ANTHONY – Over 1,300 miles separate New York City and Anthony, but a bond cultivated between the communities since the 9/11 terrorist attacks erases that distance. And, as America solemnly commemorates the 10th anniversary of fateful September morning this weekend, they, along with Great Bend, will again be inexorably linked.
A Hoisington family's continuing effort to raise attention and funding for the fight against one of the dread diseases of our time was honored by the Barton County Commission this week.
Twice on Sunday, local officials will honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in the attack on America a decade ago.
When the classroom moves to the farm, kids have a lot of questions. "Does it hurt a horse when you nail a shoe to its hoof?" No "How many eggs does a queen bee lay in a day?" 2,000-3,000. "Can I hold a chicken?" Of course! Barton County's 18th annual Kids Ag Day was held Wednesday ...
Fences will be erected around the upper-level parking area at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center on Monday, Sept. 12, when the parking lot construction project will begin. But patients and their families will still be able to use the regular main entrance to the facility.
Since there is no water, there's little chance that the two minnow species that are considered endangered under Barton County's roads will be at risk this winter, but two of the county's more important bridges are endangered, and the Barton County Commission has approved a plan to get them fixed and made safer.
Three local governments will cooperate to improve access to an important local facility. The Great Bend City Council approved a cost-share plan for the improvement of the township road that leads to the Great Bend compost site. The issue was discussed by the Barton County Commission Tuesday morning and by the Great Bend City Council Tuesday night. It had been raised by the commission at its Aug. 8 meeting and the commissioners then approved the ...
A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear cases in Great Bend on Sept. 20 as part of Barton County Community College's Constitution Day activities. Oral arguments in two of the cases will be conducted in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College and in a third case at the Barton County Courthouse.
Keeping almost any organization running smoothly in today's world will include keeping up with its computer needs, and for all of the taxpayers of Barton County, that includes some recent projects under the leadership of Barton County IT Director John Debes.
Cassidy, a small, three-legged dog,belonged to a caring, elderly man. But when the man became terminally ill and entered hospice, Cassidy's fate was in jeopardy. This uncertainty weighed heavily on the owner.
Wanted: A few good performers, or at least some well-seasoned ones. After 40 years as an end-of-the-year Great Bend High School tradition, the GBHS music departments are planning the first-ever Variety Show reunion. The auditorium curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, the evening after the high school's fall homecoming. A reception for the participants and former music directors will follow. "Anyone who has ever been in the show can come in and ...
A year ago, Barton County was just being able to breathe a sigh of relief that two of its crucial rural bridge would be open in time for the fall grain harvest.
The Great Bend Fire and EMS Department is planning a short remembrance ceremony next Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. The ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at Fire Station No. One, 1205 Williams St., is in honor of all the public safety and military personnel who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, GBFD Fire Chief Mike ...
HOISINGTON - Dressed in all of their finery, eight Hoisington Labor Day princess contestants laughed, waved and enjoyed the audience on Saturday as a part of the 115th annual Hoisington Labor Day celebration.
- Three hundred and fifty Barton County second graders flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Thursday for the 2nd annual Wetlands Education Day to learn about the wild, wonderful wetlands in Barton County. It was hosted by the Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms.
Great Bend High School has announced its 2013 inductees to the GBHS Hall of Fame. Recognized will be two individuals, one who has served as a diplomat in far-flung regions of the world and one who had hand in significant medical research.
After Thanksgiving, the elves at the north pole get busy. A winter tradition, Santa's Workshop will be open from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the City Auditorium. Garet Fitzpatrick at the Great Bend Recreation Commission notes that a number of volunteers will help to transform the City Auditorium into the 17th annual Santa's Workshop, a free event "designed for preschool through sixth graders and their families and those young at heart." Enter through the ...
The newest holiday display in Great Bend is located on the north side of the courthouse square. Christina Hayes, Great Bend Community Coordinator, described the interactive light display. "We are very excited about this new feature," she said. "It's set to music where you can park your car and tune in your radio, and the lights will dance with the music." Parks Director Terry Hoff described the synchronized light show as a major addition to ...
The state's number one librarian will visit the Great Bend Public Library when it holds an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
This marks the 22nd year Farmers Bank and Trust has set up twinkling Christmas trees in their Great Bend bank locations in an effort to help give needy children in the community a brighter holiday.
Editor's note: The Kansas State Department of Education earlier this month released it's 2013 School Report Card. At first glance, it appears Kansas kids are scoring poorly compared to even a year or two ago. But with schools all over the country rolling out of the new Common Core and College and Career Readiness standards, the rules of the game have changed. The tests haven't however, and that skews the data scores are supposed to ...
The Great Bend Sports Complex will host the 2014 baseball and softball championships of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Kansas Lottery is restructuring its field staff in order to provide better service to lottery players and retailers, and increase sales and transfers to the state. As part of the restructuring, the Lottery will close its Great Bend office. The last day the office is open to the public will be December 13, 2013.
It wasn't what they were expecting.
Vandalized stop signs are once again been an issue in rural parts of Barton County, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning. Four signs were damaged in this way with six other being reported as either vandalized or wind damaged.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff. Heather Acheson, director of the humane society, compared lessons on approaching injured or stray animals to what kids learn about "stranger ...
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed both days. The Barton County Landfill will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will return to normal operational hours. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
When it comes to grants, it's not often more money is offered than originally requested. But, that is the case for a joint county/state project to improve the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
TOPEKA – There won't be an increase in Thanksgiving travel this year, but the roads and skies will still be plenty stuffed, according to AAA's annual travel forecast.