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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


“Board Basics” training session offered

The Rice County Commission on Aging, working in partnership with the Rice County Historical society, is offering a half day workshop on the basics of being on a nonprofit governing board. This course will be led by Sue Elliot, Executive Director of the Rice County Council on Aging and Maggie Carlson, Director/Curator of collections at the Coronado Quivira Museum.

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


We Learn. We love. We. Serve.

This year's theme for Catholic Schools Week sums up what Holy Family School is all about, Principal Karen Moeder said. The theme is, "Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service." which echoes the mission statement at Holy Family School,"We learn. We love. We serve."

January 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC string bassist to join Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra

Greg Pohl's nimble fingers effortlessly maneuver from one combination of strings on his bass guitar to another, hitting every note as he keeps pace with the rest of the Barton Jazz Band. With a confident smirk, he leans into his guitar for a few notes as the song's speed increases.

January 26, 2012 | | Local News


GBHS Debate competes at Olathe Northwest High School

The Great Bend High School Debate Team qualified and brought the maximum number of four teams to the 2 Speaker State Debate Tournament on Jan. 13th and 14th at Olathe Northwest High School. Almost all of the teams finished with a 3-3 win loss record and barely missed qualifying to the elimination rounds by only one win. There was 58 teams from 19 schools and Great Bend finished in the top eight teams after preliminary rounds. The team will start competing in Forensic Tournaments on Jan. 28th.

January 25, 2012 | | Local News


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VisionRT offers accuracy, safety at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute

Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Thank You For The Music!!!

Do you remember ABBA? The movie and stage play "Mamma Mia" was built around their stirring music. The melodies and rhythm of their music stirred the souls of people around the world and made us all better and happy in the way that seemingly only their music could do. "Thank You For The Music" was a signature song that celebrated the gift of music to them as performers, and brought us as listeners to a moment of reverent recognition of the true value of music in our lives. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear that ...

March 22, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Parenting workshop set

A three part "Responsive Discipline" parenting workshop is set to begin soon. The class, led by Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, and 14, at the Barton County Extension Office. Registration is $5 which covers the cost of materials. Program participants will learn why children misbehave and strategies for preventing misbehavior. Call Krug at 793-1910 if you have questions or to register.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Walmart safe driver

Jeff Davis knew what he was going to do with his life at 5 years old, he said. He was going to drive trucks for a living.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

Possibilities for your Spring Break reading enjoyment:

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend City Cemetery Board meeting

The Great Bend City Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office.

March 22, 2015 | | Local News


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More photos of Tot Spot

These images show the one of the musical elements that will be featured at the Tot Spot, and the alternate color choice. Vote for glue/green or pink/yellow on the Tot Spot Facebook page.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Deines Center to display SHPTV auction art

RUSSELL - The Smoky Hill Public Television Signature Auction is coming to the Deines Cultural Center.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Model railroad group to hold swap meet

Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Album feat. GB native Pinkall hits No. 1 on 'Billboard'

MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Guided 'lek' tours offered at wetlands

Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Recycle old T-shirts into braided rugs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club

There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


Prairie Trail Scenic Byway extended

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


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