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Barton, Rice, McPherson counties under flood warnings

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued flood warnings for Barton, Rice and McPherson counties Thursday morning.

June 05, 2014 | | Local News

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

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Hamster time

Grade schools throughout the city are reading "The World According to Humphrey" as part of the USD 428 One District, One Book reading initiative

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Stargazing planned at Cheyenne Bottoms

The public is invited to join the Fort Hays State University Astronomy Club at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Friday, Oct. 16, for an ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

American Legion Auxiliary to hold Soup Supper

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Benefit Soup Supper from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the American Legion Argonne Post 180 ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Rut season brings added danger to roads

Driving defensively during the deer mating season is a must for Kansas drivers, say state and local officials.

October 07, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by USD 428 Foundation, 201 S. Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Sons of the American Revolution coming to Great Bend

The October meeting of the Sons of the Plains chapter the Sons of the American Revolution will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Library Friends get first look at Book Sale

People who join the Friends of the Library will be the first to see the selections of the annual book sale, said Diedre Mapes at ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Kids get a room of their own at GBPL

The new interior walls that separate the children's area from the rest of the Great Bend Public Library are something librarians have requested for ...

October 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

'Winged Aspiration' photos

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October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Winged Aspiration

Bill McKown was a true friend of the Shafer Art Gallery. He passed away in March of 2014, but his legacy lives on through numerous ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Audit part of ‘cost of doing business’

It was a costly pill for the Barton County commissioners to swallow Monday morning when they approved paying Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball $53,695 ...

October 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBRC will host Stop 'N Learn session titled 'Fire Prevention'

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Fire Prevention" on Wednesday, October 7th, from 12:00 – 1 ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Tax distribution delays causing headaches

Much to the chagrin of numerous taxing entities in Barton County, the sales tax distribution that was due out by Sept. 20 has yet to ...

October 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

Brief: Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Homecoming tradition returns in style

At the Great Bend Panthers homecoming parade Friday, observers saw a return to a tradition that has taken a hiatus since 2006. While concern over ...

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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