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Library starts May with 2 movies

Friday, May 1 is movie day at the Great Bend Public Library, according to Jennifer King, marketing and YA librarian.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway. Items on the agenda include approval of photography quote; approval of grant application; and approval of licensed teacher/administrator resignations and licensed personnel appointments. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Misty Straub and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Kansas Bank, 4001 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Regan Ochs and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Russell County takes storm damage

By JIM MISUNAS

April 28, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Young Professionals can learn about K-12 options

Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


Learn how to conserve water with a rain barrel

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 mileage reimbursement

Great Bend Unified School District 428 will be paying mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 miles or more from their designated school (by way of the shortest route). The rate of reimbursement will be determined at a later date.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Flowers ready for pick up

Flowers ordered from Lincoln Elementary students in Hoisington will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2, at the school. All left over flowers may be purchased beginning at noon on that day.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Nesting peacefully

Great Bend resident Helen Asher has new neighbors.

April 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Latest opinion poll by FHSU’s Docking Institute shows Kansans at odds with Legislature

A new survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows discrepancies between what Kansans want and what the state Legislature is doing on some key public issues.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Early Ed Center appreciates doctors’ referrals; streamlines process

Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


‘Suspicious’ fire claims man’s life

By JIM MISUNAS

April 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Severe weather possible Friday afternoon

Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


Email and SMS Weather Alert Services

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides alert and warning information through official dissemination sources, including NOAA Weather Radio, NOAA Weather Wire Service, and Weather.gov to the public, and the iNWS service for core partners (emergency management community, government partners of an NWS office, or members fo the electronic media who need direct interaction with NWS). The National Weather Service does not provide direct email/SMS alerts to the general public.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


Tactical training for BCSO

Six Barton County Sheriff's Office employees attended tactical training this week in Dodge City. Pictured are, from left: Detention Officer Alex Badger, Deputy Alex Lomas, Deputy Gary Leiker, Deputy Doug Parks, Detention Officer Jonathan Strandberg and Detention Officer Taylor Reed.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News


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Barton Community College honors graduates at Fort Riley

Barton Community College at Fort Riley celebrated the graduation of more than 242 students on Thursday at Riley's Conference Center. Of those graduating, more than 100 chose to walk. The ceremony was in conjunction with other schools who are members of the consortium in the Fort Riley Education Center.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Group encourages others to seek grief support

Anyone who doubts the value of grief support might feel differently after listening to participants in recent sessions sponsored by Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


St. Rose’s Dr. Doerfler encourages preventing, controlling hypertension

During a conversation about high blood pressure, Jill Doerfler, M.D., uses the phrase "silent killer" on several occasions. Since the condition doesn't usually have symptoms, the phrase accurately describes what can happen if it is left untreated, she explained.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower early education teachers seek most up-to-date information

Leaders of the early education programs at Sunflower Diversified Services have a track record of seeking advanced training about perhaps the most important part of children's lives – social/emotional development.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


​NAMI announces Mental Health Awareness Day, changes fundraiser date

The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has changed the date of its upcoming fundraiser to 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. It will be a bake sale. The group will not offer walking tacos as previously announced.

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Seaport Airlines, 9047 6th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Dale Hogg and Matt Aycock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


Warer balloon fight

The smack talk has begun, but it is all in good, clean – albeit wet – fun.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Reception planned for watercolor exhibit

An exhibit of watercolor paintings by local artists Diane Engle and Karen Shaner is on display through June 1 at Petr's Frame House & Art Gallery, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. There will be a reception for the artists from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The exhibit and reception are free

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Historical village to be open Monday

Barton County Historical Society will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th from 1 to 5 p.m. The Schulz Library in the museum will be open but no research assistance will be available during the afternoon.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


Rain totals over past two days

WICHITA -- Most of central Kansas and south central Kansas has received one inch of rain the past two days, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita.

May 20, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


GBHS coasters for sale

Students know how to design and produce drink coasters, but it's a safe bet that all their mothers are hoping the teenagers learn how to use them, as well.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Broken windows, theft reported

The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports Monday of broken windows.

May 19, 2015 | | Local News


Summer Food Program feeds kids for free

With summer right around the corner, it's time to think about keeping children eating healthy while school is out. An easy way is to send them to neighborhood public schools at mealtime.

May 19, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas communities, individuals honored by PRIDE Program

Renovating a basketball court or adding a sign to the outskirts of town may seem like small steps, but in some rural Kansas communities they are part of a bigger effort to enhance the quality of life for the area's citizens.

May 19, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

May 18, 2015 | | Local News


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