Great Bend's schedule of holiday events will move into Official Christmas Mode at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a parade down Main Street. A 13-foot Serbian spruce was planted in the courthouse square last week, so that the annual lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree can take place at 6:45 p.m., said Scott Keeler, superintendent of the city's parks.
With Thanksgiving triggering the start of the holiday travel season, gas prices across Kansas have risen over six cents in the past week. However, an average cost of $2.77 per gallon won't likely keep Kansans from going over the river and through woods.
With Thanksgiving just days away, children flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday to talk turkey. Pam Martin and other staff explained the peculiarities of our favorite holiday bird, from head to toe - or snood to spur.
HAYS – Most Kansans think their state is a good place to live, though not as many as in 2009, and, by a significant margin, more think the economy is "poor" or "very poor."
Four pick-up trucks piled with canned and boxed food formed a convoy from Great Bend High School to the Barton County Food Bank Friday afternoon.
Soon high schools will be required to help students plan their education based on career interests, and Barton Community College can help with that, college administrators told the BCC Board of Trustees on Thursday.
ELLINWOOD - Horses pulling a vehicle out of the mud, Main Street in Ellinwood in 1938, Wolf Pond in 1934 and an 1887 settlers reunion parade - remnants of the fabric of life in an earlier, simpler time in Barton County.
Adam Joseph Longoria, the 36-year-old Great Bend man charged in the Aug. 21 slaying of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt will stand trial for capital murder and criminal sodomy in connection to the killing, Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts ruled Thursday afternoon.
"I'm mad as hell about it," Brock McPherson said he told the Great Bend City Council recently, about burglaries in his neighborhood. He was the mediator for a meeting Wednesday night about establishing a Neighborhood Watch Program, roughly in the area of the 2600 to 2900 blocks of Forest, Broadway and 16th.
Sunny, the yellow tiger at Brit Spaugh Zoo, received a clean bill of health during its annual physical on Wednesday, Great Bend Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. Dr. Mike Malone, the zoo's veterinarian, and his associate, Dr. Jackie Corbett, conducted the physical, cleaned the tiger's teeth and trimmed its claws. Last week they performed a similar procedure on Max, the male grizzly bear.
Huge snowflakes, a few as big in diameter as softballs, fell on Great Bend late Wednesday morning.
The toxic algae threat that closed Veterans Memorial Lake in Great Bend to all recreational activities has been down graded from a warning to an advisory, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Wednesday afternoon.
Great Bend city officials have approved conditional use permits for three new projects near the city, including one that provides for the development of a new sandpit, just south of town.
Rescue workers were dispatched to northern Barton County around 4 p.m. Tuesday, after a truck that was pulling a cattle trailer went into a ditch on the Galatia-Susank blacktop (NW 190 Road). Barton County Undersheriff Larry Holliday said the small semi-trailer driven by Russell-area farmer Robert Yarmer went off the road half a mile west of the intersection of NW 190 Road and NW 140 Ave., or 3.5 miles west of Galatia. Yarmer was pinned inside the truck, which had rolled onto its side while the trailer remained upright.
He may have been big, but he definitely wasn't bad.
With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.
A member of the Great Bend American Legion Post 180 hangs a POW/MIA flag in the courthouse square, Thursday evening.
During his Town Hall at Ellinwood Thursday, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said he believes it's time to look at a new school funding formula. "Free lunch isn't the only indicator of at-risk," he said, noting poor students may excel and more affluent students may face other issues.
ELLINWOOD - Following a Town Hall on Thursday at the Ellinwood District Hospital, Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan made a visit to the historic Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 5 miles north of town. Tax credits administered through the Kansas Historical Society will reimburse 27 percent of the cost of restoring the former church's iconic steeple, said Ryan Robl from the Sts. Peter and Paul Heritage Association.
ELLINWOOD - Kansas is in a good fiscal position, Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan said Thursday at an Ellinwood Chamber Town Hall. One of his key points on Kansas tax policy is that the state ended Fiscal Year 2014 with $434.6 million cash-on-hand.
The Barton County Road and Bridge Department will be doing asphalt work at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 30 Road on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22-23. The intersection will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, or until the project is completed.
Kansas law provides a three-foot wide passing distance for bicyclists. Tuesday, Dale Phillips and George Coulson with the Barton County Road and Bridge Dept. began installation of bicycle warning signs to remind motorists, with it's first sign erected on W. 10th Street at the Great Bend city limit.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano is a hands-on leader.
A free program on Digital Mammography will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Great Bend Regional Hospital staff will talk about their new full field digital mammography machine that shows great promise in the fight against breast cancer.
Central Plains Middle School would like to recognize Avery Hurley and Devin Ryan as the September Students of the Month.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas this Saturday and Sunday for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
Thousands of bikers and motocross fans will converge at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend, for two motorcycle events: The 7th Annual Big Bend Bike Rally and the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout.
The judge who ordered a mental competency evaluation for first-degree murder suspect Jeffrey Wade Chapman now wants to hear why the evaluation at Larned State Security Hospital took less than a day.
The jury trial for the Great Bend woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 in money earmarked to honor World War II veterans was scheduled to start this week, but is on hold, with no date scheduled as of Tuesday. LaVeta D. Miller's court-appointed attorney has requested the trial be rescheduled to November or December if possible.