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Kitts won’t seek re-election

District Judge Hannelore Kitts announced Thursday afternoon that she will not seek re-election to her position as district court judge of the 20th Judicial District this year.

April 19, 2012 | | Local News


Food for fines

Representatives from the Barton County Food Bank pick up items donated at the Great Bend Public Library last week. The library was accepting food donations in lieu of fines in celebration of National Library Week.

April 17, 2012 | | Local News


Foundation’s annual clay shoot fundraiser nets record proceeds

"Pull!" shouted Bruce Baublits of Cimarron. Taking aim, he squeezed the trigger, sending shot sailing through the air, splitting a clay target into a dozen pieces.

April 16, 2012 | | Local News


Tornado near Macksville

Tornado Warning

April 14, 2012 | | Local News


Say 'amen' to laughter: 'Messiah on the Frigidaire' keeps it fresh

Great Bend Community Theatre wraps up its 2011-12 season with a small miracle: a satire about the lower-class residents of the south – rednecks – that avoids stale cliches and somehow locks in freshness. In "Messiah on the Frigidaire," a series of comic events takes place in Elroy, S.C., at the trailer of Dwayne and Lou Ann Hightower.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Severe weather forecast Saturday

WICHITA – The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has raised the threat level for severe weather Saturday to 'high' for portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, with officials predicting "a high-end life-threatening event."

April 13, 2012 | | Local News


BCC to hold Child Education Fair

Childcare professionals will be encouraged to "Sample The Blue Ribbon Offerings" at Barton Community College's Child Education Fair on April 28.

April 12, 2012 | | Local News


Barton Community College Orchestra to perform in Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 11, 2012 | | Local News


St. Rose Rehab adds fun, education to visits

As part of their regular rehabilitation services, occupational therapists at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center educate their patients about ways to heal. But this month, the therapists have added a touch of fun in observance of OT Month.

April 11, 2012 | | Local News


Keep your eyes open and your windows shut - prevent accidental falls with window safety

TOPEKA - Placing a crib, changing table or even a chair next to a window might offer your child a nice view outside or access to fresh air, but be careful – window falls can happen to anyone and in some cases, can be deadly. Safe Kids Kansas recommends that adults actively supervise their children when around open windows. Toddlers have been known to fall out of windows open as little as five inches.

April 11, 2012 | | Local News


Four-wheeler, bikes, mower and phone reported stolen

In about 90 minutes time on Monday afternoon, the Great Bend Police Department received three unrelated theft reports at separate locations.

April 10, 2012 | | Local News


Great Bend Easter Egg Hunts

The First Assembly of God Church sponsored the Giant Easter Egg Hunt Saturday.

April 07, 2012 | | Local News


Easter Egg Hunts

Two Easter Egg hunts were conducted Saturday in Great Bend.

April 07, 2012 | | Local News


DIAMOND JUBILEE

In its diamond anniversary season starting this fall, the Golden Belt Community Concert Association will celebrate 75 years of providing high-quality, affordable musical entertainment to the Golden Belt community.

April 06, 2012 | | Local News


River of Life to sponsor breakfast

The River of Life Foursquare Church of Great Bend will sponsor a men's breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 7, at 1219 Main Street.

April 06, 2012 | | Local News


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​Prince of Peace Altar Society taking orders for Bake and Take

The Prince of Peace Altar Society is taking orders for its spring Kolache Bake and Take. Orders can be picked up from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the St. Rose Auditorium.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Church rummage sale Saturday

The members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This is a fundraiser where all items are by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local missions including the Prairie Godmother's, Barton County Emergency Aid and missions throughout the year. Pictured are Lou Ann LeRoy, Marilyn Button and Juanita Weathers. For questions or more information, please contact the church office 792-5346.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Model RR group plans open house

The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Veterans coffee klatch will visit Doonan Truck Museum

Veterans and other guests who meet regularly for coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Post in Great Bend will changes things up a bit this Wednesday, April 22. The coffee and doughnuts will be at the Doonan Truck Museum east of Great Bend at 9:30 a.m. Any veteran who needs a ride may call Bill or Cheryl Pickle before Tuesday. Bill's telephone number is 620-791-7017 and Cheryl's number is 620-617-6757.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Speaker to offer tips for flower growing

"Flowers Popping Color" is the title of the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Stop 'N Learn session. The free one-hour program will start at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


BCC hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the appointment of the new police chief, the appoint of a First Ward council member and the Veterans Lake algae remediation project.

April 17, 2015 | | Local 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 social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Railroad repairs will detour K-14/K-96 Highway in Sterling

Starting on Wednesday, April 22, and continuing for one week, a railroad crossing replacement project on K-14/K-96 highway in the city of Sterling will be underway. K-14/K-96 highway will be closed at this crossing, so highway traffic will be detoured on city streets using Garfield Avenue, 1st Street, and Cleveland Avenue. No oversize loads will be allowed through this detour due to narrow city streets with tight turns, so oversized loads will need to use an alternate route. Local traffic will have access into the downtown area from each side of the railroad but won't be able ...

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County Quality of Life Endowment accepting grant applications

The Barton County Quality of Life Endowment Fund is now accepting grant applications. The intent of the fund is to improve the quality of life in Barton County. Projects eligible for funding must make a visible enhancement to the community. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designated IRS status. The application deadline is June 15th.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News


Rain, storms in forecast for Friday, Saturday

Severe Thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow across central and south central Kansas. The main threats include hail up to the size of golfballs and damaging winds. There is also a small chance of a tornado, with the better chance being on Saturday. Across eastern Kansas a strong storm with small hail and gusts to 50 mph may be possible.

April 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Early Ed Center conducts first screening; second device donated

A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


LEPC to meet Monday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


Wheat Tours scheduled throughout area

Local wheat tours for Barton County and neighboring counties are scheduled in May.

April 16, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


​Driver reports being run off road

A Great Bend man said he swerved into a ditch to avoid a collision around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Barton County Road. The vehicle was not damaged but the driver reported he may have hurt his back.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News


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