TOPEKA – In light of reduced judicial resources statewide, a new "Blue Ribbon" commission has been named to take a thorough and critical look at the Kansas court system to find ways to improve it and make it more efficient, it was announced Wednesday.
County Administrator Richard Boeckman is hoping that there are some Barton County businesses that could bloom in the state's garden in 2011, and he will provide what help he can to direct them to a program that could help.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Jerry Moran was officially sworn in today by Vice President Joseph Biden in the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol, and was escorted by Senator Pat Roberts and Governor-elect Sam Brownback. Moran is replacing Governor-Elect Sam Brownback, who retired from the Senate.
The Great Bend Senior Center is one of 21 from across southwest Kansas designated as 2010 Focal Point facilities by the Dodge City-based Southwest Kansas Area Agency On Aging, said Dave Geist, SWKAAA executive director.
Your student's information has always been available, but gaining access to that information meant phone calls to the school and visits with teachers – each time you wanted an update.
Barton County officials approved standing up for a local transportation program that has garnered state attention.
The last time that Glenn Opie came to a Great Bend City Council meeting, City Attorney Bob Suelter told the council members that the bid from Eby Construction to complete the Jack Kilby plaza area in 84 days for $408,085, was below the engineering estimates.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a juvenile being raped, somewhere in the vicinity of Hart's Corner. A deputy and three Great Bend police officers were dispatched to the Central Kansas Medical Center Emergency Room at 5:11 p.m. Sunday, where the girl's father reported she had been raped.
An Ellsworth woman died in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday at the Hedville Road intersection with Interstate 70 in Saline County.
Jay Holloway loves to fish.
County officials, who learned about plans to drop VIN inspections for vehicles coming to Kansas from other states when they read it in the Tribune last week, showed concerns for the service moving out of the county's hands and will investigate it being taken over by another department.
Anyone interested in the plans to install traffic signals at Broadway and Harrison are invited to attend a city meeting set for 6 p.m. next Monday, it was announced Monday night at the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In response to changes in the health care landscape, in the near future, Central Kansas Medical Center will cease providing in-patient care to focus solely on out-patient services, hospital officials said Monday.
The winter storm that began last week contributed to several accidents in central Kansas, including a fatality Sunday in Pratt County. Kansas Highway Patrol also worked one injury accident last Friday in Ellsworth County, and one Sunday in Rush County.
Editors note: Ellinwood historians Mary Jo Cunningham and Robert Yarmer provided information for this story.
Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.
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.