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Schartz files for re-election

Jennifer Schartz, Barton County Commissioner from the fifth district, has filed for re-election. At the end of this year, she will have 10 years of experience representing the people of Barton County on the board.

May 18, 2014 | | Local News


Great Bend's 'Argonne Forest' will be topic at historical society

Barton County Historical Society will hold its May program meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Historical Village, located just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge, on U.S. 281.

May 17, 2014 | | 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. On the agenda are the setting of the 2015 budget-planning calendar, a removal of an outdated crosswalk at 24th and Main and a no-parking zone on the south side of 24th from Main to Kansas .

May 16, 2014 | | Local News


Commission to swear in new member

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes the swearing in of the new Fourth District Commissioner Kenneth Lebbin, a request for a fireworks display at Camp Hope and flagpoles at the new veterans memorial.

May 16, 2014 | | Local News


KHP participates in annual Memorial Day STEP Campaign

The peak of summer travel across our nation's highways is about to begin. The Kansas Highway Patrol will be working additional hours for the next two weeks, thanks in part to funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation through the STEP (Special Traffic Enforcement Program) campaign, to help motorists reach their destinations safely. The enforcement campaign runs from Monday, May 19, through Sunday, June 1.

May 16, 2014 | | Local News


Volunteers needed for Royal Family Kids camp

Sponsors of the area Royal Family Kids camp need volunteers this summer. Financial support is also appreciated, according to Melissa Widiger, camp organizer.

May 15, 2014 | | Local News


Blood drive volunteers needed

Volunteers In Action and the American Red Cross are looking for volunteers to help with the local blood drive coming up on May 19 at St. Rose Auditorium. Jobs include checking in donors, escorting, and preparing and serving a light meal.

May 13, 2014 | | Local News


Polka Lovers' gift

Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a check for $1,366.43 to St. Rose's Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H). From left to right are: Marilyn Degenhardt; Donita Wolf, GBHH&H director; and Arlene Wilhelm.

May 12, 2014 | | Local News


Kansans can help stop aquatic invaders

As the warming weather beckons outdoor enthusiasts to their favorite lake or river, Kansans should remember that they play a critical role in helping stop aquatic invaders that threaten lakes and rivers in Kansas and many other states. Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are animals and plants not native to Kansas that can threaten lake and river ecology, harm native or desirable species, and interfere with our economy. They often hitchhike on the boats and equipment used by unsuspecting people who may unknowingly transport them to a previously uninfested body of water.

May 11, 2014 | | Local News


Psychologist to speak on mental health and physical well being

Dr. Andi Kinlin will speak on the topic, "How does physical health affect mental well being?" at the next meeting of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the Thelma Harms Room, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.

May 09, 2014 | | Local News


Next Kitchen Therapy session scheduled at St. Rose

The Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy monthly program has attracted some regular participants but newcomers also are encouraged to attend.

May 09, 2014 | | Local News


No off-season for band

Band students at Great Bend High School are proving the quote, "There's no off season for band," as true. The Spring Band Concert on Monday night culminates a year of hard work up to the end of the school year. The concert is at 7 p.m. in the GBHS Gym and will honor the seniors and their parents. The varsity, junior varsity and jazz bands will perform, and various band awards will be presented. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

May 09, 2014 | | Local News


GBHS Forensic Team has semi-finalist at State Speech Tournament

The State Speech Championship Tournament was held on May 3, at Emporia High School. Great Bend had five students compete in five events with one advancing to semi-finals. Those individuals were Carter Sheffield in Extemporaneous Speaking and Dramatic Interpretation, Jesus Sandoval in Humorous Interpretation and Prose, Aaron Miller in Humorous Interpretation, Mali Clark in Prose and Kenna Dirks in Poetry and in Dramatic Interpretation Dirks advanced to the semi-final round.

May 07, 2014 | | Local News


Summer Street Stroll Farmers’ Market vendors sought

Ready to taste that first mouth-watering tomato freshly picked from the vine? Or those early sweet peas, squash, and green beans? Then the Summer Street Stroll Farmers' Market will be the place to be, starting on Thursday, June 5, at the June Jaunt events at Jack Kilby Square and continuing through Sept. 4, in conjunction with the Great Bend City Band Summer Concert series and other special events on Thursday evenings. The market organizers are currently seeking a variety of interested vendors to participate in the Summer Street Stroll.

May 07, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified, family team up to find youngster’s new bike

Like most 6-year-olds, Owen Klug wanted a bicycle to ride around the neighborhood. But unlike other youngsters, he couldn't go to a local store and pick one out.

May 07, 2014 | | Local News


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KHP joins I-80/I-35 high visibility enforcement

The Kansas Highway Patrol is joining multiple other states ahead of the Labor Day weekend and during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization ...

August 30, 2015 | | Local News


Kansas schools committed to funding Walking School Bus Program

Kansas's statewide Walking School Bus (WSB) programs, funded through the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), proved successful for students and schools. KDOT contracted with ...

August 30, 2015 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation awards $30,000 to the four county area

Every year the Golden Belt Community Foundation accepts requests for funding through grant applications from local charitable organizations. This is just one way that the ...

August 30, 2015 | | Local News


FUN IN THE SHADE

It was a cool Saturday morning that welcomed many visitors to the grand opening of the newest playground to come to Great Bend, The Tot ...

August 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Big Benefit Auction photos

Mel and Darnell Holopirek were the Old Bill Honorees at the Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction, Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, "A ...

August 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Student escapes possible abduction attempt at Central Plains Elementary

HOLYROOD - On Thursday a possible abduction attempt happened Thursday afternoon at Central Plains Elementary School in Central Plains USD 112.

August 28, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Offering a helping hand

In an ironic twist, the myriad agencies in Barton County that help the needy are themselves in need.

August 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Head Quarters provides hope

By JIM MISUNAS

August 28, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Tot Spot to open Saturday

The grand opening of Great Bend's newest playground area, The Tot Spot, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stafford commissioner receives nomination letter

Re: Martin Cemetery-U.S 50 1 1/4 mile west of U.S. 281, St. John, Stafford County

August 27, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


OTR for August 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

August 27, 2015 | | Local News


Prieto joins Sunflower’s early ed team; brings bilingual skills

The new early intervention specialist at Sunflower Diversified's Early Education Center (EEC) brings a love of children and bilingual expertise to her new position.

August 27, 2015 | | Local News


Tickets available for Sunflower’s annual pancake dinner

It's not just a chance to have breakfast for dinner – it's an event, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 26, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Diesel Control Technicians, 5006 8th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

August 26, 2015 | | Local News


Welding Lab bid goes to Great Bend firm

The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete ...

August 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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