The job of city administrator isn't all about pot holes and snow removal. On Monday, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington joined Community Coordinator Christina Hayes as she talked to the city council about plans for Party in the Park on Aug. 16.
It started out as just a routine pick-up for Great Bend cabbie Robert Miller last Wednesday. It turned into a whole lot more and the incident has some calling Miller a hero.
A man convicted of aggravated battery in Ellsworth County will be eligible for a parole hearing in April, for possible release on May 1. Curtis Lee Bentley, 53, is currently housed in the El Dorado Correctional Facility where his custody level is high-medium. He was incarcerated in 2008.
With the winter storms of late, Dale Phillips and the Barton County Road and Bridge Department have been hopping, it was reported at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.
Common Core is the newest catch phrase being bandied about by educators. Much is being written about it and much is being discussed. However, like many new ideas, there is much misinformation circulating.
Four students from Barton Community College in the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society were recognized Thursday for being selected as members of the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team during an award luncheon at the Ramada Inn in Topeka.
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a daunting task, but Barton Community College's Financial Aid Department will offer students and parents free assistance in making sure the application is filled out correctly. Barton is participating in a national initiative "College Goal Sunday," from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 in the Learning Resource Center on the Great Bend campus.
The transferring of county funds may have been routine business for the Barton County Commission Monday morning, but it was good financial news.
HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – A proposal to start the Kansas State Fair on Labor Day weekend wasn't popular with people who responded to a survey.
HOISINGTON - Kans for Kids is an organization devoted to helping others. For twenty years, the money raised by the organization based out of Hoisington has gone to help families who have a child with cancer.
Note: This story was updated on Feb. 18 to show the correct date for Party in the Park. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 16.
Great Bend City Council members expressed satisfaction with snow removal efforts that occurred this month, saying the type of snowstorm that hit Barton County is rare.
Education Week, a news and analysis media has been reporting on education reform since the early 1980s. Recently the media company released it's 2014 Education Week Quality Counts report which ranks each state and Washington D.C. in order, awarding a letter grade to each state in each of six areas. Kansas gets a C average.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is in the midst of an investigation of the Barton County Treasurer's Office, said Great Bend-based KBI Special Agent in Charge Bruce Mellor.
Tuesday afternoon, history may not have been made, but it was passed on. "South Hoisington: Stories from Across the Tracks," an oral history project that has been years in the making, supported by a grant from the Kansas Humanities Council, and contributed to by a team of historians, is finally ready for the public, and Hoisington was the natural place for it to make it's first appearance.
Thursday, the USD 428 Board of Education met at a noon meeting at Great Bend Middle School. Principal David Reiser and staff took the opportunity to update board members of committee efforts of the school's Professional Learning Communities model.
An Abilene woman suspected of conspiracy to commit first degree murder was apprehended Tuesday in Stafford County, and was held for a time at the Barton County Jail.
Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
The Great Bend Public Library has been selected as a "Hometown Teams" partner site and will receive a grant of up to $1,500 to tell its local story of sports and community. GBPL will join 17 museums, historical societies, libraries, and community organizations across the state in researching and documenting local sports stories as part of the Kansas Humanities Council's "Hometown Teams" initiative.
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.