The head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and two members met today with President Obama to discuss the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Next week Kansas roads will be busy with Thanksgiving holiday travelers going to and from grandmother's house or other destinations. It is also time to take extra care when hitting the road, local and state safety officials said.
Before the Great Bend Planning Commission Monday night is a request from a Kansas City, Mo., developer to rezone land at 29th and Adams for multi-family homes.
Dr. David Kohl was one of three guest speakers at the 2013 Fall Ag Conference sponsored by American State Bank Tuesday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Kohl had a lot of information to share about global economics, mega trends in agriculture, and proactive ag management to the room packed with the area's top producers, and a smattering of young agricultural producers.
Thanksgiving may be later than usual this year, but the local Salvation Army's annual Kettle Campaign is right on schedule.
A staffing change at Brit Spaugh Zoo will impact the hours of the facility's Raptor Center, which serves as the main entry point for the zoo, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night.
It took a tie-breaking vote by Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night to approve the construction of an electronic directory kiosk at Great Bend Municipal Cemetery.
The Barton County Historical Society has been recording memories, recollections, and experiences about people living and working in and around South Hoisington as part of its oral history project "South Hoisington: Stories from the Other Side of the Tracks". Founded in 1886 and incorporated in 1887, the City of Hoisington was formed to attract and benefit from the Kansas and Colorado Railroad, which would later become part of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. To accompany and promote ...
First, Barton County launched its new webiste. Next, it entered the world of Facebook. And, two weeks ago, it jumped into the Twittersphere. County commissioners Monday morning heard a briefing from County Administrator Richard Boeckman on county's expanded use of social media as a means of providing residents instant access and information. It included a video presentation on just how digitally oriented society is becoming. "The county's movement to social media has been very successful," ...
After much deliberation and soul searching, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to sell or somehow dispose of the County Annex in Hoisington.
After Keegan McCulley beat Great Bend High student Kade Huddleston, they proved to be a formidable online team in Super Smash Brothers Brawl at the Great Bend Public Library. McCulley and Huddleston finished with a 9-1 record and were ranked fourth against online teams from other libraries around the country to celebrate International Games Day. They were unable to secure a reliable Internet connection to continue in the online tournament that involved dozens of libraries. ...
Just in case you're wondering, the eighth-grade and seventh-grade classes at Great Bend Middle School are blessed with musical talent.
Great Bend's downtown businesses will tempt shoppers with cookies during the Home for the Holidays festivities on Saturday, Nov. 30.
It will be recommended to the Great Bend City Council Monday night that it authorize Mayor Mike Allison to sign an agreement with federal and state agencies, paving the way for the demolition of a World War II-era hangar at the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The epic story of the Greek gods will play out at Great Bend High School. Well, sort of. The GBHS theater department will present comedy "The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza" at 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the school's auditorium, 2027 Morton. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door "Support the arts in our community and support our students," said drama instructor Dan Heath. "Have a great time." Written ...
Vandalized stop signs are once again been an issue in rural parts of Barton County, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning. Four signs were damaged in this way with six other being reported as either vandalized or wind damaged.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff. Heather Acheson, director of the humane society, compared lessons on approaching injured or stray animals to what kids learn about "stranger ...
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed both days. The Barton County Landfill will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will return to normal operational hours. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
When it comes to grants, it's not often more money is offered than originally requested. But, that is the case for a joint county/state project to improve the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.
TOPEKA – There won't be an increase in Thanksgiving travel this year, but the roads and skies will still be plenty stuffed, according to AAA's annual travel forecast.
Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
Great Bend's holiday events calendar explodes this week as Thanksgiving and the annual Home for the Holidays celebration approaches.
A fire at 1418 20th St. did extensive damage to the house, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:42 a.m. Friday, for a possible window air conditioner on fire. They arrived to find smoke coming from the attic. Inspector Luke McCormick from the GBFD said police also arrived at the house and said the door was hot to touch. Firefighters forced open the front door and found fire in the ...
Each November, the USD 428 Board of Education plans a noon meeting at Great Bend High School. Not only is it their opportunity to learn first-hand from Principal Tim Friess about the ongoing school improvement program and get vital information about the academic programs, it's also a chance to shine a light on the culinary skills of students and faculty at the school. Kerri Batman, Family and Consumer Science teacher, and her students prepared a ...
Heavy sleet created hazardous driving conditions at midday Thursday in central Kansas.
The weather was definitely a factor in a rollover accident Thursday morning on U.S. 56, west of Great Bend, Undersheriff Bruce Green said. An earlier accident south of town on U.S. 281 was also reported, promoting the Barton County Sheriff's Office to post a reminder on Facebook for everyone to stay off the highways if possible and drive carefully.
Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, is coming to Great Bend on Oct. 16, 2014, Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory announced Thursday.
Ellinwood will transform into an authentic German holiday village brimming with traditional Christmas activities at the first-ever Christkindlmarket on Dec. 1. The roots of its German heritage run deep in the community that was settled by Germans in the late 1800s.