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National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Clara Wicoff, the Iola seventh grader who spelled her way to her second Sunflower Spelling Bee victory in March, barely missed making it to the nationally televised semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee today in Washington, D.C.

June 01, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Local support of K-96 project pays off

Efforts of local and regional officials to secure improved highway transportation between here and Hutchinson have paid off, it was announced Tuesday.

June 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Officers to carry Special Olympics torch

Area law enforcement officers will carry the "Flame of Hope" from Pawnee County to Great Bend today, as the torch makes its way to the Special Olympics Summer Games in Wichita on Friday. Detective Heather Smith with the Great Bend Police Department invites the public to cheer for local athletes and officers, or come walk with them, around noon today.

May 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Camp Aldrich study shows issues, options

Editor's note: Barton Community College has hired an outside agency to evaluate the issues and potential future uses for its Camp Aldrich camp/conference center, located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. This three-part series will look at some of the suggested upgrades and their costs, as well as possible solutions and recommendations of the consultant, and the reaction of college trustees.

May 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Crutches’ Tune’ remembered on Memorial Day

Down the street, with a lilting swing,

May 31, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


GB Airport picked for state funding

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is on of 30 in Kansas selected for a share of $3.5 million is state money awarded to enhance safety and service at the facilities

May 28, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Of bikes and cars

Whether it runs on two wheels or four, there is a lot going on next weekend as area residents rev up their efforts to fight cancer.

May 28, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Poppy Day coming this weekend

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 180 in Great Bend will be out in force Saturday and Sunday to distribute the familiar red poppies in their annual fundraiser.

May 27, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


County adds to juvenile offender board

A local board that over sees efforts to help juvenile offenders was filled this week when the Barton County Commission approved the reappointment of a Hay mental health professional.

May 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


District Court shortens public hours due to hiring freeze

Barton County District Court will be closing to the public one hour early, at 4 p.m. daily, starting Monday, June 6.

May 26, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Tornado destroys property; leaves the spirit intact

BARTON COUNTY - When her husband didn't answer his cell phone on Tuesday evening, Teresa Cass became worried and hurried home as soon as she could from her job in Great Bend. Little did she know that her husband, Chuck, was hunkered down between two refrigerators while taking a direct hit from a tornado and unable to answer his phone.

May 26, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Local gas prices drop twice in one week

Just in time for the busy Memorial Day weekend, local motorists got another break in the price of fuel this week as local prices dipped to $3.74 around town.

May 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Tornado spotted Tuesday

May 25, 2011 | | News


Great Bend Memorial Day program announced

The Great Bend Memorial Day services sponsored by the Disabled American Veteran Chapter 27 is set for Monday morning at Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Municipal Cemetery with Terry W. Young, first junior vice commander DAV Department of Kansas, as the master of cermonies. The service will begin at 10 a.m. and the program is as follows:

May 25, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


2 DEAD AS STORMS RAKE GOLDEN BELT

A powerful and deadly storm system pummeled the Golden Belt Tuesday afternoon and evening with high winds, heavy rains, large hail and a possible tornado. The Kansas Adjutant General's Department confirmed storms claimed the lives of two people about 5:10 p.m.in Stafford County.

May 25, 2011 | BY DALE HOGG, KAREN LAPIERRE and JIM MISUNAS | 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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