Barton Community College's 41st commencement is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the College Gymnasium. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman will welcome the graduates, their families and friends to the ceremony.
Just in time for baseball and softball season, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans to improve its presence on Facebook. GBRC is already on the Internet's most popular social networking site. However, Executive Director Diann Henderson told her board of directors Monday that staff is working on creating a more active Facebook page. The improvements should be made shortly after Memorial Day, and then people will be able to ...
An upturn in the amount of vandalism to road signs is costly and potentially dangerous, local law enforcement officers report. From Jan. 1 through April 30, 165 road signs belonging to the county have been stolen, spray painted, shot with guns or broken off with vehicles. Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings, speaking for Crime Stoppers of Barton County and Great Bend, said it will cost more than $7,100 to replace ...
Continuing their efforts to honor those serving the United States in the armed forces, Great Bend High School English students of Crystal Cross will hold a bicycle/walking rally Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
As the 57th-annual 3i Show closed Friday in Garden City, the site of the 58th show remained uncertain.
CLAFLIN - "Once a Wildcat-Always a Wildcat" will be the theme as the city of Claflin holds an All-School Reunion on May 29 with a day filled with activities.
Attorneys for the man accused of murdering a 14-year-old Great Bend girl have asked the court to dismiss a charge of criminal sodomy, saying it creates double jeopardy. Adam Joseph Longoria, 36, is charged with capital murder, in the August 2010 slaying of Alicia Debolt. It is based on a claim of premeditated murder done in commission of or subsequent to the crime of criminal sodomy. He ...
The Olympics came to Great Bend Friday. No, not those Olympics. These games offered participants the opportunity to show off their work and vocational skills. These were the 17th-annual Job Olympics, sponsored by the Barton County Transitional Council and Barton County Special Services. The arena was the Great Bend High School's Panther Activity Center. "Job simulations are used to create job situations," said Transition Council Chairperson Janet Thurow. Judges are people from the business community ...
County Engineer Clark Rusco and his staff are hip-deep in history these days. Maybe deeper. Working on the restoration of the county's historic stone bridges, constructed as part of the WPA project, Rusco reported this week that he's found a plethora of information. He's been researching details of the construction of the stone bridges and that took staff down into the salt mines near Hutchinson where county historic records are maintained. They had to go ...
Anyone who drives past Barton Community College this Saturday may see several police cars and a couple of ambulances on campus. But they shouldn't reach for a cell phone to call 911, college officials said, because it's all part of a planned learning event. The annual Barton Field Operations Day will start at 9 a.m., said Karyl White, director of the college's Emergency Medical Services program. The college ...
Knowing something about her Mexican heritage helped Yessenia Bustamante in her quest to become this year's Cinco de Mayo Queen for Great Bend's annual celebration. But a desire to help others is what cinched the decision for the judges.
Fourty years ago, the Great Bend High School music department needed a grand piano. This need spawned a tradition that continues to this day – the annual GBHS Variety Show.
Barton County officials found this week that they can save more than $2,500 by changing how they deal with county trash.
For the second time in less than a week, local gasoline prices have increased by a dime, rising Wednesday to $3.86.
Getting ready for its warm weather busy season is requiring a great deal of extra effort for city crews, according to a report City Administrator Howard Partington prepared for the Great Bend City Council this week.
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.
TOPEKA – There won't be an increase in Thanksgiving travel this year, but the roads and skies will still be plenty stuffed, according to AAA's annual travel forecast.
Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
Great Bend's holiday events calendar explodes this week as Thanksgiving and the annual Home for the Holidays celebration approaches.