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Poetry Rendezvous draws full house to Silver Anniversary event

After a morning field trip to Carol Long Pottery Gallery in St. John, participants and passersby began filtering into the Barton County Arts Council Gallery Saturday afternoon for live poetry readings by local and imported poets. Soon, every seat in the performance space was filled, and it was standing room only for the 25th anniversary of the Poets Rendezvous, organized in part by Michael Hathaway of St. John. The gatherings started in August 1988 at the Great Bend Public Library, and later evolved into a writers group, ending up as an organic event with a life of its own, he ...

August 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Invest in Kids campaign nears goal but fundraising will continue

While there is good news about the local fundraising effort for children with special needs, there is also a caveat.

August 10, 2013 | | News

A pat on the back

They are the ones who work behind the scenes to make things happen.

August 09, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

First human West Nile virus case reported


August 08, 2013 | | News


Monday night, Aug. 5, Hulu aired episode one of "Quick Draw," and Great Bend, the setting for the web-exclusive series, jumped onto Hollywood's radar. It's part of a trend in bringing original content to audiences that once only came from the big three networks and later cable television. One caveat: the show is definitely geared toward a mature audience.

August 08, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Mill levy unchanged in college budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's budget, which calls for no increase in the mill levy.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Burglary suspects arrested

This story has been updated.

August 08, 2013 | | News

Committee supports tethering limits

The committee appointed by Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison to sharpen vicious dogs regulations voted Wednesday night to add tethering restrictions to the list of recommendations it will forward to the City Council.

August 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Out of the Morgue

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.

August 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

City to spray for mosquitoes Thursday night

Although a nice relief from the drought, recent rains have caused flooding and lots of puddles of standing water, ideal breading conditions for mosquitoes.

August 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


As the area has been inundated with rain of late, the City of Great Bend has remained relatively unscathed, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night, due in large part to the levee system encircling the community.

August 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Corps flooded with comments against proposed drilling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public comment period for two proposed oil wells inside the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge came to an end July 14. The vast majority of comments collected indicate public concern for the wildlife that inhabits and uses the wetlands area as a migration stop-over. Overwhelmingly, both private individuals and governmental organizations ask the applications by H&C Oil Operating, Inc. and L.D. Drilling, Inc. be denied.

August 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Free health fair Saturday

Heart Of Kansas Family Health Care will host a free Health Fair Saturday in Great Bend. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Convention Center, 3111 10th Street.

August 06, 2013 | | News

Flooding presents health risks

When communities are flooded, homeowners' and businesses' first response is to ensure the safety of loved ones and staff and then prevent as much damage as possible and in the days following, everyone's focus turns to the clean-up effort and getting all utilities in working order.

August 06, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Red Cross providing clean up kits for Ellinwood

For Ellinwood residents only, the Red Cross will be providing Emergency Clean Up Kits which include bucket, floor squeegees, mops, bleach, gloves, masks, and bug spray. They will be available Tuesday afternoon at the City Office.

August 06, 2013 | | News

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