By Jim Misunas
The administrators of Barton Community College say that surveys show students have a positive rating of their "Barton Experience."
LORRAINE - The United States Post Office is considering possibly closing 3,653 offices, branches and stations including central Kansas locations such as Alden, Belpre, Burdett, Garfield, Lorraine, Olmitz, Paradise, Pawnee Rock and Sylvia .
HOLYROOD-The winners from this past weekend's events at the Holyrood 125th Jubilee events have been announced.
The Barton County Commission will consider its 2012 county operating budget on Aug. 15, however the decision just to officially publish that budget took two votes to be adopted this week.
Legion Riders and members of the Patriot Guard from Great Bend and surrounding area will join fellow bikers from across the state at a once-in-a-lifetime celebration – the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the official Kansas 9/11 Memorial in Anthony.
It's not just here.
If the number of e-mails he's received are any indication, there is swelling support in Kansas for a new law that would set guidelines on how long a parent can wait until they report a child missing, said state Rep. Bill Wolf.
HOLYROOD – As Old Glory came into view people rose from their seats and with hands over their hearts watched silently as members of American Legion Post 200 lead Saturday's grand parade celebrating Holyrood's 125th Jubilee.
Barton County Area Habitat for Humanity is looking for the right family to help get into their own home, according to Barry Bowers, one of the directors of the local organization.
Even before the most recent instance of a child being left in a closed car hit the state news, Kansas officials were active, warning adults to be aware of the danger that is posed by such actions.
Telephone and personal visitation privileges for capital murder suspect Adam Joseph Longoria have been severed, except for arranged visits from immediate family.
Barton Community College has released the second annual edition of Prairie Ink, the college's literary annual, Vice President Penny Quinn said.
WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.
The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.
Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.
After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.
Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.
Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.
ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.
Credit Union of America's Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.
Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It's part of this year's "heritage" theme.
HOISINGTON - Two injuries were reported Wednesday after a motorist in a Jeep pulled in front of a Peterbilt semitrailer at 12:35 p.m. at NE 10 Ave. and NE 100 Road, near Hoisington.
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.
Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.