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​Tickets on sale for Big Benefit Auction

Tickets for the Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction, "A Ghostly Gala," are still available through Friday, Aug. 14.

August 07, 2015 | | Local News


​Budget on school board agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will approve a 2015-2016 budget for publication when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The final budget will be approved at a special meeting on Aug. 24.

August 07, 2015 | | Local News


Zoo News: ​City seeking zookeeper, greeter

The City of Great Bend website has two job openings listed at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo - for a zookeeper and for a part-time helper at the main building, the Raptor Center. The positions were held by Zookeeper Stacie Hayes, who is moving to Texas, and Gabby Hildalgo, a greeter at the Raptor Center, who plans to become a stay-at-home mom.

August 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


IT'S COVERED

Thanks to the efforts of Eagle Scout candidate Eric Frieb, Olmitz, The Dominican Sisters of Peace now have shade and accessibility at Heartland Farm events covered. Literally. Since early spring, Frieb, his parents and a host of volunteer labor have undertaken a project to construct a pavilion in the center of the farm's herb garden. With the project nearly complete, the farm plans to hold a dedication ceremony at the annual fall harvest celebration Sept. 12, said Jane Belanger, O.P. It will also mark a milestone for Frieb, when Boy Scout Troop 7130 holds an Eagle Court of ...

August 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


​Great Bend woman recovering after dog attack

One week after being attacked by the family dog, a Great Bend woman has undergone two surgeries and is recovering at a Wichita hospital. Shelly LeRoy expects to spend the next month or longer at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital, according to her daughter, Rachel LeRoy.

August 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Backpack safety

With school about to get into full swing, something that is sometimes over looked, is how heavy is your child's backpack.

August 06, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Plans underway for Alzheimer’s walk

Although the local 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's isn't until October, organizers are planning a kick-off ice cream social Thursday, Aug. 13. It will start at 6 p.m. at Brookdale Senior Living, 1206 Patton Rd. in Great Bend.

August 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Investigators help unravel paranormal mysteries

By JIM MISUNAS

August 06, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Man arrested in Great Bend after fleeing police

A Great Bend man was arrested on Tuesday after fleeing police.

August 06, 2015 | | Local News


Seniors can get Farmers Market checks

Thursday, Aug. 6, is the last day to sign up for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, according to Janel Rose at the Barton County Health Department.

August 06, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 parents make transition to online enrollment

The first day of walk-in enrollment for Great Bend High School saw shorter lines than previous years. Principal Tim Fries said many parents had already enrolled their students from home, online.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trumpeter Swan hatches at Great Bend zoo

There were two Trumpeter Swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo until recently. Now there are three.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces summer grant recipients

The end of another very competitive grant cycle has come, bringing with it 16 applications and over $31,689 in grant application requests. Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded 16 charitable organizations a combined total of $10,271. Awards were granted to programs and projects within Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford Counties.

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County Medical Society makes donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the

Barton County Medical Society recently made a donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the Golden Belt Community Foundation. The endowment was started by Barton Community College Foundation and the former St. Rose Foundation to provide funding and support for the recruitment, retention, and training of health professionals and health educators, including opportunities for scholarships, equipment for training and continuing education. In the past this endowment supported the purchase of an additional SimPad controller at Barton Community College to aid in the training of new nurses.

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists to hold program in inflatable planetarium

An inflatable planetarium from Fort Hays State University will be set up at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center for a preview of the 2015 Perseids Meteor Shower. The free program will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the KWEC on K-156.

August 04, 2015 | | Local News


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Tot Spot to open Saturday

The grand opening of Great Bend's newest playground area, The Tot Spot, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stafford commissioner receives nomination letter

Re: Martin Cemetery-U.S 50 1 1/4 mile west of U.S. 281, St. John, Stafford County

August 27, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


OTR for August 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

August 27, 2015 | | Local News


Prieto joins Sunflower’s early ed team; brings bilingual skills

The new early intervention specialist at Sunflower Diversified's Early Education Center (EEC) brings a love of children and bilingual expertise to her new position.

August 27, 2015 | | Local News


Tickets available for Sunflower’s annual pancake dinner

It's not just a chance to have breakfast for dinner – it's an event, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 26, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Diesel Control Technicians, 5006 8th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

August 26, 2015 | | Local News


Welding Lab bid goes to Great Bend firm

The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete ...

August 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Digging up history

STAFFORD COUNTY - The Martin Cemetery, researched by Taylor Clark as a 4-H leadership project, has been approved for placement on the Kansas Register of Historic ...

August 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Jobless rate on the rise

TOPEKA - State labor officials are pinning an ongoing upward unemployment trend in part on a dwindling labor pool, according to the jobless report released by ...

August 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


TRAINING FOR GRAIN

ELLINWOOD - In 15 seconds, a person who weighs 165 pounds can be engulfed up to their waist inside a grain bin under some conditions.

August 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Water balloon fight calls attention to United Way

After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 ...

August 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


​BCC board to approve welding purchase

The purchase of welding equipment is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in ...

August 24, 2015 | | Local News


Russell teenager killed in accident

RUSSELL COUNTY - A 13-year-old youngster died in an accident Saturday involving an off-road utility terrain vehicle, according to the Russell County sheriff.

August 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


County honored for United Way giving

When Julie Bugner Smith took over the helm of the United Way of Central Kansas in 2011, Barton County employees gave $1,600 to the ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The KWEC ...

August 23, 2015 | | Local News


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