for the schools in Unified School District 428, with all the buildings receiving some recognition by earning statewide academic awards.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are some issues that need to be addressed when getting a dog because, frankly, the decision involves years of commitment and cost.
Some of the details became public Tuesday in canine tragedy in Decatur County that came close to involving Barton County this week.
Photography students of Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek had their work accepted in the 27th Annual Five-State Photography Competition Exhibition at the Hays Arts Center Gallery, 112 E. 11th, Hays.
Can you believe it?! The student newspaper at Barton Community College has turned a page, dropping its familiar black-and-white tabloid look for a magazine format. Journalism Adviser Yvonda Acker hopes the new Interrobang can at least duplicate the success of its predecessor, which won one of 182 first-place awards in the American Scholastic Press Association's "Newspaper of the Year" contest for 2009-10. When Acker announced the award last May, college ...
It was a topic on the agenda for two area school boards Monday night, a topic very close to the hearts of a handful of parents in both districts.
Great Bend, some parents say, is losing its competitive edge with other school districts by not offering competitive sports at the seventh grade level. This was the message delivered by one of these parents who addressed the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night.
It was one of those unusual issues that you just hope is some sort of a misunderstanding, but it surely doesn't appear to be. Barton County came close to providing the final resting place for more than 1,000 dogs that either are being or already have been euthanized by state officials and volunteers in what has to be one of the largest animal abuse cases in the history of the nation. At Monday morning's Barton ...
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors received a clean 2009-10 audit report on Monday from Curtis W. Kuhn, a certified public accountant with McMillen Folkerts & Associates, P.A. Kuhn noted the recreation commission ended its fiscal year with $767,591 in unencumbered cash, more than $1 million less than the year before, having a major capital outlay expense with the construction of the new GBRC Activity Center. Revenue from activities ...
At an adoption event this past Saturday, Ebert warmed the hearts of many. But, he still needs a home.
The Panther Jazz Band pumped up the audience at the GBHS Panther Bands Spring Contest Concert Monday night with their opening rendition of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock. It was a night to celebrate the accomplishments of the high school music program and a select group of accomplished musicians who competed at the state level earlier this spring. Senior band members also recognized and thanked their parents for the support offered through the years of ...
High schoolers may get a few extra zs next year thanks to a proposal approved at the USD 428 board meeting Monday night. But not for teachers. Board members approved a series of late starts for the high school during the 2013-2014 school year that would give teachers the time they need to collaborate, but take away two hours of student contact time a month
Several people working to make Barton County a healthier place received some recognition and financial assistance Monday during the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting. Doug Vance, executive director of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association, visited the meeting along with representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas, to present a $2,500 facsimile check and a banner in honor of Great Bend winning the Blue Chip award.
It's only a matter of time before someone is hit by a stray bullet while enjoying the Arkansas River bed south of Ellinwood, local resident Tom Komarek told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.
The Memorial Parks Advisory Committee was given the go-ahead by the Barton County Commission Monday morning to hold two much-needed fundraisers to build the Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.
America's Promise and DARE contest essay winners soared to the highest height on Saturday when members of the Experimental Aircraft Club in Great Bend took them on a 15-20 minutes airplane ride over Great Bend.
With high school and college graduations fast approaching, the Central Kansas Partnership is urging parents to keep the community safe by prohibiting underage drinking and not providing alcohol to underage youth at graduation celebrations.
Barton Community College trustees may request an exemption to a new gun law taking effect July 1.
With high hopes that the area has seen the end of frost for the year, a full-house turned out to learn the how-tos of container gardening at the Great Bend Rec activity center Thursday.
A sign on one of the tables read "we're hiring."
The new digital finger printing machine has arrived and it will soon be in use by the Barton County Sheriff's Office. Activation is pending approval from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman said during the County Commission meeting Monday morning.