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Downtown promotion to change for new year

At a retail roundtable meeting Dec. 10, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes, other officials and local business leaders decided to revamp the downtown promotional program known as Thank You Thursdays.

December 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Convention Center plans on hold

With only two weeks before the City of Great Bend takes over management of the contentious city-owned Convention Center, the City Council Monday night learned that the cost of razing it and starting from scratch would cost about the same as remodeling the existing facility.

December 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

December 17, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


More suspects named in drug busts

The Barton County jail "media log" for Friday, Dec. 14, was released Monday and contained more names of men arrested last week on drug charges, including at least two who are suspects in a Kansas Bureau of Investigation case.

December 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Situation’ raises concerns at Larned, GBHS

A rumor that there might be shooting at "the high school" spread through two towns Monday afternoon. While students at Great Bend and Larned weren't sure what was going on, law enforcement officers were checking out the same information. Then students with smartphones quickly spread the word through social networks – adding a fair share of speculation. Students said it started with something posted on Facebook.

December 17, 2012 | BY SUSAN THACKER and JIM MISUNAS | News


Cookies and cutting

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School fourth graders learned practical measurement skills to supplement in-the-classroom learning on Tuesday, spending the day at Ellinwood High School using the student kitchens and wood lab.

December 17, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Chamber open late for last-minute gift certificate sales

This Thursday, the staff of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development will be making it easier than ever to take care of last-minute Christmas shopping by staying open until 7 p.m. to fill gift certificate orders.

December 17, 2012 | | News


County lists holiday hours

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed both Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the Health Department will be closed at this same time. The Landfill will close to the public at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 24, and will be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 17, 2012 | | News


County takes legal action on trashy property

Following a long-running battle with a Barton County land owner who refuses to clean his property, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to refer the case to the county attorney's office.

December 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Students spotlighted at Chamber coffee

Christmas carols, hot apple cider, and gourmet cupcakes greeted members of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning.

December 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend to apply for national designation

A steering committee made up of representatives from the City of Great Bend and several local organizations is making preparations to apply for the designation as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People," awarded by the America's Promise Alliance each year.

December 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend to apply for national designation

A steering committee made up of representatives from the City of Great Bend and several local organizations is making preparations to apply for the designation as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People," awarded by the America's Promise Alliance each year.

December 15, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Experts discuss how to talk to kids about Conn. killings

The killings at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday left some parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their children.

December 15, 2012 | By The Associated Press local reporting by Susan Thacker | News


Flu season arriving fast and furious

Merry Christmas.

December 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


‘Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars’ to be series topic

KINSLEY – The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded the Edwards County Historical Society and the Kinsley Library $3,397 in support of the "Kansas Military Forts and the Indian Wars" discussion series. Leo Oliva, Ph.D. will be facilitating the series with guided lectures and discussions.

December 15, 2012 | | News


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Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Five arrested in drug warrant sweep

On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 20, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers needed for baseball tourney

The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cops have suspects in graffiti outbreak

The Great Bend Police Department Detective's Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. "They do have suspects," he said. "Some charges will likely be forthcoming." The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Longer Memorial Day flower period OKed

Those wishing to place flowers on the graves of loved ones at the Great Bend Cemetery for Memorial Day will have an extra week to do so, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Verizon granted permission for temporary cell tower

Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City-wide clean-up efforts keep county tidier

Community-wide clean-up efforts are mixed blessing, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock told the County Commission Monday morning.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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