They are small, but they are mighty.
Jeffrey Chapman was found guilty late Thursday afternoon of first degree murder in the November 2011 shooting death of Damon Galyardt. The verdict came following two full days of jury deliberations.
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.
The Ellinwood City Council was visited by business owners Cassie and Mark Batchman at Tuesday's meeting held at the Ellinwood City Office. They were there to clear the air and inquire what could be done to expedite the repairs to their building located at 104 North Main, which was compromised during the demolition of a neighboring building owned by the city in September. They operate Cutting Edge Hair and Nail salon out of the building, as well as provide offices for two other businesses. For six months, as they have waited, they've watched their dreams crumble away.
Despite a full day of deliberations Wednesday, the jury in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Chapman still had not reached a verdict.
Note: This story has been updated online to correct the following error: Dean of Administration Mark Dean did not say the college is expecting mill levy increases.
BY SUSAN THACKER
The fact that Great Bend has a massive housing shortage is a given, but Matt Gillam was not expecting the interest he has received on the new multi-million-dollar apartment complex now taking shape on Grant Street.
After an hour of deliberation Tuesday afternoon, there was no verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Chapman, charged with the November 2011 shooting death of Damon Galyardt.
JUNCTION CITY - Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman was one of at least 2,000 people who reportedly listened to more than three hours of public comments Monday, at a listening session about possible reductions at Fort Riley. He spoke in favor of keeping personnel at current levels at the base, as did U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, and Gov. Sam Brownback.
Getting down to the business of education, board members for USD 428 met Monday night to hear the first reading of a proposal and presentations by the K-6 math adoption team for a new district-wide math curriculum. After reviewing two options, the teachers came to a unanimous decision with overwhelming support for one that includes text and web-ready lessons, training and professional development, tech-support and consumables over a seven year period.
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be a daunting task, but Barton Community College's Financial Aid Department will offer students and parents free assistance in making sure the application is filled out correctly. Barton is participating in a national initiative "College Goal Sunday," from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 in the Learning Resource Center on the Barton County campus.
Two youths playing with a lighter started a grass fire that damaged two trailer houses on Sunday, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported. Human activity also led to two fire calls on Saturday, although one was contained to a grill.
The prosecution rested Monday afternoon and the first defense witnesses were called as Jeffrey Wade Chapman's trial entered its second week. Chapman is charged with the first-degree murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11, 2011.
Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.
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.
Maintenance will cause a disruption in services offered by the Kansas