US oil prices climb again after Thursday’s big jump


NEW YORK (AP) — Oil prices surged again Friday, a day after recording their biggest gain in more than six years. U.S. crude rose 6.3 percent to finish at $45.22 per barrel after climbing 10.3 percent on Thursday. That was the biggest one-day gain for U.S. oil since March 2009. The price of U.S. crude […]

Pratt Co. manhunt ends with arrest of suspect on firearms, drug charges


PRATT- Law enforcement authorities in Pratt County successfully completed a manhunt with an arrest on Thursday. According to the Sheriff’s office, Pratt County deputy made a traffic stop 3 miles south and 6 miles east of Pratt on a vehicle that had been reported as suspicious and looking around a rural residence. A passenger immediately […]

Kansas man dies after crash in Hodgeman County


HODGEMAN COUNTY – A Kansas man died in an accident just before 10:30p.m. on Thursday in Hodgeman County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2011 Chevy Cruze driven by Donnie Lee Addison Groth, 22, Garden City, was eastbound on Kansas 156 just east of U.S. 283. The Chevy drifted into the westbound lane and struck […]

The Central Plains School District is taking precautions after an unidentified man offered an elementary student a ride home


USD 112 officials are asking the public to be on the lookout for an older model blue van after a man in that vehicle offered a Central Plains Elementary School student a ride home Thursday after school in Holyrood. According to USD 112’s Facebook page, the student was almost home when the unidentified man approached […]

4 arrested on suspicion of felony drug violations in Hays


HAYS -A traffic stop in Hays resulted in the felony arrests of four Hutchinson residents last weekend. According to Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler, the incident began as a traffic stop, with a vehicle being pulled over for speeding in the 700 block of East Eighth. Scheibler said the driver told the officer the group […]

Tickets available for Sunflower’s annual pancake dinner

: Last year’s Sunflower Diversified pancake dinner drew a crowd for the popular event. This year’s fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 17.

It’s not just a chance to have breakfast for dinner – it’s an event, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services. Not only will participants enjoy food and entertainment, they will be supporting their neighbors with developmental disabilities and delays, Oetken explained. Sunflower’s annual pancake dinner is scheduled for 4 to 7 […]

Prieto joins Sunflower’s early ed team; brings bilingual skills

Stephanie Prieto helps little Annalise Perez overcome some speech issues. Prieto is the new bilingual early intervention specialist at Sunflower’s Early Education Center.

The new early intervention specialist at Sunflower Diversified’s Early Education Center (EEC) brings a love of children and bilingual expertise to her new position. Stephanie Prieto, a long-time Great Bend resident, recently joined the EEC team that serves infants and toddlers, age birth to 3. “I have always enjoyed working with youngsters, especially babies,” Prieto […]

Friday Weather


Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 90. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 89. North wind 6 to 11 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon. Saturday […]

Roger Marshall continues to travel the state in his bid to unseat Congressman Tim Huelskamp in the Big 1st District


On May 26th, Republican Roger Marshall, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Great Bend, formally announced in front of the Barton County Courthouse that he would challenge the incumbent Tim Huelskamp for the Big 1st District in Congress. Now three months and thousands of miles later, Marshall talked about the campaign and the some of his […]

Slide in Kansas oil industry continues to stress producers


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas oil industry continues to face pressure because of falling prices. The Wichita Eagle reports the cash price of Kansas Common crude oil fell below $30 a barrel this week at the NCRA refinery in McPherson for the first time since the recession. And 13 oil rigs running in Kansas […]