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​Veterans Day program planned at high school

Great Bend High School students will honor men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day.

November 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Two Kansas men die in plane crash

WELD COUNTY, Colo. - Two leaders of the Great Bend Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who died in a plane crash Tuesday are being remembered as servants of the Lord.

October 14, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News

NASA offical to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

An official from NASA will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Jack Kilby Science Day. The public is invited to attend as Raphael Grau, acting manager of external integration for the International Space Station Program, addresses area high school students. His talk will be at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.

October 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton Community College will host an opening reception for its new exhibit "Fire," by Cheyenne artist Bently Spang, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in the Shafer Art Gallery. The exhibit will run through Nov. 6.

October 02, 2015 | | News

Doggone good time

STAFFORD - The state's largest Wiener Dog Race will move to the Stafford County Fairgrounds during Stafford's Oktoberfest Saturday.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News

EPA urges homeowners to properly maintain septic systems

LENEXA- EPA has designated Sept. 21-25, 2015, as SepticSmart Week. In recognition of this event, EPA and its state, local and industry partners are working around the country to help raise awareness about the need for proper care and maintenance of septic systems and to encourage homeowners to do their part.

September 21, 2015 | | 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.

August 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Car Crush

Saturday, whether they fancied vintage, classic, muscle, or "rat rods," car lovers found plenty to appreciate as they converged on Great Bend's Party in the Park car show. This year, the number of cars increased nearly 50 percent over last year's event. 142 cars were on display, up from 93 the year before. Several factors were at play, and the appearance of reality television show 'Street Rodding American Style,' with hosts David Wolfe and Cy McCormack on location to interview three car owners about their rides for an upcoming show didn't hurt.

August 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a revised Juvenile Services Department budget, and updates on the road sealing program and the Appraiser's Office property re-inspection.

August 07, 2015 | | News


ELLINWOOD - The connection between antique dealers Bill Starr and Richard Casagrande saved "Little Germany."

July 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News

Great Bend helps Crisis Center with grant appeal

Family Crisis Center Director Laura Patzner's story touched a nerve with Great Bend City Council members Monday night, moving them to step in make sure a key source of the agency's funding remains intact.

July 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

Light of God

OLMITZ - The majestic presence of the perfectly-crafted stained glass windows at St. Ann's Catholic Church are best appreciated up close.

June 29, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News

Report: BCC hits mark on Workforce Training

Barton Community College trustees heard good news this past week from the dean of Workforce Training & Community Education, Elaine Simmons.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BUSHTON – Farmers like to say Mother Nature has to kill a wheat crop a few times before harvest. And Bushton farmer Kyle Kaiser would agree. At the beginning of April, Kyle was ready to call his crop insurance agent to evaluate his short, dry wheat with some visible winterkill. But, after receiving nine to ten inches of rain in May, the wheat was waist high by mid-June.

June 24, 2015 | BY JULIA DEBES Kansas Wheat | News


Saturday was what people in the racing world call a "junk air day," said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. That means some high performance race cars have a hard time "breathing" in the humidity. Still, with Great Bend the only division track in Kansas racing this weekend, racers from around the state and Oklahoma made the drive to the Great Bend track to increase their points rating and to have some fun.

June 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

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