A swather catching on fire in a field Saturday morning caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired will hold its January meeting at a new location at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. The meeting has been moved to Central Baptist Church, 3301 Lakin Ave. People should enter using the west parking lot and the north door.
With construction well under way at its current project site, Habitat for Humanity's board of directors has hopes for raising between $10,000 and $15,000 during the upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theater this Saturday, Jan. 21, at Grace Community Church.
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DODGE CITY - Lorna Deane "Nanny" Spillman, 84, died Jan. 16, 2012 at Trinity Manor Nursing Home, Dodge City.
ELLINWOOD - Janet Marie Griffin, 62, died Jan. 14, 2012 at Salina Regional Health Center.
GREAT BEND - Lena M. Wharton, 98, died Jan. 15 at Cherry Village Nursing Home in Great Bend.
The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for its next exhibit, "Native Witness: Indians in the Shafer," from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Refreshments will be served.
Tomato spotted wilt virus can be deadly for many important plants, but have little effect on the plants' small insect hosts. Research by a Kansas State University plant pathologist and two students is examining why.
Great Bend Middle School announces that Kathy Hafner has been selected for the employee of the month. She was nominated for being a strong leader with great people skills. When she is asked to do something she gets it done to the best of her ability. She is a favorite of many parents, and is remembered far after Middle School.
Leo J. and Dorothy A. (Dreher) Schmidt celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 13. Leo is retired from Smith Tool Company. The couple's children are Dianna Koerner of Hays, George (Sallie) Schmidt of Fort Smith, Ark., Karen (Steve) Harper of Hutchinson, Michael (Debbie) Schmidt, of Greeley, Colo., Patricia Schartz of Great Bend and Joan (Jeff) Barrett of Wichita. They have 12 grandchildren, eight
Free Developmental Screenings, available to all children birth to 5, will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 at Roosevelt Elementary School, 316 N. Vine, in Hoisington.Call 620-653-4470 to schedule an appointment.
Brian and Franci Fuller announce the birth of their daughter, Aubrea LouAnn Fuller, on Oct. 25 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. She weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 1/2 in. long.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Kilgore and Ms. Deb Wagner announce the engagement of their daughter Kaci Kilgore of St. John, to Jacob Oehlert, son of Brian and Donita Oehlert of Shawnee.
The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.
The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.
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Great Bend High School swimmers hope they aren't all wet when it comes to a lofty goal they have set for themselves this weekend.
Golden Belt Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. Rose Foundation, the fund will continue a vision of helping local people.
PARK CITY - Great Bend's state-ranked Cody Liles (132) faces a loaded bracket in Friday's Class 5A State Tournament at Hartman Arena in Park City. The top two finishers will meet for the state championship Saturday night.
A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.
How much should the government fine people whose children are deemed by (some) well-meaning bureaucrats as "obese?"
It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by U.S. and European governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation.