USD 428 Great Bend has a new Superintendent of Schools. Monday night, the B.O.E. held a special called meeting to unanimously approve a motion to enter into an agreement with Dr. Brad Reed. He will step into the position July 1, 2014. Long-time Superintendent Tom Vernon announced in September his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. He plans to stay in the community.
The Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 is just days away, and Great Bend native Dr. Bryan Pinkall is hard at work to help stage in Sochi, Russia. The opening ceremony will start at 11:14 a.m., local time, on Friday, Feb. 7.
The fourth-ranked Wichita State University Shockers men's basketball team, which beat Drake over the weekend to run its record to 21-0, has become a marquee opponent on everybody's schedule. Along with top-ranked Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse, the Shockers are among three unbeaten teams left in men's Division I basketball. Considering the weakened state of the Missouri Valley Conference and the schedule they still have left, there's a good chance Wichita State will become the first team to enter the NCAA tournament with an unblemished record since UNLV in 1991.
For yet another year, the Barton County Soil Conservation District held its annual meeting Saturday night under a cloud of uncertainty.
It was a time to recognize their own for their dedication and service to Barton County. At the Barton County Commission Monday morning, county officials presented an Employee Recognition Award and several longevity honors.
A southwesterly wind was whistling and the wind chill dipped below zero.
Earlier this month, on Jan. 7, Marmies Great Bend took possession of a very special vehicle, purchased August 10, 2013, by Donald and Kathleen Damon, owners of D & B Motors, LLC of Great Bend, from the Reno/ Tahoe Barrett-Jackson Auction. The 2014MY Ford Shelby GT500 convertible brought in $500,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America. Thursday, Jan. 9, the Damons were met by Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison, who handed them the keys, and offered his appreciation for their continued economic and charitable activity.
Chris Schneider winces every time his office phone rings.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School/Community Library has been chosen as one of six libraries in the state to host the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Institution exhibit from Jan. 31 to March 15, 2015.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and passed on a chance to buy less expensive vehicles from eastern Kansas venders, and accepted local bids.
This much is for sure: It's a Friday Thing and it will be on Fridays.
LARNED - A decorated Marine who lost both his legs above the knee to an explosive while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 is scheduled to stop in Larned Friday. He's embarked on a 5,400 mile bicycle route to raise money and awareness for American veterans.
The fate of the old opera house building at the corner of Williams and Forest remains in limbo, according to City Inspector Lee Schneider.
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 Community College will help area high school seniors figure out what they want to do with their futures at the annual "Senior Day," starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, with a sign-up deadline of Feb. 1.
Great Bend city officials understand how important Veterans Memorial Lake is to the community and they want residents to understand what is happing with the popular recreational area.
The counties of Kansas are again finding themselves at odds with state lawmakers in Topeka as a bill that would eliminate the mortgage registration fee is winding its way through the Senate.
The venerable Moses Band Shell, a center piece of the Barton County Courthouse Square and the focus of civic celebrations year-round for nearly 90 years, may be in for face lift, the City Council decided Monday night.
Hoisington police officer and former Barton County Undersheriff Larry Holliday Jr. was arrested following an injury accident early Saturday in northern Barton County.
Great Bend Public Library staff celebrated the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday with a party for children. "Miss Amanda," as children's librarian Amanda Moran-Jones is known, read the Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," and then The Cat in the Hat invited the children to sample the same dish - scrambled eggs with green food coloring.
Chelsea A. Kaundart, 21, was traveling southbound on Washington in the 300 block and lost control on the snow and ice at about 3 p.m. on Sunday. The vehicle then crossed the center line and entered the east ditch sideways striking a cedar tree, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log.
BELLEVUE, Tenn. - Belmont University student Katie Keast, a Larned native, delivered an inspirational message during a Memorial Service for the Mull and Harter families Saturday night.
Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips offered some winter weather advice to motorists during Monday morning's Barton County Commission meeting – as long as it continues to snow, keep the headlights on.
Even with a fresh dusting of snow on the ground Monday morning, spring and the threat of turbulent lies weather ahead, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller. So, the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation marking this as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the county.
"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island," Walt Disney is quoted as having said. And soon, foster kids in Great Bend will be receiving some of that loot.
BELLEVUE, Tenn. - The preliminary investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board indicated the plane crash that killed four Kansans crashed nine miles from the John C. Tune Airport in Nashville.
Before you could make a trip to your local department store and pick up a $5 throw rug for your entry, the bathroom or the kitchen, it was up to people to make their own. It was a common skill most women and some men learned before they married, said Heartland Farm's Sister Jane Belanger, O.P. She helped students attending Fiber Space 2014 workshops on weaving recapture those skills.
HOISINGTON - Joining Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) at Saturday's Legislative Coffee in Hoisington was Kansas Board of Education member Sally Cauble (R-Dodge City).
The Friends of the Great Bend Public Library meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 2, has been canceled.
Experiencing a warm loving atmosphere is common for many children. Yet for some children, victims of child abuse and neglect, who end up in the foster care system, those loving touches may be few and far between.