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Win-win: Common-sense ways to help veterans

Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hundreds of pounds lost in 'Battle of the Bulge'

One man lost over 70 pounds during the eight-week Battle of the Bulge 2014, conducted by Club One Fitness.

March 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Healthy Living


Historical village welcomes volunteers for 2014 season

History buffs and potential volunteers can attend an orientation meeting next month at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village. This program is also open to people who just want to learn more about village, said volunteer coordinator Karen Naylor.

March 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Church bulletin

Upcoming events in Great Bend include:

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Hearts Aflame Women's Conference moves to Dream Center

The eighth annual Hearts Aflame Women's Conference will be held Saturday, March 29, at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Admission is free. All proceeds collected from freewill offerings will go to the Dream Center, which offers faith-based community services.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Buyer beware when choosing a preparer

When it comes to tax preparation, AARP reports that its trained volunteers have accuracy rates similar to commercial services. But when choosing a tax preparer, consumers are warned to do their homework.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers swamped with tax returns

Since the end of January, four volunteers with AARP have spent Thursday mornings and afternoons preparing basic income tax returns at the Barton County Courthouse. Demand for this free service is growing, said Kathy Ahlvers, who leads the Great Bend team. But for every person who is served, several others must be turned away.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Changing sides: Pre-election switches aren't evil (but they may be history)

A bill headed for Gov. Sam Brownback's desk would make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections. Supporters include Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a GOP conservative.

March 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stewards of the stew

The recipe for the annual Irish Stew at First Presbyterian Church is more than 50 years in the making. A carefully guarded secret, it can be found in the "Stew Book," safely stored in the church office.

March 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Spring Forward: Rec Commission hosts spring style show at Senior Center

Overalls are back in style, according to Amanda Dreiling, emcee for the Great Bend Recreation Commission's annual Spring Style Show at the Senior Center.

March 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


New rules limit tournament pitching

Youth baseball and softball pitching limitations were adopted Monday by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. A pitcher may not pitch in more than five consecutive innings in one game, and no more than eight innings in any two consecutive games.

March 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Real estate

The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.

March 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Zoo hoping for spring babies

The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo director gives update on lions, bears

Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire does extensive damage to home, garage

A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home ...

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Read to them

Community literacy program One District One Book is underway. On Friday, children in grades K-6 will each receive a copy of the award-winning children's ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


A gorilla's voice

When ambassadors from the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Great Bend's elementary schools on Thursday, students got to do two things they really seem to ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer offers free mask making workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College will host a free workshop, "Marvelous Mask Making," for anyone from 5 ...

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sky's the Limit

Now that Great Bend High School owns its own fleet of drones, students are learning how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could fit into their future.

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Out or Red & Black, Homecoming

Great Bend High School and the rest of USD 428 are gearing up for Homecoming 2016 this Friday.

September 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club sharing warmth, color and tacos

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club is conducting two community service drives through Nov. 30, sharing the gift of warmth and making the lives of ...

September 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Splash

In May of 2015, Barton Community College trustees thought the college might need to raise local taxes to pay for upkeep on its swimming pool ...

September 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College celebrates 10-year partnership

Barton Community College is celebrating a 10-year partnership with a Great Bend business, Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine. Together they created the Limited Liability Company WorkFit ...

September 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at swim program

Barton Community College could add competitive swimming to is sports programming, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said Tuesday.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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