Purple is powerful. That is the message 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County Chairperson Kandi Wolf wants to send as the 2013 Relay wraps up and plans for the 17th installment of the local American Cancer Society-sponsored cancer-fighting event start rolling. "People have the impression that all the money raised leaves the county and we don't see any benefits," Wolf said. "That's just not the case." She challenged everyone to attend a Relay and ...
A preliminary hearing for Robert Dale Nicholas on the charge of attempted first degree murder has been set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Barton County District Court.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 10.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.06 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.30.
The Kansas Association of Counties will hold its 38th-annual conference and exhibition today through Thursday in Wichita, and among the nearly 700 attendees will be members of the Barton County Commission.
A third suspect has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 31 shooting of Jose Saul Torres Jr. at a Great Bend residence.
There's a new community service group in town – one that hopes to do magic. Melanie Calcara, one of the founders of Prairie Godmothers, said this group of "women helping women" hopes to provide funds for critical short-term needs not met by other community resources.
Nelson Stone of Stone Sand Company had the easy job. Stone's excavator did all of the heavy lifting that removed remnants of a former gas station Wednesday at 10th Street and Morphy. The future home of Dollar General will be located at 1017 and 1019 Morphy, which was rezoned from multi-family residential to general commercial in May to allow for construction. It is unusual to see a 12-foot deep crevice in the middle of town. ...
The public can catch a glimpse of heaven and hell in this year's Judgement House, which opens Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway. The title for this year's Halloween drama is "Revenge! When Rage Takes Control."
So far this month, many people have visited HealthCare.org attempting ot check out their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. For the majority, frustration has been a common refrain. Completing the application, let alone setting up an account, has been about as easy as trying to get into a Los Angeles A-list nightclub on a Friday night. Always up for a challenge, the Tribune gave it a try. Here's what we learned.
Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and if you aren't already covered by a qualified employer or individual plan or Medicaid, the time to learn about your options is now. In Kansas 13.1 percent of the population is uninsured, and 5.5 percent have individual insurance. Some people that fall into this category include individuals that are self employed, including farmers.
TOPEKA -The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued an Emergency Order of Suspension on Oct. 17 to a day care home at 901 Stone in Great Bend, Kan., licensed under the name Rhonda's Day Care Home. It is operated by Rhonda Weingrad.
USD 428 Board of Education members met for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School. They were joined by Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, who discussed progress on the gymnasium project and completion timelines.
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 a Kansas map, the service regions for the state's 19 community colleges are pretty straightforward. But Barton Community College's reach extends well beyond the official area of Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, Russell and Stafford counties. These days, Barton instructors can be found at Grandview Plaza in Geary County, Fort Riley and now Fort Leavenworth.
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 ...
The newest holiday display in Great Bend is located on the north side of the courthouse square. Christina Hayes, Great Bend Community Coordinator, described the interactive light display. "We are very excited about this new feature," she said. "It's set to music where you can park your car and tune in your radio, and the lights will dance with the music." Parks Director Terry Hoff described the synchronized light show as a major addition to ...
The state's number one librarian will visit the Great Bend Public Library when it holds an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9.
This marks the 22nd year Farmers Bank and Trust has set up twinkling Christmas trees in their Great Bend bank locations in an effort to help give needy children in the community a brighter holiday.
Editor's note: The Kansas State Department of Education earlier this month released it's 2013 School Report Card. At first glance, it appears Kansas kids are scoring poorly compared to even a year or two ago. But with schools all over the country rolling out of the new Common Core and College and Career Readiness standards, the rules of the game have changed. The tests haven't however, and that skews the data scores are supposed to ...
The Great Bend Sports Complex will host the 2014 baseball and softball championships of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Kansas Lottery is restructuring its field staff in order to provide better service to lottery players and retailers, and increase sales and transfers to the state. As part of the restructuring, the Lottery will close its Great Bend office. The last day the office is open to the public will be December 13, 2013.
It wasn't what they were expecting.
Vandalized stop signs are once again been an issue in rural parts of Barton County, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning. Four signs were damaged in this way with six other being reported as either vandalized or wind damaged.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff. Heather Acheson, director of the humane society, compared lessons on approaching injured or stray animals to what kids learn about "stranger ...
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed both days. The Barton County Landfill will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will return to normal operational hours. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
When it comes to grants, it's not often more money is offered than originally requested. But, that is the case for a joint county/state project to improve the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.