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House fire causes major damage

Great Bend firefighters were dispatched to 812 Stone St. at 10:15 p.m. Friday. The first crew on the scene reported heavy fire and smoke from a window, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. "The bulk of the fire was quickly knocked down; however, the house had a large amount of belongings throughout the structure making it difficult to totally extinguish the fire." No one was hurt, but several dogs in the house died. Damage was estimated at $50,000 and at last report the cause of the fire had not been determined.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


Three-vehicle collision injures four people

Four people were sent to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Saturday evening with undetermined injuries, after a pickup crossed the center line on U.S. 281 and collided with two other vehicles.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


January marriage and divorce filings

January Marriage Licenses

February 05, 2012 | | Local News


Singers preparing to deliver Valentine’s gifts

The Great Bend High School Madrigal Pops Singers will deliver singing Valentines from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 for a $25 donation. The recipient will be serenaded with a love song. The recipient will also receive a decorated cookie.

February 05, 2012 | | Local News


College funding proposal could help BCC

Barton Community College trustees will learn more about the Legislature's plans to change how state community colleges are funded, during the Board of Trustees' next study session, at 4 p.m. Monday in room F-30 of the BCC Fine Arts Building.

February 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Honor Choir

Holy Family School sixth graders who participated in the District 5 Kansas Music Educators Association Elementary Honor School on Jan. 21 are shown with Connie Schneweis: From the left, back row, they are Halley Sanders, Kelsey Hofeling, Alaina Schneider, Baleigh Fry and Krista Schneider; and front row, Karlie Stanley, Sydney Soukup, Alyssia Strickland and Lauren Miller. The Sixth Grade Honor Choir from Holy Family Grade School traveled to Dodge City Middle School for this event. Honor Choir students spent the morning with a vocal director and about 200 other elementary students. The session closed with a concert at noon for ...

February 03, 2012 | | Local News


Speech team takes awards at Augusta

AUGUSTA – On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Great Bend High School Forensics Team traveled to the first tournament of the year at Augusta High School. The team took home seven awards and qualified two students to state. The results are as followed:

February 03, 2012 | | Local News


United Way close to goal

United Way of Central Kansas is inching towards their goal of $235,000, to date 98% has been raised. The campaign could not succeed without the many individuals and businesses that donate. Larned has been a tremendous asset to the campaign and have made United Way more prominent in their community. Working together we better us all. "I am so proud of our 19 agencies and that 99% of the funds stay right here in our community" said Julie Bugner Smith, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kansas.

February 02, 2012 | | Local News


St. Rose emphasizes women's heart health

A man clutches his chest and sweat pours from every pore in his face. He then falls to the floor.

February 01, 2012 | | Local News


Zoo news: Mute swan at Veterans Park dies

One of six mute swans at Veterans Memorial Lake has died, Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellsworth teens found safe

WICHITA - Two Ellsworth teenagers were found safe late Tuesday afternoon by a family member.

February 01, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Big event

Barton Community College cheerleader Morgan Lawery, left, helps Kristin May, 8, during arts and crafts time, Monday at the BCC Big Event. The Barton County chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters came to campus so "Littles" could spend some quality time with a host of Barton "Bigs." The event was sponsored by two Barton student organizations – Community Student Organization and Phi Theta Kappa. Other activities included soccer, baseball, basketball and bingo.

January 30, 2012 | | Local News


Prescribed burning workshop to be held in St. John

Are you interested in learning more about prescribed burning? Then you need to attend the prescribed burning workshop that will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, at the Stafford County Extension Office, 210 E. Third in St. John. Topics covered will include: reasons for burning; notification; regulations and permits; weather; liability; using a burn contractor and burning assistance; equipment; hazards and firebreaks overview; and planning and conducting a burn.

January 30, 2012 | | Local News


Boy Scout Soup Dinner

Boy Scout Troop and Pack 184 are having their 41st annual Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge in Great Bend. Regular tickets are $6 for dine in or carry out and include a choice of chili or chicken noodles, a dessert and a drink. Walk-ins are welcome. Gallons are also available by prior purchase only. Cost of gallon of chili is $18 and chicken noodles are $12 per gallon.

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


PEO Chapter CQ Chocolate Affair

The annual Chocolate Affair hosted by Kinsley PEO chapter CQ will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 4, at the Kinsley United Methodist Church, 803 Marsh St. This event offers everyone a much-needed escape from the cold dreary days of winter. A beautiful buffet of chocolate desserts for sampling as well as a chocolate fountain with many items for you to cover in chocolate are the centerpieces of

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


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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


BCARSP meeting

The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting. Treasurer Lenny Gales will accept dues of $20 from those who have not paid.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


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