When the high temperature is near or at the century mark, it doesn't take long for a non-air conditioned structure to get too hot for comfort.
Bad news around the world has brought good news for local drivers, as fuel prices continued to drop over the weekend, bringing Great Bend back under $3.50 per gallon.
This is where the rubber meets the road. The second-annual Relay for Life of Barton County bicycle poker run is set for Saturday, June 25, at Brit Spaugh Park.
Barton Community College will soon receive a $50,000 check, the latest dividend on a $125,000 investment made in 1999. While that may seem like a pretty good return, college officials hinted last week that Barton's arrangement with EduKan - the online education consortium paying the dividend -- may need to change in the future. However, trustees were mostly positive when they met with Dr. Mark Sarver, EduKan director. EduKan ...
Trustees of Barton Community College have approved a "mission of purpose" statement for a future Camp Aldrich advisory committee that will have input on the future of the college-owned conference center/camp facility located near Cheyenne Bottoms. The action taken at Thursday's board meeting is the first step in the creation of the committee. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman will now begin looking for possible advisory board members. Board members ...
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has submitted a request to FEMA Region VII to request joint Preliminary Damage Assessments be conducted in five additional counties for damages to public infrastructure resulting from storms beginning May 19 and continuing. The counties are Ellis, Hamilton, Morton, Stanton and Washington.
Wheelchair-bound since her 20s, Tiffany Nickel continues to teach special education in Wichita. Even her disability can't squelch her passion to teach.
County officials may be seen around property in the county as reinspection is carried out, according to a report from Barton County Appraiser Barbara Konrade.
Three people died and two more were injured Tuesday evening, when a pickup struck a farm tractor on K-4 in Rush County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m., three miles east of the K-4 junction with U.S. 183. A GMC pickup driven by Raymond Eugene Redding, 55, of Hays, and a John Deere tractor driven by Don C. Hardy, 83, of Bison, were both westbound when ...
The Internal Revenue Service has posted a list of organizations that have lost their tax-exempt nonprofit status, including Great Bend's Downtown Development Inc. Most of the organizations on the list had their status lapse last October, because they missed a tax filing deadline. Donors who contributed to at-risk organizations were protected until the final revocation list was published, according to information from the IRS. If an organization ...
Barton County will continue to support a regional program that has shown it can help get new business starts in this part of the state.
Criminal damage to property at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo was discovered Monday morning. Damage was estimated at $1,500. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said someone broke in, trampled a number of flower beds and scratched an exhibit, causing minor damage. No animals were injured. "The big vandalism came to our Polaris, the vehicle the keepers use to drive around the zoo," he said. It was hot wired ...
A Great Bend man has been charged in U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Michael L. Wintholz was booked into the Barton County Jail on Monday, to be held without bond for the federal indictment. Undersheriff Larry Holliday said local law enforcement received the warrant information around noon Monday. Not long after that, "a citizen reported he was at a business." He was arrested ...
Diving boards are out, slides are 10 minutes ago, and climbing walls are the next big thing at Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility. A climbing wall at the deep end of the big pool is the newest feature at the Wetlands, Aquatics Director Paige Achatz said. Kids can climb about 8 feet above the water. The wall is made ...
The 17th-annual Relay for Life of Barton County cleared its first hurdle when the weather cooperated to give organizers ideal conditions this past weekend for their over-night cancer-fighting event.
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.