Deb Higgins has been helping patients at Great Bend Regional Hospital for many years. But recently, her efforts were highlighted statewide by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Deb Higgins has been the hospital's sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) since the program launched in 2011, and has examined a growing number of victims each year.
Icy weather hampered involvement in the 7th Annual Great Bend Holiday Cookie Contest, held Nov. 28. Still, the annual sweet-treat contest went on as scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Small Business Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Rosewood Furniture Gallery supplied participants with decorative boxes, a list of cookie contest businesses and a voting bracelet.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning made appointments to the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the body charged with coordinating a response in case of a hazardous materials disaster.
Auditions for the second show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2015-2016 season, "The Kitchen Witches," will be held Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave.
Firefighters respond to a structure fire at 20 SE 40 Ave., late Tuesday morning. Upon arrival responders saw smoke coming from the residence. There was structural damage and damage to the living-room area. No one was hurt in the fire. The cause is still under investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal. The GBFD was assisted by the Ellinwood Fire Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office.
Darrin Hirsh was taken to the Barton County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, after being found guilty of one count of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat and one count of domestic battery, all involving an altercation on March 12, 2013, with Candice Hirsh, who was his wife at the time. The jurors also ruled that each of these crimes was an act of domestic violence.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will not be doing vehicle identification number (VIN) inspections on vehicles on this Thursday or Thursday, Dec. 31, the Barton County Treasure's Office reported Tuesday.