As residents of other parts of the state have already learned, painfully, the severe weather season is upon us, and state and local officials will cooperate to provide free training on severe weather issues this week.
Arrangements are in the works for Barton County taxpayers to get their annual property valuations in the mail, but it's going to be a little later than normal, due to many changes that the county staff continue to address, County Appraiser Barbara Konrade told the Barton County Commission Monday.
Members of the Young Professionals group took one of their goals to heart over the weekend by helping work on a Habitat for Humanity house.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Rural Hoisington farmer Dean Stoskopf had the opportunity to provide input to federal lawmakers on what the 2012 Farm Bill should look like. He testified earlier this week before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on the hotly debated legislation.
Adding a new meaning to taking a scenic tour of central/western Kansas, the first annual June Jaunt will be held June 1-3 to discover the history, science, antique shopping, music, art and food in authentic rural Kansas. "Get your fix on K-96" is the theme.
The Kansas Highway Patrol will be watching area high schools this month, making an extra effort to enforce seat belt laws.
Danny Cahill achieved fame when he lost 239 pounds in six and a half months to become the Season 8 winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Over 15 years, Cahill estimates he's lost at least half a ton - lost weight and regained it, that is. "In the long run, it would be better to lose the 'quit.'" he said. "Lose Your Quit" has become his message for success in weight loss or any other venture.
The probe continues into an alleged embezzlement from the Great Bend Credit Union of America branch, however Kansas Bureau of Investigation officials declined to comment further the case.
The prosecution will be allowed to use cell phone text messages as evidence during Adam Longoria's murder trial, Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts ruled Thursday.
The curtain will rise at 2 p.m. Sunday for the first of three performances of "The Love of Three Oranges" by Hilary DePiano, the Great Bend High School spring play. It can also be seen at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and are available at the door.
A pretrial hearing for Adam Longoria wrapped up around 2:15 p.m. Thursday, with the courtroom remaining open to the public. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense indicated they are still trying to reach an agreement on certain issues without resorting to a closed hearing.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
ELLINWOOD - A national retail store is coming to Ellinwood, the city has announced. A closing date on the sale of property has been set for Nov. 6.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Oct. 2
Great Bend Fire/EMS
Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.