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 ...
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment last Wednesday suspended the licence for Schloemer Day Care Home, a licensed day care facility operated by Annette Schloemer located at 1027 Garfield, Great Bend.
A warrant has been issued for a Great Bend man as a suspect in the Sunday morning drive-by shooting in southeast Great Bend, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said. Meanwhile, the Great Bend Police Department is continuing its investigation into the incident.
It has been a labor of love in more ways than one. This past week, members of the committee that planned a farmers' memorial for 10th and K-96 in Great Bend, finally got a sneak peak at what the finished product is going to look like. And they were impressed, to say the least. The huge stainless steel artwork - depicting an early-day farmer, plowing with a team of draft horses - is being created ...
A rural Great Bend man died Saturday morning after a police pursuit ended in a head-on collision with a semi-trailer. Kansas Highway Patrol reports Ryan L. Byers, 21, died at the scene in Rice County. The semi was driven by Scott D. Zwick, 51, of Lyons, who was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. A spokesman for the hospital said records show a 51-year-old man from Lyons was treated ...
There were some tense moments at the Great Bend Municipal Airport over the past couple weeks as the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration threatened jobs and funding to some smaller airports.
Plans for a county effort to honor local military veterans will be discussed when the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday in the courthouse.
An 11-year-old cougar that was rescued from the exotic pet trade years ago is headed to a new life. But before "Phoenix" is released to an exotic animal lodge in Texas, the cougar could spend up to a year at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Pending final paperwork, the cougar will be sent to Great Bend next month, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. It will need some "down time" away ...
Monday was Leonard Kaiser's final meeting as a board member of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, at least for now. The outgoing board member received a plaque for 17 years of service.
It should become easier to located offices in the Barton County Courthouse.
"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
Christmas came early for several local charities Wednesday morning as Farmers Bank and Trust held its 17th-annual Holiday Charity Coffee.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
Author Tammy Pugh.
David Nichols, 30, of Hoisington was seriously injured Wednesday in a rollover accident on West K-4 near NW 100 Ave. According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, Nichols was driving a Ford F-250 truck that slid on a patch of ice around 6:26 a.m. The truck slid into the ditch and rolled, ejecting the driver.
Citing violations of wing deicing procedures in 19 flights originating Hays, the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $304,000 civil penalty against Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Great Lakes Aviation. The airline also operates out of Great Bend Municipal Airport, but this location was not mentioned in the FAA action.
One of the new animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is a 6-month-old African serval cat named Akida. This male cat was shipped to the zoo from New Zealand and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he will try to find a female from another zoo so they can attempt to breed the pair. Although the zoo already has a female serval, she dates to an earlier time when zoo record keeping was not as ...
The Central Kansas Dream Center continues offering help and hope to those hurting people who have fallen through the cracks of the system. And with that thought in mind plans have begun for a unit for young adults aging out of foster care, called the Dream Center Living Youth.
TULSA, Okla. – This past weekend, Alex and Devin Randolph of Great Bend competed in both the 2013 USA BMX Grand Nationals and the Race of Champions Presidents Cup in Tulsa, Okla. These two races are the "big show" for BMX (bicycle motocross) racing, said their father Delbert Randolph.
Montara Johanson is praying for a Christmas miracle.
A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.