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​Cigarette starts grass fire

The Great Bend Fire Department was dispatched to a grass fire at 6000 10th St. at 2:55 p.m. Monday. Chief Mike Napolitano said the fire was burning near a tin shed and had also moved north to the adjacent neighbor's property.

March 10, 2015 | | Local News


GBHR Valentine party

On Feb. 13, Valentine parties were held at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation. Dillons and their customers provided roses to all residents. Walt Pennington serenaded the residents.

March 10, 2015 | | Local News


Huelskamp now accepting applications for Military Service Academies

Congressman Tim Huelskamp is now taking applications for Military Service Academy nominations. The deadline for submission is Oct. 1, 2015.

March 10, 2015 | | Local News


Grant writing workshop coming to Great Bend

Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop March 25, at The Front Door on 1610 10th Street in Great Bend. This workshop is available to non-profit organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Stafford and Rush Counties who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.

March 10, 2015 | | Local News


​GBRC offers spring break activities

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has programs for children to participate in during spring break. Space is limited so, GBRC Recreation Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick recommends registering now for the following programs:

March 09, 2015 | | Local News


February Marriage and Divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club starts in March

Join the Turtle Tot Club, a series of programs developed for preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The one-hour programs, offered at no charge, introduce young children to the natural world around them with sensory experiences, while reinforcing colors, shapes, math and fine motor skills. When possible, sessions include outdoor time.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

Ellinwood Grade School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in the gym from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Students are receiving flyers regarding the event and some of the books that will be available. They are creating their wish lists during their library class time on their iPads. Flyers are also being sent home with students from St. Joseph's School.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Registration open for Kansans Optimizing Health Program

A six week "Kansans Optimizing Health Program" workshop is set to begin Tuesday, March 17, and ending April 21. The workshop will be held on those six Tuesdays, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office Meeting Room, 1800 12th Street, Great Bend. The program follows a curriculum developed by Stanford University and targets people who have a chronic condition or are a caregiver for someone with chronic conditions. Registration is $10 which helps offset some of the cost of the workbook titled, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, that each person will receive. Contact Donna ...

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Action Plan for Managing Obesity

The statistics are mind boggling – obesity is an epidemic. Each year approximately $150 billion dollars of medical costs in the U.S. are attributed to obesity. One in three adults and one in six children are obese. It is highly probable that these individuals will develop a serious illness in the future. Come and learn about the factors that influence obesity and look at ways to change the factors within your control. The educational program "Action Plan for Managing Obesity" will be presented at noon on Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th Street. The same information will ...

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


KDOT announces Phase I of airport funding

Twenty-one projects have been selected to receive funding to enhance safety and service at public-use airports in the state through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Huelskamp continues Town Halls tradition

On March 11 and 12, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) will add to his Town Hall tradition, hosting nine Town Halls in Kansas's Big First district to hear Kansans' thoughts and concerns so he can bring them back to Washington.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Don’t Miss This Duck!!!

There are some birds and critters that just steal the show. Different classes or types of birds take our breath for different reasons. Eagles stir our national pride, pheasants and quail focus our state pride, and there is a fake bird called a Jayhawk that has been a source of pride and controversy for lots of years. This bird originated in the mid-1800's to describe early Kansas settlers, primarily the "Free-State" population. It is a imaginary mix of a noisy, quarrelsome Jay with a Sparrow Hawk (probably a Kestrel) who is a good hunter. The artistic rendering of this ...

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include approval of K-6 math curriculum adoption; approval of financial services program; first reading of the 2015-2016 student handbooks; first reading of the 2015-2016 teacher handbooks; first reading of 2015-2016 activities and athletics handbook; first reading of K-6 music adoption; approval to purchase hardware and software and approval to sell used computers; approval of three year technology plan; details of curriculum day; facilities and grounds projects; three year quote for students photography; approval of ...

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

March 08, 2015 | | Local News


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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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