EMPORIA –Rural Olpe resident Linda Carson has a list of reasons why she doesn't like camping. In a colorful, zany children's book, Carson details those reasons. In Carson's book, "But I Don't Want to Go Camping!", she shares a camping trip and why she doesn't like it - bugs, weeds, dirt, bugs, weeds, bugs and dirt. "My husband and 6-year-old grandson love to go camping," Carson said. "Years ago I tried ...
This year's Halloween Parade will have to work around the construction site of the future Jack Kilby Plaza, but that shouldn't scare anyone. Plenty of volunteers will be on hand to lead children on a safe route down both sides of Main Street, where businesses will be handing out candy, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. Great Bend residents and visitors can get an early start on ...
In another step to better prepare this area for any future disasters, Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller is seeking input about Barton County residents with special needs.
The City of Russell celebrated the 100th anniversary of its electric department last month. To mark the occasion, the city will host an open house from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the plant, 133 West Eighth.
The two-plus-block stretch of Broadway Avenue in Great Bend from Polk to McKinley streets has always been intended for one lane of traffic in each direction. However, the width has caused confusion for motorists who oft treat it as a four-lane road. A project now underway should help. "It was so wide, people treated it as two lanes both ways," said Great Bend City Engineer Robert Winiecke. "We're going to try ...
Adam Longoria will return to Barton County next Thursday, when District Judge Hannelore Kitts will rule on pre-trial motions in his capital murder case. Longoria is suspected of killing 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt of Great Bend. Longoria, 36, is in the Sedgwick County Detention Facility, where he can be closer to his Wichita attorneys, Jeffrey Wicks and Tim Frieden at the Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit. ...
According to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman, voters can get an early start on the general election now, because advanced voting is open for Barton County.
The tradition of bringing Christian music lovers together for a "sing" is hardly new, but for years Lynn and Mary Chestnut had to travel for miles - sometimes to other states - to hear the Southern Gospel music they loved. All that changed in 2005, when the Great Bend couple organized a sing for central Kansas.
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.
The Kansas Lottery is restructuring its field staff in order to provide better service to lottery players and retailers, and increase sales and transfers to the state. As part of the restructuring, the Lottery will close its Great Bend office. The last day the office is open to the public will be December 13, 2013.
It wasn't what they were expecting.
Vandalized stop signs are once again been an issue in rural parts of Barton County, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning. Four signs were damaged in this way with six other being reported as either vandalized or wind damaged.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff. Heather Acheson, director of the humane society, compared lessons on approaching injured or stray animals to what kids learn about "stranger ...
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed both days. The Barton County Landfill will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will return to normal operational hours. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
When it comes to grants, it's not often more money is offered than originally requested. But, that is the case for a joint county/state project to improve the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
TOPEKA – There won't be an increase in Thanksgiving travel this year, but the roads and skies will still be plenty stuffed, according to AAA's annual travel forecast.
Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
Great Bend's holiday events calendar explodes this week as Thanksgiving and the annual Home for the Holidays celebration approaches.