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GBHS Speech Team Places 2nd

The Speech Team Competed at the Forensics Tournament in Kinsley on Saturday, Jan 31st. They had nine events place and four State Qualifiers.

February 05, 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 an update on the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Appraisers Office bulk mailing and assorted announcements.

February 05, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Hall of Fame luncheon tickets available

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at the high school. The luncheon is scheduled at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, at StoneRidge Country Club. The Class of 2014 inductees include Aerospace Engineer and 1963 graduate of GBHS, George Nossaman, and Great Bend's long-time "Voice of the Panthers", Randy Goering. Tickets are $15. To purchase a ticket for the luncheon, sponsor a table at the luncheon, or to make a donation to the Hall of Fame, contact the Activities Office at 620-793-1560.

February 04, 2015 | | Local News


Winter royalty

February 04, 2015 | | Local News


Dust Bowl series proving to be a hit

The Dust Bowl era series, "It blew So Hard" will have the second meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 8, at the Kinsley Library. Ninety-four people from Central and Western Kansas attended the first meeting in January.

February 04, 2015 | | Local News


Still time to sign up for feather program

There are still a few openings for the Feb. 7, winter kid's program, "Fabulous Feathers." Take an up close look at feathers, from colors to function, discover what makes feathers special and make a feather star. Designed for children ages 6 through 12, the program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. at no charge.

February 04, 2015 | | Local News


BCC, area cities to host blood drives

Barton County residents will have several opportunities to donate blood this month, starting with a drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at St. Rose Health Center, 3515 Broadway Ave., Great Bend.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


College's Performing Arts department to host Scholarship Day auditions

The Barton Community College Performing Arts Department will host "Scholarship Day" auditions on Thursday, Feb. 12. Current or prospective students may contact the Music Department to set up a time to audition for music or theatre scholarships or performance awards. Awards are available for performing arts majors and non-performing arts majors alike.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Hutchinson man indicted on weapons charges

Justin John Michael Cook, 32, Hutchinson, is charged one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, U.S. Attorney Office Wichita spokesman John Cross said.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Hall of Fame luncheon tickets available

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at the high school. The luncheon is scheduled for at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at StoneRidge Country Club. The Class of 2014 inductees include Aerospace Engineer and 1963 graduate of GBHS, George Nossaman, and Great Bend's long-time "Voice of the Panthers," Randy Goering. Tickets are $15. To purchase a ticket for the luncheon, sponsor a table at the luncheon, or to make a donation to the Hall of Fame, contact the Activities Office at 620-793-1560.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central National Bank Lending Office, 1916 N Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Shawn Panzer with greeters Curtis Wolf and Sara Panning. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Jefferson School win UWCK trophy

Jefferson School faculty and staff scored big time, but the United Way of Central Kansas was really the big winner. Jefferson School had a whopping 78 percent participation rate in the recent United Way fund drive, up from just 25 percent last year. The school won bragging rights and the travelling trophy held by Eisenhower School last year. The school will also be the site of a dunk tank featuring Superintendent Brad Reed in May. Increased participation district wide made USD 428 one of the top businesses in the area.

February 03, 2015 | | Local News


Stop N' Learn program explains Walking School Bus

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Walking School Bus" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. The program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

February 02, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC apologies for cable program

Barton Community College on Monday issued an apology for content that was broadcast on its cable TV channel.

February 02, 2015 | | Local News


​Vehicle rolls on U.S. 56

An injury accident was reported at 3:34 p.m. Sunday on East U.S. 56 and SE 90 Ave. According to the Barton County Sheriff's Office, a Dodge Journey driven by Rodney A. Drake, 37, Great Bend, was westbound when it crossed the center line, nearly striking another vehicle, and left the roadway to the south. The vehicle struck the ditch, then struck the railroad tracks, crossed the tracks and rolled, coming to rest on its top and facing east.

February 02, 2015 | | Local News


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​Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists to discuss amphibians

The March meeting of the Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Recently launched, Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists provides monthly opportunities for adults and interested teens to learn more about the natural world, participate in research opportunities and enjoy hands-on activities. Programs are free and open to the public.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Imagination Playground open Wednesday

Parents are invited to bring their children to the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., to use the Imagination Playground. The playground will be set up from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday and again from 6:30-7:30 Wednesday evening.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Forensics 3rd at Great Bend

The Hoisington High School forensics team placed third out of 8 schools at a forensics tournament at Great Bend High School recently.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


C&V Home Improvement sponsors Lead Safe Certification Training for contractors and landlords

In 2010, Kansas enacted legislation requiring contractors and landlords to follow Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) when remodeling homes and certain commercial entities built prior to 1978. Contractors and landlords must assume lead is present in paint and stains for all pre-78 homes. Contractors are required to complete certification and to conduct their work in compliance with the LSWP. One struggle facing certification for contactors is the lack of local certification classes. The closest available training is in the Wichita area. "We are sponsoring this class so that all contractors and landlords can have convenient access to certification and recertification ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News


GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Colleges facing new Title IX responsibilities

Most people who have heard of Title IX associate the term with gender equality in school athletics, but the federal act is much more than that. Angie Maddy, dean of Student Services at Barton Community College, recently provided college trustees with a status report on BCC compliance.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mars One candidate misses final cut

A local man won't be one of the first colonists on Mars. Grady Bolding, 27, of Great Bend, was one of more than 200,000 people who applied to become an astronaut with Mars One, a Netherlands-based company that intends to begin sending people to Mars by 2024. All of those applicants knew it would be a one-way trip.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club visits Shafer Art Gallery

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they had been instructed to find at the gallery.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Touched by Cancer support group plans bake sale; no March meetings

Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Walking School Bus

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


US-56 pavement widening and box bridge project in Lyons set to begin

Starting around Monday, March 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a project to replace the concrete box bridge on the west side of Century Road and widen US-56 to four lanes from the end of the existing four lane roadway west to the entrance to the airport. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


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