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Firefighters battle blazes, CO

Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

February 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


VORP disbands

In March of 1996, Larry Hesed along with a board of eight people formed a 501c3 organization called the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Central Kansas. The organizations funding was initially started with a grant from the Showalter Foundation and the Dominican Sisters. Until 2010, the VORP program has been bringing victims and offenders together in a safe mediation setting to permit the offender to take responsibility for his or her actions, to make things as right as possible with the victim, and to be clear about future intentions. Cases were received from the Barton County Attorney's Office and ...

February 12, 2012 | | Local News


Musician Scott Ibex coming to Great Bend

Singer-songwriter Scott Ibex will bring an eclectic variety of music, from what he dubs psychedelic bluegrass to acoustic tapping/fingerstyle guitar to his unique blend of reggae-infused acoustic rock, to Great Bend on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main Street, will host Ibex in concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $10 and may be purchased at the door or tickets will be available in advance at A440 Musical Instruments, 2008 Forest Ave., Great Bend.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Guy Penrod to present Community Concert on Friday

After many albums and awards with the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod has returned to country music, but is still delivering one moving message after another. He will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Advancements in technology help Sunflower clients communicate

When Eric Zamora received his iPad last year, his ability to communicate was enhanced many fold. But in the near future, it could get even better.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Rosewood featured on national television series

Rosewood Ranch has attracted the attention of a nationally syndicated television show that focuses on telling positive stories about rural life. The Ranch, along with Rosewood Services Inc.'s Greenhouse, will appear in episode 722 of America's Heartland, the final episode of season seven for the show.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Tickets for GBHS Hall of Fame luncheon on sale

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Heritage Room of the Highland Convention Center.

February 10, 2012 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will beet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road.

February 10, 2012 | | Local News


Take a virtual tour of monarch butterfly migration

Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents "Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The big gamble" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The program is free and open to adults and children.

February 10, 2012 | | Local News


Locks of Love donation

Rachel Keenan, 14, daughter of Tim and Alicia Keenan, cut 13" off hair to dontate to the locks of love foundation.

February 09, 2012 | | Local News


BCC to host Senior Day; $1,000 in scholarships up for grabs

A prize drawing for two $500 Barton Foundation scholarships, as well as other prizes, will be just one part of a day full of festivities available for area high school seniors as part of the Barton Community College Admissions Department's Senior Day, with registration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Kirkman Visitor Center on the Barton campus.

February 08, 2012 | | Local News


20th Judicial District Teen Court receives Mini-Grant for Youth-Led Tobacco Use Prevention

20th Judicial District Teen Court Program recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition to implement youth activities targeted for tobacco use prevention in 20th Judicial District. Teen Court is part of a statewide youth movement against tobacco.

February 08, 2012 | | Local News


Public invited to St. Rose cardio exercise class

Anyone who made a new year's resolution to exercise regularly but has fallen short may attend an upcoming cardio class in an effort to kick-start a program.

February 07, 2012 | | Local News


Woman injured in Albert collision

Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.

February 07, 2012 | | Local News


Friedlander & Hall coming to Barton Arts Center on Friday

Folk musicians Jeff Friedlander and Ed Hall will perform at the Barton County Arts Center, Forest and Main, Great Bend at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


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St. Mark roast beef dinner postponed due to weather

The roast beef dinner that was scheduled for this Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend as been postponed because of impending weather.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Movies with a Message Canceled due to weather

The Heartland Center for Spirituality show the movie "October Sky," originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled due to weather.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Evangelist Hinkle to speak Sunday

The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking Sunday, March 1 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Seventh-day Adventist school to present musical

The Students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present the musical "Don't Rock the Art" on Saturday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend the program at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. at the church, or at 2 p.m. at Sterling House.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


​Library programs include how to ‘upcycle’ VHS cases

The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Sheriff's Office to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund applications now being accepted

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. Rose Foundation, the fund will continue a vision of helping local people.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


​Silver Cougar Club to offer second part of Google Drive class

Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a continuation course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Kiwanis selling pancake tickets

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis club are selling tickets to next week's Pancake Feed. The 57th annual pancake and sausage dinner will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Expo I building west of Great Bend. Tickets are $4 and will also be available at the door. Proceeds allow the Kiwanis to sponsor many of the activities for youth and needs of many individuals in the Great Bend area.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


​Shafer Gallery program rescheduled

Due to the potential for winter weather, the demonstration by and reception for Joel T Dugan in the Shafer Art Gallery scheduled for Feb. 27 has been postponed until March 6. The new times for the portrait paintings demonstration are 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 6. The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 6. Dugan will be explaining the story he is telling in the cycle of narrative images and also the symbolism to be found there.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Assembly of God, 601 South Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Matt Aycock with greeters Terry Lewis, Shawn Panzer and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Speech Team qualifies four more to state

At the Greensburg Speech Tournament on Saturday, six students competed and seven events placed. Carter Sheffield qualified all three of his events to state again of by placing 1st in Serious Solo Acting, 1st in Poetry Reading Interpretation and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Municipal Court - Feb. 19

Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Companions recognized for service to elderly

Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


State Kansas Music Educators Honor Band

Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


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