The tax refund amount that was presented to the Barton County Commission this week seemed large, and it was, but it represented a reality about the oil industry, the commissioners were told.
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.
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 Firefighters were able to save a mobile home Monday morning after a buildup of lint ignited behind a dryer. The call to 5540 Second St. Unit F was reported at 8:35 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find light smoke throughout the house.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Before he goes on trial for first degree murder, Jeffrey Wade Chapman wants a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover a prominent "Murder" tattoo on his neck.
In an effort to help to continue to spur growth in Hoisington, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an interlocal agreement with that city.
Children at Tiffany's Day Care in the 900 block of Williams enjoy an early Easter visit from the Easter Bunny. The business is operated by Tiffany Nily.
It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.
Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.
When Great Bend was first chartered, most people walked from point A to point B. It was the norm for home builders to install wide sidewalks and buffer strips between the walk and the road in most parts of the city.
ELLINWOOD - Saturday at 3:55 a.m. Ellinwood Officer Renfro attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction. The vehicle refused to stop and a short chase ensued, ending in the driver, Dalton Staudinger, loosing control of the vehicle and hitting a carport and fence in the 200 block of North Wilhelm.
HOISINGTON - Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
Great Bend Community Theatre members take the stage this week with "Becky's New Car," a comedic cruise by playwright Steven Dietz.
The Barton Community College Planetarium is getting a "re-boot," as the staff is calling it.
Maybe you've noticed the Earth Day poster art blooming in downtown Great Bend this spring. Wondering where all that art is coming from? Each poster is an original picture by one of over 30 young artists from Holy Family School in Great Bend.
LARNED – Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan joined staff and members of the community Thursday to observe and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Larned State Hospital.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.