This much is for sure: It's a Friday Thing and it will be on Fridays.
LARNED - A decorated Marine who lost both his legs above the knee to an explosive while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010 is scheduled to stop in Larned Friday. He's embarked on a 5,400 mile bicycle route to raise money and awareness for American veterans.
The fate of the old opera house building at the corner of Williams and Forest remains in limbo, according to City Inspector Lee Schneider.
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.
Barton Community College will help area high school seniors figure out what they want to do with their futures at the annual "Senior Day," starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 8, with a sign-up deadline of Feb. 1.
HOISINGTON - Two men Jonas Grubb of Great Bend and Jason McKinnon of Great Bend were booked on Sunday into the Barton County Jail after leading area law enforcement on a manhunt.
The deadline to file for the April local election was noon Monday, and the Barton County Clerk's Office has compiled the list of those who have tossed their hats into the ring.
The Barton County Historical Society's annual meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 27. Prior to the meeting, a catered dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m. from the Wheatland Cafe by reservation only. Those who have not made reservations should do so Wednesday or Thursday by calling 793-5125 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The cost will be $10, payable at the door.
The names of two Great Bend men arrested Friday in connection with recent shootings were released Tuesday, when Barton County Jail logs became available.
A suspect was arrested shortly after an armed robbery was reported Monday night at the Dollar Tree, 3502 10th St.
State health officials are reported that influenza activity is high in Kansas, activity that is echoed in Barton County. This has prompted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Barton County Health Department to encourage everyone six months of age and older to get vaccinated, if they have not already done so this season.
There is a movement in Topeka among legislators to abolish the mortgage registration fee, the money collected by registers of deeds for each mortgage transaction that has become an important funding source for counties.
Student volunteers from Great Bend High School delivered new books to the libraries of each of Great Bend's elementary schools Monday morning. It was one way Martin Luther King Day was celebrated, because as Linn Hogg with Volunteers In Action said, King believed all people should work hard to get the best education they could.
The public will have the opportunity to comment on the Rural Housing Incentive Districts proposed for a Washington Street apartment project and further development in Amber Meadows. The Great Bend City Council Monday night set public hearing dates for both.
The Unified School District 428 Board of Education will continue interviews for the next superintendent of schools this week. Dr. Tom Vernon has tendered his resignation for the end of this school year.
Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.
Great Bend Police are investigating a robbery reported Saturday morning at 2002 Holland St. At 10:39 a.m. they were dispatched to that address, where the victim reported he came home and a man was in his house. He said the man hit him in the face and took his wallet and $300 cash, then left on foot.
Shortly before the end of the school day Monday, an incident occurred at Great Bend High School. Although a student had a BB gun in his backpack, it was not pointed at anyone and school dismissed as usual, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department.
As more middle Americans look for ways to save for and transition into a successful retirement, CUNA Mutual Group and its retirement plan business in Great Bend are refocusing efforts to help this often neglected market niche.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."
Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.
Saturday night, Feb. 22, the 2013 Business Person of the Year and Business of the year were announced at the 92nd Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at the Great Bend Convention Center.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.