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Teachers scramble as Senate hears bill

Soon, it may be illegal for USD 428 to continue to make payroll deductions of Kansas National Education Association dues and political action support by teachers in Great Bend. That's if House Bill 2023 is enacted into law. The bill was passed by the State House of Representatives in a 68 to 56 vote on Thursday, Jan. 31. This week, it is being heard by the Senate, and if passed there, will go on to be signed by Governor Sam Brownback, and will go into effect immediately. It has spurred local teachers to seek alternative ways to protect their ...

February 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Adopt-A-Dog

February 05, 2013 | | News


Sports Complex art near completion

The Great Bend City Council Monday night learned that the massive, gleaming metal sculpture planned to adorn the Sports Complex entrance is nearly ready for placement.

February 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


City, BCC form Convention Center alliance

You could almost feel the sense of relief fill the Great Bend City Council chambers Monday night as the council approved entering into a partnership with Barton Community College taking the development of the embattled Convention Center in a new direction.

February 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the county's application for at grant to enhance the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin just off K-4.

February 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend spelling champs named

Great Bend eighth grader Allison Regehr won the Barton County Spelling Bee for the fourth time Saturday, and is headed for the Sunflower Spelling Bee at Hays and a chance to advance to the national bee.

February 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BOLO alert issued after shooting

On Friday the Great Bend Police Department issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert for two suspects in a shooting that took place Thursday morning at 1407 Adams St. in Great Bend. Law enforcement officers are being advised to pick up and hold John Waylon Randall and Orlan L. Eurich on charges of attempted murder. The last known address for both men is Wichita.

February 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Governor's Achievement Award

BARTON COUNTY - Two Barton County Schools, Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend and St. Joseph Catholic School in Ellinwood have earned the Governor's Achievement Award. Forty-two Kansas elementary schools, 11 middle/junior high schools and 18 high schools have been recognized as part of the sixth annual Governor's Achievement Awards, honoring top performing schools in the state.

February 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Kansas Avenue repairs to start Monday

Motorists taking Kansas Avenue may find orange cones and signage greeting them this week as construction work begins to replace the concrete pavement from the 1600 block north to 24th Street, Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke said.

February 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


20 years with CASA, Staab keeps coming back

Editor's note: This is the second two stories about Central Kansas CASA. While part one cast a spotlight on the organization, the people it helps, and the upcoming CASA Chocolate Auction, today we look at one longtime volunteer. Donna Staab has served CASA for more than two decades.

January 31, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Silver Cougars: BCC reaches out to senior citizens

Banks and travel agencies court customer loyalty with 55-plus clubs, so why not do the same thing with learning institutions? Barton Community College is finding one of its strongest bases of supporters among senior citizens in the Silver Cougar Club.

January 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


One arrested on attempted murder charge

A suspect was arrested on a possible attempted murder charge on Thursday, after a man who had been shot in the face walked into Great Bend Regional Hospital.

January 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Property owners review Clean Line routing

Barton County property owners enjoyed their first-hand look Tuesday at proposed routes by the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a $2 billion 700-mile high-voltage direct current transmission line that will cross through Pawnee and Barton counties.

January 31, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Group: Poor Kansans hit harder by taxes than rich

TOPEKA (AP) - A new study by a non-partisan Washington research group says the poorest Kansans pay a much higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than do the state's wealthiest residents.

January 31, 2013 | | News


Chocolate anyone?

Saturday evening, the chocolate fountain will be flowing at Central Kansas CASA's 8th Annual Chocolate Auction which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus.

January 30, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Pawnee Rock appoints new fire chief

Following her swearing in as Mayor of Pawnee Rock once more, Linda McCowan presented appointments for city council approval Monday night, May 4 at the regular city council meeting at the Pawnee Rock city office.

May 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Shafer Gallery to host “Finding Balance: A Landscape Exhibit”

The Shafer Art Gallery's summer exhibit "Finding Balance" is now open and will end with a closing reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 7.

May 23, 2015 | | News


Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


SCHOOL'S OUT!

Students in Grades K-1-2 at Jefferson Elementary School enjoy Jefferson Fun Day on Thursday, which was the last day of school. Older students went to the Great Bend Activity Center or Walnut Bowl.

May 22, 2015 | | News


​BCC trustees meeting change

The next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has been changed to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, in F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 22, 2015 | | News


Memorial Day travel forecast: Kansans Ready for vacation

TOPEKA – Memorial Day AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year and the highest volume since 2005. Nearly 89 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent from the 31.3 million who traveled by automobile last year, and the largest growth seen in five years. The expected rise in car travel is driven by factors that include rising consumer optimism brought on by improving finances, increased purchasing power and lower gas prices.

May 22, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Memorial Day travel forecast: Kansans Ready for vacation

TOPEKA – Memorial Day AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year and the highest volume since 2005. Nearly 89 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent from the 31.3 million who traveled by automobile last year, and the largest growth seen in five years. The expected rise in car travel is driven by factors that include rising consumer optimism brought on by improving finances, increased purchasing power and lower gas prices.

May 22, 2015 | | News


Great Bend prepares to honor vets

The Great Bend American Legion Post 180 is planning the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery

May 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | 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.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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