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Panther Pride Band Camps starts Monday

Great Bend High School freshmen band members, drum majors and section leaders will meet Monday, Aug. 5 to prepare for the upcoming marching season. Drum majors and section leaders will congregate at 7:30 a.m., with freshmen needing to check out a school instrument meet at the high school at 7:45 a.m. The entire freshman band will start playing at 8 a.m. and finish at 11 a.m.

August 02, 2013 | | Local News


Department plans statewide meetings to provide health insurance information

The talk about health insurance changes coming in 2014 has increased this summer, and the Kansas insurance Department wants to help answer your questions.

August 02, 2013 | Sandy Praeger | Local News


Golden Gobblers to meet Saturday

The National Wild Turkey Federation will sponsor the 40th Annual Golden Plains Gobblers banquet Saturday at the Great Bend Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas. Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m.

August 02, 2013 | | Local News


CSS hosts financial education class and savings opportunity

Catholic Social Service is offering a program that may turn financial goals into reality, said Rebecca Ford, at the Great Bend CHS office.

August 01, 2013 | | Local News


Leadership Golden Belt announces 2013 class

Leadership Golden Belt kicks off its 2013 program with a retreat on Aug. 1 and will continue to meet through October. The program follows the Kansas Leadership Center's curriculum and includes purpose-oriented site visits in various locations throughout Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.

August 01, 2013 | | Local News


KanCare requesting household information from beneficiaries

The State of Kansas Medicaid program, KanCare, is collecting important household information from beneficiaries to meet new federal eligibility guidelines mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment began today mailing the instructions and a data collection form in a letter envelope to about 130,000 KanCare households of beneficiaries who are parents with children and pregnant women. This mailing is not being sent to elderly and disabled KanCare beneficiaries.

August 01, 2013 | | Local News


Zoo news: Clyde the bear is on the mend

Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.

July 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legion steak night canceled

The American Legion Post 180, Great Bend, steak night originally set for Friday has been canceled. For more information, contact Roy Titsworth at 620-639-8636.

July 31, 2013 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces Summer Grant recipients

The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle of 2013, awarding $19,830 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, and Stafford counties.

July 31, 2013 | | Local News


Suspect pleads to indecent liberties

A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Incredible Years Preschool schedules open house

Incredible Years Preschool has scheduled an open house for anyone interested in learning more about its comprehensive programs for children age 2-and-a-half to 5, Director Shari Schneider said. It is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the preschool, 1312 Patton.

July 27, 2013 | | Local News


Volleyball tournament raises $5,340 for cancer patients

When Steve Wondra, Great Bend, was asked to organize a volleyball tournament in conjunction with June Jaunt Activities, he had two conditions - it would honor the memory of his friend, Rhonda Klug, and proceeds would be directed to Heartland Cancer Center.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


Sweet corn

Braxton Schooler, center, helps a customer with her purchase, Friday afternoon. Braxton and his brother Carsyn, right, operated the corn stand at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Warner Road with some help from their mother Julie (not pictured). The corn came from the farm of Julie Schooler's uncle, Richard Josefiak, of Rozel.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


Lee Turner Lectureship

Chicago-area police chief Kent Williams, who has been involved in law enforcement for more than 27 years, talks to fellow officers, Wednesday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. His presentation discussed the traumas and triumphs associated with modern law enforcement and how they influence the pivotal balance between professional and personal relationships. The Lee Turner lectureship series is an endowment-funded program designed to provide an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to meet continuing education requirements while gaining valuable training pertinent to their profession.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


Dominican sister honored at 95th birthday party

Sister Teresita Huse of the Great Bend Dominican Sisters of Peace Mother House celebrated her 95th birthday with just a few friends Tuesday morning.

July 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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​Offerle man injured after texting while driving

GARDEN CITY - An Offerle man who was texting while driving went off U.S. 50 Tuesday evening in Finney County. Kansas Highway Patrol reports the accident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Jeffrey Humiston, was driving a 2013 Chrysler 200 that went in the ditch and traveled for 900 feet and struck an obstruction. The car went airborne, coming to rest in the westbound lane facing northwest.

January 28, 2015 | | Local News


​Tickets on sale for pancake and sausage supper

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Lodge No. 331, A.F.&A.M., will hold a pancake and sausage supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the lodge, located at Second and Vine St. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out will be available. Advance tickets can be purchased from any lodge member.

January 28, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Municipal Court - Jan. 15

Jamie M. Bahr, driving while suspended, fine $100, court costs $110

January 28, 2015 | | Local News


College to feature Library Lovers Month

The Barton Community College Library will celebrate "Library Lovers Month" in February by featuring a unique event each week including special library-wide themes, creative book displays, a Facebook promotion and a scavenger hunt. Events are open to students, faculty, staff and community members.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include the R.O.S.E. Award; approval of FY 2015 Carl D. Perkins Reserve Grant; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and teacher resignation. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Estate planning workshop

An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


How about those hawks?

If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...

January 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Stafford County Spelling Bee scheduled Wednesday

STAFFORD - Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford's south gym.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 27

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


​HHS basketball team raising funds with Soup Supper

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


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