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Wetlands & Wildife byway on new Rand McNally blog

The Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway has been chosen to be the first of America's Byways featured on a new website created by Rand McNally.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Ready to play ball

Pending a ruling on the bylaws, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is ready to commit $12,000 toward the purchase of a color LED sign for the new Great Bend Sports Complex.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County conducts annual new year business

Annual county business this week got things rolling on another year for Barton County officials.

January 11, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Morning and Noon Basketball players introduce Hall of Fame

The Great Bend version of the NBA - the Noon Basketball Association - started more than 35 years ago, when a few businessmen began to meet at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium gym over the noon hour to play basketball.

January 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Estes presents programs in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - State Treasurer Ron Estes was in Ellinwood on Tuesday, explaining to high school students and elementary school students the importance of managing credit cards, savings, and budget.

January 10, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


A tale of two plans

A school funding plan unveiled by legislative Democrats in Topeka Tuesday met with a much warmer response from local education officials than did an earlier one floated by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. However, the dueling plans could help set the stage for a contentious legislative session.

January 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Firefighters praised as public servant

By Jim Misunas

January 09, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Tax sale numbers are up for 2012

2012 is similar to other years.

January 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Board: Wait and see on 7th-grade sports

When it comes to seventh-grade competitive sports at Great Bend Middle School, it could come down to a game of follow the leader, Unified School District 428 Activity Director David Meter told the School Board Monday night.

January 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Morning, noon basketball to get wall of fame

For more than 30 years, some Great Bend men have started their mornings or spent their noon hours at the Municipal Auditorium, enjoying a game of pickup basketball in the gym. Now participants from the Great Bend Recreation Commission's morning and noon basketball programs want to give something back – and establish a hall of fame, local attorney Chuck Pike said.

January 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County says ‘ahh’ in 2011

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles updating Barton County government projects for 2011.)

January 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Barton County gets new extension agent

There will be a new face at the K-State Research and Extension Barton County office next week. Jennifer Carr will join the Great Bend staff of the as an agriculture and natural resources agent, effective Monday.

January 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Ellinwood patriotic flags fly

ELLINWOOD - Sometimes it is the extra special lengths a few go to that makes a difference for many, providing a moment during parades to honor veterans and to provide an educational opportunity. The Ellinwood American Legion provides such a moment with its flag trailer.

January 06, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Barton County’s Got Talent guest acts announced

In its third year, the Barton County's Got Talent fundraiser is anticipated to draw about 500 people and raise about $10,000 for Barton County's chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The dinner theater is a spin-off of the network television show "America's Got Talent" and features a variety of local performers. A winner and a runner-up are selected by a panel of local judges with backgrounds in various areas of the performing arts.

January 06, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Construction projects paved the way for 2011

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles updating Barton County government projects for 2011.)

January 06, 2012 | Chuck Smith | 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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