With the upcoming retirement of USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon, the USD 428 Board of Education will officially begin the process of searching for his replacement in November. Board president Joyce Carter said the Kansas Association of School Boards will announce the vacancy on Nov. 14. Vernon made his public announcement at the September BOE meeting, and the board at that time voted to use the services of the KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist ...
Everyone was there for Cody. The runners and volunteers at Veterans Park listened intently when Sandy Clanton provided an update on her injured son, Cody Clark. Clark, a 2010 Great Bend High School graduate, was severely injured when he and a friend, Michael D. Tysver, were rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver in Scottsdale, Ariz., after Kansas State's Fiesta Bowl game in January. Clark and Tysver were riding in a pedi-cab back to their hotel ...
Five days ago, a thunderstorm triggered hail in Barton County, that measured more than an inch in nearby Pawnee and Hodgeman counties.
The 32nd Annual Central Kansas Toy Run rolled out Saturday in Great Bend.
CLAFLIN -Prior to 1980, vehicle repair involved changing four v-belts to run each engine accessory, including air conditioning, alternator, water pump and air pump. Jim Vance, currently of Claflin, knew there could be a better way.
Children will have some extra chances to show off their Halloween costumes and collect some treats in Great Bend on Saturday, Oct. 26.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County has received good news in that teen pregnancy numbers are down in 2012 from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, with 43 pregnancies for ages 10-19. The county teen pregnancy rate is 23.5 per 1,000 girls, which ranks 27th in the state.
LARNED - Fort Larned National Historic Site reopened to visitors Thursday. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online. Fort Larned National Historic Site has been closed since Oct. 1, due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations. Fort Larned's Candlelight Tour scheduled Oct. 12 had to be postponed because of the shutdown. Fort Larned's last shutdown lasted 21 days, from Dec. 15, 1995 to ...
A drone was watching more than 335 high school students on Thursday. The students responded by waving to the camera as a radio-controlled quad-rotor drone hovered above them in the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building.
Just because one has a disability doesn't mean they can't be a productive member of the workforce.
Bridge work kept the Barton Count Road and Bridge Department busy recently it was reported to the County Commission Monday morning.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.16 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.4 cents in the last week to $3.37.
The Kansas Governor's Council on Fitness recently appointed Diann Henderson, Janel Rose and Megan Hammeke as Physical Activity Champions for Barton County. Physical Activity Champions across the state are advocating for local residents to be more active and are promoting physical activity and its benefits to individuals, community groups, businesses, schools and churches in their communities.
Amnesty Day is this year's Halloween treat at the Great Bend Public Library. The library will waive the fines for overdue books and other items returned on Oct. 31, according to Jennifer King, marketing director and Young Adult librarian. No questions asked.
Administrators at Barton Community College don't anticipate an increase in tuition and fees for 2014, BCC President Dr. Carl Heilman said. "We think enrollment will grow 7 to 10 percent," Heilman told the BCC Board of Trustees when it met last week. If enrollment continues to grow at the anticipated rate, Heilman said he'll recommend no tuition increase next year. However, a decrease in enrollment could lead to a different recommendation. Tuition increased $2 and ...
The Kansas Lottery is restructuring its field staff in order to provide better service to lottery players and retailers, and increase sales and transfers to the state. As part of the restructuring, the Lottery will close its Great Bend office. The last day the office is open to the public will be December 13, 2013.
It wasn't what they were expecting.
Vandalized stop signs are once again been an issue in rural parts of Barton County, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning. Four signs were damaged in this way with six other being reported as either vandalized or wind damaged.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Second graders from Park Elementary School took a trip to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Monday for story time. After Kennel Technician Aaron Pike read a story, there was time for cookies and juice. Children also got to pet some puppies and kittens while learning important lessons about animals from the shelter's staff. Heather Acheson, director of the humane society, compared lessons on approaching injured or stray animals to what kids learn about "stranger ...
Barton County Office Buildings will be closed on Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Barton County Health Department and the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office will also be closed both days. The Barton County Landfill will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday between the hours of 8 and 11 a.m. On Saturday, it will return to normal operational hours. Emergency services will be in normal operation.
When it comes to grants, it's not often more money is offered than originally requested. But, that is the case for a joint county/state project to improve the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin, County Administrator Richard Boeckman told the County Commission Monday morning.