New animals are arriving on schedule this month at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. A male arctic fox arrived last Saturday, although it will be a few weeks before he is available for public viewing. Zoo policy requires all new arrivals to spend some time in quarantine, a safety precaution that protects the other animals from any disease or parasite they may be carrying, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. However, members of Great Bend's Zoological ...
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have continued their downward tumble, falling 5.9 cents per gallon in the past week, GasBuddy.com reported. The average earlier this week was $3 per gallon according to a daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in the state. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina reported to the City Council Monday night that Explore Great Bend Month kicked off nicely Saturday with Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Chili Cook-off.
Cris Collier, president of Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau said Tuesday that Barton County will certainly enjoy more hunters this year than in the past two. Water at Cheyenne Bottoms is, of course, the main reason.
The Family Crisis Center's Shelter needed strong men to make the backyard more usable for the children residing in shelter with their moms. Little did they know that they would have Iron Men step up and take the project on, said Christy Huslig, outreach advocate.
LARNED - When Jeromy Bartz plays in Larned High's first football playoff game in 28 years, he'll think of his father.
Many area residents in the past couple weeks have received an official-looking packet in the mail from U.S. Prescription Discounts. Upon opening the envelope, they found what were labeled prescription cards.
It's been nearly a month since 33-year-old Rhiannon Young died after being hit by a motorist who then drove away on the U.S. 281 Bypass. The Great Bend Police Department continues to investigate, Detective David Bailey said.
City of Great Bend employees will see no increase in their Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance premiums in 2014, the City Council decided Monday night.
Explore the night sky and see the stars at Cheyenne Bottoms and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Friday, Nov. 8. Fall provides some excellent views of the night sky and various stars, constellations, and planets will be viewed and discussed.
When a cat's body was found in some bushes last month, the Great Bend Police Department logged it as a cruelty to animals case with no leads.
It wasn't part of its regular agenda, but the Barton County Commission was glad to take up the matter.
Jean Cavanaugh recently attended a local soccer game where she witnessed something that made her eyes tear up a bit.
It was the "mane" event Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Elementary School. The second-grade Lincoln Lions were visited by representatives of the Great Bend Noon Lions and Scott Gregory, director of the Brit Spaugh Zoo. Club members shared how the youngsters could win a stuffed lion by competing in a story-writing contest to choose names for the new lion cubs coming to the Brit Spaugh Zoo next week. No "lyin'." The club is helping promote the ...
The Barton County Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation executed two search warrants late Monday and early Tuesday in Great Bend. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said suspected methamphetamine was found and five suspects were arrested on drug charges.
Nostalgia, entertainment and music are on the agenda for the Barton County Historical Society's holiday open house, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." It will take place 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the museum. Admission is free for the day. The Barton County Historical Museum & Village is located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend. Regular winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Executive Director ...
A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.
It has been a busy year and it has been a good year for Great Bend, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters told the City Council Monday night.
All Ralph wanted was a Red Rider BB Gun, and P& S Security's float took top honors depicting Ralph finding it under the tree. P & S claimed the Holiday Spirit award with additional recognition as they won the Grand Marshal Theme award and Best Float. Judges Vicki Richardson and Debbie Jones had their work cut out for them as this year's parade was packed with exceptional entries, said Sarah Krom from Sunflower Diversified Services, ...
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will get two new patrol cars to replace aging vehicles currently in service, the Barton County Commission decided Monday morning.
Cub Scout Pack 157's float in the Home for the Holidays Parade completes the parade theme "All I want for Christmas Is ..." with "My two front teeth." The parade got underway Saturday evening at Brit Spaugh Park, and continued down Main Street. Festivities continued in the courthouse square.
The Great Bend Tree Board received several entries to its first Trick or Tree photo contest. Here are some more of the non-winning entries.
Editor's note: This story by Esther Sayler and the accompanying tree photo won first place in the "Most Interesting Story" category of the Great Bend Tree Board's first Trick or Tree Contest, October 2013. Little Arthur (the second Arthur M. Sayler of four so named) was only 10 years old when he first saw the wonderful cottonwood tree with its dancing leaves, full- grown, standing alone in a dusty wheat field south of Albert, Kansas. ...
As the fall colors began to turn, Great Bend's Tree Board announced its first Trick or Tree photography contest. Contest coordinator Toni Rice announced the winners this past week. "We had so many wonderful entries," Rice said. Although six were named winners – and will be awarded gift certificates – Rice had many "favorites" among the submissions – which brought out the variety in species as well as the history of trees in Barton County. ...
Great Bend High School has announced its 2013 inductees to the GBHS Hall of Fame. Recognized will be two individuals, one who has served as a diplomat in far-flung regions of the world and one who had hand in significant medical research.
After Thanksgiving, the elves at the north pole get busy. A winter tradition, Santa's Workshop will be open from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at the City Auditorium. Garet Fitzpatrick at the Great Bend Recreation Commission notes that a number of volunteers will help to transform the City Auditorium into the 17th annual Santa's Workshop, a free event "designed for preschool through sixth graders and their families and those young at heart." Enter through the ...