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VA mobile office coming to Great Bend this week

The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs Mobile Office is coming to Great Bend this week. The air-conditioned mobile office staffed with veteran service representatives will be at the Great Bend Dollar General store, 5318 10th street, from 2-7 p.m. Today, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Veterans can learn more about VA and state benefits and even apply for benefits on site. Some of the benefits that veterans and eligible family members may qualify for are service connected disability compensation, improved pension benefits, death pensions, VA health care benefits ...

July 11, 2012 | | Local News


Families must make safety a priority while camping and hiking

TOPEKA - Sleeping bag? Check. Hiking boots? Check. Safety guidelines? A must! While the preparations for a family camping or hiking trip usually include a review of the necessary gear, parents should also review safety guidelines with their children, paying special attention to potential hazards specific to camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, water and falls.

July 11, 2012 | | Local News


Grant program to award $100,000 to four projects

By Jim Misunas

July 06, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Zoo News: There's nothing like a rat-sicle on a hot day

It's hot. We know, and our animals know it – including the animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer Gallery to host elegant afternoon tea

The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College will be the site of an "elegant, afternoon high-tea fundraiser" reminiscent of 1800s England.

June 28, 2012 | | Local News


Agency reaching out to people with disabilities

A Rice County woman's grandmother is terminally ill and unable to care for her granddaughter who has a developmental disability. The young woman, 18, is now in the residential program at Sunflower Diversified Services and soon will be in the non-profit agency's day-services program.

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


Local company puts finishing touches on Habitat for Humanity house

Stanion Wholesale Electric is responsible for one of the final finishing touches on the Habitat for Humanity house being completed at 1906 Hubbard in Great Bend. The local business donated all of the light fixtures needed to complete the three-bedroom home.

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


'Angelic' singer Tia McGraff coming to Great Bend

Tia McGraff, described as having "a voice stolen from angels," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the Ray Schulz Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, 85 South U.S. 281 (south of the Arkansas River bridge).

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


Lee Turner Lectureship

Special Assistant Attorney General Kevin O' Connor, who was the prosecutor during the Adam Longoria trial, speaks to a room full of area law enforcement professionals, Tuesday at Barton Community College. His topic was Systematic Responses to Sexual Assault. The day-long seminar was part of the Lee Turner Lectureship Series, an endowment-funded program designed to help law enforcement personnel meet continuing education requirements. There will be another session on Wednesday, July 25. The deadline to register is July 11.

June 20, 2012 | | Local News


BCC and Russell Arts Council sponsor summer musical

RUSSELL - Eye patches will be in excess when the Russell Arts Council and Barton Community College cosponsor the summer musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.

June 19, 2012 | | Local News


Maki to speak at DAV convention

Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout the state of Kansas will hold their annual Department Convention June 22-24 in Great Bend at the Highland Hotel.

June 15, 2012 | | Local News


Midwest Cancer Alliance starts presentations at St. Rose

One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.

June 15, 2012 | | Local News


Stafford to showcase garden tour Sunday

By Jim Misunas

June 15, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Pages at the Capitol

Addison Westhoff, Grace Ball and Kaeli Amerine pose for a photo with Sen. Ruth Teichman and Gov. Sam Brownback, on March 26 when the girls served as pages. The girls are students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


Keeley elected president of District Judges Association

The Hon. Mike Keeley, Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District headquartered at Great Bend, Thursday was elected president of the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA), during the association's annual meeting in Overland Park.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


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Hoisington Forensics 3rd at Great Bend

The Hoisington High School forensics team placed third out of 8 schools at a forensics tournament at Great Bend High School recently.

March 03, 2015 | | Local News


Williams seeking position on local school board

"I have a desire to help make the great school district we already have into the best that it can be for all children!" This is Dr. Don Williams' goal as he seeks a position on the USD 428 Board of Education. Although only a resident of Great Bend for a little less than three years, Williams, his wife, and family, have been long-time residents of central Kansas. After graduating from Kansas Wesleyan in Salina in 1970, he taught all of the sciences in the junior and senior high at Hanston. In addition, he was the junior high coach for ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Filmmaker Jay Kriss to speak at Dust Bowl Series

Filmmaker Jay Kriss will be speaking as part of the program for "It blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Kinsley Library, 208 E. 8th St. Kinsley.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Hop on board FrogWatch USA

With spring just around the corner, the fourth season for Cheyenne Bottoms FrogWatch Chapter is starting and volunteers are needed to help monitor our frogs and toads.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


C&V Home Improvement sponsors Lead Safe Certification Training for contractors and landlords

In 2010, Kansas enacted legislation requiring contractors and landlords to follow Lead Safe Work Practices (LSWP) when remodeling homes and certain commercial entities built prior to 1978. Contractors and landlords must assume lead is present in paint and stains for all pre-78 homes. Contractors are required to complete certification and to conduct their work in compliance with the LSWP. One struggle facing certification for contactors is the lack of local certification classes. The closest available training is in the Wichita area. "We are sponsoring this class so that all contractors and landlords can have convenient access to certification and recertification ...

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Wetland Explorer

In a room darkened by blankets placed over the drapes, the tick tock of a clock sounds a steady beat. Pungent vapors waft through the room, radiating from a cloth covered in Vicks vapor rub wrapped around the child's neck. Unconcerned, she turns the pages of the book quickly as she reads.

March 01, 2015 | Pam Martin, KDWPT Educator | Local News


GBHS Spring Play

Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3. Anyone who has ever had a roommate can relate to the conflict that forms the basis of Neil Simon's female version. Living with someone - whether best friend or total stranger - will produce stress in even the closest of relationships. The minor tensions and major flare-ups between Olive Madison and Florence Unger run the gamut of what can go wrong when two people share the same space.

March 01, 2015 | | Local News


Colleges facing new Title IX responsibilities

Most people who have heard of Title IX associate the term with gender equality in school athletics, but the federal act is much more than that. Angie Maddy, dean of Student Services at Barton Community College, recently provided college trustees with a status report on BCC compliance.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mars One candidate misses final cut

A local man won't be one of the first colonists on Mars. Grady Bolding, 27, of Great Bend, was one of more than 200,000 people who applied to become an astronaut with Mars One, a Netherlands-based company that intends to begin sending people to Mars by 2024. All of those applicants knew it would be a one-way trip.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club visits Shafer Art Gallery

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they had been instructed to find at the gallery.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Touched by Cancer support group plans bake sale; no March meetings

Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.

February 28, 2015 | | Local News


Walking School Bus

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


US-56 pavement widening and box bridge project in Lyons set to begin

Starting around Monday, March 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a project to replace the concrete box bridge on the west side of Century Road and widen US-56 to four lanes from the end of the existing four lane roadway west to the entrance to the airport. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

February 27, 2015 | | Local News


‚ÄčLenten luncheon: Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon, at noon Wednesday, March 4. A meal is served at noon (not earlier) and the meetings end at 1 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Snow will be followed by ice Sunday, Monday

WICHITA - A winter storm will begin to impact Kansas beginning Saturday, according to the national Weather Service in Wichita,

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


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