HOISINGTON - Time stood still on April 2001 for the small community of Hoisington when the fury of the plains struck with unrelenting force, tearing through the city, destroying hearts and homes.
County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg turned to American poet Carl Sandburg to argue in favor of accepting a low bid on a county project when the Barton County Commission met Monday, but Sandburg did not carry the day.
Great Bend City Council reorganized Monday night, implementing the decisions that local voters made in the April 5 election.
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A Great Bend man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested after an injury accident Sunday night.
Patrons of the Barton County Treasurer's Office will need to work on the ground floor when they come to the courthouse for the next couple of weeks.
On Jan. 11, 2007, Treasa Lynn Carter was brutally stabbed to death by her husband in Pawnee Rock. Prior to her death, there had been reports loud arguments in the home, but not of violence.
It's almost show time. Five pairs of local celebrities, who have been polishing their moves for the past two months, will hit the stage dancing at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as the main attraction of "Dancing with the Barton Stars." Their stage is the Barton Community College fine arts stage and their goal is to raise funds and awareness for renovating the college's 40-year-old Fine Arts Auditorium.
Crystal Cross, Great Bend High School English teacher, wants to bring the war in Iraq and Afghanistan home to Great Bend. Not physically, of course, but mentally and emotionally for her students.
As the Great Bend mock disaster drill, simulating a tornado touching down in the city, wrapped up Thursday afternoon, the area fell under a real tornado watch.
As of the end of 2010, there were 211 children with open child abuse and neglect cases in Barton county.
Sometimes, Paul Berscheidt considers himself lucky.
It doesn't take a climatologist to know that conditions in this region are dry - though there are plenty of climate experts who can't wait to discuss the issue.
Local residents are being encouraged to travel to Russell Monday for a public meeting on taxes.
"Reshaping the future - honoring the past."
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.
The Barton County Road and Bridge department is in the middle of the summer sealing season. This is the time when crews tackle a portion of the county's nearly 400 miles of blacktop roads.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Aug. 7
This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks will host a hunter safety class Sept. 6 and 7 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156.
The goal for the 2014 Relay for Life of Barton County was $104,000. All the money has now been turned in and the annual cancer-fighting fundraiser fell a little short, netting $92,000.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain her enthusiasm during the City Council meeting Monday night.
Several steps were taken Monday night to move along the development of the new apartment complex on Grant Street, known as the Reserves at Trail Ridge. The action came during the Great Bend City Council meeting.
In addition to the Grant Street apartment complex, another housing development was a topic at Monday night's Great Bend City Council meeting. Adopted was a resolution authorizing the submission of an application for a $300,000 2014 Moderate Income Housing Grant related to the construction of six market-rate four-plexes at 28th and Washington.
HAYS - A Great Bend man has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for causing a fatal accident last September, when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 70 in Ellis County.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - A memorial fund has been set up for the children of a Reno County jail deputy and his wife who died in a motorcycle crash during the weekend.
The driver of a motorcycle was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita on Friday after rear-ending a car driven by a St. John resident, who was not injured, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.