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.
HOISINGTON - The search in the Hoisington area for a fugitive from Virginia is over as 34-year-old Jason McKinna has been captured.
HOISINGTON - The Kansas Highway Patrol, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Barton County Sheriff Department and the Hoisington Police Department are searching for a white male last seen on the north side of Hoisington on Sunday morning.
On Friday, the Great Bend Police Department with the assistance of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Barton County Communications and the Barton County Attorney's Office, located two more victims to the shooting in the 1400 block of Second Street on Wednesday.
A program to celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Monday evening at Great Bend's First Baptist Church.
Blustering winds tended to discourage people from loitering outside Saturday, but a handful of volunteers took turns standing outside the Walmart Supercenter.
Along with messages about prayer groups and pot luck dinners, this week's church bulletin may contain a note about domestic violence.
Santa Rosa, Calif.-based American AgCredit has announced plans to locate its Kansas and Oklahoma regional office in Great Bend. The ag lender has purchased commercial property at 10th and Patton.
Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it's hard to deny the emotion and intrigue present in the photo art produced by Great Bend artist Stephen McAnulla. Industry leader Wacom, makers of digital creative tools that allow artists to sketch, draw, paint digitally, will feature McAnulla as part of a panel of experts in an upcoming one-hour online seminar where he will share some of his work.
It was a bitter-sweet occasion for the United Way of Central Kansas.
The Great Bend Police Department has released the names of the three people shot Wednesday night in Great Bend. All of the victims were transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital by Great Bend Emergency Medical Services.
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.
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.