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KC jazz icon coming to Great Bend Jazz Festival

Local big band musicians will share the stage with a Kansas City jazz icon for the 19th annual Great Bend Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 2, at the Crest Theater.

February 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Wounded Warrior Project comes to Barton County

On Friday night, five soldiers converged on the Great Bend area on a mission. The following morning, they would take part in a European style pheasant hunt, part of a two day event jointly sponsored by a local Pheasants Forever chapter and the national organization, Wounded Warrior Project.

February 25, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Fire deals heavy damage to Great Bend home

Leesa Maupin and her 16-year-old son Lucas stood barefoot in the snow Friday night as Great Bend firefighters attempted to save their home.

February 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Car blaze under investigation

A burning car in front of the apartments at 5210 10th St. Monday morning was suspicious in nature, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. The state fire marshal is expected to investigate as soon as weather permits.

February 25, 2013 | | News

Main streets focus for snow removal

Two major winter storms have dumped snow on the Great Bend area in the past week, taxing the city's Public Works Street Division.

February 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Sheriff: Stay off roads

With another wind-whipped winter storm dumping and blowing snow on Central Kansas, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir has one piece of advice for motorists – stay home.

February 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Road closings

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has now closed several roads in southwest Kansas at the Kansas-Oklahoma state line at the request of Oklahoma. The following roads are closed southbound at the state line, but remain open in Kansas:

February 25, 2013 | | News


This is part of a two part series spotlighting the joint work of a local Pheasants Forever chapter and the Wounded Warrior Project to give back to a group of soldiers who have served post 9-11, sacrificing for their country. Today, a brief overview and an introduction to the soldiers taking part. Tuesday, we'll take a closer look at how the Wounded Warrior Project is helping soldiers transition back into the civilian world, and how local organizations can help.

February 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

KC's David Basse and friends coming to Jazz Festival

Jazz singer David Basse will appear in Great Bend on Saturday, March 2, for the annual Jazz Festival.

February 22, 2013 | | News

Shafer Gallery hosts area high school art exhibit

The Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College is hosting an area high school juried art exhibit titled the "Vortex Exhibit," which is on display until the end of the month. It will culminate with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Fine Arts Auditorium, which will also cap off Vortex Fine and Performing Arts Day.

February 21, 2013 | | News

Gunshot wound ruled accidental

A Colorado Springs, Colo., man was taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita after he accidentally shot himself Thursday morning while he and his dad were driving north of Hosington, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

February 21, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


The majority of activity across the state of Kansas has come to a stop as the result of a widespread winter storm that has moved eastward across the state and resulted in up to 10 inches or more of snow in some areas since early Wednesday.

February 21, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Huelskamp cancels town hall meetings

Due to travel conditions, First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp's Larned, Jetmore, and Ness City town halls scheduled for today, are cancelled, his office announced Thursday. They will be rescheduled at a later time.

February 21, 2013 | | News

BCC closed today

Barton Community College will be closed today, college officials announced Thursday afternoon. Night classes Thursday are also canceled.

February 21, 2013 | | News

I-70 closed between Salina and Hays

At 11:30 a.m. the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) closed I-70, from Exit 159 in Hays to Exit 249 near Salina, in both directions.

February 21, 2013 | | News

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