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Polka Lovers donate to Sunflower

Representatives of the recently disbanded Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K.A.), Kansas Chapter, present a donation to Sunflower Diversified Services. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jim Johnson, Sunflower executive director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.

March 24, 2014 | | Local News


Spring into Summer at Kansas State Parks

Harsh winter weather has people longing for warmer days ahead, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has the perfect remedy for cabin fever. KDWPT invites outdoor enthusiasts to "Spring Into Summer" on Saturday, March 29 with a free entrance day and open houses at all Kansas state parks. Most parks will host special activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visit State Parks Open Houses to learn about the special events at participating parks.

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

It's been a long winter but spring is upon us even though it seems fleeting. At Cheyenne Bottoms, waterfowl have been coming and going since mid-February, a few early shorebirds have arrived and some of the perennial plants are sending out tentative shoots.

March 23, 2014 | Pam Martin KDWPT Educatior at KWEC | Local News


A hero of the 1960s civil rights movement coming to FHSU

Diane Nash, veteran of the 1960s civil rights movement -- a leader in the lunch-counter protests in the Nashville sit-ins and an active member of the Freedom Riders -- will speak at Fort Hays State University's Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center a 7 p.m. on March 27.

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Julian announces candidacy for City Council in the 4th Ward

I am Erika Julian, and would like to announce my candidacy to serve Great Bend as the city council person in the 4th Ward. Six years ago, my husband Rick and I moved back to Great Bend where he was born and raised. Since then, I have taken an active interest in this community by volunteering for numerous events, also by serving as Chairperson of the Head Start Policy Council, as PTO secretary, and I am a coach and board member for the Special Olympics. My husband and I also own and operate two businesses here in Great Bend. I ...

March 23, 2014 | | Local News


Pipe organ tour coming to Great Bend

On Sunday, March 30, Kansas Chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) will sponsor a tour of three pipe organs in Great Bend, with a program geared to interest people of all ages, and particularly suited to families. Those who attend will hear the instruments and learn more about how they work.

March 20, 2014 | | Local News


Website video depicts Dominican history at St. Rose, St. Catherine

It began as a way to introduce new associates at two medical facilities with the storied history of how the Dominican Sisters started health-care services in Great Bend and Garden City.

March 20, 2014 | | Local News


St. Rose surgeon reminds community about colon screenings

Ana Refinetti, M.D., knows that many people are aware that a screening for colon cancer is important.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Polka Lovers donate to Heartland Cancer Center

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 Heartland Cancer Center. From left to right are: Arlene Wilhelm; Jamie Hutchinson, cancer center director; and Marilyn Degenhardt.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower supporters break record, raise $60,000 at Charity Gala

The March 1 snowstorm didn't chill the spirits of Sunflower Diversified Services supporters. They came out in force and donated a record $60,000 to people with disabilities at the non-profit agency's ninth annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, Sunflower director of development.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Barton Foundation Clay Shoot moves to Camp Aldrich

The Barton Foundation will host its Seventh Annual Clay Shoot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at Camp Aldrich, 884 NE 110 Ave.

March 18, 2014 | | Local News


Vicki Berryman announces candidacy for City Council

I am announcing my candidacy for council person to serve Great Bend in the First Ward. I have spent the last three decades serving the community through the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, a volunteer for the 3-I Show and our Great Bend Farm

March 16, 2014 | | Local News


Bruce Helander to be inducted into Florida Artists Hall of Fame on March 18

As part of Florida Heritage Month (March 15-April 15), the Florida Heritage Awards will be presented at Mission San Luis, Floridas Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum. The 2014 event includes the Florida Book Awards, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards, Secretary of State Historic Preservation Awards, and the states highest award, the two newest inductions into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, one of whom is West Palm Beach artist Bruce Helander (born and raised in Great Bend), in a ceremony sponsored by the Florida Secretary of State on March 18 in Tallahassee. Helander was selected by members of the Florida Council ...

March 16, 2014 | | Local News


Kory Brunson Band supports Kans for Kids

The Kory Brunson Band presented a concert to benefit Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation on Friday evening, March 7 at the Crest Theater. Brunson, a native of Great Bend now living in Thornton, Colo., made the trip home to donate his time and talent to the local organization that provides assistance to families in Barton County living with cancer.

March 14, 2014 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified representatives visit Capitol in Topeka

The framed picture that was delivered to Kansas lawmakers displayed a brief message. It was:

March 14, 2014 | | Local News


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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


Digging up history

STAFFORD COUNTY - The Martin Cemetery, researched by Taylor Clark as a 4-H leadership project, has been approved for placement on the Kansas Register of Historic ...

August 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Jobless rate on the rise

TOPEKA - State labor officials are pinning an ongoing upward unemployment trend in part on a dwindling labor pool, according to the jobless report released by ...

August 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


TRAINING FOR GRAIN

ELLINWOOD - In 15 seconds, a person who weighs 165 pounds can be engulfed up to their waist inside a grain bin under some conditions.

August 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Water balloon fight calls attention to United Way

After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 ...

August 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


​BCC board to approve welding purchase

The purchase of welding equipment is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in ...

August 24, 2015 | | Local News


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