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National Rural Health Day

Great Bend Internists and St. Joseph Family Medicine employees were among the many rural health-care providers and staff recognized Thursday on the first National Rural Health Day. Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed the special day as part of a national effort to honor those who provide "comprehensive, compassionate, patient-centered and holistic care to patients" in rural areas. St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center owns GBI and SJFM.

November 19, 2011 | | Local News


Former Ellinwood teacher receives probation

A former Ellinwood teacher has been placed on probation after pleading "no contest" to attempted electronic solicitation of a child under 16 years old.

November 19, 2011 | | Local News


Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Since 1978, individuals and groups in Sterling have cooperated to host one of the largest feasts in Kansas, the annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner.

November 17, 2011 | | Local News


Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Mobile Office to be in Larned and Great Bend

The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Mobile Office will be located at the Larned Dollar General parking lot on from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m today, and at the Great Bend Walmart parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, to assist eligible veterans and family members in obtaining benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Such benefits might include service connected disability compensation, improved pension benefits, death pensions, VA health care benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and much more. The office will be staffed by accredited veteran service representatives trained ...

November 17, 2011 | | Local News


Dulce de leche cookies

Makes about 40 cookies

November 15, 2011 | | Local News


Area residents in injury accidents

A Claflin woman was taken to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington on Monday after the car she was in was rear-ended by another car on NE 130 Road and K-156, 1 mile north of Claflin, around 7:35 a.m.

November 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS Debate travels to Hays

On Nov. 5, the Great Bend High School Debate Team traveled to Hays with five teams and three placed at the Thomas More Prep - Marian Debate Tournament.

November 15, 2011 | | Local News


Veterans Day assembly

Audience members attend a Veterans Day assembly, Friday morning at Great Bend High School.

November 14, 2011 | | Local News


Adventist School fruit sales

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is preparing for its holiday citrus fruit order. The navel oranges and pink grapefruit are from the Indian River area of Florida and are picked, packed, and shipped for rapid delivery. This allows for the freshest fruit. They are taking orders for the navel oranges and pink grapefruit through Dec. 2. The fruit will be available on Dec. 11-12 at the school, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road. These boxes of fruit are excellent for Christmas gifts and gift certificates

November 13, 2011 | | Local News


Exotic appeal

"These are not your grandmothers' quilts," says the National Quilt Museum of their national contest winners. Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery is now displaying these fabric masterpieces for their current featured exhibit, "New Quilts From an Old Favorite: Orange Peel."

November 11, 2011 | | Local News


Free developmental screenings

Sunflower Early Education Center will sponsor a free screening to all children birth through two from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Migrant Parent Advisory Council at Washington School, corner of 12th and Washington. The screening will answer questions about autism and early childhood concerns. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 800-692-4087 or 792-4087.

November 11, 2011 | | Local News


Couple Makes a Habit of Giving Blood - Great Bend Community Blood Drive – Nov. 14

If the Red Cross is in Great Bend to collect blood, Milton, 77, and Merita, 75, Rice of Pawnee Rock will be there. This husband and wife team has given a total of 356 pints of blood, 188 for Milton and 168 for Merita, which equals 44 1/2 gallons. Together, their blood donations over the years may have helped save up to 1,068 lives.

November 11, 2011 | | Local News


Grandson of peacemaker Gandhi to share his grandfather’s lessons

Arun Gandhi, grandson of the great Indian civil rights leader Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, has continued the legacy of his late grandfather through peace activism and nonviolence promotion. He will share lessons learned from his grandfather at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University Campus.

November 11, 2011 | | Local News


BCC helps Wounded Warriors

Lt. Col. Christopher Zielke, commander of the Ft. Riley Warrior Transition Battalion, accepts a $1,500 check from Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman on Nov. 1. BCC hosted the Fort Riley Wounded Warrior Scramble on Aug. 20 to raise the funds. The tournament was played at Fort Riley's Custer Hill Golf Course. All funds raised go toward assisting wounded soldiers at Fort Riley.

November 10, 2011 | | Local News


Soldiers overseas receive attention from BCC students

Staff Sgt. Myra Kennedy is thousands of miles from home, separated from her family and friends as she serves her country during a tour of duty in Africa.

November 10, 2011 | | 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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