Years ago, it was a major business.
Angel Armendariz-Galindo was in junior high school, thinking about getting his driver's license, when he first realized his family lived in the shadows.
As families gather to share in the spirit of Christmas this month, many of them also will be remembering loved ones who have passed away.
ABILENE - Seventy years ago today marked the "date that will live infamy."
First-class U.S. mail could slow even more by next spring under plans by the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service to eliminate more than 250 processing centers. Nearly 30,000 workers would be laid off, too, as the post office struggles to respond to a shift to online communication and bill payments.
Great Bend City Council members approved moving ahead the issuance of industrial revenue bonds and other incentives to help bring a six-screen theater to downtown Great Bend.
It was good news that caused the Barton County Commissioners to hold a budget amendment hearing Monday morning.
HOISINGTON - A fierce-looking 125 pound German shepherd with ears about the size of an adult's hand, bounds for the door of the Hoisington Power Plant at the sound of strangers approaching, barking loudly and warning employees. His job done, and after some petting, he flops down in the main office on the floor.
Trustees at Barton Community College have changed the date of their December business meeting, and may move their January study session to Topeka, where they hope to repeat last year's visit to the Capitol.
The 15th annual Santa's Workshop event will take place Monday evening at the City Auditorium.
In the state's latest pretrial motion for the capital murder case of Adam Longoria, prosecutors disagree with the defense's request for jurors to be compensated at their current wages and reimbursed for day-care costs.
It's difficult for the organizers to believe it, but it's been 20 years since a local Christmas giving program was initiated.
County departments moved ahead with projects this week, with major purchases approved by the Barton County Commission.
Barton Community College will spend about $200,000 to update its Student Union, college trustees learned Thursday at their monthly study session.
HOISINGTON - Three arrests were made Wednesday at a Hoisington residence, where authorities said a woman was held against her will and forced to use drugs.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The Barton County Road and Bridge department is in the middle of the summer sealing season. This is the time when crews tackle a portion of the county's nearly 400 miles of blacktop roads.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 7
This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County was $104,000. All the money has now been turned in and the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser fell a little short, netting $92,000.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain her enthusiasm during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Several steps were taken Monday night to move along the development of the new apartment complex on Grant Street, known as the Reserves at Trail Ridge. The action came during the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In addition to the Grant Street apartment complex, another housing development was a topic at Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting. Adopted was a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a $300,000 2014 Moderate Income Housing Grant related to the construction of six market-rate four-plexes at 28th and Washington.
HAYS - A Great Bend man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for causing a fatal accident last September, when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A memorial fund has been set up for the children of a Reno County jail deputy and his wife who died in a motorcycle crash during the weekend.