State regulations require county officials to keep commission boundaries as equal as possible, and this week the Barton County Commission approved a plan to remap the five commission districts to achieve that purpose.
TOPEKA - Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman joined a round-table discussion Wednesday during the Governor's Summit on Career Readiness in Topeka. Heilman said he considers the nature of the summit and Gov. Sam Brownback's plans for education bold and visionary, according to a news release issued by BCC staff.
GLADSTONE, Mo. - A Texas woman accused in the shooting death of a psychiatrist in suburban Kansas City, Mo., Friday was taken into custody in Kansas. The shooting occurred after the alleged shooter and her husband of Lyons underwent a marriage counseling session in Great Bend with the dead woman with whom the husband was said to be having an affair.
A Larned man faces burglary charges and similar charges are pending against a Great Bend juvenile after a Great Bend man recognized their car as one involved in a burglary on his property, and pursed, rammed and shot at them early Wednesday morning, according a new release from the Barton Count Sheriff's Office.
Almost three centuries of service to the citizens of Barton County were honored by the Barton County Commission Tuesday morning.
Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans were faced with difficult questions, like "How could this happen?" "Why did it happen?" and "Who is responsible?"
It cannot be seen, smelled or tasted, yet this lethal gas is found in one out of every 15 homes in the United States.
At least five whooping cranes are believed to be spending the winter in south-central Kansas, according to sightings being monitored by staff from both Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area. Although some sightings have been on either Cheyenne Bottoms or Quivira, most have been on private lands in the surrounding region. The endangered whooping cranes, in three separate groups, include a family group of three (2 adults and one juvenile), a lone juvenile bird, and a single adult that has primarily been observed within a large flock of Sandhill Cranes.
HOISINGTON – "Underage drinking needs to stop." That's the message a group of concerned parents and community members are working to spread throughout Barton County.
A Manhattan company has been approved to install monitoring wells on city park land to make sure there is no oil contamination in the southeast part of the community.
The eighteenth annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, along with the Fort Hays State University Jazz 1 an the Larned High School Sun Riz Jazz Band, organizers said.
A 32-year-old Hoisington man was arrested in Pratt County on Sunday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through three counties.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have not moved in the past week, but experts believe tensions in the Middle East, particularly Iran, that could change that in a hurry.
Barton County residents who want to participate in the coming city elections still have a few days to file, according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The election will be held on April 3.
CLAFLIN - Claflin High School and Claflin Elementary School have both received the Governor's Achievement Awards for the 2010-11 school year, and Ellinwood's St. Joseph School have also received the award.
Fans of K-State sports attended Wednesday's Noon Kiwanis meeting in Great Bend to hear the latest news on plans for a new Vanier Football Complex and North Stadium at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
The Barton County Road and Bridge department is in the middle of the summer sealing season. This is the time when crews tackle a portion of the county's nearly 400 miles of blacktop roads.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 7
This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County was $104,000. All the money has now been turned in and the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser fell a little short, netting $92,000.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain her enthusiasm during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Several steps were taken Monday night to move along the development of the new apartment complex on Grant Street, known as the Reserves at Trail Ridge. The action came during the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In addition to the Grant Street apartment complex, another housing development was a topic at Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting. Adopted was a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a $300,000 2014 Moderate Income Housing Grant related to the construction of six market-rate four-plexes at 28th and Washington.
HAYS - A Great Bend man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for causing a fatal accident last September, when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A memorial fund has been set up for the children of a Reno County jail deputy and his wife who died in a motorcycle crash during the weekend.