Knowing something about her Mexican heritage helped Yessenia Bustamante in her quest to become this year's Cinco de Mayo Queen for Great Bend's annual celebration. But a desire to help others is what cinched the decision for the judges.
Fourty years ago, the Great Bend High School music department needed a grand piano. This need spawned a tradition that continues to this day – the annual GBHS Variety Show.
Barton County officials found this week that they can save more than $2,500 by changing how they deal with county trash.
For the second time in less than a week, local gasoline prices have increased by a dime, rising Wednesday to $3.86.
Getting ready for its warm weather busy season is requiring a great deal of extra effort for city crews, according to a report City Administrator Howard Partington prepared for the Great Bend City Council this week.
Area fourth and fifth graders braved the wind on Wednesday to spend some time learning about safety at Veteran's Park. With over 20 safety stations and demonstrations, students from three counties attended the event.
The Cinco de Mayo Committee of Great Bend will hold its 18th annual celebration on Saturday in Jack Kilby Square. The public can enjoy authentic south-of-the-border cuisine and soak in Latino culture, according to committee members Roberto Hernandez and Mercedes Helms. Activities will start at 9 a.m., with entertainment for children and booths with a variety of ethnic foods - including tamales and sea food - and other merchandise ...
Wednesday is the National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day, and Barton County rates released from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for 2009 shows work still needs to be done. "Sex has consequences" is the message this year from the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
Each year as the Relay for Life of Barton County nears, mayors of Barton County communities gather in Great Bend to support a county-wide proclamation backing the annual cancer fighting event.
For past generations, the questions were, "Where were you when President Kennedy was shot?" or "Where were you when the space shuttle Challenger exploded?"
International news in the continuing war on terror may have brought a temporary drop in the price of oil, but it was only temporary and there is no cause for celebration in regards to fuel prices, according to national experts.
Old mapping mistakes in south Hoisington were corrected when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
Broadway and Harrison will get a make-over, but there won't be any new stop signs or traffic lights. At least not yet.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office and Great Bend Police Department announced Monday they had jointly executed three narcotics-related search warrants in Great Bend. Officials said a sizeable amount of suspected narcotics was recovered, with an estimated street value of $13,000. Arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute were Mark Winholtz, 3119 25th St.; Tiffany Moore, 1019 Morphy; and Debra Holder, 5930 Eisenhower Court. Holder was also booked on child endangerment.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to one injury accident on Friday and two early Saturday. Muriel N. Hunter, 15, of Hoisington was driving north on NE 10 Ave. at 3:15 p.m. Friday and lost control of the car. The 2000 Buick went sideways, striking the embankment, and rolled while striking four fence posts. The car rolled at least two and a half times, coming to rest on its wheels. Passengers ...
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.
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.