Poor management has left the Great Bend Convention Center in need of - well, in need of a lot - local officials are discovering as they work to finalize public ownership.
After launching the 2012 campaign Sept. 1, the United Way of Central Kansas has made significant headway, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said.
The body of a Great Bend man was found southwest of Great Bend by hunters Saturday morning, according to Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong.
Barton County Commissioners will not meet Monday because of the annual meeting of county officials from across the state in Topeka.
For the veterans, some still bearing the scars of their service, it was a chance to rekindle their common bond and share their experiences with others.
For years, a piece of Civil War history has, in effect, been hidden in plain sight in the Barton County courthouse square.
"Have a spoonful of kindness with your coffee in the morning," says Kirk Sinclair, who is walking the American Discovery Trail across America to promote the humanitarian needs of housing, health and hunger. Having walked from the coast, he was in Great Bend on Wednesday and Thursday.
Due to some glitches that occurred during Tuesday's testing, KDOT will be conducting another live simulation test on the 511 map (511.ksdot.org) from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Like Tuesday, fake winter road conditions will appear on the site during the test period.
Barton County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing four patrol vehicles from a Hoisington firm and will be operating some new models they haven't used before. The purchase, which came in over $80,000, was approved by the Barton County Commission this week.
Calling all retailers. The City of Great Bend is inviting business leaders in the Great Bend area to the first-ever Retailers Roundtable meeting on Monday.
Great Bend is making a revived effort to get young working adults involved in the community by reorganizing the Barton County Young Professionals group. To show prospective members what it's all about, the group will have a free membership mixer from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Straub International, 214 SW 40 Ave.
Just in time to kick off the Christmas shopping season!
County officials had almost $25,000 in worthwhile county programs that needed funding from this year's special alcohol tax funds.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about this region's juvenile service programs.)
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Barton County commissioners who attended the Kansas Association of Counties annual meeting in Wichita last week came away with two overall impressions. First, the State of Kansas is in dismal financial straits, and second, Barton County is in good shape compared to most of its 105 peers counties.
Wednesday afternoon, people reported feeling the ground shake as far north as Manhattan when a 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Conway Springs, located between 80 and 90 miles from the Oklahoma border, west of Wichita.
Barton Community College's music department will present the timeless holiday musical classic "A Christmas Carol" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in the Fine Arts Auditorium.
Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."
The holiday season is traditionally a time of joy but it also can bring heartache to those who have lost loved ones.
Many talk of living a lifestyle in communion with the earth, but few actually do that. One young couple, Liston and Calvin Marsh have made living close to their rural roots a choice.
With a splash of bold and bright colors, the art show "Drifting Down the Moonlit Path" will highlight the work of artist Jacquelyn Fisher throughout the month of November at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St. A reception will be held at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. There is no cost and wine and cheese will be served.