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BCC debate and forensics student shines at national tournament

Barton Community College debate and forensics competitor Chase Pumford of Great Bend was crowned the JV National Champion in "Persuasive Speaking," at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Hutchinson March 14-16.

June 03, 2014 | | Local News

Father Tighe celebrates 60 years of priesthood

A Kansas Bishop's call for priests brought six young men from Ireland in the 1950s. On Sunday, one of those men, the Rev. Dermot Tighe, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination during the prayer service at Prince of Peace, St. Patrick Church in Great Bend.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hard Work Paying Off for Rosewood’s Derrick Pitzer

Great Bend resident Derrick Pitzer is making the most of his young adult life. He has not allowed his lifelong developmental disability to curb his ambitions. To overcome everyday challenges, he has had to work extra hard in the classroom and in the workforce to advance his progress.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News

Vendors sought for June 5 Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market

Are you ready to showcase your home business, community business, agency or handmade arts and crafts? Join fellow vendors from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at this special Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market at Jack Kilby Square, Great Bend. Vendors for commercial products, handmade arts and crafts, or local non-profit agencies are invited to take part in this unique opportunity to kick-off June Jaunt activities with an evening at the park.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News

400,000 images uploaded to Kansas Memory

The Kansas Historical Society announced that 400,000 images of its collections are now uploaded to Kansas Memory. Image number 400,000 is a letter dated Aug. 30, 1918, from Miss Jennie B. Momyer to Helen McKenna Mulvane, state chairperson of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense. The committee coordinated women's activities and resources for national defense during World War I. The image may be viewed at

May 27, 2014 | | Local News

Summer library programs starting

The Great Bend Public Library is the perfect place for families to spend some time this summer, according to Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News

Flooding occuring in norhern Barton County

BARTON COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Wichita and the Barton County sheriff's department reports water over the roadway at NW 190th Road and NW 70th Ave, 3 miles east of Galatia. That area east of Galatia reported 2.86 inches of rain.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News

Accepted at Smoky Hill Exhibit

A painting by Barton Community College art instructor and watercolor specialist Steve Dudek was accepted into the 45th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibit. His watercolor titled "Circle" features a painting of Japanese koi fish.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News

Students with perfect attendance get chance to win bikes

For the second year, Great Bend USD 428 elementary students were given a chance to win a bicycle if they posted perfect attendance during the past school year.

May 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Catholic Social Service hosts workshop on adoption

Catholic Social Service is hosting two different orientation sessions, and an Infant Open Adoption workshop for couples who are interested in adopting a child.

May 22, 2014 | | Local News

2015 Kansas Travel Guide listings

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism is currently accepting updates and listings for the Official Kansas Travel Guide. The annual full-color publication provides a look at the unique travel experiences Kansas offers including comprehensive information on Kansas Byways, attractions, accommodations, campgrounds, recreational areas, guest ranches, hunting lodges, bed & breakfasts, antiques, retail shops, destination dining, motor sports, golf courses, and retreat centers.

May 22, 2014 | | Local News

Grassroots Art Center Open House

An Open House for the work of Ron Alexander, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 7, at the Grassroots Art Center, 213 S. Main Street in Lucas. Ron will spend the afternoon at the art center doing a demonstration and hands on workshop for both children and adults.

May 21, 2014 | | Local News

Voting machine demonstration planned

Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman is hosting a voting equipment demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the County Commission Chambers at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend.

May 19, 2014 | | Local News

County’s future topic of meeting

The Barton County Community Development Advisory Board will hold a brain-storming session about the county's future at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the courthouse conference room (room 101), 1400 Main in Great Bend.

May 19, 2014 | | Local News

County to observe Memorial Day

Barton County business offices will be closed on Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day. The Health Department, the Records Division of the Sheriff's Office and the County Landfill will also be closed that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

May 19, 2014 | | Local News

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​St. Mark/St. Paul Lutheran churches switch to fall schedules Sunday

This Sunday, Oct. 4, St. Mark Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson, Great Bend, and St. Paul Lutheran, Galatia, will begin their fall/winter service schedule.

October 02, 2015 | | Local News

​Kolache sales limited to 400 pans for next Bake & Take

The Prince of Peace Altar Society's Fall Kolache Bake & Take will be Friday, Oct. 9. Only 400 pans of kolaches and cinnamon rolls will ...

October 02, 2015 | | Local News

Prairie Structures exhibit announced

RUSSELL - The exhibit Prairie Structures: Natural or Man-made, will open Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell. There will be an opening ...

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Chefs needed for chili cook-off

The sixth annual Charity Chili Cook-off will take place Oct. 17 in downtown Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Chicken-fried chicken dinner set to raise funds for youth conference

The NCYC Youth of Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend are raising money to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

More photos from Holy Family School

Photos taken Oct. 1, 2015; Lone Star Action Sports team outside Holy Family School in Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Skater, BMX bikers thrill students

A champion inline skater and two professional BMX bikers rolled into the Holy Family School parking lot Thursday morning. The Lone Star Action Sports team ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Murder Mystery coming to Great Bend

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a "Murder At The Juice Joint" event.

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Enrollment now open for fall programs through GBRC

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is now accepting enrollment for the fall programs.

October 01, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Occupational therapist joins team of specialists at early ed center

The new occupational therapist at Sunflower's Early Education Center (EEC) is rounding out the team of early intervention experts on staff.

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Family Crisis Center to observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On Oct. 22, the Great Bend-based Family Crisis Center Inc. hopes to turn the community purple. The campaign, in which residents are encouraged to wear ...

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS Debate

October 01, 2015 | | Local News

Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

October 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Nex-Tech Wine in the Wild photos

Sept. 26, 2015

September 30, 2015 | | Local News

2 Spirit Week photos

Wednesday was the day to dress up like a cartoon character at Great Bend High School.

September 30, 2015 | | Local News

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