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FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL

The Salvation Army in Barton County is about ready to paint the town red as it officially opens its annual Christmas Red Kettle Campaign today. With the theme "Doing the Most Good" and a goal of $15,000, the effort runs through Christmas Eve.

November 16, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC drama students present Shakespeare with a twist

Shakespeare's timeless classic "Romeo and Juliet" will be turned upside down by students of the Barton Community College theater department at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

November 15, 2011 | | News


Search warrants executed in shooting investigation

Law enforcement officers followed up several leads Saturday after learning about the shooting death of Damon Galyardt, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said Tuesday.

November 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


A BUNCH OF BOUGHS

It isn't your ordinary household Christmas tree.

November 15, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Pratt man shot accidentally

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, there was an accidental shooting. A Pratt man, 27-year-old Adam Koch, was treated at Great Bend Regional Hospital with pellet wounds to his wrist and nose.

November 15, 2011 | | News


City won’t change commuter air service provider

Great Bend won't be seeing different flight service, since federal officials have rules that the community provider will continue to be Great Lakes Air, City Administrator Howard Partington reported recently.

November 15, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Board mulls fund raisers

The Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night started discussions on establishing a policy governing student and school fund raisers, finding the topic more complicated than they realized.

November 14, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Teens offer to ‘Tech the Rec’

The Future Business Leaders Association at Great Bend High School has offered to build a website for the Great Bend Recreation Commission in a program called "Tech the Rec."

November 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


UP IN LIGHTS

A partnership between local businesses is helping to light up downtown Great Bend this Christmas and for Christmases to come, and earn money for Habitat for Humanity at the same time.

November 14, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Murder suspected in Great Bend man’s death

The investigation continued Monday into the death of a 25-year-old Great Bend man whose body was discovered by hunters Saturday morning.

November 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GBHS presents 'Something Shakespeare'

Local student thespians are turning Shakespearian actors as they stage "Something Shakespeare" Sunday, Nov. 13, Monday and Tuesday at the Great Bend High School auditorium.

November 14, 2011 | | News


QNWR closed to hunting

Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge will be closed to hunting until further notice due to the continued presence of whooping cranes. This closure is necessary to give the crane, an endangered species, protection from mortality. Refuge personnel will continually be monitoring the Cranes' locations. The Refuge may open, and then close, several times over the next few weeks as Whooping Cranes migrate through the area. The most reliable source for the current status of Refuge hunting and whooping crane presence is our website, www.fws.gov/quivira. Hunters on private land in the Refuge vicinity are reminded ...

November 14, 2011 | | News


Convention center won’t run cheaply

Poor management has left the Great Bend Convention Center in need of - well, in need of a lot - local officials are discovering as they work to finalize public ownership.

November 13, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


UWCK goal in sight

After launching the 2012 campaign Sept. 1, the United Way of Central Kansas has made significant headway, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said.

November 12, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Body of Great Bend man found

The body of a Great Bend man was found southwest of Great Bend by hunters Saturday morning, according to Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong.

November 12, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


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Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tech support scam hits area

In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.

April 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taxpayers beware, notices may not be in the mail

When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPREADING THE WORD

The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cancer foundation expands to Russell Co.

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April 14, 2015 | | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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