Barton County could see a funding increase of more than $40,000 a year due to changes that are coming in how cell phones are taxed.
Some people sip eggnog; others watch "It's a Wonderful Life."
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County would like to announce that its board of directors has officially approved a recommendation from its family selection committee for its next partner family. There were numerous applications received from area families for the home being constructed near 19th & Hubbard in Great Bend. And one of those applicants is receiving one of the greatest Christmas gifts a person can get. "We think the timing on this announcement couldn't be better," says Habitat President Rachel Mawhirter. "What better gift than the safety and security of a new home."
Local officials are throwing their support behind an effort to improve mass transportation for local seniors.
A Denver, Colo., band that is hitting the country music charts will put on a benefit concert in Great Bend next month for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.
Barton County Communications and responders were kept busy for more than two hours early Wednesday, after a 24-year-old woman called 911 from her cell phone and said something that sounded like "I am hurt."
Local bikers teamed up with Santa and Mrs. Claus to bring at least a hint of holiday cheer to hospital patients in Barton County. Members from two area motorcycle clubs – Bikers of Central Kansas and Sidewinders of Kansas – spent Sunday afternoon delivering special Christmas ornaments to the three hospitals in the county: Clara Barton Hospital, Ellinwood District Hospital, and Great Bend Regional Hospital.
Proposed amendments to the Barton County zoning regulations, impacting group homes in the county, which were not accepted by the Barton County Commission in November and which were sent back to the Planning Commission were amended and then this week they were approved by the commission..
The unemployment rate in Kansas continued its slow downward trek in November, the Kansas Department of Labor announced Monday. This marked the third straight month with lower jobless numbers and more Kansans entering the workforce.
Great Bend High School's Madrigals close out the school year with a performance for the Noon Kiwanis club, Wednesday at Montana Mike's restaurant. Musical programs were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday because of snow.
City Administrator Howard Partington summarized weeks of effort and hours of discussion in a single statement Monday night when the Great Bend City Council was discussing what to do about city employee health insurance.
An Otis woman died Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Rush County.
The City of Great Bend and Unified School District 428 will say farewell to Great Bend Police Officer Mark Bretches on Thursday, with a reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Front Door, 1615 10th St.
It didn't take long for the winter storm that started whipping through central Kansas Monday afternoon to wreak havoc for safety personnel.
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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.