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Model RR group plans open house

The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

​Veterans coffee klatch will visit Doonan Truck Museum

Veterans and other guests who meet regularly for coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Post in Great Bend will changes things up a bit this Wednesday, April 22. The coffee and doughnuts will be at the Doonan Truck Museum east of Great Bend at 9:30 a.m. Any veteran who needs a ride may call Bill or Cheryl Pickle before Tuesday. Bill's telephone number is 620-791-7017 and Cheryl's number is 620-617-6757.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

​Speaker to offer tips for flower growing

"Flowers Popping Color" is the title of the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Stop 'N Learn session. The free one-hour program will start at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

BCC hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at The schedule is as follows:

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the appointment of the new police chief, the appoint of a First Ward council member and the Veterans Lake algae remediation project.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

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 social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

Railroad repairs will detour K-14/K-96 Highway in Sterling

Starting on Wednesday, April 22, and continuing for one week, a railroad crossing replacement project on K-14/K-96 highway in the city of Sterling will be underway. K-14/K-96 highway will be closed at this crossing, so highway traffic will be detoured on city streets using Garfield Avenue, 1st Street, and Cleveland Avenue. No oversize loads will be allowed through this detour due to narrow city streets with tight turns, so oversized loads will need to use an alternate route. Local traffic will have access into the downtown area from each side of the railroad but won't be able ...

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

Barton County Quality of Life Endowment accepting grant applications

The Barton County Quality of Life Endowment Fund is now accepting grant applications. The intent of the fund is to improve the quality of life in Barton County. Projects eligible for funding must make a visible enhancement to the community. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designated IRS status. The application deadline is June 15th.

April 17, 2015 | | Local News

Rain, storms in forecast for Friday, Saturday

Severe Thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow across central and south central Kansas. The main threats include hail up to the size of golfballs and damaging winds. There is also a small chance of a tornado, with the better chance being on Saturday. Across eastern Kansas a strong storm with small hail and gusts to 50 mph may be possible.

April 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

Early Ed Center conducts first screening; second device donated

A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News

LEPC to meet Monday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News

Wheat Tours scheduled throughout area

Local wheat tours for Barton County and neighboring counties are scheduled in May.

April 16, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

​Driver reports being run off road

A Great Bend man said he swerved into a ditch to avoid a collision around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Barton County Road. The vehicle was not damaged but the driver reported he may have hurt his back.

April 16, 2015 | | Local News

​CKAVI plans show and tell of visual aids

Central Kansas Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired will sponsor an outreach event from 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. The event is a show and tell display of visual aids and devices to help low vision and blind individuals in their every day life.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News

Jam session, potluck set

RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main, Russell, will hold a free acoustic jam session followed by a potluck dinner this Sunday, April 19. The public is welcome to listen to the live music or bring an acoustic instrument to jam along starting at 3 p.m.. Bring a side dish for the dinner, which is served around 5:30 p.m.

April 15, 2015 | | Local News

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MADV 5th Annual Benefit Meal

MADV, Ministries Against Domestic Violence is an organization formed to provide awareness about issues surrounding domestic violence and services, such as providing a meal a ...

December 01, 2015 | | Local News

​Ice from passing vehicle smashes windshield; injures teen

The Barton County Sheriff's Office had a busy holiday weekend due to bad weather and poor road conditions in central Kansas, Sheriff Brian Bellendir ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

Zoo expected to reopen Tuesday

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has been closed since ice coated the sidewalks last Thursday. According to Scott Keeler, director of public lands, employees ...

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBRC host Stop ‘N Learn Session

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Air Med Care Network" on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 12 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

GBFD made multiple fire runs last week

The Great Bend Fire Department was busy last week with units responding to multiple fire calls.

November 30, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Weather causes multiple accidents

The weather that came through the area last week caused multiple accidents.

November 30, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Commission OKs Sunday liquor sales

It may soon be legal to buy liquor and beer on Sundays in rural parts of Barton County after action by the Barton County Commission ...

November 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

‘Santas Around The World’ Exhibit Now Open Through December 20

Twenty-three life sized Santas, representing countries and regions from around the world, appear in a winter wonderland of lighted trees and festive holiday décor ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

​Ice causes injuries on Ellsworth County roads

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to several injury accidents on icy roads in Ellsworth County over the extended holiday weekend. All of the people involved ...

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Another quake rocks area

In case you felt some shaking early Monday morning, you were not alone. A 4.7 magnitude earthquake jarred region in the early hours.

November 30, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

​Santa’s Workshop postponed

Santa's Workshop, which was scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30, has been postponed due to weather. It will be held Monday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

TBC meeting rescheduled

The TBC Support Group meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 has been canceled. The meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday Dec. 8, 2 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

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

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