Barton Community College students left their classrooms Wednesday to visit employers in Great Bend, during College 2 Community Day.
Local students are heading home this month with a fresh insight into how to keep their homes safe, as Fire Prevention Month continues at the Great Bend Fire Department.
Time is running out to register for the upcoming general election according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.
Although the trip to Kansas City had its share of technical difficulties, the race at the Kansas Speedway went well for the Hoisington High School Electric Car Team, HHS industrial arts teacher Ty Coker said. "The car ran excellent. We couldn't ask for a better day, even though it was rainy," said Coker. "It wasn't a concern to place; it was more of a goal to learn."
BARTON COUNTY - The Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway stretches through 77 miles of Barton and Stafford counties. And over the past year, the National Scenic Byway Committee has sought to help each of the seven corridor communities (including Great Bend, Hoisington, Claflin, Ellinwood, Hudson, St. John and Stafford) develop tourism with the help of Judy Walden, president of the Walden Mills Group.
HOLYROOD - The Unified School District 112 Central Plains Board of Education voted at its Monday meeting to change the names of three of the four schools in the new consolidated district in an unanimous vote.
Great Bend High School Activities Office secretary Lana Wolf is already busy making preparations for the induction of GBHS's Hall of Fame for 2010. She has also heard from a lot of folks making plans to attend.
At its very foundation, the Jack Kilby project in front of the Barton County Courthouse isn't costing county taxpayers a dime.
Just when you thought it was safe to go on a late vacation ...
The Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night approved a much-discussed policy governing memorials and memorial services for students and district personnel.
Full-time employees at the Great Bend Recreation Commission will each receive $250 bonuses in recognition of the work that went into opening the new GBRC Activity Center. Four seasonal, part-time employees will also receive $125 bonuses, the GBRC Board of Directors decided Monday.
The Great Bend High School debate team brought home nine awards from the Dodge City Boot Hill Invitational on Saturday. In the novice speaking awards division, Sylvia Ofoma placed third, dropping only two speaker points from a perfect speaking record of five total speaker points. Marissa Hoisington placed first with six speaking points dropping only one speaker point from a perfect record. These students won two of the three awards in this division out of 34 students.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its next competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.
Special events at two local churches will involve streets being closed later this month. Great Bend City Council members approved the closings to allow for programs that area being planned by First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway, and by First United Methodist Church, at Forest and Stone.
ELLINWOOD - A new city council member, James Cornwell, was sworn in at the regular meeting of the Ellinwood City Council last Tuesday. Cornwell was appointed by Mayor Frank Koelsch to replace Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a Barton County Commissioner in May.
The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo lost one of its older residents Monday. Barusha, an 18-year-old female lion had to be euthanized due to ill health.
The Great Bend Renaissance Fair is starting to take off, organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, in his annual request for financial assistance he asked for less than in years past.
Great Bend's historic Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip was filled to the brim this last Thursday as Hot Rod Magazine's Drag Week made a pit stop here, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.
ELLSWORTH - A man and woman from Russell died Sunday in a two-vehicle collision at the K-14/K-156 junction, 1.5 miles south of Ellsworth.
As of Monday, not only will be illegal to light up in county buildings, but the use of electronic cigarettes will also be banned.
Some southwest Barton County residents who had complained about the condition of township gravel roads got some good news at the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Photos taken Sept. 13, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Story Time to begin at library
ELLINWOOD - At a meeting with a light agenda, the USD 355 Ellinwood School Board celebrated successes at its regular meeting on Monday.
Most Kansas festival planners are at the mercy of Mother Nature to some degree, especially when nature is the featured attraction. Saturday's weather, an early taste of fall, was perfect for most humans attending the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual fall Butterfly Festival. Those who wished they'd brought a jacket could sip coffee or hot chocolate indoors before heading outdoors in the 55-degree weather.
Boot kicking cowboy fun will entertain the entire family at the second annual Healing Hearts Ranch Rodeo fund raiser scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Barton County Fair Grounds, Arena Expo Complex. Real cowboys will show real ranch activities.
Each member of Linda Feist's family has favorite recollections of the event but two highlights were the Memory Box and the burning of a letter.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.