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Local gas prices near state average

In the past week, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 0.3 cents per gallon to an average of $3.26 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.42, according to gasoline price website

October 12, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

HANDS-ON AVIATION: Model association plans fly-in

Roger Brining was in the sixth grade the first time he saw a model airplane in flight. He was with his father, a pilot, and they were near Sterling.

October 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC ready to be graded

Most students at Barton Community College still have several weeks before they have to turn in their final papers, but the college has until Nov. 1 to submit its AQIP Portfolio to the Higher Learning Commission. This document, which will be used in the college's re-accreditation process, was recently completed and the final draft will go to the board of trustees next week for approval.

October 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Pine wilt can only be controlled

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on the continuing spread of pine wilt disease.)

October 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Fire Prevention Month events kick off this week

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on fire prevention efforts. The articles will continue throughout October as the Great Bend Fire Department presents Fire Prevention Month.)

October 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

State seeks NCLB waiver

The Kansas State Board of Education Tuesday afternoon voted to apply for a waiver, exempting the state from portions of the controversial 2001 No Child Left Behind law which requires students to meet federally mandated proficiency targets in reading and math.

October 11, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

USD 112 student artwork displayed on the web

HOLYROOD - USD 112 elementary and middle school teacher Jennifer Berg has found a new way to display her student's artwork. They are all in an online gallery at where parents or grandparents who live in faraway places can see their students' art.

October 11, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Students get time off for good behavior

After much discussion, the Unified School District 428 School Board reluctantly approved Monday night giving the entire Great Bend High School student body a half day off, that is if the upcoming National Honor Society's food drive reaches its goal of collecting 8,000 items.

October 11, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Kansas still at risk

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on the continuing spread of pine wilt disease.)

October 10, 2011 | BY CHUCK SMITH | News

Hammeke joins GBRC staff

Megan Hammeke is the Great Bend Recreation Commission's newest recreation coordinator, in charge of programs for senior citizens and people with special needs, as well as the summer aquatics program. GBRC Director Diann Henderson introduced Hammeke to the recreation commission's board of directors when it met Monday.

October 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Barton relay takes honors

There is a much to be proud of for the organizers of the 2011 Relay for Life of Barton County.

October 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Sisters of Peace host Open Farm Day

A half inch of rain may have kept their solar oven from working Saturday, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of the hosts of Heartland Farm's Open Farm Day.

October 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Public invited to two city planning meetings

Assistant City Administrator Dawn Jaeger has announced that the city is looking for volunteers to participate in efforts to improve a vital local facility.

October 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Laser Shot conditions officers to make quick decisions

A split-second decision can mean the difference between life and death for any police officer put in a high-stakes situation. The right training can nudge the situation toward a successful outcome, while a lack of it might result in tragedy.

October 06, 2011 | | News

State not seeking death penalty in Longoria case

Prosecutors in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria announced Thursday that they won't seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

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