The Great Bend Police Department is investigating an attempted aggravated arson case, after someone started a fire in a driveway at 2000 1/2 Adams St. The fire was reported at 9:23 p.m. Monday, and the Great Bend Fire Department was also alerted. Officers told the firefighters there was some liquid on fire in the driveway, and it had already been extinguished.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss next year's tuition rates during the next board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Trustees will also review bids to purchase three cars and two vans to replace high-mileage vehicles in the college fleet. Other items on the agenda include reporting program pass rates, the annual BCC Foundation Clay Shoot, a March board retreat and an open house for the refurbished Fine Arts Auditorium.
GENESEO - Franklin Dean Gustus, 80, died Jan. 7 at Sandstone Heights Nursing Home, Little River. He was born July 17, 1933 at Geneseo, the son of Cyril and Olive Roby Gustus. He was a lifetime Geneseo resident.
Widespread activity was reported in 25 states last week, including Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Oklahoma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Missouri and Iowa reported regional outbreaks according to the CDC's weekly flu advisory report, covering the week ending Dec. 28.
Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra and his staff have been fielding a lot of questions lately on commercial vehicle registration. Unfortunately, with new requirements from the state level taking affect only last week, county officials are still feeling their way through the changes.
Despite what some called "Obama's worst year ever" and what everyone agreed was terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Obamacare rollout, Barack Obama's job approval rating has bounced back out of the 30s and into the mid-40s-not great, but neither the inexorable slide into oblivion that many predicted. Once again, the reports of Obama's political death have been greatly exaggerated, begging the question as to why pundits seem so eager to pronounce his last rites.
In a prepared statement read at the end of the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning, Commission Chairman Don Cates said he felt obligated to respond to remarks made by fellow Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg.
ELLINWOOD - Cheryl L. Whiting, 52, died Jan. 5 at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 6, 1961, she was the daughter of Robert C. and Janice (Luft) Brandt. On Nov. 11, 1978, she married Terry C. Whiting in Great Bend. He died Sept. 5, 2010. A resident of Ellinwood since 1978, coming from Great Bend, she was a homemaker.