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BCC to offer services at Ft. Leavenworth

Soldiers stationed at Fort Leavenworth and civilians in the surrounding communities now have access to classes at Barton Community College via a new campus at the fort, college officials announced.

September 20, 2012 | | News

Three arrested on drug warrants

A special education teacher at Great Bend Middle School was one of three Great Bend residents arrested Wednesday on drugs charges.

September 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Work to limit traffic on 10th Street

Venture Corporation will be milling and patching 10th Street from Kansas to Frey streets starting at 7:30 a.m. today, the Great Bend Street Department announced. This means traffic will be limited to only the outside lanes going both directions.

September 20, 2012 | | News

P-51 Mustang returns to Great Bend Air Fest

P-51 pilot Larry Lumpkin is no stranger to Great Bend. During the Jack Kilby Square dedication in June, he flew his P-51 over the county building in an aeronautical display. He returns to the Bend Friday afternoon for the Great Bend Air Fest. Joining him will be pilot Jeff Linebaugh. Together, the two will be available all weekend to talk about the Warbird and give private rides in the Mustang fighter. Price tag for 15-minutes: $1,500.

September 19, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

GBHS homecoming Friday

Great Bend High School will hold its 2012 Fall Homecoming Friday. Activities get underway in the afternoon and run through the evening.

September 19, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

State nixes restroom grant

At Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Howard Partington presented an update on the activities of various departments and offices. Below is a recap of that report.

September 19, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Free as a bird;Area second graders experience the best of the outdoors Barton County has to offer

BARTON COUNTY - Area birders in the form of Barton County second graders flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on a pleasantly warm Wednesday for the third annual Wetlands Education Day to learn about the valuable resources right here in Barton County.

September 19, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Volunteer farms needed for agri-tourism of colorful prairie

BARTON COUNTY - In an effort to promote tourism and to bring that added economic benefit to the area, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, Tourism and the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau are looking for agricultural operations, including cow-calf that will offer tours of their farm.

September 19, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

AmeriCorps worker helps herself by helping others

Connie Smith is a firm believer that volunteers gain as much from helping others as the recipients of their service gain. After wrapping up a year as an AmeriCorps member at Catholic Social Service in Great Bend, Smith hopes to be chosen for a second year with the program, while pursuing her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

September 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


The Barton County Road and Bridge Department has replaced six culverts recently. This may not sound like big news, except that one of the jobs incorporated a new, unique method.

September 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

County appraisal inspections under way

According to state law, the Barton County Appraiser's Office is required to re-inspect 17 percent of the properties in the county each year. This process is now under way, it was reported at the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

September 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Zoo misses accreditation bid

Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory had good news for the Great Bend City Council Monday night and he had bad news.

September 18, 2012 | 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.

September 17, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

County, city OK private fireworks

Now the fireworks ball is in the Hoisington City Council's court. Both the Barton County Commission and Great Bend City Council Monday approved setting Saturday, Sept. 29, as the date for the private discharge of fireworks.

September 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Two die in weekend accidents

Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three injury accidents in central Kansas over the weekend, including fatal collisions in Barton and Stafford counties and another accident in Ellsworth County.

September 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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