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BCC enrollment increase ranked second in state

A news release recently published by the Kansas Board of Regents shows Barton Community College attracted the second largest number of new students compared to the other 18 community colleges in Kansas. In the fall semester of 2011, 257 students found their way to Barton's campus for the first time.

February 25, 2012 | | Local News


Registration continues for Kansans Optimizing Health Program

A workshop targeting people who have or are caring for someone with a chronic condition is set to begin Thursday, March 1st. The six week long workshop will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through April 5th, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. Local class leaders, John and Donna Krug, have completed the training through a partnership with KDHE and K-State Research and Extension. If you are currently living with or caring for someone with arthritis, diabetes, heart or lung disease, asthma, the effects of a stroke, or any other chronic condition on ...

February 24, 2012 | | Local News


MADV Raises Money

February 24, 2012 | | Local News


River Bend Assisted Living Valentine King and Queen

River Bend Assisted Living crowned their Valentine King and Queen, Howard Soeken and Ruth White, on Feb. 14 at their Valentine Party.

February 22, 2012 | | Local News


Brungardt participates in national youth program in Washington, D.C.

Nathan Brungardt of Great Bend has been selected by the Foundation for Rural Education and Development (FRED) to attend the Leadership through Learning program from April 22-27 in Washington, D. C. Nathan is the son of Dan Brungardt and is a junior at Great Bend High School.

February 21, 2012 | | Local News


Barton and KDOC work together to improve public safety

Since 2002, Barton Community College has worked alongside the Kansas Department of Corrections to make the world a safer place through inmate education efforts and correction officer training programs.

February 21, 2012 | | Local News


Holy Family "Dress Down Day"

February 19, 2012 | | Local News


Legion helps veteran after fire

Fellow veterans have reached out to help Robert Jensen, whose Great Bend home sustained an estimated $50,000 in fire damage on Feb. 3. Firefighters were dispatched to 812 Stone St. at 10:15 p.m. that night. The first crew on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from a window, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said after the fire.

February 18, 2012 | | Local News


Call for artifacts: Essential Elements exhibit

In conjunction with the upcoming traveling Smithsonian exhibit, "The Way We Worked", the Coronado Quivira Museum is hosting an exhibit tentatively titled Essential Elements: Salt Mining in Rice County. They want to know if you have any artifacts you wish to submit for inclusion in the exhibit.

February 17, 2012 | | Local News


Sunflower lists some items donated for Gala auction

Sunflower Diversified Services has accumulated an impressive list of auction items for its annual gala but it can always use more, said Connie Oetken, director of development.

February 16, 2012 | | Local News


Barton County Farm Bureau Association 13th Annual Farm Safety Awareness Day

The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will be holding its 13th Annual Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday, Feb. 22nd at Barton Community College in the Case IH Technical training building. The day will begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. followed by a welcome by Barton County Farm Bureau Association president, Jerry Morgenstern. The first program gets under way at 9 a.m.

February 16, 2012 | | Local News


Inventors introduce newest 'Qube'

By Jim Misunas

February 16, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Barton Community College to host blood drive

Barton Community College will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Kirkman Student Activity Center. All donors will receive a free T-shirt.

February 15, 2012 | | Local News


Valentine's Day royalty

Glen Ehrlich and Jean Wagner were named king and queen at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day party on Monday. The party was sponsored by the Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Senior Center.

February 14, 2012 | | Local News


Icy roadway contributes to fatal accident

By Jim Misunas

February 13, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


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Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


C&V Home Improvement sponsors Lead Safe Certification Training for contractors and landlords

In 2010, Kansas enacted legislation requiring contractors and landlords to follow Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) when remodeling homes and certain commercial entities built prior to 1978. Contractors and landlords must assume lead is present in paint and stains for all pre-78 homes. Contractors are required to complete certification and to conduct their work in compliance with the LSWP. One struggle facing certification for contactors is the lack of local certification classes. The closest available training is in the Wichita area. "We are sponsoring this class so that all contractors and landlords can have convenient access to certification and recertification ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News


GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Colleges facing new Title IX responsibilities

Most people who have heard of Title IX associate the term with gender equality in school athletics, but the federal act is much more than that. Angie Maddy, dean of Student Services at Barton Community College, recently provided college trustees with a status report on BCC compliance.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mars One candidate misses final cut

A local man won't be one of the first colonists on Mars. Grady Bolding, 27, of Great Bend, was one of more than 200,000 people who applied to become an astronaut with Mars One, a Netherlands-based company that intends to begin sending people to Mars by 2024. All of those applicants knew it would be a one-way trip.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club visits Shafer Art Gallery

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they had been instructed to find at the gallery.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Touched by Cancer support group plans bake sale; no March meetings

Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Walking School Bus

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


US-56 pavement widening and box bridge project in Lyons set to begin

Starting around Monday, March 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a project to replace the concrete box bridge on the west side of Century Road and widen US-56 to four lanes from the end of the existing four lane roadway west to the entrance to the airport. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


‚ÄčLenten luncheon: Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon, at noon Wednesday, March 4. A meal is served at noon (not earlier) and the meetings end at 1 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Snow will be followed by ice Sunday, Monday

WICHITA - A winter storm will begin to impact Kansas beginning Saturday, according to the national Weather Service in Wichita,

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


St. Mark roast beef dinner postponed due to weather

The roast beef dinner that was scheduled for this Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend as been postponed because of impending weather.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


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