The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission met Thursday in Barton County, and area dignitaries joined with them in a "meet and greet" session over the noon hour.
A tip from a motorist who had just heard a description of the car involved in Sunday's drive shooting lead to the location of the vehicle Thursday morning. Authorities spent the afternoon pouring over it in hopes of finding clues in the case.
Teachers took a running start on getting ready for school to start in just a week by attending a highly motivational, week-long class offered by USD 428.
Typical of Kansas, where the weather is often either "feast or famine," conditions have gone from drought to flood warnings almost over night.
A one vehicle wreck occurred in the 300 block of north Washington, Great Bend, at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle was south bound on Washington when it lost control, entered the east ditch backwards, striking the culvert and then rolling onto its top, according to a news release by the Barton County Sheriff's office.
Authorities are seeking the public's help to locate the suspect in a Sunday drive-by shooting, as well as the identity of a passenger in the car involved in the incident.
A severe late-summer thunder storm rolled through portions of northern Barton County, and Russell and Ellsworth counties Tuesday night, bringing large hail, heavy rains and straight-line wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour.
When a community looks at marketing itself as tourism destination, there is often a disconnect between what local folks think tourists want and what tourists really want.
There's been rain, but not enough rain to make county officials comfortable with allowing open burning, unless local fire chiefs believe the conditions are right.
Bill Mead spent Tuesday afternoon in the pilot's seat. He wasn't flying, yet, but was performing a "taxi check" on his newly completed kit-built experimental aircraft. "We were just going up and down the runway," he said. The plane is a 6ES Coyote, produced by the Rans Corporation in Hays. The two-seater has a maximum speed of about 120 miles per hour and can fly as high as 14,000 feet. "It's classified as a light ...
For the most part, Unified School District 428 Curriculum Director Ruth Heinrichs' report on the school system's 2011 State Assessment Test results Monday night brought good news.
HOISINGTON -Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation reports that an unidentified male has, over the past two weeks, been making phone calls to individuals seeking donations for Kans for Kids.
Plans for a veterans memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park, located north of Great Bend, have been put on hold while the bids for construction are sent back to the Memorial Parks Advisory Committee, the Barton County Commission decided Monday.
Great Bend-based Unified School District 428 has been turned down for membership in Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League by the administrators of the so-called "super league," the School Board learned Monday night.
Great Bend Recreation Commission has purchased a portable device so it can check the heat index of any playing field, GBRC Director Diann Henderson told her board of directors Monday. The decision to cancel a game or practice is based on indexes that combine temperature and humidity. The Kansas State High School Activity Association has published charts for both hot and cold weather to show dangerous levels, Henderson said. Coaches ...
Cub Scout Pack 157's float in the Home for the Holidays Parade completes the parade theme "All I want for Christmas Is ..." with "My two front teeth." The parade got underway Saturday evening at Brit Spaugh Park, and continued down Main Street. Festivities continued in the courthouse square.
The Great Bend Tree Board received several entries to its first Trick or Tree photo contest. Here are some more of the non-winning entries.
Editor's note: This story by Esther Sayler and the accompanying tree photo won first place in the "Most Interesting Story" category of the Great Bend Tree Board's first Trick or Tree Contest, October 2013. Little Arthur (the second Arthur M. Sayler of four so named) was only 10 years old when he first saw the wonderful cottonwood tree with its dancing leaves, full- grown, standing alone in a dusty wheat field south of Albert, Kansas. ...
As the fall colors began to turn, Great Bend's Tree Board announced its first Trick or Tree photography contest. Contest coordinator Toni Rice announced the winners this past week. "We had so many wonderful entries," Rice said. Although six were named winners – and will be awarded gift certificates – Rice had many "favorites" among the submissions – which brought out the variety in species as well as the history of trees in Barton County. ...
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.