Two hours into the event, already nearly 100 people had visited the Great Bend Renaissance Fair on Saturday. It was an encouraging start to the event's fourth year. Steady growth allowed organizer David LeRoy to request a smaller grant from the city than years past, as the fair begins to cover its own expenses.
This weekend, Long's Pumpkin Patch, a half-mile west of Barton Community College north of Great Bend welcomed a steady stream of visitors eager to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate their home for fall.
Firefighters will visit Great Bend schools Oct. 4-15, as they observe Fire Prevention Week. Capt. Luke McCormick at the Great Bend Fire Department said children will learn some important things about fire safety, and the lessons are also good for parents. The theme for this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign is, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"
HOISINGTON - The settlers of the 1880s were hardy souls, enduring frequent prairie fires, grasshopper, droughts, and an untamed land filled with promise. And in those days, the settler's sought solace from the uncertainty, the tornadic winds, and the loss through their faith.
A quick roll of the dice, the purchase of lottery tickets, playing bingo for money, or a wager at the blackjack table provides a welcome temporary distraction for some. However, it becomes a problem when a person can't stop playing or thinking about betting.
Those who want a free flu shot are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and drive through the upcoming vaccination clinic at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
HAYS – One finding in the upcoming Kansas Speaks Survey 2014, conducted by Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs, is that the two highest profile races in the election are tight tight tight.
ELLSWORTH - An Ellsworth County district court judge sentenced an Ellsworth woman to 32 months in prison Tuesday for the death of her 13-month-old daughter. Michele Suppes, 26, was also ordered to serve 24 months of post-release supervision.
SHAWNEE COUNTY - The Stafford County Attorney, who helps sends suspects to jail, faces his own legal issue after being arrested Sept. 20 for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol by the Kansas Highway Patrol.
George Weber, 53, of Great Bend, has lived in and has been hunting in Barton County all his life. The 5-foot-6-inch, 190-pound muscular man with a full beard and intense blue eyes that capture your attention as he speaks seems at the same time younger in body and wiser in spirit than his stated age. His handshake is firm, and his manner respectful.
The Prairie Godmothers hope to spin more magic by hosting a Bag Lady Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 18th, at the Best Western Courtyard, 2920 10th St.
Kyle Petheridge, disobey traffic signal, dismissed
The colorful Barton County Arts Center sign still hangs above the building at 1401 Main in Great Bend, but what catches the eye these days are Keller Real Estate's "For Sale" signs in the window.
Ellinwood Police Department Monthly Report - August
The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports of burglaries over the weekend. Homes, vehicles and businesses were entered and items taken.
The Barton County Historical Society will host its annual car show from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11. Rolling Sculpture 2014 will be held on the grounds of the historical village, located south of Great Bend's Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office seized about 9 pounds of suspected marijuana as well as $22,000 in cash in the course of executing a series of search warrants on Friday.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School debate team started its season by bringing home five medals from Hays recently.
HOISINGTON -As part of the capital campaign to fund the Therapy Services and Laundry Facility expansion project, Teddy Williamson's family chose to make a pledge to the campaign, in her honor, choosing to rename the Nurse's Station, where Teddy put in many long hours as former chief of Nursing at Clara Barton.
Sue Cooper, program officer for the Golden Belt Community Foundation, joined Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman as part of a strong local contingent that attended a recent conference in Wichita touting the benefits of designing communities with health living in mind.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard an update on the 2014 tax sale. The county recently took judgment on the parcels remaining on the sale.