Great Bend USD 428 students may be learning more than reading and writing in 2016. Assistant Superintendent John Popp said administrators plan to present a district-wide curriculum for social and emotional character development for the school board's approval in the coming months.
Two years ago the Barton County Clerk's office reported the registrations of more than 300 potential voters were on hold. This year, that number has been greatly reduced to thanks to a change in the law, according to Darin DeWitt, voter registration clerk in the Barton County Clerk's Office.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a Kansas Asphalt Paving Association award, the designation of officials depositories, the Kansas Association of Counties membership and appointments to the The Center for Counseling and Consultation Board.
Barton Community College will help area high school seniors figure out what they want to do with their futures at Senior Day, starting at 2 p.m. Feb. 6, with a sign-up deadline of Feb. 1. They can sign up now at seniorday.bartonccc.edu.
William Howard Baker, 60, will stand trial for the August 2014 vehicular deaths of a Reno County couple in Great Bend. Shawn Schellenger, 27, and his wife Danielle Schellenger, 33, where riding a motorcycle on Aug. 16, 2014, when the trailer Baker was towing came loose from his pickup and crossed into their lane on West 10th Street in Great Bend. Both died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Twenty-four senior centers from across southwest Kansas, including some from the Golden Belt, have been recognized and designated a 2014 Focal Point by the SouthWest Kansas Area Agency On Aging, according to SWKAAA Executive Director Dave Geist. These centers were recognized for the programs and services that were provided Oct.r 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015.
On Tuesday at about 6:30 P.M. Sheriff's Officers responded to the 100 block of Kiowa Road, southeast of Great Bend. Deputies had been dispatched to an alleged domestic battery situation in which a female victim was taken against her will.
Barton County juries found LaVeta D. Miller guilty of two counts of theft by deception and Jeffery Wade Chapman guilty of first-degree murder in 2015. These were among the top local trials of the year.