The cause of the Thursday afternoon fire that charred a home at 2222 Monroe remains undetermined, said Luke McCormick, investigator for the Great Bend Fire Department. He spent most of the day Friday at the scene with representative from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office.
Emery Hoch pulled up to the fire hydrant in Britt Spaugh Park Wednesday morning, hopped out of his City of Great Bend pickup and set up orange cones.
When suspects are booked into the Barton County Jail by the Barton County sheriff's deputies, they'll finally get a chance to smell the flowers.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees renewed numerous contracts Thursday, and approved hiring two new employees.
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Debbie Eyestone, Great Bend High School English teacher, has been awarded the prestigious Wolfe Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Kansas. The Wolfe Teaching Excellence Awards recognize excellence in secondary-school teaching through nominations by KU undergraduate seniors.
No more teachers, no more books.
Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake remains under a public health warning due to an on-going problem with toxic blue-green algae, city and state officials said Tuesday.
Fifty-six "birds" traveled the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway this past weekend, for the Great Migration Rally. The event assigned bird species to human participants, who migrated from the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center near Cheyenne Bottoms.
Once a month, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman presents a service update to the County Commission. The report outlines activities by various county offices. Below are some of the statistics from the update delivered Monday morning.
The Barton County Commission was told Monday morning that it is never too early to brace for the worst.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is featured on the cover of the spring 2012 edition of KRPA Today, a publication of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association.
Among the monuments on the Barton County Courthouse Square that pay tribute to pioneers and veterans is now an October glory maple tree that honors a husband and wife who spent their lives in civic leadership.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Beware, deer have other things on their minds now besides watching for traffic.
It's official. The road to the Great Bend Compost Site is now Pat Keenan Memorial Road as Barton County Road and Bridge Department crews recently installed the large blue sign.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.
Some of the cars were driven by folks trying to outrun the law. Some were just left by the side of the road.
Advanced ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are now available for Barton County voters, County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters may contact her office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."