At least five whooping cranes are believed to be spending the winter in south-central Kansas, according to sightings being monitored by staff from both Quivira National Wildlife Refuge and Cheyenne Bottoms State Wildlife Area. Although some sightings have been on either Cheyenne Bottoms or Quivira, most have been on private lands in the surrounding region. The endangered whooping cranes, in three separate groups, include a family group of three (2 adults and one juvenile), a lone juvenile bird, and a single adult that has primarily been observed within a large flock of Sandhill Cranes.
HOISINGTON – "Underage drinking needs to stop." That's the message a group of concerned parents and community members are working to spread throughout Barton County.
A Manhattan company has been approved to install monitoring wells on city park land to make sure there is no oil contamination in the southeast part of the community.
The eighteenth annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, along with the Fort Hays State University Jazz 1 an the Larned High School Sun Riz Jazz Band, organizers said.
A 32-year-old Hoisington man was arrested in Pratt County on Sunday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through three counties.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have not moved in the past week, but experts believe tensions in the Middle East, particularly Iran, that could change that in a hurry.
Barton County residents who want to participate in the coming city elections still have a few days to file, according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The election will be held on April 3.
CLAFLIN - Claflin High School and Claflin Elementary School have both received the Governor's Achievement Awards for the 2010-11 school year, and Ellinwood's St. Joseph School have also received the award.
A survey of Barton County residents on their perceptions of the Alicia DeBolt murder and the man accused of killing her, Adam Longoria, is being conducted by a Lincoln, Neb., firm Foot in the Door using a questionnaire prepared by professors at Pittsburg State University, said Troy Comeau of PSU's Communications Department.
A suspect was arrested Friday morning in connection with the severe beating of a 22-year-old Great Bend man on New Year's Day.
Crime Stoppers is offering a larger than normal reward for information on the attack of a 24-year-old woman, Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings said.
The Unified School District 428 School Board approved Friday afternoon the sale of the Shady Grove School property.
John L. Shepherd was arrested Friday morning for aggravated battery for the beating of Corbin Kern on Jan. 1, according to a brief news release from the Great Bend Police Department. Shepherd was booked into the Barton County Jail in lieu of bond.
The southeast part of Great Bend will see a major street improvement at no cost to the city.
Although enrollment at Barton Community College's Great Bend campus declined by about 6 percent, the college saw an overall 6 percent enrollment increase in the summer and fall of 2011, compared to the same time in 2010, college officials announced.
The iron lung exhibit from the Barton County Historical Society Museum is featured this week at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen will attend Thursday's study session with the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. in the Seminar Room, F-30 on the lower level of the BCC Fine Arts Building. This is billed as a "linkage" meeting between the trustees and LSH. Other guests from Larned will be Holly Hertel, former director of nursing; and Julie Belt, interim director of nursing.
A Great Bend man was booked on charges that included kidnapping following an incident that occurred south of Great Bend last Friday. The alleged victim was also arrested on outstanding warrants.
Hoisington clean up week to be held
HOISINGTON - Joe Coles, consultant, was in Hoisington last Thursday discussing business etiquette and leadership skills with Hoisington High School students, Ellinwood High School students and St. John-Hudson High School students. Sixty-six students participated.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Supreme Court last week reversed Court of Appeals ruling and that evidence in a 2010 Rice County drug case was seized illegally. The high court's decision affirmed that of the original Rice County District Court decision.
Superintendent Brad Reed visited each school in the district on the first day of school this year and was impressed, he told USD 428 Board of Education members Monday.
The Suicide Prevention Task Force of Central Kansas Partnership is holding a Remembrance Ceremony in conjunction with the "Golden Belt Glow for Life" Walk and competitive 5K Run at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, at Veterans Memorial Park in Great Bend. Coordinator Janel Rose at the Barton County Health Department said the public is invited to attend the Remembrance Ceremony that will be held at the west shelter next to the Lake.
M & N Screen Printing in Great Bend was awarded the contract to print T-shirts for the Great Bend Recreation Commission for the next year.
After Prom parents meeting to be held
About a month ago, rural Barton County resident Judy Demel complained to the Barton County Commission about the poor and potentially hazardous condition of the dirt roads near her property just west of the Great Bend Municipal Airport.
At at time when county coffers see more money going out, it was good news for Barton County Monday morning.
ELLINWOOD - Returning to its roots, the Historic Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, purchased only one year ago, is well on its way to its former grandeur.