Leanda Ditus and Iola Titsworth, who share their Great Bend home and their friendship, are now sharing the recognition of the Focus on Abilities award. Both women's background includes institutionalization but now they are enjoying a place of their own.
A Great Bend man was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital after jumping from a window in a burning house Thursday evening, Great Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Robison said. Another man stayed inside the one-story house at 1308 Eighth St. and apparently suffered no injury, refusing treatment at the scene.
Just in case you couldn't figure out how on earth you were going to spend that huge Christmas bonus this year, the issue is on its way to getting solved.
Barton County will continue to support economical development efforts performed by Great Plains Development, the Barton County Commission decided this week.
This creche is one of several on display at the Barton County Historical Society Museum. Holiday trees and other winter touches have been added to exhibits throughout the museum, located just south of Great Bend on U.S. 281.
Two birds of prey - raptors - rehabilitated from recent injuries, were released back into the wild Wednesday near Larned, and an injured falcon found its was to Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Many parts of the nation have been hit hard with bad weather recently and now snow is in the forecast for Kansas. Local and state safety officials are urging everyone to check their emergency supplies in their home and automobile, particularly if you are planning to travel over the holiday weekend.
There are no locks on the courthouse square, so it's not like anyone is going to show up and find that their keys no longer work, but the Kansas Supreme Court says the property belongs to the county, not the city.
It may well be that the old saying is correct, that the world's smallest club is made up of people who believe they get paid too much.
Motorists be advised. The end of the winter recess brings the beginning of a new school zone.
It's like a 3-D aerial photo except in this version of the Veteran's Park complex, everything is completely edible.
The city has backed up its schedule on the installation of traffic signals at Broadway and Harrison, it was announced at this week's Great Bend City Council meeting.
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of things families can do together during the winter break.
Tre' Stevenson knew first hand what it was like to go without at Christmas time, having watched family members who didn't have presents to unwrap.
The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will be holding its 15th-annual Farm Safety Awareness Day Tuesday, March 4, at Barton Community College in the Case IH Technical training building.
First Kansas Bank of Great Bend has agreed to acquire Bank of America branches in Great Bend and Hays, local bank officials announced Wednesday.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.
Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.