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VA mobile office coming to Great Bend this week

The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs Mobile Office is coming to Great Bend this week. The air-conditioned mobile office staffed with veteran service representatives will be at the Great Bend Dollar General store, 5318 10th street, from 2-7 p.m. Today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Veterans can learn more about VA and state benefits and even apply for benefits on site. Some of the benefits that veterans and eligible family members may qualify for are service connected disability compensation, improved pension benefits, death pensions, VA health care benefits ...

July 11, 2012 | | Local News


Families must make safety a priority while camping and hiking

TOPEKA - Sleeping bag? Check. Hiking boots? Check. Safety guidelines? A must! While the preparations for a family camping or hiking trip usually include a review of the necessary gear, parents should also review safety guidelines with their children, paying special attention to potential hazards specific to camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, water and falls.

July 11, 2012 | | Local News


Grant program to award $100,000 to four projects

By Jim Misunas

July 06, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Zoo News: There's nothing like a rat-sicle on a hot day

It's hot. We know, and our animals know it – including the animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer Gallery to host elegant afternoon tea

The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College will be the site of an "elegant, afternoon high-tea fundraiser" reminiscent of 1800s England.

June 28, 2012 | | Local News


Agency reaching out to people with disabilities

A Rice County woman's grandmother is terminally ill and unable to care for her granddaughter who has a developmental disability. The young woman, 18, is now in the residential program at Sunflower Diversified Services and soon will be in the non-profit agency's day-services program.

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


Local company puts finishing touches on Habitat for Humanity house

Stanion Wholesale Electric is responsible for one of the final finishing touches on the Habitat for Humanity house being completed at 1906 Hubbard in Great Bend. The local business donated all of the light fixtures needed to complete the three-bedroom home.

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


'Angelic' singer Tia McGraff coming to Great Bend

Tia McGraff, described as having "a voice stolen from angels," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the Ray Schulz Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, 85 South U.S. 281 (south of the Arkansas River bridge).

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


Lee Turner Lectureship

Special Assistant Attorney General Kevin O' Connor, who was the prosecutor during the Adam Longoria trial, speaks to a room full of area law enforcement professionals, Tuesday at Barton Community College. His topic was Systematic Responses to Sexual Assault. The day-long seminar was part of the Lee Turner Lectureship Series, an endowment-funded program designed to help law enforcement personnel meet continuing education requirements. There will be another session on Wednesday, July 25. The deadline to register is July 11.

June 20, 2012 | | Local News


BCC and Russell Arts Council sponsor summer musical

RUSSELL - Eye patches will be in excess when the Russell Arts Council and Barton Community College cosponsor the summer musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.

June 19, 2012 | | Local News


Maki to speak at DAV convention

Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout the state of Kansas will hold their annual Department Convention June 22-24 in Great Bend at the Highland Hotel.

June 15, 2012 | | Local News


Midwest Cancer Alliance starts presentations at St. Rose

One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.

June 15, 2012 | | Local News


Stafford to showcase garden tour Sunday

By Jim Misunas

June 15, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Pages at the Capitol

Addison Westhoff, Grace Ball and Kaeli Amerine pose for a photo with Sen. Ruth Teichman and Gov. Sam Brownback, on March 26 when the girls served as pages. The girls are students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


Keeley elected president of District Judges Association

The Hon. Mike Keeley, Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District headquartered at Great Bend, Thursday was elected president of the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA), during the association's annual meeting in Overland Park.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


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Community Concerts of 2015-16 season come 'From the Top'

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


Local candidates submit short biographies

Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


Parkinson's group to meet April 7

In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


Illusionist Reza to perform Friday

Reza the Illusionist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theater. The program is a benefit for Star of Hope and for Great Bend Community Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for students; children under 5 will be admitted free.

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


CKCA Open House

Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold their annual Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Current students attending CKCA are invited to check out their school projects, have refreshments and join in fellowship. Prospective students and their families, along with families interested in the school, are welcome to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the classrooms, sign up for Kindergarten screenings, meet the teachers and learn about the school curriculum. CKCA is independent of any local church. For more information call the school office at 792-3477.

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend High School Kayette’s annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant

The Great Bend High School Kayette's annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the high school auditorium. The evening features eight of the high schools finest senior boys competing in various pageant categories to help raise money for Mrs. Annetta Schaub, who is battling cancer for the second time. Seniors competing include Jayce Brack, Grant Harris, Walter Helms, Adam Jacobs, Josh Moran, Branden Paden, Blake Sullivan, and Ty Yager. Tickets are $3 for general admission and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds to benefit Mrs. Schaub.

March 26, 2015 | | Local News


​GBPD officer on leave after domestic battery arrest

A Great Bend Police Department patrol officer was placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Saturday on a domestic battery charge.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Municipal Court Docket - March 19

Vicki L. Batt, open container, trail April 16

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Amy Habiger and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Supreme Court announces cases for April 13 docket at Fort Hays State University

The Kansas Supreme Court announced the three cases it will hear April 13 at Fort Hays State University, its next destination in ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

March 25, 2015 | | Local News


Wreck occurs west of GB

Law enforcement officers work the scene of a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon 5 miles west of Great Bend at U.S. 56 and SW 50 Ave. Kansas Highway Patrol reports this was a non-injury accident.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


'Live From Nashville' coming to Great Bend

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present "Live From Nashville," a country music song-and-dance spectacular from Nashville-based Matt Davenport Productions. Tracing the history of country music from its roots to its sold-out stadiums of today, this production represents a century of celebrities and songs – and the tradition that gave Music City its name.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


​Strategic planning on BCC Trustees’ agenda

The current strategic plan for Barton Community College is scheduled for renewal and development and to be in place for fiscal years 2016-2021. The first phase of strategic planning is underway and involves the establishment of a strategic planning framework that will be considered at the next BCC Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


Extreme fire danger posted for Tuesday

WICHITA - Barton County is included in a red flag warning for extreme grassland fire danger until 7 p.m. Tuesday, issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield. Items on the agenda include the 2015-2016 school calendar; a resolution maintaining BOE member elections in April; and licensed teacher retirements, resignations and personnel appointment. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Tricia Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Eisenhower.

March 24, 2015 | | Local News


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