The Barton County Sheriff's Office seized about 9 pounds of suspected marijuana as well as $22,000 in cash in the course of executing a series of search warrants on Friday.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School debate team started its season by bringing home five medals from Hays recently.
HOISINGTON -As part of the capital campaign to fund the Therapy Services and Laundry Facility expansion project, Teddy Williamson's family chose to make a pledge to the campaign, in her honor, choosing to rename the Nurse's Station, where Teddy put in many long hours as former chief of Nursing at Clara Barton.
Sue Cooper, program officer for the Golden Belt Community Foundation, joined Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman as part of a strong local contingent that attended a recent conference in Wichita touting the benefits of designing communities with health living in mind.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard an update on the 2014 tax sale. The county recently took judgment on the parcels remaining on the sale.
Two hours into the event, already nearly 100 people had visited the Great Bend Renaissance Fair on Saturday. It was an encouraging start to the event's fourth year. Steady growth allowed organizer David LeRoy to request a smaller grant from the city than years past, as the fair begins to cover its own expenses.
This weekend, Long's Pumpkin Patch, a half-mile west of Barton Community College north of Great Bend welcomed a steady stream of visitors eager to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate their home for fall.
Firefighters will visit Great Bend schools Oct. 4-15, as they observe Fire Prevention Week. Capt. Luke McCormick at the Great Bend Fire Department said children will learn some important things about fire safety, and the lessons are also good for parents. The theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign is, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"
HOISINGTON - The settlers of the 1880s were hardy souls, enduring frequent prairie fires, grasshopper, droughts, and an untamed land filled with promise. And in those days, the settler's sought solace from the uncertainty, the tornadic winds, and the loss through their faith.
A quick roll of the dice, the purchase of lottery tickets, playing bingo for money, or a wager at the blackjack table provides a welcome temporary distraction for some. However, it becomes a problem when a person can't stop playing or thinking about betting.
Those who want a free flu shot are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and drive through the upcoming vaccination clinic at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
HAYS – One finding in the upcoming Kansas Speaks Survey 2014, conducted by Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs, is that the two highest profile races in the election are tight tight tight.
ELLSWORTH - An Ellsworth County district court judge sentenced an Ellsworth woman to 32 months in prison Tuesday for the death of her 13-month-old daughter. Michele Suppes, 26, was also ordered to serve 24 months of post-release supervision.
SHAWNEE COUNTY - The Stafford County Attorney, who helps sends suspects to jail, faces his own legal issue after being arrested Sept. 20 for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
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Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
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.