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Program lends a helping hand

A program that helps low- and moderate-income families move away from government and social service assistance is expanding its services into Barton County.

February 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


HEAD OF THE CLASS

Before a packed Highland Hotel banquet hall Friday afternoon, Great Bend High School recognized will be two of its own, one who has touched the lives of students and one who has served presidents.

February 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Sludge solution

February 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Litterbug's missile sends motorist to ER

Donnie Lang was driving home with his wife Saturday night when the windshield on their Dodge truck seemed to explode.

February 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


NOT YOUR TYPICAL LANDING

With a high-pitched whine and roar, the gleaming 737-200 touched down at Great Bend Municipal Airport at about noon Thursday.

February 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Bankruptcy filing won’t hurt Fuller plant

The Tuesday filing for bankruptcy protection by Great Bend-based Fuller Brush and its Leicester, NY-based parent company CPAC should have little impact on the day-to-day operation at Fuller's Great Bend headquarters, a local Fuller official said Thursday.

February 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Fuller Brush files for bankruptcy protection

NEW YORK (AP) - The Fuller Brush Man is calling ... on bankruptcy court.

February 22, 2012 | | News


Policies shift as city takes over center

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the development of the Great Bend Convention Center.)

February 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Kiwanis kick off sales for Pancake Day

Ticket sales for the 54th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day are under way, with members reporting nearly 1,800 of the $3 tickets sold in the first week, according to Paul Maneth, cochairman of the annual fundraiser. Pancakes will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Expo I Building west of Great Bend.

February 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Jet landing postponed

The landing of a privately owned 737-200 jet scheduled to touch down at Great Bend Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon has been postponed, said airport Manager Martin Miller.

February 22, 2012 | | News


Snowy owl shot at Cheyenne Bottoms

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - A young female snowy owl was found wounded at Cheyenne Bottoms last week by Hoisington resident Dr. Dan Witt and taken to the Raptor Center in Great Bend where it later died during surgery.

February 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Snowy owl shot at Cheyenne Bottoms

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a snowy owl found shot to death last week at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend probably was shot by a poacher.

February 22, 2012 | | News


County finance officer leaves for family business

Barton County Finance Officer Janet Crane will be leaving her county position this week to take up a private sector job, the Barton County Commission was told Tuesday.

February 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Local gas hike follows national trend

An increase of more than 20 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline in less than a month hasn't been the common experience in recent months, but it is what's happened already in Great Bend in February and nationally there is already the suggestion that drivers will see $5 per gallon by Memorial Day - not $4, but $5.

February 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Big jet to land at airport

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is making preparations for a rather large guest Wednesday afternoon.

February 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Spring Expo scenes

These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.

March 28, 2015 | | News


Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


A HOMEY ALTERNATIVE

Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.

March 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


St. Rose donates portable cooling units to Barton County Fair

A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.

March 26, 2015 | | News


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


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