Daryl Beck has been incarcerated at Ellsworth Correctional Facility for nearly eight long years, but like most inmates, Beck will not be in prison forever – he will be a free man again. His release date is Aug. 15.
Workers will begin performing slurry seal work on 10th Street next week, City Engineer Robert L. Winiecke said.
Heartland Farm held its annual Peace Camp the first week of June, with 20 children in attendance. The theme this year was Native Americans, said Marilyn Pearson, camp spokesperson.
Still sharp and witty at the age of 90, former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole graciously spoke and then greeted each of the dozens of community members who waited in line to see the elder statesman in Great Bend Wednesday afternoon in Great Bend.
By the time the first Camp Hope campers arrive in Barton County on Sunday, many hours of behind-the-scenes work will have already taken place. One service project comes from a young man who had never heard of Camp Hope, until he read a news article about a fire that threatened to spoil this year's fun.
Barton County department heads are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. These are presented every other week to the Barton County Commission as a means of reaching the public and keeping citizens aware of the duties and services completed.
At approximately 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Great Bend Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Morton St. and Lakin Ave.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reported on operations at the Barton County Jail during Monday's county commission meeting, answering questions about the facility and the staff. It's been 10 years since construction of the detention facility.
Youths in Great Bend Recreation Commission baseball and softball leagues can't run home when a batter is swinging at a pitch, GBRC Sports Director Chris Umphres said.
Starting Thursday, June 12 the City of Great Bend will be spraying for mosquitoes from 8 p.m. until midnight. Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed during that time. Spraying will continue each Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight through July 3, weather permitting.
LLINWOOD - Bike Across Kansas became an Extreme Sport on Monday when participants faced four inches of pouring rain that some said felt like hail scouring the face, semi's blasting water from both lanes of traffic, slippery railroad tracks, falls, cold, and head winds, all to be able to say, "I did it."
Sally Cauble, District 5 board member of the Kansas State Board of Education, visited Great Bend June 5. She and Superintendent Tom Vernon led a focus group meeting at which the public was invited to weigh in on what qualities they felt the next Commissioner of Education should possess.
Barton County Health Director Lily Akings will retire next month, County Administrator Richard Boeckman announced Monday. He told the county commission she has submitted her resignation effective July 25, and that he will start advertising the position this week.
Barton County and other oil-producing counties in Kansas will get back at least some of the state's Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund (OGVDTF) money that was withheld last year, County Administrator said Monday.
Friends remember Roger Brining, one of two people who passed away in a plane wreck Sunday afternoon in Barton County, as a prominent and active member of the community. He was a farmer, former computer store and Internet service owner, Air Force veteran, and pilot. The other victim of the accident was 24-year-old Daniel Bishop of Clearfield, Utah, who was described as the boyfriend of Brining's daughter, Rebecca Brining.
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Her voice brimming with enthusiasm, new Big Brothers, Big Sisters area director Diane Shoemaker has come on board with the non-profit organization which provides a little attention to kids-in-need, but has big results.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center will feature guest speaker Linda McCaffrey during a July 28 noon pot luck lunch.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.
After somber deliberation, a unanimous Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a non-binding resolution calling for the resignation of County Treasurer Kevin Wondra.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
ELLINWOOD - Overcast skies made for a pleasant morning Saturday when the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival parade brought crowds to the red, brick streets of the community.
TOPEKA – Ruling the jury instructions may have violated his constitutional rights, the Kansas Supreme Court Friday overturned the death sentence for Sidney Gleason, convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.
Two residents of Great Bend were injured after a wreck at 10 a.m. on Friday in Stafford County.
HOISINGTON -It turns out the 4th time's the charm, not the 3rd time. The 11-year-old Quivira All-Star baseball team, comprised of Ellsworth, Claflin and Hoisington players, avenged three previous losses to CVL (the Cottonwood Valley League All-Stars) to claim the Cal Ripken State Baseball Championship in Garden City this past weekend for the 11-year-old Cal Ripken Division. The Quivira team will now advance to an 8-team, 5-state Regional tournament in Minot, North Dakota beginning July 31st.
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TOPEKA (AP) - Kansas' highest court Friday overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of capital murder in connection with the killings a decade ago of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend after she'd witnessed a robbery.