As can be expected, even in this day of electronic information - or, perhaps, especially in this day - keeping track of records is a continuous and vital part of keeping any business operating, and that includes the business that is Barton County.
Three teenage girls who had been missing since Sunday night were found Friday afternoon in Great Bend.
INMAN – The Kansas Sampler Foundation announced the 24 finalists for the 8 Wonders of Kansas People, which includes microchip creator and Great Bend resident Jack Kilby. The public will have until October 22 to vote to determine the top 8.
Now that Adam Joseph Longoria faces a capital murder charge, which carries a possible death penalty, in the killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, questions have arisen locally about capital punishment in Kansas.
Editor's note: Long-time Great Bend resident Robert Feldt experienced the Holocaust on a first-hand basis as a child in occupied France. He is the son of a German Jew and a Russian Jew. His mother moved to Berlin, Germany in 1917, fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia.
Trees need to be cut out, ditches dug out, and drainage improved if a township road in South Homestead Township is to stay passable during bad weather, the Barton County Commission was told this week.
Taxpayer investments in local infrastructure and "quality of life" projects will be crucial to the continued expansion of a local business, the Great Bend City Council was told this week.
What do garage bands, skateboarders, vintage car enthusiasts and motorcyclists all have in common? Well, they will all be at the third-annual Big Bend Bike Rally on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Great Bend Expo Complex.
Barton County fourth graders got a crash course in farming Wednesday, during the 17th Kids Ag Day.
Work is expected to begin next week on the demolition of an old building downtown.
The first public meeting to prepare for future disasters has been set for later this month, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Amy Miller.
Two motorists were flown to Via Christi Medical Center's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita following two unrelated accidents Tuesday morning in Barton County.
Next year will mark a milestone for a local service provider and it could be a "bang-up" summer, if a plan that was hatched Tuesday night comes to pass.
There's more good news on the Barton County bridge front.
Adam Joseph Longoria, the Great Bend man long eyed as a person of interest in the Alicia DeBolt killing, was charged Tuesday morning with capital murder in connection with the teen's death. He was also charged in Barton County District Court with criminal sodomy with a child.
Winnie Ashley, better known to her customers as "the jelly lady," has been selling homemade jam and jelly since 1996. She sets up her tent at the farmers market at the Great Bend Public Library parking lot three days a week from May through September. From peach to apple, choke cherry or marmalade, she is ready with the small, jewel-toned jars full of captured seasonal flavors to be released whenever the urge strikes.
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.
On June 13, Great Bend City Council members toured city facilities as the first step in the 2015 budget-planning process. Next they gathered on July 2 for a brain-storming session with the purpose of establishing their goals for the upcoming year.
The USD 428 Board of Education welcomed Superintendent Brad Reed to his first meeting Monday evening. At the beginning of each year, nominations and votes are made for president and vice president of the board. This year, the board was faced with the choice between Kevin Mauler, nominated by Dwight Young and seconded by Larry Kutina, and the incumbent, Joyce Carter, nominated by Doug Bender and seconded by Cheryl Rugan. Khris Thexton, director of business operations, called for a vote, which predictably saw the candidates and their supporters vote for themselves, resulting in a tie. Board member Wade Babcock's ...
Two more photos from Wedsday's Glow Party at the Great Bend Public Library.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 25 nonprofit organizations, including the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.
USD 428 Director of Business Operations Khris Thexton gave a brief update on the progress of various capital improvement projects at learning centers around the district Monday night at the July meeting of the Board of Education.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.