Before a packed Highland Hotel banquet hall Friday afternoon, Great Bend High School recognized will be two of its own, one who has touched the lives of students and one who has served presidents.
Donnie Lang was driving home with his wife Saturday night when the windshield on their Dodge truck seemed to explode.
With a high-pitched whine and roar, the gleaming 737-200 touched down at Great Bend Municipal Airport at about noon Thursday.
The Tuesday filing for bankruptcy protection by Great Bend-based Fuller Brush and its Leicester, NY-based parent company CPAC should have little impact on the day-to-day operation at Fuller's Great Bend headquarters, a local Fuller official said Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Fuller Brush Man is calling ... on bankruptcy court.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the development of the Great Bend Convention Center.)
Ticket sales for the 54th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day are under way, with members reporting nearly 1,800 of the $3 tickets sold in the first week, according to Paul Maneth, cochairman of the annual fundraiser. Pancakes will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Expo I Building west of Great Bend.
The landing of a privately owned 737-200 jet scheduled to touch down at Great Bend Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon has been postponed, said airport Manager Martin Miller.
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - A young female snowy owl was found wounded at Cheyenne Bottoms last week by Hoisington resident Dr. Dan Witt and taken to the Raptor Center in Great Bend where it later died during surgery.
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a snowy owl found shot to death last week at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend probably was shot by a poacher.
Barton County Finance Officer Janet Crane will be leaving her county position this week to take up a private sector job, the Barton County Commission was told Tuesday.
An increase of more than 20 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline in less than a month hasn't been the common experience in recent months, but it is what's happened already in Great Bend in February and nationally there is already the suggestion that drivers will see $5 per gallon by Memorial Day - not $4, but $5.
The Great Bend Municipal Airport is making preparations for a rather large guest Wednesday afternoon.
A radio tower atop St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center will be the new home of a repeater for the Unified School District 428's in-district radios, the School Board decided Tuesday.
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Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.