The new binturong (BIN-tu-rong) at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has been named Poppy, zoo officials announced.
A jury for Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial was chosen Wednesday afternoon. Eight women and six men will serve, with 12 jurors and four alternates.
Establishing the first interagency and uniform emergency communications system is the goal of a project now in the works, members of the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee learned at their first 2015 quarterly meeting Jan. 27.
The Great Bend City Council and city personnel held a team-building work session last Friday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Council members took turns running through lists of suggestions and concerns.
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The third day of jury selection for Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial is set to begin Wednesday at 9 a.m. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty said he hopes to have a jury selected by noon.
It was a busy year for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. Over the course of 12 months, work involved dozens of miles of roads, thousands of tons of materials, thousands of labor hours and millions of dollars, Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning in his annual report.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has launched a free online customer service training course called Kansas At Your Service. KAYS was developed to help the tourism industry train its employees to provide outstanding customer experiences.
A bill introduced by the Kansas Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SB 71, would cut $362,671 from Barton County USD's 428, 431 and 355 current school budget. It would do this by altering the way supplemental general state aid is calculated.
The USD 431 Board of Education welcomed newly appointed member Ben Brewer who filled a position formerly occupied by Maggie Alderdice. Alderdice filled the position formerly occupied by Deb Stevens, who resigned in January. Now, with all the seats filled, the board went to work sorting through several applications for the Construction At Risk Manager position.
Technically, the City of Great Bend's ordinance banning parking on sidewalks is a zero-tolerance one. But, over the years, an unwritten rule softening that stance has evolved.
The process to fill the vacancy on the council left by the resignation of First Ward Great Bend City Councilman Edwin Roberts was set in motion during the council meeting Monday night.
In an effort to support the starting of a new business in Great Bend, the City Council Monday night approved passing along Great Bend Foundation funds to the local entrepreneurs.
The number of Great Bend residents who may have whooping cough stood at 23 as of Monday afternoon and the outbreak shows no sign of abating, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday.
Great Bend Middle School student Dalton Dicks was seated next to last year's champion Jazmin Garcia. Her good luck rubbed off on the middle school seventh-grader.
High school students will be able to graduate with a certificate in auto maintenance and light repair, thanks to changes in Barton Community College's automotive program, college trustees learned at a recent study session.
For two weeks, convicted murder Jeffrey Wade Chapman was seen being escorted to and from the Barton County Courthouse in street clothes and no apparent restraints, nothing preventing him from making a run for it.
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.