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The Wetland Explorer: Monarchs in Trouble

As summer fades into autumn, one of nature's most impressive displays begins! The monarch butterfly's annual 2,000 mile migration is unique in the whole world. Unfortunately, we're in danger of losing this incredible natural phenomenon.

September 28, 2014 | | Local News


Spirit of Kansas Festival to be held Oct. 11, at Kansas Originals Market & Gallery

The annual Kansas Originals Spirit of Kansas Festival will be held on Oct. 11th. Starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., a line-up of musicians from around the area will be performing under the Big Tent and talented artists, craftsmen and food producers will be hand on for visitors to meet and learn from. To add to the days fun and excitement, Autumn Leaf Alpacas of Natoma, will be bringing their alpacas and angora goats for people to pet and enjoy. A large selection of specialty Kansas foods will be available for taste-testing. The day will ...

September 28, 2014 | | Local News


State Fire Marshal announces infographic contest

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has opened a new challenge for Kansas residents to create an infographic on Fire Safety using Kansas fire data. The contest, Visualize Kansas Fire Safety, is open to all Kansas residents currently enrolled in a university, college or technical school with entries due by 8 a.m. on Nov. 3. Interested participants should visit www.ksfm.ks.gov/Visualize for more information.

September 28, 2014 | | Local News


Heartland Cancer Center auction offers many items

The Haynes Hideaway is just one of many attractive items for the live auction at the upcoming Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) Benefit, said Mark Mingenback, St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center director of marketing.

September 28, 2014 | | Local News


​St. Mark Lutheran Souper Sunday coming

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, St. Mark Lutheran WELCA will host its annual Soup Lunch. The menu includes homemade chicken noodle/butterball soup, homemade taco soup, homemade dessert and other accompaniments. Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall, 2101 Jackson Street. Carry-out will be available.

September 26, 2014 | | Local News


Crime Stoppers targets farm burglary

Farm burglaries happen too often and need to be stopped, said Sheriff Brian Bellendir, spokesman for Crime Stoppers. A recent burglary occurred between 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 8:30 a.m. on the 10th, at a farm building in the 700 block of NE 220 Road.

September 26, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified selling lunch on four Wednesdays in October

On four of the five Wednesdays in October, the community can take a "Hump Day" break and let someone else do the cooking at lunchtime.

September 26, 2014 | | Local News


Place orders for kolaches

Orders are being taken for the Prince of Peace Kolache Bake. Orders may be placed through Oct. 3 by calling Kathleen Chacon, 620-793-3679. Those who get an answering machine will be called back to confirm their orders. The baked items will be available to pick up from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, at the St. Rose Auditorium.

September 25, 2014 | | Local News


SYATP photos

See You At The Pole, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at Great Bend High School.

September 24, 2014 | | Local News


Drug take-back day scheduled for September 27

Law enforcement officers across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, September 27, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

September 24, 2014 | | Local News


BCC trustees to meet Thursday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, the Seminar Room on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include personnel, revisions to the nursing programs and a Mental Health Technician program. There will be a monitoring report on essential skills, as well as a presentation on the latest Community Report and a faculty council report.

September 23, 2014 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by USD 428 Foundation, 201 S. Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jim Vopat with greeters Chris Burger and John Sullivan. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

September 23, 2014 | | Local News


Hunter Safety Class

A hunter safety class will be offered at the Odin store meeting room. Classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 7;

September 23, 2014 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School, 2716 24th Street. Items on the agenda include Military Support statement and 2013-2014 KASB Leadership Academy Training recognition. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Art Baker and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Jefferson.

September 23, 2014 | | Local News


Cherry Village fundraiser

Cherry Village Nursing Home is seeking donations for their Activities Department Garage Sale fundraiser. Donations will be accepted up to Oct. 8 at 1401 Cherry Lane for the Oct. 10 and 11, sale.

September 21, 2014 | | Local News


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Gas Prices

As of Monday average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62 per gallon yesterday, According to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas.

July 28, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


​Truck driver flees; eludes officers

Two units from the Barton County Sheriff's Office and a Hoisington Police Department vehicle were involved in a pursuit early Sunday.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting to shoot a snake in her yard on Charles Street in Albert. At 4:20 she called back, asking if an officer would make sure the snake was dead.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel, 705 10th St. The man called police shortly before 9 a.m. At that time he also identified his alleged attacker, saying they were arguing over money. He was reportedly hit in the knee with a small baseball bat, and then his wallet was taken.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington crossing to finally be repaired

It's been a long time coming, but the teeth-jarring railroad crossing on the south end of Hoisington is finally going to be repaired.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to recycle old shingles

The Barton County Landfill receives between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of shingles per year, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock reported to the Barton County Commissioners Monday morning.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County in federal disaster declaration

On July 20, 2015, Barton County was declared eligible for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to severe storms and flooding that occurred throughout Kansas from May 4 through June 21, Emergency Manager Amy Miller told the County Commission Monday morning.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black colors prompted its name – the same colors as England's Baltimore family crest.

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school year. This program is free - except for a $40 initial enrollment fee - and is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Where Are Those Polts?

There are several breakfast or coffee meetings in our area. They are usually comprised of the same core group with a few occasional stragglers that drop in. I have observed that politicians want to "test the water" by making a photo op and pretend to be interested in the ideas or conclusions of these "grass root" citizens. Excuse me if I don't see the common sense of our coffee clatches reflected in the national debate and policy- we are usually befuddled by the actions of those we thought we elected to represent us. We have firm ideas and opinions ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Trail segment and four historic districts among listings added to National Register of Historic Plac

The Kansas Historical Society announced that a segment of the Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch and four historic districts are among the newest Kansas listings added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places entered eight Kansas listings into the Register on July 7. The Keeper also removed three demolished properties from the register. This action brings the total number of Kansas listings in the National Register to 1,400.

July 26, 2015 | | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The crew made an unscheduled stop in Great Bend on Friday to change a carburetor.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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