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Fireworks topic of special meeting

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the city office building, 1209 Williams, to consider a request to shoot off fireworks in conjunction with the Jack Kilby Day celebration Saturday.

April 26, 2012 | | News


Rabies cases on upswing

Rabies cases are on the upswing this year, most likely due to the mild winter, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A total of 21 cases have been identified in the state since Jan. 1.

April 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Barton announces annual Sidewalk Art Contest

Barton Community College will host its fifth annual Sidewalk Art Contest May 2 and 3 on the sidewalk outside the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 25, 2012 | | News


​BCC workforce relationships get top rating

Barton Community College has received a report on its strengths and "opportunities for improvement" in more than 100 areas.

April 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


ONE BRICK AT A TIME

The second phase in the two-year effort by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee to enhance the Great Bend Public Library's exterior is almost done.

April 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


​BCC announces Art Week

The first week of May is Art Week at Barton Community College.

April 25, 2012 | | News


Larned State Hospital seeks additional $2.1 million

TOPEKA - Larned State Hospital officials say they need an additional $2.1 million to offset staffing shortfalls cited during a recent accreditation survey.

April 25, 2012 | BY DAVE RANNEY KHI News Service | News


Students vow to stand against bullying

When Mark Brown asked 100 Great Bend fourth and fifth graders to stand if they know someone who is being bullied, teased or excluded in their schools, about 90 of them rose to their feet.

April 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Board eyes GBMS gym again

The Unified School District 428 School Board took another look at a proposed new gymnasium at Great Bend Middle School as it met there for its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday.

April 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


A PATRIOTIC TONE

When reporter T.R. Reid approached his Washington Post publisher Ben Bradlee in 1981 about the possibility of taking a yearlong sabbatical to write a book about the origins of the microchip, the famous publisher asked Reid, "When do you leave for Japan?"

April 24, 2012 | | News


Search warrant yields drugs, weapon

Suspected drugs and an illegal weapon were among items seized Monday when the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Great Bend Police Department executed a search warrant at 1427 16th St. Apt. A in Great Bend.

April 24, 2012 | | News


Colorblocking: Senior Center holds spring fashion show

Colorblocking and other fashion trends were displayed Monday when the Great Bend Senior Center hosted its spring fashion show.

April 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Area residents encouraged to attend watershed meeting

The second in a series of three meetings about a federal plan to better map and understand the multi-county Cow Creek Watershed takes place Hoisington Wednesday morning, and Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco is encouraging anyone with a tie to the area plan to attend.

April 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission honors crime victims

A couple weeks ago, the Adam Longoria murder trial ended in Barton County. He was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt in August of 2010.

April 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Drivers, look out

Motorists beware, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Let the algae battle begin

Great Bend City personnel anticipate beginning the introduction of algae-battling alum into Veterans Memorial Lake starting next week, weather permitting, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. The effort will take about three weeks.

April 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County offices to get panic buttons

Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.

April 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DECISION MAKERS

The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Henneke retains Ward 2 council seat

By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Larned approves $22M bond issue

LARNED - Fort Larned USD 495 voters passed a $22.2 million bond issue by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday that will construct a new elementary school. The yes votes were 1,036 and the no votes were 517.

April 07, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Council OKs improvements to Brit Spaugh Park, zoo

In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


What’s in a name?

The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


HISTORY LESSON

RUSSELL - The mystery of 112 years of history was unveiled before an overflow crowd Monday at the Russell County Courthouse.

April 06, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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