A powerful and deadly storm system pummeled the Golden Belt Tuesday afternoon and evening with high winds, heavy rains, large hail and a possible tornado. The Kansas Adjutant General's Department confirmed storms claimed the lives of two people about 5:10 p.m.in Stafford County.
ST. JOHN - St. John High School is mourning the loss of a talented musician and actor and his mother who served as an elementary school paraprofessional.
Whether it does or does not take a village to raise a child may still be up for discussion, however it is clear that parents raising a new-born child can certainly use some help and that is just what the Barton County Health Department will do with $1,200 is has received from the Golden Belt Community Foundation, Barton County Commissioners were told this week.
In recent years, Kansas Board of Regents has been working on a process called "alignment," to standardize vocational and technical education courses across the state to fit the needs of employers. The Technical Education Authority makes recommendations on this statewide coordination.
After a body was discovered in rural Barton County last year, Sheriff Greg Armstrong's staff had a large area to search for evidence and needed to do it quickly. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was there to help, and so were students from Barton Community College's Criminal Justice program.
For one Great Bend man, the tornado that ripped the heart out of Joplin, Mo., Sunday is something he will never forget.
Wichita-based United Way of the Plains is coordinating with United Way of Central Kansas to assist the tornado-ravaged communities of Reading and Joplin, Mo., said Julie Bugner Smith, UWCK executive director.
Great Bend Street Department employees removed the bricks around the Broadway island at Harrison Street Tuesday afternoon as they prepared to tear the island out for the installation of a left-turn lane. That work starts today.
There's been enough rain locally to slow down the danger of range fire, but only temporarily.
Local gas prices have slowly reversed from the high point earlier this month and they had reached $3.80 per gallon in Great Bend Monday, which was a drop of six cents.
Great Bend High School seniors celebrated their graduation Sunday at the 2011 commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.
The latest report from the Kansas Department of Labor indicates the April 2011 unemployment rate in the state was 6.3 percent, down from 7.1 percent in March 2011 and down from 6.8 percent in April 2010.
Some photo's from Sunday's commencement ceremony at Great Bend High School.
Improvements in emergency communications in Barton County are continuing and the project is nearing completion, according to information from County Communications Director Doug Hubbard.
BUSHTON - Katelyn Zink is accustomed to being called last.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."
Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.
The public is invited to a free memorial concert in honor of Connie Schneweis, set for 4 p.m. Sunday, March 2 at St. Patrick's Church, 4200 Broadway Ave.
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.
When the Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America team went to the annual State Leadership Conference in 2013, watching eight of her fellow classmates win a trip to the FBLA Nationals lit a fire under Selam Ball.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington Monday said a number of city staff members and Harms Trust trustees are working with PBA Architects of Wichita to come up with a proposal to present at the March 3 City Council meeting.
The Barton County Fair Association announced Thursday the signing of county group Parmalee to perform at this year's Barton County Fair. Parmalee will perform on Friday, July 11, with special guest the Jared Daniels Band.