ELLINWOOD - The year was 1950, and in November of that year, the United States was mired in battle in Korea, fighting the spread of Communism. Two young men from Barton County answered the call to service and paid the highest price.
Fireworks tend to be a take-it or leave-it phenomenon.
The Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc. employees celebrated the completion of the clinic expansion project on Thursday at a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce After Hours. The building is now 12,000 square feet, doubling its size, and eight exam rooms have been added for a total of 17.
A partial human skull discovered last December on the Wet Walnut Creek belonged to an American Indian male who probably died before 1900, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.
Great Bend has gone without a public fireworks display for the two years, but the Fourth of July show will return Monday night at the Expo Complex west of town.
Starting today, Kansans will pay a little more to get married, file a case in court or get a vehicle VIN inspection.
The penalty for driving under the influence in Kansas got tougher today, with offenders required to use devices on their vehicles to prevent them from driving while intoxicated.
A long-time local manufacturing facility, one with international business ties, got the approval of the Great Bend City Council for its part in an effort to secure its place in the 21st Century business model.
A robber who reportedly grabbed a bag of cash from the Best Western office Tuesday morning escaped on a bicycle, according to information from Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department.
Law enforcement has shut down a team that allegedly burglarized businesses in six area counties, according to the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
A Great Bend woman reported being battered at her residence at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday by an unknown male. He was able to reach inside the front door and ripped the T-shirt she was wearing before leaving the residence at 2707 Morton St.
The Barton County Fair is one week away, but the first pre-fair events took place Wednesday.
There are some 18,000 restaurants in the state of Kansas and about 30 inspectors to cover all but two counties, so food safety inspection keeps a few individuals busy all the time, the Barton County Commission learned this week.
Technology has brought us new ways to communicate, including electronically through texting, e-mail, chat rooms and social media such as Facebook. Photos and videos can be sent over a cell phone. While all of this technology can provide real benefits, Great Bend Police Detective Heather Smith said that young people need to be warned of the dangers of one form of electronic communication, a practice known as "sexting."
A 21-year-old man from Ellinwood could be looking at a 25-year prison sentence for soliciting young girls via text messages.
First Kansas Bank of Great Bend has agreed to acquire Bank of America branches in Great Bend and Hays, local bank officials announced Wednesday.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
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.