The RSVP van is ready for service after a long process of renovation and repair, said Donna Baugh, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Volunteers who drive people to medical appointments can use the vehicle. "The van has a wheelchair lift, which increases our ability to transport Barton County residents to medical appointments in and out of county," Baugh said. On Tuesday, five volunteer drivers attended a short ...
Tuition at Barton Community College will increase by $3 per credit hour this fall, but Barton County residents will receive a $3 per credit scholarship to offset the increase. The college's board of trustees approved new tuition rates when it met Thursday. Each credit for Kansas residents will now cost $57, but Barton County residents will end up paying only $54 after the scholarship, according to Dean of Administration ...
Since retiring as police chief of Sterling, four years ago, one of the things Ronald Groth enjoys is playing lottery tickets. His enjoyment turned to excitement this week when he scratched off a $5,000 winning ticket.
This week, Barton County officials accomplished more in the continuing effort to get improved radio coverage for emergency services in the county.
BARTON COUNTY - Historic limestone bridges built in the late 1930s and early 1940s by the Works Progress Administration in northern Barton County may once again echo with the sounds of chisels, concrete being poured and reconstruction, as plans are being drawn to repair the old bridges.
For the second year in a row, Great Bend High School art student Catherine Nelson won Best of Show in the three-dimensional division of the Shafer Gallery's Barton County High School Juried Art Exhibition. This year she received the award for a stoneware piece titled "Would You Like to Hear a Story?"
The Great Bend Jazz Festival has received an infusion of youthful talent this year. The Kansas City Youth Jazz Reno Band and the Friends University Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Ensemble with perform Saturday, April 2, at the Crest Theater. The evening of jazz music starts at 7:30 p.m. When the doors open at 7 p.m., the public can purchase adult tickets for $10, and student tickets ...
The next public input session to discuss proposed changes to the intersection of Broadway and Harrison, is coming up Wednesday evening, according to City Engineer Robert Winiecke. The meeting will run from 6-7 p.m. in the council chambers at the city building, 1209 Williams.
County officials and volunteers have been working for years on a project that is finally coming to fulfilment.
A sparse crowd of curious Barton County voters gathered in Great Bend's Crest Theater Tuesday night. Attending the Great Bend League of Women Voters Forum, they hoped to gain insight into where various local candidates stood on issues facing the area.
Kansas labor officials are pinning January's larger-than-anticipated rise in the state's unemployment rate on weather and the end of holiday hiring, not on the lingering impact of the recession. The January 2011 jobless rate was 7.4 percent, up from 6.4 in December 2010 but down from 7.1 percent in January 2010.
Barton County Commissioners accepted a bid from a local contracting firm to take on a project to remodel the Barton County Treasurer's Office in order to make room for state-mandated computer equipment changes.
Barton Community College's Cohen Center for Kansas History now has two resources that give the public the ability to study and preserve historical documents and other papers, making them available to future generations when otherwise those pieces of history would eventually be lost.
University of Kansas basketball players will meet the public and play a game with local all stars at the annual KU Barnstorming Tour, Sunday, April 17 in the gym of the Barton Community College Kirkman Center. Diann Henderson, executive director of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, discussed the upcoming fundraiser at Monday's GBRC Board of Directors meeting. Tickets for a suggested donation of $8 will go on sale soon, with proceeds ...
Local officials have signed off on a statewide program that is aimed at getting more people to be able to afford air transportation out of Wichita. The Great Bend City Council voted to support the Affordable Air Fares for Kansans program, that is aimed at encouraging use of the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita. City Administrator Howard Partington noted the Wichita flights are already important to local businesses and will presumably become more so in the ...
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.
TOPEKA – There won't be an increase in Thanksgiving travel this year, but the roads and skies will still be plenty stuffed, according to AAA's annual travel forecast.
Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
Great Bend's holiday events calendar explodes this week as Thanksgiving and the annual Home for the Holidays celebration approaches.