It's not only fire that firefighters are concerned about, as they attempt to continue to educate the community during Fire Prevention Month.
Improvements that were recently completed at the Great Bend Municipal Airport made history for the local facility, but also for the state of Kansas, according to Airport Manager Martin Miller.
The Hon. Mike Keeley, chief judge of the 20th Judicial District, will sit with the state Supreme Court Friday, Oct. 29, to hear appeals in three matters on the Court's docket.
Cheryl Unruh praises Kansas, its beauty, people and lifestyle, in her new book, "Flyover People - Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State." The Pawnee Rock native who now lives in Emporia will sign copies of the book, published in August, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mystic Trove Book Boutique, 422 Broadway in Larned.
Fort Hays State University's Concert Choir and Fort Hays Singers will woo audience members with the concert "Matters of the Heart," comprised of international selections from Africa to Israel at the fall Band and Choir Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus.
On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Great Bend high school debate team traveled to Bishop Carroll High School, Wichita, and tied for third overall in sweepstakes with Moundridge. There were 22 other schools at the tournament. Moundridge and Great Bend both had 11 wins and four losses on the school's total win-loss record. The tie was broken by the school's opposition record.
Area community officials, business leaders and residents are being encouraged to participate in an upcoming Kansas Department of Transportation meeting in Hutchinson to support the next phase of state highway construction to include a project between Hutchinson and Sterling as part of the continued effort to improve transportation in this part of the state.
The issue of "when" on the implementation of traffic signals at Broadway and Harrison was addressed when the Great Bend City Council met Monday night, as was the issue of "where."
A speeding motorist who refused to stop for Barton County Deputy Keith Kennon was arrested early Monday after a pursuit.
It's not a sight one expects to see in town – a mountain range of reddish-orange milo heaped in piles taller than many buildings.
"We help about 600 kids each year," said Layne Philbern, a principal organizer of the 29th Annual Central Kansas Toys for Tots Run. A poker run, with about 80 motorcycle riders involved, began at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Things Chopped, 2400 Main, Great Bend. Participants gather toys and some funds, too, for children from Wilson to Stafford County to La Crosse, etc., in Central Kansas. Philbern, a Great Bend resident until about three weeks ago, now hails from Chanute. His wife and daughter registered participants in the Poker Run Saturday morning.
County Clerk Donna Zimmerman has explained that some voters may have to show ID when they vote, due to current federal regulations.
When Barton Community College asks "What drives you?", there's no one answer. And when people think about what supplies power to their cars, they shouldn't just think about petroleum.
INMAN – Voting for the 8 Wonders of Kansas People will end midnight, Friday, Oct. 22. The results will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 28.
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.
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.
"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."
Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.