LAWRENCE - Average groundwater levels across western and central Kansas showed significant declines for the second consecutive year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey, based at the University of Kansas.
Great Bend High School sophomore Nick Gerdes has recently attained the prized Eagle Scout status by installing a light for the U.S. flag surrounded by a rock garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center last summer.
Steve Pringle was the winner of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's "Longest Tail Feather" contest, turning in a pheasant feather that is 24.5 inches long.
Kansas Wetlands Education Center Site Manager Curtis Wolf had one word to summarize this past year at Cheyenne Bottoms – dry.
For its business success and long-standing commitment to the community, Rosewood Services earned the title of Business of the Year for 2012.
For several decades, local consultant Rick Ball has been helping business owners and investors make sound decisions about their futures. He founded Ball Consulting Group LTD, specializing in offering financial and management consulting.
Anyone who has worked with teenagers knows how saintly educators are. Teachers dedicate themselves to impacting the lives of their students. But one teacher in particular has earned special recognition for going above and beyond as a role model and servant leader in 2012.
STAFFORD - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) had presented 10 other "Building Better Communities" awards during his time as a U.S. Congressman.
In the past month, the Great Bend Pilot Club has donated cash for car seat detector kits and car seats to the Great Bend High School Family and Consumer Science Class, as well as a load of free booster seats to TLC Discoveries after school program. It's part of an effort to help reduce the number of brain injuries to children through proper use of car seats.
STAFFORD - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) will deliver remarks and present his "Building Better Communities" award at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Stafford Mercantile, 101 N. Main.
Thursday, Senators on the Committee on Health and Human Services heard testimony from both sides of House Bill 2157 in Topeka. The bill allows for the creation of a mid-level dental provider called a Registered Dental Practitioner. It was introduced last week following a dental briefing for the committee. Passage of this bill would increase access to dental care by allowing mid-level dental providers to work in dental practices and clinics, proponents say. It could also leave patients open to lower-quality care and botched procedures, opponents say.
On average nationally, gasoline prices jumped 17 cents in one week, marking one of the largest jumps on record, the American Automobile Association reported this week.
One of life's greatest joys is music. Some musicians say music is the great equalizer ... it is a means to communicate the realm of human emotions world-wide. Joe Boley has been blessed with the gift of musical ability and he has shared his talent through a myriad of avenues in the Great Bend community for over five decades. His connection with music started in his youth.
Barton County residents could see a familiar face, or even two, at the next Miss Kansas pageant. That's because entries are being sought for two pageants that are a stepping stone to the Miss America competition, and both will be held March 9 at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.
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.
NESS COUNTY - One driver died and the other sustained possible injury on Friday morning, when a tanker truck rear-ended a semitrailer that had slowed to turn off K-96, 10 miles west of Ness City.
Maintenance will cause a disruption in services offered by the Kansas