When the high temperature is near or at the century mark, it doesn't take long for a non-air conditioned structure to get too hot for comfort.
Bad news around the world has brought good news for local drivers, as fuel prices continued to drop over the weekend, bringing Great Bend back under $3.50 per gallon.
This is where the rubber meets the road. The second-annual Relay for Life of Barton County bicycle poker run is set for Saturday, June 25, at Brit Spaugh Park.
Barton Community College will soon receive a $50,000 check, the latest dividend on a $125,000 investment made in 1999. While that may seem like a pretty good return, college officials hinted last week that Barton's arrangement with EduKan - the online education consortium paying the dividend -- may need to change in the future. However, trustees were mostly positive when they met with Dr. Mark Sarver, EduKan director. EduKan ...
Trustees of Barton Community College have approved a "mission of purpose" statement for a future Camp Aldrich advisory committee that will have input on the future of the college-owned conference center/camp facility located near Cheyenne Bottoms. The action taken at Thursday's board meeting is the first step in the creation of the committee. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman will now begin looking for possible advisory board members. Board members ...
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has submitted a request to FEMA Region VII to request joint Preliminary Damage Assessments be conducted in five additional counties for damages to public infrastructure resulting from storms beginning May 19 and continuing. The counties are Ellis, Hamilton, Morton, Stanton and Washington.
Wheelchair-bound since her 20s, Tiffany Nickel continues to teach special education in Wichita. Even her disability can't squelch her passion to teach.
County officials may be seen around property in the county as reinspection is carried out, according to a report from Barton County Appraiser Barbara Konrade.
Three people died and two more were injured Tuesday evening, when a pickup struck a farm tractor on K-4 in Rush County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m., three miles east of the K-4 junction with U.S. 183. A GMC pickup driven by Raymond Eugene Redding, 55, of Hays, and a John Deere tractor driven by Don C. Hardy, 83, of Bison, were both westbound when ...
The Internal Revenue Service has posted a list of organizations that have lost their tax-exempt nonprofit status, including Great Bend's Downtown Development Inc. Most of the organizations on the list had their status lapse last October, because they missed a tax filing deadline. Donors who contributed to at-risk organizations were protected until the final revocation list was published, according to information from the IRS. If an organization ...
Barton County will continue to support a regional program that has shown it can help get new business starts in this part of the state.
Criminal damage to property at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo was discovered Monday morning. Damage was estimated at $1,500. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said someone broke in, trampled a number of flower beds and scratched an exhibit, causing minor damage. No animals were injured. "The big vandalism came to our Polaris, the vehicle the keepers use to drive around the zoo," he said. It was hot wired ...
A Great Bend man has been charged in U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Michael L. Wintholz was booked into the Barton County Jail on Monday, to be held without bond for the federal indictment. Undersheriff Larry Holliday said local law enforcement received the warrant information around noon Monday. Not long after that, "a citizen reported he was at a business." He was arrested ...
Diving boards are out, slides are 10 minutes ago, and climbing walls are the next big thing at Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility. A climbing wall at the deep end of the big pool is the newest feature at the Wetlands, Aquatics Director Paige Achatz said. Kids can climb about 8 feet above the water. The wall is made ...
The 17th-annual Relay for Life of Barton County cleared its first hurdle when the weather cooperated to give organizers ideal conditions this past weekend for their over-night cancer-fighting event.
WICHITA - Jeff Baxter, a high school English language arts teacher at Leavenworth High School (Leavenworth USD 453), was named the 2014 Kansas Teacher of the Year during ceremonies in Wichita Saturday, Nov. 26. Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker made the announcement before a gathering of 400 education officials, corporate leaders and state policy makers.
In 2000, voters in the City of Great Bend approved a half-cent city sales tax, a tax that first bore fruit in 2001.
Tuesday, the Kansas Association of School Boards pulled out of the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, deciding instead to continue having the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation produce state assessment tests as it has for over 30 years.
Two related crimes earlier this month in Great Bend resulted thousands of dollars in property loss, according to information from Great Bend Police Chief Akings, a spokesman for Crime Stoppers. One business has announced a $2,000 reward for information in solving the crimes.
When the Prairie Godmothers held a "lingerie luncheon" Thursday at Renue Salon in Great Bend, they decked the halls with dozens of new undergarments and pajamas for women and children in Barton County.
Wednesday afternoon, the GBHS A Cappella Choir and Madrigals Pops Singers put the finishing touches on the 2012 Christmas Vespers concert.
A Great Bend man was arrested Wednesday after a stabbing at 516 Odell St.
Great Bend Fire Department received three back-to-back fire calls on Monday, including a carbon monoxide alarm, Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Holy Family School's annual Christmas program starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave. The school's Christmas tradition continues with songs by children in grades K-4, followed by a musical by fifth and six graders.
This week in 1903, while the people of Great Bend....., half way across the country, in Kittyhawk, N.J., Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight at 10:35 in the morning on the 17th. While they weren't the first to make it into the air--several glider pilots before them succeeded--they were the first to sustain and control their flight.
When Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies come upon an accident that looks like it was caused by inattentive driving, the first thing they do is grab the cell phone.
TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced Jackie McClaskey as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, succeeding Dale Rodman, who stepped down from the position Dec. 10.
ELLINWOOD -Kent Roth of Ellinwood announced today by social media Facebook post, Facebook:/kentrothesquire, the formation of an Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a race against incumbent Congressman Tim Huelskamp in the 2014 Republican primary election.