PAWNEE ROCK - The cause of a fire that destroyed a trailer house at 408 Cunife St. last Friday night has been ruled "undetermined," Pawnee Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Chambers said Monday.
BARTON COUNTY - Transcending politics, Gov. Sam Brownback hosted an ecotourism summit at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday.
The pilots huddled around the tabled in a cramped break room at the Great Bend Municipal airport Saturday evening. As if preparing for a military operation, they planned how the two World War II war birds would coordinate their passes over downtown Great Bend as part of the dedication of the Jack Kilby statues.
Great Bend celebrated the achievements of one of its own on a calm and peaceful Saturday evening when the new Jack Kilby sculptures were commemorated.
The deadline may be a month away, but those thinking about running for public office and want to be included in the August primary need file sooner rather than later, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton County clerk and election officer.
Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on June 2 at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing in June and July in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series on Thursday evenings.
As a lifelong "Great Bender" and a child of the 1960s, artist Chet Cale was like most other locals from his generation.
The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the city office building, 1209 Williams, to consider a request to shoot off fireworks in conjunction with the Jack Kilby Day celebration Saturday.
Rabies cases are on the upswing this year, most likely due to the mild winter, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A total of 21 cases have been identified in the state since Jan. 1.
Barton Community College will host its fifth annual Sidewalk Art Contest May 2 and 3 on the sidewalk outside the Shafer Art Gallery.
Barton Community College has received a report on its strengths and "opportunities for improvement" in more than 100 areas.
The second phase in the two-year effort by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee to enhance the Great Bend Public Library's exterior is almost done.
The first week of May is Art Week at Barton Community College.
TOPEKA - Larned State Hospital officials say they need an additional $2.1 million to offset staffing shortfalls cited during a recent accreditation survey.
When Mark Brown asked 100 Great Bend fourth and fifth graders to stand if they know someone who is being bullied, teased or excluded in their schools, about 90 of them rose to their feet.
The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday published a decision that upholds convictions of Kenneth "Kenny" D. Crawford, 59, for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and threatening a 12-year-old girl in Barton County in 2005.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will see new faces in October when they visit the Hoisington Library as long term employees Pat Brown and Susan Willis officially retire at the end of September. Both have truly enjoyed assisting patrons.
Barton Community College sophomore Joy Conner used to be shy. Thanks to her involvement with theater, her shyness is a thing of the past. She'll be portraying the role of Truvy Jones in the Barton Theater production of "Steel Magnolias," a role made famous by Dolly Parton in the Hollywood movie. Barton Theater will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.