Barton Community College trustees on Thursday approved certificate programs for Occupational and Safety Health Administration courses taught at BCC's Grandview Plaza facility and elsewhere.
Barton Community College supporters sometimes call the Shafer Art Gallery the "Gem of the Campus," and now that gem has a proper setting, with the newly remodeled foyer and lobby in the Fine Arts Building. They also are connected to another campus jewel that had become somewhat tarnished over the decades; the Fine Arts Auditorium is sparkling once again. On Thursday, college officials held an open house for the auditorium, where the bulk of the renovation work was done.
Thursday, by the Obama administration announced it would be placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species.
The USD 428 Board of Education met Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School for the monthly noon meeting.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
JobFest 2014 will be Great Bend's 18th annual concerted job fair effort as employers gather to provide information about jobs available at their businesses. This year's event is set from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard, 2920 10th Street in Great Bend.
As part of a community-wide tourism campaign capitalizing on the area's winged wetland creature heritage, numerous decorative fiberglass bird houses started to dot Great Bend sidewalks over the past couple of years. The goal – create an attraction and get shoppers to flock to the businesses.
Update on U.S. Highway 156
Per Barton County Communications, 156 HWY will be shut down due to zero visibilty from high winds and dirt blowing per KDOT. Exact location will be K-156 at milepost 130 or just south of NE 20 RD on K-156. Kansas State Troopers suggest anyone traveling east on K-156 or coming from the northeast detour to JUCO-NE 30 RD.
The Kansas Wetlands Education Center is celebrating spring migration with The Great Migration Rally from 2 to 7 p.m., on April 13.
Earth Day 2014 is once again being celebrated in the Golden Belt. This year the event is being hosted by the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo from noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday April 27.
The April 1 election will include appointments to city councils in Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood and to the Ellinwood Hospital District Board of Directors. Great Bend voters will also decide whether to extend a half-cent sales tax, which is set to end on April 1, 2015.
Following an internal clock, water fowl have begun spring migration and Cheyenne Bottoms, filled with plenty of water, is a stopping point on the trip north.
The Barton County Commission Monday morning heard a report from Health Director Lily Akings on the various programs and trainings that have taken place and are planned for the Health Department.
Editor's Note: Stafford High School graduate Cpl. Jake Meyer is a machine gunner with Weapons Co. 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.
GARFIELD - Barton County Commissioner Don Cates, a decorated military hero, died tragically doing what he loved - flying.
High school artists from around the state will have a chance to experience the life of a professional artist when their work is featured and judged in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Vortex High School Art Exhibit."
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.
Plans for holding Earth Day 2014 switched to high gear following Mayor Mike Allison's proclamation encouraging residents from Great Bend and nearby communities to celebrate Earth Day 2014 on Sunday at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. This event is from noon to 4 p.m. and free to all. Food will be sold during the afternoon.
TOPEKA – Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Monday.
The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.
Great Bend Firefighters were able to save a mobile home Monday morning after a buildup of lint ignited behind a dryer. The call to 5540 Second St. Unit F was reported at 8:35 a.m. and firefighters arrived to find light smoke throughout the house.
Editor's note: These photos update the following story, which was originally posted on April 17.
Before he goes on trial for first degree murder, Jeffrey Wade Chapman wants a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover a prominent "Murder" tattoo on his neck.
In an effort to help to continue to spur growth in Hoisington, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an interlocal agreement with that city.
Children at Tiffany's Day Care in the 900 block of Williams enjoy an early Easter visit from the Easter Bunny. The business is operated by Tiffany Nily.
It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.
Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.
When Great Bend was first chartered, most people walked from point A to point B. It was the norm for home builders to install wide sidewalks and buffer strips between the walk and the road in most parts of the city.