CHASE - An apparent electrical fire triggered a blaze that destroyed a three-story home and adjacent garage Wednesday evening. The home and possessions of Shannon McEachern were declared a total loss.
High school students are now eligible for tuition-free career technical education courses, under a bill recently signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.
From new bathrooms to shiny, automatic sliding doors, Barton Community College's Student Union has received multiple major renovations over the past several months and the public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony and enjoy refreshments at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 in the Student Union.
An idea that was born at Sunflower Diversified Services has resulted in new technology for children with special needs in USD 428. The non-profit agency's Foundation donated two iPads to the school district and the project is exceeding expectations, organizers said.
Sure, it rained Wednesday night. Sure, many yards, sidewalks and backyard decks were damp Thursday morning.
BARTON, RICE Counties - Several local communities, not including Great Bend, were without electricity Wednesday morning in portions of Barton and Rice Counties due to a problem at Midwest Energy.
Russell Raymond Carrier, 64, serving a sentence for first-degree murder, is eligible for a parole hearing in September. In August, the Kansas Prisoner Review Board will hold public hearings for Carrier and other eligible inmates.
When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.
At the age of 20, when most young people dream of seeing the world, Kent Ross had one goal in mind – getting home.
If Barton County voters follow the trend of recent primaries, one in five will have already voted by election day, Aug. 7, according to figures from Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman.
Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.
On Monday morning, the Barton County Commission signed another resolution extending the county-wide burn ban for another week.
The Barton County Commission heard the county's annual audit report Monday morning. There was good news and news that gave commissioners pause.
After weeks of delays created by the statewide legislative redistricting, registered voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election, said Barton County Election officer Donna Zimmerman Monday morning.
By Veronica Coons
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating a shotgun round fired through the front door of the residence at 2525 11th St. The incident was reported at 6:14 a.m. Thursday.
The Sunday, Jan. 28, 1962, edition of the Great Bend Tribune has a front page photo of a partially built round tower at what was then known as Central Kansas Medical Center.
Structural and other changes at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will result in a more convenient and modernized facility that will continue to house current and new services, Senior Vice President Leanne Irsik said. Re-construction and remodeling will begin this fall.
There are still several weeks of summer ahead, but members of Trinity United Methodist Church are already thinking about people who will need warm coats later this year.
A flashing orange arrow, cones and warning signs greeted motorists starting this week west of Great Bend.
An oncologist who has been treating patients in Great Bend has come under scrutiny, triggered by a complaint to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts from a Reno County patient, according to an investigation conducted by the Wichita Eagle.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council passed an ordinance in June requiring rental homes in the community be maintained and inspected yearly. However, the agreement sparked outrage among property owners.
HOISINGTON - After the conclusion of the landowner/property agreement portion of the city council meeting, the council continued with the regular meeting on Monday.
Cookies and lemonade and an unusual "petting zoo" were offered Monday at the Barton Community College Library, which hosted "Librarypalooza."
A burglary was reported Sunday afternoon at Cole Body Shop, 76 SE 16 Road. The scrap yard had been broken into and a trailer being used as an office burned to the ground.
HOISINGTON - Traumatic brain injuries and the possibility of cumulative, lingering effects from concussion have led the Hoisington School District to begin using IMPACT-a computer concussion evaluation system for student athletes.
Three one-vehicle accidents over the weekend sent area residents to three different hospitals, according to Kansas Highway Patrol logs. The most serious accident occurred Friday night in Ellsworth County.
Ellinwood Library's upcoming hours announced
When it came to the 2015 Barton County operating budget, to say the year was difficult would be an understatement, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
Six members of Kansas Organization for Space Modeling attended the National Association of Rocketry Annual meet July 26 through Aug. 1, in Pueblo, Colo., at the Hudson Ranch site.