The room was filled with a few hundred passionate rural leaders eager to solve problems and create initiatives to improve the lives of rural residents. Enthusiasm hung in the air.
Crime Stoppers has released more information on the shots fires Monday morning outside the Walnut Plaza apartments, 2611 27th St.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - With the deadline fast approaching to get health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans, a final push is on across Kansas, Missouri and other states to get people signed up.
TOPEKA – Although a modest change, the Kansas unemployment rate ticked downward in January, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The KDOL update also noted that the state should start to see some job growth.
A mass mailing to City of Great Bend residential utility customers informing them about efforts to solve the algae problem at Veterans Memorial Lake has yet to go out, but city officials said plans are still in the works.
STAFFORD - Arson is suspected as the probable cause of a fire that destroyed the vacant Stafford High School building, owned by a Texan.
After large chucks of brick and mortar tumbled off the back of the old opera house building at 2103 Forest late last year, a time line for either the preservation or demolition of the historic structure has officially been set.
The United States Department of Transportation Monday afternoon issued the order selecting Portland, Ore.,-based Seaport Airlines to provide commercial air service to the Great Bend Municipal Airport, Airport Manager Martin Miller said.
Shots were fired Monday morning outside the Walnut Plaza apartments, the Great Bend Police Department reports. No one was injured, but property was damaged.
Through a partnership with the healthy community initiative Be Well Barton County and the Golden Belt Community Foundation, Barton County will install bicycle awareness signs on rural blacktops, the County Commission decided Monday morning.
James Haffner, a Hoxie artist, wasn't exactly seeking to become a glassblower. But thanks to the help of master artists and teachers at the University of California at San Diego's craft center, Haffner is not only making a name for himself, he's giving back in a big way. From now through March 23, his work can be viewed at The Deines Cultural Center's exhibit, "Veteran Arts: Custom Glassblowing by James Haffner".
The suicide of a family member leaves a lasting legacy that lingers on for remaining family members. But Sharon Engle, whose grandson Robert Shewbart committed suicide, has a message of hope.
A legislative coffee with Kansas State Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and House Representative John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) was held Saturday at the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum with about 15 people present.
Monday morning, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor traveled to Hays' Sternberg Museum to attend one of several conferences being held across the state to discuss the future of water in Kansas. At stake, according to Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy at the Kansas Water Office and Vision team leader, is the future of agriculture and economic development throughout the state.
STAFFORD COUNTY - The Stafford County sheriff's department is interested in talking to a former Great Bend resident who was recently arrested in Hays on an Oklahoma warrant for rustling cattle.
After reportedly falling behind schedule for an August completion date, construction of a new residence hall at Barton Community College is back on schedule, college trustees learned this week.
One more election in the books, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The April 1 results were canvassed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning and are now finalized.
Cathy Estes acknowledged the situation is bittersweet.
A new approach to how developmental mathematics are taught at Barton Community College has raised success rates from mediocre to above average, Barton math instructor Brian Howe told college trustees Wednesday.
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.
One of the largest farm shows in the United States got underway Wednesday, with the 2014 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. The show is taking place April 9-11 at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.
ST. JOHN - Macksville's Rachael East is accustomed to thinking fast and performing under pressure.
Be Well Barton County and its Earth Day 2014 partners are hosting the first-ever "Ride for the Planet" bicycle fun ride starting at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The ride is one of more than a dozen Earth Day activities and exhibits offered from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the zoo to celebrate Earth Day.
The boys and girls of summer have already returned to the Great Bend Sports Complex, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Ballfield preparations have been made and high school games have started at the new facility.
In the coming week, the Great Bend Public Library will join libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week - April 13-19.
The Talking Books program has taken a decidedly visual approach to public awareness with the launch of a traveling art exhibit titled "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective."