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Successful Parenting workshop

Raising children is one of the most important jobs a person will have during their life, but there are very few opportunities to receive parenting training. Join Donna Krug, Barton County Family & Consumer Science Agent, for a three part "Successful Parenting" workshop. Some of the topics covered include: self-esteem, communication and discipline. The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, 14, and 21 at the Barton County Extension Office Meeting Room, 1800 12th Street, Great Bend.

October 20, 2013 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


KWEC offers free crane tours

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will offer two free crane tours, starting at 5:30 p.m., on Oct. 27 and 29 at Cheyenne Bottoms.

October 20, 2013 | | Local News


Freeze warning issued for western Kansas

By Jim Misunas

October 18, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Kansas WIC clinics resume issuing November, December checks

With the federal government shutdown ended, local WIC clinics can resume normal check issuance.

October 18, 2013 | | Local News


DeVore joins Pastoral Care team at St. Rose; office at GBHH&H

The Rev. Angela DeVore has a long history of caring for other people who need a helping hand, which ultimately led to her answering a call to the ministry.

October 17, 2013 | | Local News


GBHS Debate Squad takes home 11 awards

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Great Bend High School Debate team competed at the Arrowhead Invitational held in Hays. Four teams competed and took home a total of 10 medals, placing 2nd in sweepstakes out of 13 schools and 42 teams total.

October 15, 2013 | | Local News


Library Book Sale opens to public Oct. 20

The 2013 Public Library Books Sale will be open to the public Oct. 20-22 in the basement meeting room of the Library located at 1400 Williams in Great Bend. Hours for the sale are: Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m.; Monday, noon to 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Prices are set at $1 for hardback books and 50 cents for paperbacks.

October 14, 2013 | | Local News


Mission for Music gift

Donations in the amount of $807.30 from an annual Music for Mission concert were recently presented to Pastor Adam Wutka, president of Barton County Emergency Aid. Making the presentation are Carol Woodmansee, chairman of the Mission Outreach Team, and the Rev. Scott Solether, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Great Bend.

October 12, 2013 | | Local News


Golden Belt Concert Association presents Lincoln Mayorga

Lincoln Mayorga, versatile pianist and performer who has enjoyed one of the busiest studio careers in Hollywood, will present the Golden Belt Community Concert Association's next concert set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

October 12, 2013 | | Local News


Tim Hueslkamp welcomes World War II vets

WASHINGTON – In spite of the ongoing political showdown in the Nation's Capital, Representative Tim Huelskamp (KS-1) and the entire Kansas delegation welcomed Kansas veterans to the World War II Memorial. Despite a soggy Wednesday morning, the rain drops didn't damper the pride and excitement of those who made the trip from the 1st District.

October 12, 2013 | | Local News


Holiday Tables Spectacular coming to Rosewood Gallery Nov. 10

Rosewood Furniture Gallery will once again be a showplace of warm holiday cheer for the seventh straight year in downtown Great Bend during the annual "Holiday Tables Spectacular." This year's event, which is slated from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 10, represents a changing of the guard. After many years of presenting the event that ushers in the area's holiday season, the Great Bend Beatification Committee has handed the event off to the Rosewood Services.

October 12, 2013 | | Local News


GBRC offers activities for no-school days

Great Bend USD 428 classes will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, and there will be no school Oct. 18-21.

October 12, 2013 | | Local News


Two area communities to receive funding for housing, infrastructure

TOPEKA – Ten Kansas communities, including Lyons and Stafford County, will share $2.1 million in funding to build moderate-income housing and infrastructure in rural areas. The Moderate-Income Housing Program, an initiative funded by the State of Kansas and administered by Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, works to help cities and counties develop multi-family rental units, single-family for-purchase homes, and water, sewer and street extensions in communities with populations fewer than 60,000 people.

October 11, 2013 | | Local News


Commission to make township board appointment

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 proclamation recognizing pregnancy and infant loss awareness, a Union Township Board appointment, Special Alcohol Funding distribution and an update on the county employee handbook.

October 11, 2013 | | Local News


Brick building has unusual history

The two-story brick building at the heart of Faith Community Church compound was originally built for the county poor farm. Blueprints dated Oct. 15, 1929, show the official name of the structure was the Barton County Home. Mann and Company, Hutchinson, was the architect.

October 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Great Bend Cemetery Board meeting

A special meeting of the Great Bend Cemetery Board will be held at noon today at the cemetery office.

March 05, 2015 | | Local News


​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


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