Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about the tradition of quinceañera in the Hispanic community.
For one week in July, the Expo grounds west of Great Bend become a microcosm of Barton County. Our work and our creative hobbies, our favorite music and what we do for fun all come together as the Barton County Fair.
For 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Director Laurie White, the inexplicable drop in the number of young people passing through her office in the past year brings both good news and bad news. As prevention takes root, her office could lose funding.
Barton Community College officials plan to ask the Board of Regents to approve a new educational program for cowboys. The idea is to create a certificate for beef cattle production, similar to the certificate that can now be earned for knowledge of crop production.
The Barton County Fair officially got under way Wednesday, but many of the people who attended had been at the Expo complex west of Great Bend since setup began Monday.
Barton County Departments submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.
BARTON COUNTY - At 11 a.m. today, Barton County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident i the 400 block of NW 10 ave. A 2000 Ford Expedition drive by Gwen Hipp, 64, of Hoisington was south bound on NW 10 Ave. when the vehicle left the roadway.
A 1988 Dodge Dakota pickup that was stolen from Barton County around the same time law enforcement officers were searching for a fugitive has been recovered, Undersheriff Larry Holliday said. It was found Tuesday in Wichita.
STAFFORD COUNTY – Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County was recently visited by an adult-phase red-necked stint, representing a potential first-ever Kansas siting for the species, according to information from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. This small sandpiper, considered very rare in the lower 48 U.S., was seen by dozens of birders at Quivira's Little Salt Marsh July 1 and 2.
A timeless tale of speaking up for what one knows to be true is the choice for this year's youth summer theater production by the Great Bend Recreation Commission.
There is never enough child care available, especially in smaller communities, the Barton County Commission was told Monday morning.
Members of the USD Board of Education heard and approved an alternate plan for the much anticipated gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School at the July 9 board meeting.
Next year's Great Bend Recreation Commission budget anticipates spending down more unencumbered cash for capital outlay expenses, GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said Monday.
Fireworks, heat and lightning were among the causes of unrelated fires Friday and Saturday in Barton County. Structure fires were reported in Great Bend and Olmitz.
Law enforcement students at Barton Community College and law enforcement officers in Barton County will have a new high-tech training option to help them in dangerous situations. This is due in part to a donation from the County Attorney's Office.
Each member of Linda Feist's family has favorite recollections of the event but two highlights were the Memory Box and the burning of a letter.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, unanimously rescinded the rental agreement ordinance that had landlords in an uproar.
Drag Week, and events like them, help keep Great Bend relevant in the world of racing. Especially when Hot Rod Magazine chose the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association Dragstrip to host Day 4 of the event. Not only did they signal to the racing world that Great Bend is a great place to race, it gave a nod to the history of the track, where the first NHRA drag racing event was held in 1955.
TOPEKA - Kansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday heard oral arguments in appeals to Adam Longoria's capital murder conviction. No decisions were made as the case was taken under advisement.
Thirteen years ago this morning, 343 New York City firefighters perished when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
Coming on the heels of an upset Wednesday in Noble, Okla., Thursday's Day 4 of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week at the SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend promises to be an exciting race day.
Despite an up tick in pump prices that briefly interrupted a general decline, the cost of a gallon of gasoline should resume its downward trend, petroleum industry analysts report.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer is giving Kansans a four-day work week.
The iron lung exhibit from the Barton County Historical Society Museum is featured this week at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen will attend Thursday's study session with the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. in the Seminar Room, F-30 on the lower level of the BCC Fine Arts Building. This is billed as a "linkage" meeting between the trustees and LSH. Other guests from Larned will be Holly Hertel, former director of nursing; and Julie Belt, interim director of nursing.
A Great Bend man was booked on charges that included kidnapping following an incident that occurred south of Great Bend last Friday. The alleged victim was also arrested on outstanding warrants.
Hoisington clean up week to be held
HOISINGTON - Joe Coles, consultant, was in Hoisington last Thursday discussing business etiquette and leadership skills with Hoisington High School students, Ellinwood High School students and St. John-Hudson High School students. Sixty-six students participated.