The latest report from the Kansas Department of Labor indicates the April 2011 unemployment rate in the state was 6.3 percent, down from 7.1 percent in March 2011 and down from 6.8 percent in April 2010.
Some photo's from Sunday's commencement ceremony at Great Bend High School.
Improvements in emergency communications in Barton County are continuing and the project is nearing completion, according to information from County Communications Director Doug Hubbard.
BUSHTON - Katelyn Zink is accustomed to being called last.
When Jake Schridde walks across the stage with is diploma during Great Bend High School's commencement Sunday afternoon, he ends a family tradition that spans more than three decades.
Dr. Richard Preston has made a "bittersweet" decision – bitter in that he will miss his patients and colleagues, and sweet in that he will have more time with his wife, kids and grandkids. He has announced his retirement, effective Saturday, May 21.
Hopefully, Great Bend is not in the middle of digging out from a major disaster when you are reading this story, but if it were, action taken this week by the Great Bend City Council would have helped.
The local Job Fair, held Thursday at the Best Western Courtyard, attracted about 300 job-seekers and 24 local businesses, and was called a success by all who attended.
Dr. Carl Heilman's contract as president of Barton Community College was extended by one year, to June of 2014, at Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.
In preparation for taking out the island and putting in a new turning lane in at accident-prone Broadway and Harrison, crews from Wheatland Electric will remove the light pole from the intersection today, said Mark Kercher, Wheatland's area supervisor.
Great Bend High School will hold its 124th-annual graduation Sunday at GBHS's Memorial stadium. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the ceremony starts at 5.
There's not much of a problem this year.
It wasn't exactly like the Cavalry riding in to the last minute rescue of the homesteaders, but action approved by the Great Bend City Council this week will allow a local family to have their home - at least to have it where they want it.
Crawling around on their hands and knees, Great Bend Fire Department Capt. Luke McCormick and firefighter Dustin Spore groped their way around the front yard of Fire Station Number 2 Wednesday afternoon.
The two-year contract to provide air service to the Great Bend Municipal Airport and other Essential Air Service facilities in Western Kansas expires at the end of September, and three carriers want the air travel business in those communities.
Photos taken Sept. 13, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Story Time to begin at library
ELLINWOOD - At a meeting with a light agenda, the USD 355 Ellinwood School Board celebrated successes at its regular meeting on Monday.
Most Kansas festival planners are at the mercy of Mother Nature to some degree, especially when nature is the featured attraction. Saturday's weather, an early taste of fall, was perfect for most humans attending the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual fall Butterfly Festival. Those who wished they'd brought a jacket could sip coffee or hot chocolate indoors before heading outdoors in the 55-degree weather.
Boot kicking cowboy fun will entertain the entire family at the second annual Healing Hearts Ranch Rodeo fund raiser scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Barton County Fair Grounds, Arena Expo Complex. Real cowboys will show real ranch activities.
Each member of Linda Feist's family has favorite recollections of the event but two highlights were the Memory Box and the burning of a letter.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, unanimously rescinded the rental agreement ordinance that had landlords in an uproar.
Drag Week, and events like them, help keep Great Bend relevant in the world of racing. Especially when Hot Rod Magazine chose the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association Dragstrip to host Day 4 of the event. Not only did they signal to the racing world that Great Bend is a great place to race, it gave a nod to the history of the track, where the first NHRA drag racing event was held in 1955.
TOPEKA - Kansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday heard oral arguments in appeals to Adam Longoria's capital murder conviction. No decisions were made as the case was taken under advisement.
Thirteen years ago this morning, 343 New York City firefighters perished when the World Trade Center buildings collapsed.
Coming on the heels of an upset Wednesday in Noble, Okla., Thursday's Day 4 of Hot Rod Magazine Drag Week at the SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend promises to be an exciting race day.
Despite an up tick in pump prices that briefly interrupted a general decline, the cost of a gallon of gasoline should resume its downward trend, petroleum industry analysts report.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer is giving Kansans a four-day work week.