Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to hunting until further notice due to the continued presence of whooping cranes. This closure is necessary to give the crane, an endangered species, protection from mortality. Refuge personnel will continually be monitoring the Cranes' locations. The Refuge may open, and then close, several times over the next few weeks as Whooping Cranes migrate through the area. The most reliable source for the current status of Refuge hunting and whooping crane presence is our website, www.fws.gov/quivira. Hunters on private land in the Refuge vicinity are reminded ...
Poor management has left the Great Bend Convention Center in need of - well, in need of a lot - local officials are discovering as they work to finalize public ownership.
After launching the 2012 campaign Sept. 1, the United Way of Central Kansas has made significant headway, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said.
The body of a Great Bend man was found southwest of Great Bend by hunters Saturday morning, according to Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong.
Barton County Commissioners will not meet Monday because of the annual meeting of county officials from across the state in Topeka.
For the veterans, some still bearing the scars of their service, it was a chance to rekindle their common bond and share their experiences with others.
For years, a piece of Civil War history has, in effect, been hidden in plain sight in the Barton County courthouse square.
"Have a spoonful of kindness with your coffee in the morning," says Kirk Sinclair, who is walking the American Discovery Trail across America to promote the humanitarian needs of housing, health and hunger. Having walked from the coast, he was in Great Bend on Wednesday and Thursday.
Due to some glitches that occurred during Tuesday's testing, KDOT will be conducting another live simulation test on the 511 map (511.ksdot.org) from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Like Tuesday, fake winter road conditions will appear on the site during the test period.
Barton County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing four patrol vehicles from a Hoisington firm and will be operating some new models they haven't used before. The purchase, which came in over $80,000, was approved by the Barton County Commission this week.
Calling all retailers. The City of Great Bend is inviting business leaders in the Great Bend area to the first-ever Retailers Roundtable meeting on Monday.
Great Bend is making a revived effort to get young working adults involved in the community by reorganizing the Barton County Young Professionals group. To show prospective members what it's all about, the group will have a free membership mixer from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at Straub International, 214 SW 40 Ave.
Just in time to kick off the Christmas shopping season!
County officials had almost $25,000 in worthwhile county programs that needed funding from this year's special alcohol tax funds.
The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.
The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.
Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.
There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.
Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.
Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.
First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.
The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.