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Capital improvement projects under way at Barton Community College

Capital improvement projects approved by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for Fiscal Year 2013 are under way, Dean of Administration Mark Dean told trustees this past week.

September 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. Rose auction for cancer patients includes variety of items

Diamond jewelry, an antique gun and University of Kansas items are among the many goodies collected for the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center auction to benefit local cancer patients.

September 15, 2012 | | Local News


Cyclists plan focus group meeting

The Barton County Health Community Design Leadership Team wants to make Great Bend more bicycle friendly and is seeking input from cyclists on how to make this happen. The team is holding a focus group-style meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Barton County Courthouse Square.

September 14, 2012 | | Local News


Great Bend Zoo silent on accreditation; Topeka Zoo earns AZA nod for 5 years

(AP) - Great Bend officials are refusing to discuss last week's meeting with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums board in Phoenix, Ariz. Zoo Director Scott Gregory attended a meeting Saturday where the board was set to approve or deny AZA accreditation for the Brit Spaugh Zoo.

September 12, 2012 | ​BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Local News


UWCK putting towards its goal

United Way of Central Kansas will hold its Mini Golf United at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Walnut Bowling Center. The fee is $30 per three-member team. Cash prizes will be awarded to top golfers and there will be an award to the business that registers the most teams. All money raised will go to UWCK.

September 11, 2012 | | Local News


BCC offers workshop for health pros

Barton Community College will offer health-care professionals a chance learn valuable skills from industry leaders that will help them in their day to day jobs, as well as fulfill continued education requirements, at the 21st annual Clara Barton Colloquium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Club at StoneRidge, 1438 24th St., Great Bend.

September 08, 2012 | | Local News


Art showing

September 07, 2012 | | Local News


​Man in hospital following altercation at residence

A 34-year-old man was hospitalized Wednesday after being battered at a Great Bend residence. Keeven Hendricks was listed in fair condition Thursday at Via Christi Health's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

September 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News:

Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory will head to Arizona today, where he and other Great Bend officials will meet with the board of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. On Saturday afternoon, they'll learn if the zoo has gained the AZA accreditation it has been working toward.

September 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Convention Center and Airfest on council agenda Tuesday night

Due to Labor Day, the Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the City Office instead of the normal Monday. The agenda will include selecting an architect for the Great Bend Convention Center project, the Airfest, improvements at 24th and Main, and curb and gutter replacements. There will also be an executive session.

August 31, 2012 | | Local News


Deines opens ‘Chrome, Smoke and Flames’ exhibit

RUSSELL - Russell's Deines Cultural Center is featuring the sixth of its biennial favorite "Chrome, Smoke and Flames."

August 31, 2012 | | Local News


Perky pets

This photo of "Ms. T," (on tractor) submitted by Linda Seibert, won first place in the Great Bend Recreation Commission's first "My Cute Pet Contest." Seibert received a free portrait session along with a free 8 by 10 photo donated by Riggs Photography & Camera Shop. The second place winner was "Ginger," submitted by Pam and Marcus Boger. They wil receive a $25 gift card donated by the Great Bend Orscheln Farm & Home Store. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick said the GBRC plans to make the contest an annual event.

August 29, 2012 | | Local News


​Ellsworth firm is new Kinze Manufacturing distributor

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa – Farm equipment company Kinze Manufacturing has added a new dealer to its distribution network. Kan Equipment Inc. is the new Kinze dealer in Kansas with two locations in Ellsworth and Herington, officials at the Iowa-based company announced Thursday.

August 28, 2012 | | Local News


Audit topic of council committee meeting

The Great Bend City Council's Administration Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Great Bend City Office to discuss the city's 2011 audit. Council members Ken Roberts, Dale Westoff and Nels Lindberg will meet with representatives of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball to go over the report.

August 27, 2012 | | Local News


Great Bend Talent Scouts

Members of the Golden Belt Community Concert Association travelled to Nashville, Tenn. August 2-4 for the 10th annual Live On Stage Conference, where they heard from several artists vying for a spot on the 2013-2014 concert season.

August 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Nesting peacefully

Great Bend resident Helen Asher has new neighbors.

April 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Latest opinion poll by FHSU’s Docking Institute shows Kansans at odds with Legislature

A new survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows discrepancies between what Kansans want and what the state Legislature is doing on some key public issues.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Early Ed Center appreciates doctors’ referrals; streamlines process

Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


‘Suspicious’ fire claims man’s life

By JIM MISUNAS

April 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Severe weather possible Friday afternoon

Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


Email and SMS Weather Alert Services

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides alert and warning information through official dissemination sources, including NOAA Weather Radio, NOAA Weather Wire Service, and Weather.gov to the public, and the iNWS service for core partners (emergency management community, government partners of an NWS office, or members fo the electronic media who need direct interaction with NWS). The National Weather Service does not provide direct email/SMS alerts to the general public.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


Tactical training for BCSO

Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News


​Motorcyclist receives minor injury

A Great Bend man received minor injuries Tuesday when he lost control of a motorcycle on NE 30 Road and U.S. 281.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News


​BCSO deputy in minor injury accident

A Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in a minor injury accident Wednesday morning, after pulling in front of another vehicle at 24th and Harrison St. in Great Bend.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Speech Team qualifies one to nationals

The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News


Personnel on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will deal with personnel matters at the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session for private discussion of personnel is on the agenda, followed by the renewal or non-renewal of faculty contracts for next year.

April 21, 2015 | | Local News


Presentation explores prehistory of Kansas

Barton County Historical Society will host "Kansas BC," a presentation and discussion by Donald Blakeslee, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Schulz Library at the Historical Society Museum. Barton County Historical Society is located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge at Great Bend on U.S. 281.

April 21, 2015 | | Local News


Benefit dinner to be held for Charles Bahr

A benefit dinner for Charles Ultan Bahr to help with hospital costs will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Olmitz. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a dessert will be served. There will also be a cash raffle. Charles is the son of Joey and Anita Bahr. A free will donation will be taken.

April 21, 2015 | | Local News


Eagles Women's Auxilary 646 gives to K4K

The Eagles Women's Auxiliary 646 donated $3,431 to the Kans for Kids radiothon fundraiser held March 27. The held an auction and faffle at the Eagles on the 21st to raise money for the organization that helps families who are facing a battle with childhood cancer. From left to right: Corry Herrman, Darlene Blake, Hunter (Ambassador) and Yvonne West.

April 21, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Band entries earn trip to State Musical Festival

Many of the Great Bend High School Band entries earned a trip to the State Music Festival by receiving a I at regionals last Saturday: Brass Sextet: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Allison Regehr, Michelle Rooney, Aubrey Maneth, Kayn Milholland; and soloists: Eric Vazquez, Allison Regehr, Anna Frizell, Taylor Dougherty, Kaitlin Adams, and Andrew Curtright. II's were awarded to the Woodwind Trio: Shenay Lee, Kaia Parks, Daniella Astrain; the Brass Trio: Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Andrew Curtright; and soloists: Shenay Lee, Daniela Astrain, Maycie Hestand, Michelle Rooney, Ben Diel, Michael Raymer, Ozioma Ofoma, Jordan Otten, and Kaia Parks. III's ...

April 21, 2015 | | Local News


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