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BCC trustees to act on vehicle bids Tuesday

In a change of its regular meeting date, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will conduct business at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The board will be voting on vehicle replacement bids, a change in the Military Certificate program offered at the college, and personnel. Charles Perkins will present information from the National Center for Education Statistics.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Recreation commission may change rental fees

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will vote on revising its rental fees and guidelines when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


On the Record for Dec. 11, 2011

Great Bend Police

December 10, 2011 | | On the Record


Projects modernize St. Rose

As senior vice president of St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center, Leanne Irsik understands that the facility's improvement projects can be a bit inconvenient at times. But she also understands that the changes will be well worth the effort.

December 10, 2011 | | News


LifeTeam commemorates 10 years of service

NEWTON – October 17, 2001 marks an important anniversary for LifeTeam, a regional air medical transport company. The inaugural transport by LifeTeam originated in Liberal, the first of LifeTeam's eight bases. The company chose to celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house Friday at its headquarters in Newton.

December 10, 2011 | | Business


Grading the 2012 wheat crop

As this is being written, students at Barton are finishing up the fall semester with their final exams. It is often hard to convince them the real purpose behind testing isn't just to assign grades and make them miserable but as a tool for instructors and for themselves to determine progress and skills obtained while also locating weaknesses needing to be addressed. It allows instructors and students to assess the state of each student's education. Just as important is the fact it allows instructors to assess the effectiveness of instruction and work to improve each class. Now that ...

December 10, 2011 | Victor Martin | Agriculture


State Treasurer Estes comes to Great Bend

Kansas State Treasurer Ron Estes' office is currently safeguarding over $230 million worth of unclaimed property for their rightful owners or their heirs.

December 10, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Elderly bear at Brit Spaugh Zoo dies

An elderly female grizzly bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo was put to sleep last week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.

December 10, 2011 | | Area Briefs


Local student earns Newman University Grant

WICHITA – Tanner Brown of Great Bend is one of the students who has received a $5,000 Newman Grant from Newman University. The grant can be renewed each year to a total of $20,000 over four years. A student must have 2.0-3.29 high school or college GPA. Freshman students must have a score of 18-22 on the ACT or equivalent SAT score to be eligible for the Cardinal Newman Scholarship. Recipients of the Newman Grant must be enrolled full-time.

December 10, 2011 | | Education


Two flown to Wichita after rear-end collision in Larned

Two people were flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after a motor vehicle accident Friday night in Larned.

December 10, 2011 | | News


Fat rats get cancer

It's holiday time and while Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas and New Year's Day are just around the corner. That means all sorts of good tasting food – roast turkey, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, wine and pumpkin pie.

December 10, 2011 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Zelma Marie Dodge 1916 - 2011

MANHATTAN - Zelma Marie Dodge, 94, Manhattan, passed away on Dec. 09 at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. She was born Dec. 10, 1916, on a farm near Hoisington, the daughter of Clara (Bicknell) and Charles Finn.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Afterschool 4-H programs offered

"Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo" is the theme for the December 4-H Afterschool program. This will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 from 3:30- 5 p.m. at the Barton County Extension Office meeting room. To sign up for one or both days, please call 793-1910 by noon on Wednesday the 14th. The suggested age is 6-12 years old. We also need some 4-H junior leaders to come help with the program!

December 10, 2011 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Georgia Spence 1924 - 2011

Georgia Spence, 87, died Dec. 9 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Feb. 9, 1924, at Purcell, Okla., she was the daughter of Roy and Luna (Clutz) Sims. She married Gordon Spence on Feb. 15, 1947, at Winfield. He died May 20, 1985. A lifetime Great Bend resident, she was former owner and operator of Dairy Queen, and was a homemaker.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


Shawn Ney

HOISINGTON - Shawn Ney died Saturday, Dec. 10, at Great Bend. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

December 10, 2011 | | Obituaries


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Church rummage sale Saturday

The members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This is a fundraiser where all items are by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local missions including the Prairie Godmother's, Barton County Emergency Aid and missions throughout the year. Pictured are Lou Ann LeRoy, Marilyn Button and Juanita Weathers. For questions or more information, please contact the church office 792-5346.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Model RR group plans open house

The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Veterans coffee klatch will visit Doonan Truck Museum

Veterans and other guests who meet regularly for coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Post in Great Bend will changes things up a bit this Wednesday, April 22. The coffee and doughnuts will be at the Doonan Truck Museum east of Great Bend at 9:30 a.m. Any veteran who needs a ride may call Bill or Cheryl Pickle before Tuesday. Bill's telephone number is 620-791-7017 and Cheryl's number is 620-617-6757.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Speaker to offer tips for flower growing

"Flowers Popping Color" is the title of the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Stop 'N Learn session. The free one-hour program will start at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


BCC hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for April 18-19, 2015

Barton County Sheriff

April 17, 2015 | | On the Record


​Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

Larry M. Sittner 1941 - 2015

April 17, 2015 | | Obituaries


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the appointment of the new police chief, the appoint of a First Ward council member and the Veterans Lake algae remediation project.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas Sampler Festival enters it’s 26th year in Wamego

The 26th annual Kansas Sampler Festival will be held May 2-3 in Wamego's City Park. More than 150 Kansas communities will showcase all there is to see, do, hear, taste, learn and buy in the state.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


HomeWords: A Project of the Poet Laureate of Kansas

During the last month of the HomeWords column, we're running longer cinquain sequences that have arrived at our door from across the state. The American Cinquain is just five-lines long, its 22 syllables fractured into a 2-4-6-8-2 form.

April 17, 2015 | Wyatt Townley | Entertainment


Wyatt Townley final event as Poet Laureate of Kansas

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) announced that Wyatt Townley will be presenting her final presentation as Poet Laureate of Kansas at the Koester House Museum in Marysville on Thursday, April 30. The event, Coming Home to Poetry, will begin at 7 p.m.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


Tinseltown Talks

Fans of legendary comic duo Abbott and Costello have much to commemorate this year. Seventy-five years ago, the pair debuted on film for Universal's "One Night in the Tropics." They would go on to make almost 30 films for the studio, including "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy," the last of their 'meet the monster' series, which was released 60 years ago this year.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


Railroad repairs will detour K-14/K-96 Highway in Sterling

Starting on Wednesday, April 22, and continuing for one week, a railroad crossing replacement project on K-14/K-96 highway in the city of Sterling will be underway. K-14/K-96 highway will be closed at this crossing, so highway traffic will be detoured on city streets using Garfield Avenue, 1st Street, and Cleveland Avenue. No oversize loads will be allowed through this detour due to narrow city streets with tight turns, so oversized loads will need to use an alternate route. Local traffic will have access into the downtown area from each side of the railroad but won't be able ...

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Dyck Arboretum Welcomes Spring with the FloraKansasPlant Sale and Prairiestock Local Music Festival

The Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will host the 2015 FloraKansas Spring Plant Sale April 23 to April 27, and the 3rd Annual Prairiestock Local Music Festival on April 25.

April 17, 2015 | | Entertainment


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