Membership has its privileges, at least for those who join the Great Bend Zoological Society. Those who join not only support work going on at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, but they can take part in members-only programs and behind-the-scenes zoo tours, said Robin Fabricius, secretary of the zoo society's board of directors. "We're starting to plan more activities for members," she said. One goal is to schedule quarterly educational seminars. ...
There are a lot of stories in the dusty old Great Bend High School yearbooks stacked in the back of Rachel Basden's classroom, and Basden has heard many of them.
County Engineer Clark Rusco is hoping that Kansas State Historical Society officials will consider reports on engineering plans quickly enough that at least a couple of the county's historic stone bridges will see improvements this fall.
National experts are assigning international blame to the surprise local drivers had over the weekend when they found out they were going to pay another dime a gallon for gas to get to work Monday.
City officials took it seriously when a federal representative told them earlier this year that continued damage to the flood control dike system here could lead to significant losses for local property owners. They took the news seriously enough that city staff have formed three study committees and preparations are being made for a special study session when that information will be brought to elected officials, the Great Bend City Council was told Monday night.
WICHITA - A Great Bend man appeared in federal court in Wichita Monday on charges of producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Shawn Marshal Christiansen, 36, was charged with one count of producing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from April 27, 2009, to Jan. 8, 2010, in Great Bend. The indictment alleges Christiansen used a Web camera ...
The transformation from Central Kansas Medical Center to St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center in the coming weeks will include a new organizational structure. On Monday, Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives, the national nonprofit health organization that oversees CKMC in Great Bend and St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, announced plans for a single, state-wide chief executive officer for CHI operations. Scott J. Taylor will become president and CEO of CHI Kansas. ...
Former professional basketball player and Claflin native Jackie Stiles will help present an afternoon and evening of empowering activities for young girls. Two programs for girls in grades 2-8 will take place from 3:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at the Barton Community College gym, said Sara Nettleingham, community development manager with Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. The event starts with Fearless and Female, a workshop geared toward teaching age-appropriate self-defense. Then ...
ELLINWOOD - The old Ellsworth Cox Cattle Trail from Caldwell, Okla. to Ellsworth, long abandoned and disused, will once again come alive from Sept. 3 to Sept. 19 as 400 thronging head of long horn cattle will be driven 200 miles to Ellsworth for the 150th Anniversary of Kansas' birthday. After many years of only having people and cars, the Main Street of Ellinwood on Sept. 17 will echo with the sounds of hoofs and lowing cattle.
A small space heater took the chill out of the air in the cavernous Expo III building at the Great Bend Expo Grounds Friday afternoon, and the smell of wood filled the air.
A local community prevention specialist warns parents that MTV's new TV series "Skins" depicts teens who display unsafe behavior without consequences. Christina Hayes with the Northwest Kansas Regional Prevention Center said parents should be aware of the show and talk to their teenagers about real life vs. MTV. "Skins" is far from the realistic snapshot of American teens it portends to be, said Hayes, who has offices in Great ...
As local safety officials, and state agencies, too, are preparing to educate the Kansas public about severe weather safety for another round of the storm season, a local couple are concerned about storm-related issues close to home - right on the west edge of Great Bend, as a matter of fact.
Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 7-11, is a joint effort of the National Weather Service, Kansas Division of Emergency Management, Kansas Emergency Management Association and County Emergency Managers throughout the state of Kansas and Emergency Manager Amy Miller will talk about the event when the Barton County Commission meets Monday.
It was a tearful and emotional afternoon Wednesday. Approximately 550 members of Kansas Army National Guard were honored during a ceremony at the Bicentennial Center in Salina as they deployed to the Horn of Africa for a year-long mission.
The Unified School District 428 Board of Education is seeking input from the public about the 2011-2012 school-year calendar.
Monday was Leonard Kaiser's final meeting as a board member of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, at least for now. The outgoing board member received a plaque for 17 years of service.
It should become easier to located offices in the Barton County Courthouse.
"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
Christmas came early for several local charities Wednesday morning as Farmers Bank and Trust held its 17th-annual Holiday Charity Coffee.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
Author Tammy Pugh.
David Nichols, 30, of Hoisington was seriously injured Wednesday in a rollover accident on West K-4 near NW 100 Ave. According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, Nichols was driving a Ford F-250 truck that slid on a patch of ice around 6:26 a.m. The truck slid into the ditch and rolled, ejecting the driver.
Citing violations of wing deicing procedures in 19 flights originating Hays, the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $304,000 civil penalty against Cheyenne, Wyo.-based Great Lakes Aviation. The airline also operates out of Great Bend Municipal Airport, but this location was not mentioned in the FAA action.
One of the new animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is a 6-month-old African serval cat named Akida. This male cat was shipped to the zoo from New Zealand and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he will try to find a female from another zoo so they can attempt to breed the pair. Although the zoo already has a female serval, she dates to an earlier time when zoo record keeping was not as ...
The Central Kansas Dream Center continues offering help and hope to those hurting people who have fallen through the cracks of the system. And with that thought in mind plans have begun for a unit for young adults aging out of foster care, called the Dream Center Living Youth.
TULSA, Okla. – This past weekend, Alex and Devin Randolph of Great Bend competed in both the 2013 USA BMX Grand Nationals and the Race of Champions Presidents Cup in Tulsa, Okla. These two races are the "big show" for BMX (bicycle motocross) racing, said their father Delbert Randolph.
Montara Johanson is praying for a Christmas miracle.
A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.