Numerous fire calls over the weekend were related to fireworks. Great Bend Fire Department Chief Mike Napolitano said there were at least 20 fireworks-related fires between 12:15 a.m. Sunday 12:10 a.m. Tuesday - 14 in Great Bend and six in the county.
The extended Fourth of July weekend was an especially deadly one across Kansas, with several reports of drownings, both in lakes and at private residences.
DODGE CITY – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service paired with the city of Dodge City on June 24 to host a special naturalization ceremony as part of the Kansas Sesquicentennial celebration.
In the waning days World War II, the Japanese remained well entrenched in the rugged islands of the South Pacific, forcing American Marines to dig, blast and burn them out one rock at a time.
You'd have to have been living in an air conditioned bomb shelter to have missed the dangerously hot weather that has been afflicting this region over the past couple of weeks.
ELLINWOOD - Known for an attitude of service, hospitality and gratefulness, and great advocates for the benefits of 4-H, Marion and Vernon DeWerff have been chosen as Grand Marshals for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival, July 14-16.
ELLINWOOD - The year was 1950, and in November of that year, the United States was mired in battle in Korea, fighting the spread of Communism. Two young men from Barton County answered the call to service and paid the highest price.
Fireworks tend to be a take-it or leave-it phenomenon.
The Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc. employees celebrated the completion of the clinic expansion project on Thursday at a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce After Hours. The building is now 12,000 square feet, doubling its size, and eight exam rooms have been added for a total of 17.
A partial human skull discovered last December on the Wet Walnut Creek belonged to an American Indian male who probably died before 1900, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.
Great Bend has gone without a public fireworks display for the two years, but the Fourth of July show will return Monday night at the Expo Complex west of town.
Starting today, Kansans will pay a little more to get married, file a case in court or get a vehicle VIN inspection.
The penalty for driving under the influence in Kansas got tougher today, with offenders required to use devices on their vehicles to prevent them from driving while intoxicated.
A long-time local manufacturing facility, one with international business ties, got the approval of the Great Bend City Council for its part in an effort to secure its place in the 21st Century business model.
A robber who reportedly grabbed a bag of cash from the Best Western office Tuesday morning escaped on a bicycle, according to information from Detective David Bailey at the Great Bend Police Department.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.