Currently, the big problem for this part of the country is a lack of water, but County Engineer Clark Rusco notes that won't always be the issue and he continues to work with state and federal officials on what will happen when Barton County starts to have too much water - which will happen eventually.
At 4 a.m. Thursday, a passerby saw a newer-looking pickup on fire in a field north of Broadway Ave. The pickup was blazing and its horn was sounding as the person called 911. No one else was around. Firefighters responded to 6000 block of 16th St., and found the truck in flames. Damage was estimated at $20,000 and the cause was undetermined.
SUSANK – Things are dry in the northeast Barton County community of Susank, and they are about to get dryer. The Russell Rural Water District No. 3 based there issued a notice to its users this week requesting they do what they can to save water, a resource made more precious by the blistering hot, dry summer.
As the monarch butterflies flutter through our area on their great fall migration, four organizations have joined to celebrate the unique beauty and the endangered existence of these remarkable insects. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 24, and continuing through October, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Shafer Gallery, Barton County Arts Council and the Barton County Historical Society will team to showcase the monarchs' tale.
Those who loved Chad Roberson remember him as a fun-loving, generous man who would do anything for family - and would always help an underdog. He was a leader, protective, hard working. In the summer of 2010 he was baptized.
In a solemn ceremony remembering those lives taken and those lives given, the 9/11 Memorial for the Great Bend Airport was revealed Wednesday morning in Great Bend. It will be on permanent display in the airport.
Justices from the Kansas Court of Appeals brought their work to Great Bend Tuesday. At Barton Community College and the courthouse, justices heard arguments on cases dealing with child custody, a driving under the influence arrest, and the post-release supervision of a man convicted of a sexual offense.
Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.
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.
On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.
The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.
Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.