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20th Judicial District Teen Court receives Mini-Grant for Youth-Led Tobacco Use Prevention

20th Judicial District Teen Court Program recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition to implement youth activities targeted for tobacco use prevention in 20th Judicial District. Teen Court is part of a statewide youth movement against tobacco.

February 08, 2012 | | Local News


Public invited to St. Rose cardio exercise class

Anyone who made a new year's resolution to exercise regularly but has fallen short may attend an upcoming cardio class in an effort to kick-start a program.

February 07, 2012 | | Local News


Woman injured in Albert collision

Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.

February 07, 2012 | | Local News


Friedlander & Hall coming to Barton Arts Center on Friday

Folk musicians Jeff Friedlander and Ed Hall will perform at the Barton County Arts Center, Forest and Main, Great Bend at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


House fire causes major damage

Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to 812 Stone St. at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The first crew on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from a window, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. "The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down; however, the house had a large amount of belongings throughout the structure making it difficult to totally extinguish the fire." No one was hurt, but several dogs in the house died. Damage was estimated at $50,000 and at last report the cause of the fire had not been determined.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


Three-vehicle collision injures four people

Four people were sent to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Saturday evening with undetermined injuries, after a pickup crossed the center line on U.S. 281 and collided with two other vehicles.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


January marriage and divorce filings

January Marriage Licenses

February 05, 2012 | | Local News


Singers preparing to deliver Valentine’s gifts

The Great Bend High School Madrigal Pops Singers will deliver singing Valentines from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 for a $25 donation. The recipient will be serenaded with a love song. The recipient will also receive a decorated cookie.

February 05, 2012 | | Local News


College funding proposal could help BCC

Barton Community College trustees will learn more about the Legislature's plans to change how state community colleges are funded, during the Board of Trustees' next study session, at 4 p.m. Monday in room F-30 of the BCC Fine Arts Building.

February 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Honor Choir

Holy Family School sixth graders who participated in the District 5 Kansas Music Educators Association Elementary Honor School on Jan. 21 are shown with Connie Schneweis: From the left, back row, they are Halley Sanders, Kelsey Hofeling, Alaina Schneider, Baleigh Fry and Krista Schneider; and front row, Karlie Stanley, Sydney Soukup, Alyssia Strickland and Lauren Miller. The Sixth Grade Honor Choir from Holy Family Grade School traveled to Dodge City Middle School for this event. Honor Choir students spent the morning with a vocal director and about 200 other elementary students. The session closed with a concert at noon for ...

February 03, 2012 | | Local News


Speech team takes awards at Augusta

AUGUSTA – On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Great Bend High School Forensics Team traveled to the first tournament of the year at Augusta High School. The team took home seven awards and qualified two students to state. The results are as followed:

February 03, 2012 | | Local News


United Way close to goal

United Way of Central Kansas is inching towards their goal of $235,000, to date 98% has been raised. The campaign could not succeed without the many individuals and businesses that donate. Larned has been a tremendous asset to the campaign and have made United Way more prominent in their community. Working together we better us all. "I am so proud of our 19 agencies and that 99% of the funds stay right here in our community" said Julie Bugner Smith, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kansas.

February 02, 2012 | | Local News


St. Rose emphasizes women's heart health

A man clutches his chest and sweat pours from every pore in his face. He then falls to the floor.

February 01, 2012 | | Local News


Zoo news: Mute swan at Veterans Park dies

One of six mute swans at Veterans Memorial Lake has died, Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellsworth teens found safe

WICHITA - Two Ellsworth teenagers were found safe late Tuesday afternoon by a family member.

February 01, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


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​Library to close temporary outpost

The Great Bend Public Library will close its temporary location at 3407 10th St. on April 7 as the staff prepares for the move back to Williams Street. The library will reopen on Wednesday, April 15, at 1409 Williams St. For more information call 792-2409.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


Benefit 5K Run/Walk for Royal Kids Camp

First Assembly of God will host the second annual Benefit 5k Run/Walk for Royal Family Kids Camp at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The race will begin and end at Brit Spaugh Park on North Main Street in Great Bend. The event will benefit Royal Family Kids Camp, a summer camp for abused or neglected foster children in Kansas.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


Zoo construction

The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.

March 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


God & Country concert

The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) rehearses Sunday night in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College.

March 30, 2015 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer: Migration Madness

While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.

March 29, 2015 | Jean Aycock - KWEC Education Director | Local News


Cheryl Rugan announces candidacy

Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan, CPA, has announced her candidacy for reelection to the USD 428 Board of Education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, not a politician. After consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she believes that she has a vested interest to stay involved. "I will continue to approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and utilizing my experience where I can add value to this community that ...

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have little ones in your life, our library is a great place to spend with them! These are some of the latest books that Julie has added:

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Cold Weather Rule to end March 31

The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on Tuesday, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31, each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission's (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Tuesday.

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Lori Reneau seeking USD 428 School Board seat

Lori Reneau is seeking a seat on the Great Bend USD 428 School Board. Lori has lived in Great Bend for the past 20 years. She received her high school diploma from Chaparral High School in Anthony and her associate's degree from Barton Community College. Lori and her husband, Kenny, have been married for 21 years and have two children in the school district. Keaton is a sophomore at Great Bend High School and Ethan is a 6th grader at Park Elementary School. For the past 20 years Lori has been employed full time as a Certified Evidence Control ...

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.

March 29, 2015 | | Local News


​Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.

March 28, 2015 | | Local News


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


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