Despite a full day of deliberations Wednesday, the jury in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Chapman still had not reached a verdict.
Note: This story has been updated online to correct the following error: Dean of Administration Mark Dean did not say the college is expecting mill levy increases.
BY SUSAN THACKER
The fact that Great Bend has a massive housing shortage is a given, but Matt Gillam was not expecting the interest he has received on the new multi-million-dollar apartment complex now taking shape on Grant Street.
After an hour of deliberation Tuesday afternoon, there was no verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Chapman, charged with the November 2011 shooting death of Damon Galyardt.
JUNCTION CITY - Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman was one of at least 2,000 people who reportedly listened to more than three hours of public comments Monday, at a listening session about possible reductions at Fort Riley. He spoke in favor of keeping personnel at current levels at the base, as did U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Getting down to the business of education, board members for USD 428 met Monday night to hear the first reading of a proposal and presentations by the K-6 math adoption team for a new district-wide math curriculum. After reviewing two options, the teachers came to a unanimous decision with overwhelming support for one that includes text and web-ready lessons, training and professional development, tech-support and consumables over a seven year period.
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a daunting task, but Barton Community College's Financial Aid Department will offer students and parents free assistance in making sure the application is filled out correctly. Barton is participating in a national initiative "College Goal Sunday," from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Learning Resource Center on the Barton County campus.
Two youths playing with a lighter started a grass fire that damaged two trailer houses on Sunday, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported. Human activity also led to two fire calls on Saturday, although one was contained to a grill.
The prosecution rested Monday afternoon and the first defense witnesses were called as Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial entered its second week. Chapman is charged with the first-degree murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11, 2011.
Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.
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Two candidates have been identified for the opening of the Barton Community College Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, which oversees the Barton Foundation.
Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act by a vote of 99 to 0. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 12, will provide measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members.
Sen. Mitch Holmes, Rep. John Edmonds and Rep. Troy Waymaster attended a legislative coffee held at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce meeting room Saturday morning. School funding and April elections were the main points of discussion.
The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.
The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.
Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.
There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.
Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.
Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.
First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.
The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.
The 21st annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Crest Theater, featuring jazz vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina. He will perform with the Prairie Winds Jazz Combo made up of area musicians.
Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.
The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening. An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.
Eagle Med began airlifting injured people from Great Bend Regional Hospital to Wichita following a two-vehicle accident south of Great Bend on U.S. 281.
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 Appraiser's Office is in the middle of establishing 2015 valuations, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said. Real Estate values will be mailed on or before March 13.
Community Coordinator Christina Hayes met with the K-96 Regional June Jaunt Committee, plans are coming along nicely, she said.