<p>(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about handling holiday stress.)
<p>County officials agreed Monday to open a road that is sort of open, now, but with this decision it is really open.
<p>(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the development of a new downtown theater in Great Bend.)
<p>The lobby and the pantry of the Barton County Food Bank told the story Friday.
<p> <p align="center">By SUSAN THACKER
<p> <p align="left"> <p align="left"> <p align="left">Great Bend has some new sparkles in its Trail of Lights.
<p>Kansas roads and skies, like the rest of the nation, should be busier this Thanksgiving weekend than a year ago, travel experts said.
<p>Just when it seemed like everything was getting more and more expensive, the news came out recently that Great Bend will save a little money on a proposal for its next three years' business audits.
<p> <p> <p> <p align="left"> <p align="left">Law enforcement officers have seized a second "vehicle of interest" as they investigate the shooting death of Damon Galyardt. The 25-year-old Great Bend man's body was found in a field southwest of Great Bend last Saturday morning by hunters.
<p> <p align="left"> <p align="left"> <p align="left"> <p align="left"> <p align="left"> <p align="left">Barton Community College has taken its military training to at least 13 states, and is attempting to offer even more courses at Fort Sill, Okla., and at Fort Leavenworth.
<p>Perhaps they are looking for the good life.
<p>It's common to hear people suggest that only certain people are allowed to make decisions in communities, but there are some opportunities at the city level for anyone who is wanting to get involved in the city government.
<p> <p align="left"> <p align="left">The Barton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a "person of interest" in last Saturday's shooting death of Damon Galyardt. No one has been charged in the 25-year-old Great Bend man's death, which is being investigated as first-degree murder, and no one is considered a suspect.
<p> <p align="left"> <p align="left">A late-morning fire damaged the rural Great Bend residence of Lynn and Nancy Fryberger, 49 NW 48 Road.
<p>The Barton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a "person of interest" in last Saturday's shooting death of Damon Galyardt.
<p>The Friends of the Great Bend Public Library meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 2, has been canceled.
<p>Experiencing a warm loving atmosphere is common for many children. Yet for some children, victims of child abuse and neglect, who end up in the foster care system, those loving touches may be few and far between.
<p>Three whooping cranes were spotted at Cheyenne Bottoms on Friday. They were flying among sandhill cranes.
<p>The supper and bingo scheduled for March 1 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Galatia has been postponed until Sat. March 8.
<p> It's not the usual comedic fair selected for a high school theater performance, but Dan Heath thinks "Reviving Ophelia" is an important story that needs to be heard.
<p>The Barton Community College Board of Trustees took another opportunity Thursday to discuss the recent selection of four students from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, who were recognized Feb. 13 at Topeka. They were BCC's 2014 choice for the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.
<p>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.
<p> 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.
<p> Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
<p>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.
<p>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.
<p> First Kansas Bank of Great Bend has agreed to acquire Bank of America branches in Great Bend and Hays, local bank officials announced Wednesday.
<p>The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
<p>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.
<p>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.