The 2012 wheat harvest is the earliest on record in Great Bend, said Rosie Meier, a grain accountant with Great Bend Co-op. The first truckload of wheat was unloaded at their Great Bend facility at 1:02 p.m. on May 24. It's also one of a handful of short crop years Meier can rattle off by memory 42 years into her career. She knows of only one possible exception, 1952, the year she was born, when it may have began earlier. On Monday, Meier said the wheat harvest is about 50 percent complete.
HOISINGTON - Adults and youth both tried their luck and skill at running a truck or ATV through the mud this weekend in Hoisington.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is considering changes that might give more vendors a chance to bid on BCC contracts.
The City of Great Bend's impound and surplus auction set for Friday evening continues to grow, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster told the City Council Monday night.
Barton County will have primaries for three positions in August to determine which candidates' names will appear on the November ballot.
BARTON COUNTY - The Barton County Communities That Care data has been released for 2011-12 school year, showing that work remains in the areas of alcohol use by area teens.
Master penman Michael Sull, Ronald Reagan's former calligrapher, was the guest speaker Sunday at Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery. He gave a detailed history on artistic penmanship and calligraphy, and demonstrated the techniques that yield intricate, beautifully detailed script.
CHASE - After 53 years of marriage, Joyce Ward says Ed is one of those husbands who don't give presents often.
There are 12 students from two Barton County high schools headed to the national Future Business Leaders of America conference later this month in San Antonio, Texas. They were recognized Monday morning as the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation honoring them.
TOPEKA - Lorene Bethell said she felt her husband's presence from the moment she entered the Kansas House of Representatives' session Friday.
Maybe a local group can't officially use the name "Honor Flights," anymore, but the former Central Prairie Honor Flights, coordinated by the Great Bend Central Prairie Resource Conservation and Development office, is proceeding full speed ahead. The governing board of Honor Flights Network, based in Springfield, Ohio, voted to decertify Central Prairie Honor Flights in April. The local group has earned state and national recognition for honoring World War II veterans. The chairman of the Honor Flights Network offered no explanation why Central Prairie Honor Flights lost its certification. The Central Prairie Honor Flights have coordinated 17 flights for ...
STERLING - A physician who works part-time at the Great Bend Regional Medical Center has announced his candidacy for the 113th District seat in the Kansas House of Representatives formerly held by the late Bob Bethell of Alden. Lorene Bethell will finish his term in the Kansas Legislature, but does not plan to seek a full term.
The first thing "Matthew the Magician," did before coming to Great Bend was check the weather forecast.
Great Bend Fire Department firefighter Travis Parmley has really climbed the ladder, so to speak. The eight-year GBFD veteran was promoted to captain in May.
Alicia Straub is thankful she overheard the conversation that day in Pizza Hut.
Two more photos from Wedsday's Glow Party at the Great Bend Public Library.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 25 nonprofit organizations, including the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.
USD 428 Director of Business Operations Khris Thexton gave a brief update on the progress of various capital improvement projects at learning centers around the district Monday night at the July meeting of the Board of Education.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.
The United Way of Central Kansas and Barton County Young Professionals are joining forces to establish a Born Learning Trail at the Great Bend Zoo. The project was given the blessing of the Great Bend City Council Monday night.
When consultant Pam Meadows and her CIC team were hired in May to help clean up a tax and bank reconciliation mess in the Barton County Treasurer's Office, they had distinct goals – pave the way for a June 5 tax distribution, rectify the 2012 tax rolls and reconcile several 2013 bank statements.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard an update on the engravings project for the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial.