More than 30 people walked out of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, minutes after the meeting began Thursday afternoon. They had come to the meeting for one purpose: to express their dismay with last week's firing of head cheerleading coach Debbie Warren, who had been at the college for 27 years.
TOPEKA – After years of controversy and months of public comments, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Thursday announced it has issued the air quality permit for the proposed 895 megawatt coal-fired steam generating unit at the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation near Holcomb.
Canine Distemper Virus is what led to some 1,200 dogs being euthanized earlier this month in northwest Kansas, according to information released Wednesday by the Kansas Animal Health Department.
When the bison at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo started giving birth Wednesday afternoon, Zoo Director Scott Gregory was apprehensive. The animal affectionately known as "Buffy" has had two miscarriages in recent years, only with one successful pregnancy.
A local business is offering the opportunity to make the Christmas season a little brighter for some local and area youngsters.
Hard work has paid off for the schools in Unified School District 428, with all the buildings receiving some recognition by earning statewide academic awards.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are some issues that need to be addressed when getting a dog because, frankly, the decision involves years of commitment and cost.
Some of the details became public Tuesday in canine tragedy in Decatur County that came close to involving Barton County this week.
Photography students of Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek had their work accepted in the 27th Annual Five-State Photography Competition Exhibition at the Hays Arts Center Gallery, 112 E. 11th, Hays.
Can you believe it?!
It was a topic on the agenda for two area school boards Monday night, a topic very close to the hearts of a handful of parents in both districts.
Great Bend, some parents say, is losing its competitive edge with other school districts by not offering competitive sports at the seventh grade level. This was the message delivered by one of these parents who addressed the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night.
It was one of those unusual issues that you just hope is some sort of a misunderstanding, but it surely doesn't appear to be.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors received a clean 2009-10 audit report on Monday from Curtis W. Kuhn, a certified public accountant with McMillen Folkerts & Associates, P.A.
Have yourself a merry little Christmas and make someone else's Christmas merrier at the same time. All you have to do is give less than an hour a week to a child.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will see new faces in October when they visit the Hoisington Library as long term employees Pat Brown and Susan Willis officially retire at the end of September. Both have truly enjoyed assisting patrons.
Barton Community College sophomore Joy Conner used to be shy. Thanks to her involvement with theater, her shyness is a thing of the past. She'll be portraying the role of Truvy Jones in the Barton Theater production of "Steel Magnolias," a role made famous by Dolly Parton in the Hollywood movie. Barton Theater will present the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25-27 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.