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Meteor shower follows Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a burger and brat barbecue followed by a presentation on nocturnal animals presented by KWEC Education director Jean Aycock. A short annual business meeting will follow the presentation.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


Red flag warning issued until 7 p.m.

WICHITA - Barton County and neighboring counties were placed in a red flag warning for an extreme fire danger through 7 p.m. Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

April 01, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Shelter Insurance – Trent Mermis, 1922 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Eric Gotsche with greeters Amanda and Steve. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News


BCC music students to present recital April 9

Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC Silver Cougar Club to host ‘Exploring the Internet’

Barton Community College is offering a course to help people become more familiar with some of the basics of exploring the Internet.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


BCC to close for Easter break

Barton Community College will be closed on Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 6 for Easter break. Barton's Center for Adult Education and Shafer Art Gallery will also be closed. The college's regular class schedule and office hours will resume Tuesday, April 7.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


​Zoo staff to present ‘Food for Thought’

Staff at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will talk about feeding animals is a free Stop 'N Learn program Wednesday. "Food for Thought" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the zoo.

March 31, 2015 | | Local News


​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


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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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