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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


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 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

​Motorcyclist receives minor injury

A Great Bend man received minor injuries Tuesday when he lost control of a motorcycle on NE 30 Road and U.S. 281.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News

​BCSO deputy in minor injury accident

A Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy was involved in a minor injury accident Wednesday morning, after pulling in front of another vehicle at 24th and Harrison St. in Great Bend.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS Speech Team qualifies one to nationals

The District National Qualifying Speech tournament was held at Bethel College in Newton on April 17 and 18. Eight students competed and placed 7th in sweepstakes out of 14 schools. Three students advanced to the elimination rounds. Sophomore, Hadley Murphy, was a semifinalist in Original Oration. Sophomore, Ashtin Heath and Junior, Malia Clark, advanced to Finals in Dramatic Interpretation. Malia Clark placed 5th and Ashtin Heath placed 4th qualifying her to Nationals. Ashtin Heath will compete at the national tournament in Dallas, Texas, June 13th through June 19th.

April 22, 2015 | | Local News

Personnel on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will deal with personnel matters at the next meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session for private discussion of personnel is on the agenda, followed by the renewal or non-renewal of faculty contracts for next year.

April 21, 2015 | | Local News

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Kansas Reads to Preschoolers event

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event promoting reading to children under the age of five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read ...

November 29, 2015 | | Local News

Where Have all the Ducks Gone?

We are in a duck vortex right now. There are essentially NO ducks in the Bottoms. We had a nice teal season and early duck ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Holiday parade cancelled

While Santa and his reindeer would have no problem getting around Great Bend on Saturday, city officials opted to err on the side of caution ...

November 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice hosts holiday grief session

Even though Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors grief support groups throughout the year, it has once again scheduled a special holiday-related session.

November 28, 2015 | | Local News

Moran discusses Choice Act and refugees at Larned town hall

LARNED - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Larned Wednesday, his last on his town hall tour before heading home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday ...

November 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

KHP reports injury accidents, one fatal

Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Winter warnings for Great Bend

A winter storm hit Great Bend Thursday afternoon and continuing throughout the weekend.

November 27, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

​Touched by Cancer members to celebrate Christmas

Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Third and ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

​Crafters World offers free art classes for kids

Lynn Benefield from Crafters World will offer free art classes for children 6-18 years old on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Great Bend Public Library ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Photography contest winners show their fall colors

Five winners have been announced in the Great Bend Tree Board's annual Trick or Tree photography contest.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

VFW bingo canceled tonight

VFW Post 3111 has canceled bingo tonight.

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Hoisington reschedules tonight’s events

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce staff agree, tonight is not a great night for be out and about. So, they are ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Holiday Hustle postponed because of ice

Due to the icy weather, the United Way of Central Kansas' Light to Unite Holiday Hustle, originally scheduled for this evening has been postponed until ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

From safety to energy savings

With the region feeling the first taste of winter this weekend, local, state and utility safety officials are encouraging customers to prepare their homes for ...

November 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Dolores Kipper is the first to tell you she is no expert when it comes to dealing with stray cats. But since taking the position ...

November 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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