As much as anyone, the occupants of the small house at 2509 Walnut Drive want answers after a 15-year-old girl died in their home Monday afternoon.
A Great Bend man who was staying at the same address where a 15-year-old girl died Monday has been arrested, although authorities won't say if the charges are connected to the girl in any way.
Andromeda and Tesch and her sister Dawnstar know their rabbits. The girls, sisters and members of the Sharp Shooters 4-H Club in Great Bend, put on white lab coats Wednesday afternoon as they carried their Polish bunnies to the showmanship judge at the Barton County Fair.
New displays are up in the Raptor Center at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Now visitors can learn more about the center's mission as a temporary sanctuary for injured birds, and they can also learn more about raptors found at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Using a chain saw to create intricate designs, artist Keith Gregory has used his skills as an artist to craft whimsical to realistic carvings of animals. From Willard, Mo., Gregory's wares are for sale at the Barton County Fair.
Great Bend officials would like to do something about the algae-laden water at Veterans Lake, but they don't have many suggestions that the city can afford - in more ways than one.
This time of year, almost anything can happen.
The Great Bend Police Department is investigating the mysterious death of a 15-year-old girl on July 4. The case is being investigated as a suspicious death.
Two Great Bend men suspected of committing burglaries in Rooks County were arrested Monday morning in Great Bend.
Numerous fire calls over the weekend were related to fireworks. Great Bend Fire Department Chief Mike Napolitano said there were at least 20 fireworks-related fires between 12:15 a.m. Sunday 12:10 a.m. Tuesday - 14 in Great Bend and six in the county.
The extended Fourth of July weekend was an especially deadly one across Kansas, with several reports of drownings, both in lakes and at private residences.
DODGE CITY – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service paired with the city of Dodge City on June 24 to host a special naturalization ceremony as part of the Kansas Sesquicentennial celebration.
In the waning days World War II, the Japanese remained well entrenched in the rugged islands of the South Pacific, forcing American Marines to dig, blast and burn them out one rock at a time.
You'd have to have been living in an air conditioned bomb shelter to have missed the dangerously hot weather that has been afflicting this region over the past couple of weeks.
ELLINWOOD - Known for an attitude of service, hospitality and gratefulness, and great advocates for the benefits of 4-H, Marion and Vernon DeWerff have been chosen as Grand Marshals for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival, July 14-16.
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.
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.
Great Bend motorists and bicycle enthusiasts will begin to notice some new traffic signs and markings around Great Bend. The installation of bicycle awareness signs started Friday afternoon and the painting of sharrows started Tuesday, all of which should be done by today.
One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.
Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.
It's been a busy year at the historic Great Bend Drag Strip said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. He gave his annual report on the activities at the track during the City Council meeting Monday night.