WASHINGTON - The United States Postal Service's price hikes, including an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents, went into effect as of this week. The proposed changes are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.
USD 428 Great Bend has a new Superintendent of Schools. Monday night, the B.O.E. held a special called meeting to unanimously approve a motion to enter into an agreement with Dr. Brad Reed. He will step into the position July 1, 2014. Long-time Superintendent Tom Vernon announced in September his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. He plans to stay in the community.
The Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 is just days away, and Great Bend native Dr. Bryan Pinkall is hard at work to help stage in Sochi, Russia. The opening ceremony will start at 11:14 a.m., local time, on Friday, Feb. 7.
The fourth-ranked Wichita State University Shockers men's basketball team, which beat Drake over the weekend to run its record to 21-0, has become a marquee opponent on everybody's schedule. Along with top-ranked Arizona and No. 2 Syracuse, the Shockers are among three unbeaten teams left in men's Division I basketball. Considering the weakened state of the Missouri Valley Conference and the schedule they still have left, there's a good chance Wichita State will become the first team to enter the NCAA tournament with an unblemished record since UNLV in 1991.
For yet another year, the Barton County Soil Conservation District held its annual meeting Saturday night under a cloud of uncertainty.
It was a time to recognize their own for their dedication and service to Barton County. At the Barton County Commission Monday morning, county officials presented an Employee Recognition Award and several longevity honors.
A southwesterly wind was whistling and the wind chill dipped below zero.
Earlier this month, on Jan. 7, Marmies Great Bend took possession of a very special vehicle, purchased August 10, 2013, by Donald and Kathleen Damon, owners of D & B Motors, LLC of Great Bend, from the Reno/ Tahoe Barrett-Jackson Auction. The 2014MY Ford Shelby GT500 convertible brought in $500,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America. Thursday, Jan. 9, the Damons were met by Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison, who handed them the keys, and offered his appreciation for their continued economic and charitable activity.
Chris Schneider winces every time his office phone rings.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School/Community Library has been chosen as one of six libraries in the state to host the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Institution exhibit from Jan. 31 to March 15, 2015.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and passed on a chance to buy less expensive vehicles from eastern Kansas venders, and accepted local bids.
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.
An Abilene woman suspected of conspiracy to commit first degree murder was apprehended Tuesday in Stafford County, and was held for a time at the Barton County Jail.
Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
The Great Bend Public Library has been selected as a "Hometown Teams" partner site and will receive a grant of up to $1,500 to tell its local story of sports and community. GBPL will join 17 museums, historical societies, libraries, and community organizations across the state in researching and documenting local sports stories as part of the Kansas Humanities Council's "Hometown Teams" initiative.
The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will be holding its 15th-annual Farm Safety Awareness Day Tuesday, March 4, at Barton Community College in the Case IH Technical training building.
First Kansas Bank of Great Bend has agreed to acquire Bank of America branches in Great Bend and Hays, local bank officials announced Wednesday.
The Barton Community College Dance team took home the first place trophy in the Region VI dance and cheer competition Sunday in Hutchinson.
Pat Kottas needed both knees replaced. The years of his youth spent crouched as a baseball catcher and playing football coupled with the subsequent years of chasing his kids around, coaching their sports teams and climbing multiple sets of stairs daily at work, had left him unable to stand up straight. After some badgering from his family, which included Barton Community College's Director of Nursing and Healthcare Education Programs Dr. Kathy Kottas, the time had come for him to bite the bullet and succumb to his bilateral knee replacement surgery on Dec. 13, 2013.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.26 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.40.