Early in April 1938, a massive snow and ice storm knocked out most of the telephone and power lines in Western Kansas. With communications down, the electric, gas and oil companies were scrambling to make contact with their distant offices and crews. Amateur radio operators came to the rescue and inspired a young high school student named Jack Kilby.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved a local firm's low bids on two concrete parking lot projects on Thursday, but not before another local contractor voiced displeasure over not being asked for a bid.
Great Bend Regional Hospital gained 15 beds Thursday afternoon, after volunteers set up a portable "field hospital" on a north parking lot. It will be needed today when a couple of dozen injuries are recorded for a training exercise.
For the most part, Great Bend-based Central Prairie Resource Conservation and Development Council flies along under the radar – quietly working behind the scenes on a number projects in central Kansas.
A Great Bend man who said he was just trying to get his money back after being stiffed on a drug deal has been found guilty of aggravated robbery and other charges.
Heroism has many definitions.
MINNEAPOLIS – Three of the four Kansas Department of Corrections inmates housed at the Ottawa County jail here who escaped at about 5 a.m. Wednesday remain at large, according to a KCOC news release.
The third-annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence and raise money to provide services for survivors, will kick-off with a 30-minute television special to air at noon Saturday on KSNC TV, local channel 3.
Writing a book about the inventor of the microchip led to a lifelong friendship between 2000 Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby and journalist T.R. Reid. When a sculpture honoring Kilby is unveiled on April 28 in downtown Great Bend, Reid will attend the 7:30 p.m. ceremony.
If all goes well, movies will be shown in the new downtown Great Bend Cinema Six by next May as the facility draws thousands to the business district.
It's one time when kids are encouraged to open their mouths.
Barton County Records Clerk Marion Beck checked her e-mail in-box one Monday morning in February and found a message that started like this: "Good evening, Marion, from a very wet southeast England."
The City of Great Bend's arrangement with the owners of the Highland Hotel to manage the city-owned convention center will remain in place, at least through the end of September, the City Council decided Monday night.
A man convicted of second degree murder in Pawnee County is eligible for a parole hearing before the state Prisoner Review Board in May, for possible release in June.
The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.
The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.
Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.
There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.
Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.
Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.
First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.
The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.
The 21st annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Crest Theater, featuring jazz vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina. He will perform with the Prairie Winds Jazz Combo made up of area musicians.
Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.
The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening. An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.
Eagle Med began airlifting injured people from Great Bend Regional Hospital to Wichita following a two-vehicle accident south of Great Bend on U.S. 281.
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.