In 1985, after completing a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas, Barbara Stecklein began her art career concentrating on still life compositions using watercolor and graphite. Eventually she added charcoal and pastel.
Low price in the state on Tuesday morning was not too far below Great Bend, though it was still below where this community was before this week's dime-a-gallon hike.
Thanks to good bids for a federally-funded street improvement program, part of Great Bend will also get sidewalk improvements, the Great Bend City Council decided this week.
Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller reported to county officials this week that a long-term county project is now in the hands of federal officials, and the Barton County Commission approved a resolution that adopted its version of the Barton County Hazard Mitigation Plan.
By a nearly two-to-one margin over challenger and city council member Randy Myers, Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison retained his job in Tuesday's general election.
Take a group of highly recognizable people – some with actual talent and some with just a talent for being a good sport – dress them up, turn up the music, let them feel the beat and wait for the fun to begin. I
The days are getting longer.
Barton County Commissioners have joined with other officials in choosing April as a time to help raise awareness about the plight of sexual abuse.
Voting locations for today's local and school elections have been released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.
A GMC pickup reported stolen on Friday was found Saturday morning in the area behind Diane's Diner, 807 10th St. in Great Bend. It was discovered by a Great Bend police officer around 4 a.m. The GMC had plenty of gas and there was also a rifle inside it when it was taken while the owner of the vehicle was farming. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports the gun was also recovered.
Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts will be a part of history.
February Marriage Licenses
People visit one of the 200+ booths at the Central Kansas Spring Expo "Discover Your Treasures," Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. It continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office has released more information about the death of an Olmitz man who was hit by a semi-trailer as he walked along U.S. 56 on Wednesday.
Habitat for Humanity of Barton County will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on its latest project, at 19th and Hubbard, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. This is being done in conjunction with Habitat's Chamber Coffee, and the public is invited, said Rachel Mawhirter, co-chairman of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.
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.
Some of the cars were driven by folks trying to outrun the law. Some were just left by the side of the road.
Advanced ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election are now available for Barton County voters, County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Registered voters may contact her office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
HOISINGTON -Clara Barton Hospital encourages the community to protect themselves from the Flu, by getting a flu shot. Flu activity is low across the United States now, but usually begins to increase in October and most commonly peak between January and March. Make plans to get your flu shot this fall.
ELLINWOOD - A special workshop will be hosted by Educational Strategies. On Nov. 6th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., John Celock, a nationally recognized journalist, author and speaker will present "Community at the Forefront: Growing Your Business or Organization Through Effectively Engaging and Building Your Community."