The first classes in a new Gas Measurement certificate program at Barton Community College will start Aug. 6, said Mike Baugh, instructor and coordinator of Barton's natural gas technician program. Students will attend class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can complete the 30-credit-hour program before December.
Eight-year-old Emily Cortez-Rocha and her sister Genesis, 3, took a break from using the computers at Great Bend Public Library on Friday to check out the readers' "campsite" in the children's area. They joined 2-year-old Sofia Stewart, who was looking at a picture book. Folding chairs were arranged between a tent and a campfire. A fan in the fire ring blew streams of paper "flames," and a light from below gave it the appearance of glowing embers.
A proposed law that would have allowed Kansas to have Registered Dental Practitioners - much like Nurse Practitioners but serving under the supervision of licensed dentists -- languished is committee this year as the Legislature wrangled over redistricting, said Suzanne Wikle, with the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.
ELLINWOOD - Although he is new to the Barton County area, Cody Scheck of Ellinwood recently set a world record in steer roping.
Now that the USD 428 Board of Education has approved the addition of seventh-grade competitive sports, the need for a new gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School is more critical than ever. Business Director Dan Brungardt recently met with Horst, Terrill, and Karst, Architects Don Pruitt and Charley Sexton on Thursday, June 7 to finalize details on the proposed project. In May, the BOE approved proceeding with one of four options presented, a pre-engineered addition, which appeared to be the most affordable and workable.
Jim Glynn of Great Bend estimates he's taken more than 200,000 wildlife and nature photographs, most of them from inside his gray Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Three animals experts arrived Tuesday afternoon to began a comprehensive inspection of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The inspection is the next step in the city's efforts to have Brit Spaugh Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
TOPEKA (AP) - Big changes are in store for the Kansas Legislature, after Monday's deadline to run in the August primary election passed with dozens of newcomers seeking seats and some incumbents pitted against others because of political redistricting.
The Golden Belt Community Foundation is now inviting proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle, Executive Director Christy Tustin said.
Great Bend City Council member Allene Owen looked out over the crowd gathered in the County Courthouse Square for the 2012 Relay for life of Barton County Friday evening and was impressed.
RUSH COUNTY - The Dominican Sisters of Peace who reside and minister at Heartland Farm carry on a quiet existence 51 weeks a year. The farmstead in Rush County is 14 miles west of Great Bend, 10 miles northwest of Pawnee Rock and 12 miles northeast from Larned.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board will hold a budget work session on June 25 as it prepares to hold next year's budget hearing on July 9. Both meetings will start at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.
Monday, the Barton County Commission signed a resolution declaring a state of local disaster emergency. This proclamation states that due to extremely dry weather conditions an extreme fire hazard exists in Barton County. Effective at 12:01 p.m. Monday, open trash burning, campfires, and all open fires are prohibited.
From current immunizations to outdated medications, the Barton County Commission Monday morning learned much is being done to promote health in the county. Meeting at the Courthouse in Great Bend, commissioners heard reports from Landfill Manager Mark Witt and Health Department Director Lily Akings.
TOPEKA (AP) - Kansas lawmakers scrambled Friday to adjust to a new political landscape after three federal judges redrew the state's voting districts and created more than two dozen open legislative seats and potential incumbent-on-incumbent matchups.
The regular football season was nearly over when fate intervened.
HOISINGTON - A Christmas bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hoisington Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1109 N Vine.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.
Pam Martin will present "Kansas Snakes at Cheyenne Bottoms" when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the BCHS Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281.
The Great Bend American Legion invites the public to help provide Christmas presents for retired military personnel at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
There's a new membership club in town - Shafer Gallery's League of Aesthetic Engineers. According to Gallery Director Dave Barnes, this is a group of creative individuals who will "explore the world of art-making and creative endeavor."
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
After learning Tami Shepman, reading lab instructor and Julie Buzard, reading facilitator at Great Bend Middle School had seen 80 percent gains in reading fluency and 77 percent gains in reading comprehension amongst nearly 20 percent, the USD 428 Board of Education had questions. Vice-president Joyce Carter asked on what assessments the gains were based. In May, when the district adopted the in-house assessment tool AIMSWeb, students were given benchmark tests. It's from these results, and subsequent AIMSWeb short assessments given every two weeks, that the results come from.
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
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.
Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.
In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.
It is a sign of the times.
BROWNELL - A Utica man died Tuesday evening after the 2004 GMC Envoy he was driving went off a Ness County Road for unknown reason. Joshua W. Young, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.