The song birds are singing, the redbuds are budding, the days are warming up - so it must be time for road construction.
The Great Bend Fraternal Order of Police headed to Town & Country Super Market in Hoisington on Saturday to pick up 40 bags of groceries to provide Easter baskets for families in need. Detective Terry Millard said FOP members conducted a fundraiser earlier this spring and people from all over the county donated.
Kids had plenty of chances to run for Easter eggs Saturday in Great Bend.
The state's jobless rate continued its downward trend in March as unemployment in Kansas hit 7.1 percent, the Kansas Department of Labor announced this week. This is down from 7.2 percent in February 2011 and down from 7.5 percent in March 2010.
From sports cars to railroad cars, next Sunday will be a busy day in Great Bend as Mid-America Mopar and the Golden Belt Model Railroaders Association plan their annual showcase events.
The USD 428 Education Foundation, which is proudly observing its 22nd year of philanthropy, recently awarded 16 minigrants to local teachers totaling $10,589.
Within the next couple of weeks, ads will go out to seek applications for a community coordinator for Great Bend.
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The recent "Transition Ritual" at Central Kansas Medical Center focused on change, while recognizing the contributions of all its employees over the years. CKMC will become St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center on Sunday, May 1.
Barton Community College's Board of Trustees hired two employees for the athletics department on Thursday. Trevor Rolfs, who will take over at the new Athletic Director on July 1, and Patrick Hall, hired as the new women's volleyball coach, are both leaving positions at Pratt Community College to come to Barton.
City leaders are not supposed to use their position with the city for personal gain. Anyone who attended a Constitution or civics class in high school should have already been exposed to that issue, or one similar to it, and this week the Great Bend City Council made its stand on this and other ethical issues official as it adopted the city's new ethics policy.
After Tuesday's "Dancing with the Barton Stars," where local celebrities raised over $23,000 for Barton Community College's fine arts programs, the audience was ready for more.
Bonnie the black bear paced around her outdoor exhibit area Wednesday at Great Bend's Brit-Spaugh Zoo, seeming to miss her mate, Clyde. The male bear was inside the cages with zoo staff, out of sight as it received a routine physical exam.
A group of local grade school students were recognized by the Great Bend City Council Monday night for their involvement in promoting the growth of trees.
City officials have approved a program that will help improve access to the Arkansas River recreation areas from Stone Lake.
The sting of a mosquito bite, while unpleasant, may carry a greater bite lately to some living in Barton County.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 began a full roll out of one-on-one iPad to student from kindergarten to 12th grade this fall, and so far, it has changed up learning for the kids. From music class to English to science, the students are using the tablet.
TOPEKA – Adam J. Longoria, convicted in Barton County for the August 2010 murder of Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt, will again be in court next Wednesday when he appeals his sentence before the Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Airport Airplane/Classic Car display will be from 1:30-3:30 on Sunday. An original P-51B Mustang will perform a flyby, weather permitting, during the event.
HOISINGTON - A Family Fun 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Hoisington at Bicentennial Park. The cost is $15 for youth and $20 for an adult. \
There is a lot in Great Bend in the coming months, according to information from Community Coordinator Christina Hayes presented to the City Council Wednesday night.
The Barton County Solid Waste Department staff held a household hazardous waste collection day Saturday, Aug. 16 at the landfill, an event that met with success, said Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock.
TOPEKA – "Byways of Kansas" is the title of a new travel guide from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Kansas Department of Transportation. Kansas boasts 11 scenic and historic byways – including two national scenic byways, including the area's own Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway – that offer travelers the opportunity to get away from the more heavily-traveled highways and experience Kansas landscapes, history, attractions, culture, entertainment, and hospitality.