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Seniors can get Farmers Market checks

Thursday, Aug. 6, is the last day to sign up for Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, according to Janel Rose at the Barton County Health Department.

August 06, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 parents make transition to online enrollment

The first day of walk-in enrollment for Great Bend High School saw shorter lines than previous years. Principal Tim Fries said many parents had already enrolled their students from home, online.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trumpeter Swan hatches at Great Bend zoo

There were two Trumpeter Swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo until recently. Now there are three.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces summer grant recipients

The end of another very competitive grant cycle has come, bringing with it 16 applications and over $31,689 in grant application requests. Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the July competitive grant cycle and awarded 16 charitable organizations a combined total of $10,271. Awards were granted to programs and projects within Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford Counties.

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County Medical Society makes donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the

Barton County Medical Society recently made a donation to the Sr. Mary Ann Klein, OP Nursing Endowment at the Golden Belt Community Foundation. The endowment was started by Barton Community College Foundation and the former St. Rose Foundation to provide funding and support for the recruitment, retention, and training of health professionals and health educators, including opportunities for scholarships, equipment for training and continuing education. In the past this endowment supported the purchase of an additional SimPad controller at Barton Community College to aid in the training of new nurses.

August 05, 2015 | | Local News


​Cheyenne Bottoms Naturalists to hold program in inflatable planetarium

An inflatable planetarium from Fort Hays State University will be set up at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center for a preview of the 2015 Perseids Meteor Shower. The free program will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the KWEC on K-156.

August 04, 2015 | | Local News


Think safety first

A new academic year is upon us and saftey should be on everyone's mind.

August 04, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Great Bend community urged to be safe this academic year

Back to school is upon us, with this brings flashing yellow lights around town. It also means drivers need to be aware of students crossing the streets in those designated school zones.

August 04, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


City retires street improvement bond

One of the bills approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night was a pretty big deal. It was the final payment on a bond approved a decade ago for street repairs.

August 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Asphalt overlay on K-96 Highway in western Barton County

Starting around Monday, Aug. 10, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin an asphalt roadway surface recycle and overlay project on K-96 Highway in Barton County, from the Rush/Barton County line then continuing east 13.63 miles to the west city limits of Great Bend. The purpose of this asphalt roadway surface recycle and overlay project is to extend the life of the asphalt pavement and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.

August 04, 2015 | | Local News


City receives ‘clean’ audit

Members of the Great Bend City Council's Administrative Committee heard some good news Monday night when they learned "clean" or "unqualified opinion" on the city's 2014 audit.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City receives final Bushnell funds for park improvements

The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted a Barbara Bushnell Memorial Fund presentation from Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin. This payment is the final of five annual grants from the fund and will provide money for improvements to Veterans Memorial Park and Brit Spaugh Park.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tot Spot coming to life at Brit Spaugh

Passersby may have noticed some new bright and colorful playground equipment springing up north of the Wetlands at Great Bend Aquatic Center. It is all part of the Tot Spot, a joint project between Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SWKAAA to offer insurance advice for seniors

The SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging will hold an informational meeting about what one can expect and what to do before they turn 65 in regards to insurance from 12:10-12:50 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the Great Bend Front Door, 1615 10th St. in Great Bend.

August 03, 2015 | | Local News


Commission OKs contract for K-4 overlook

Construction on the long-awaited K-4 Cheyenne Bottoms Overlook Improvement Project will begin late next spring or early next summer, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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County honored for United Way giving

When Julie Bugner Smith took over the helm of the United Way of Central Kansas in 2011, Barton County employees gave $1,600 to the ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The KWEC ...

August 23, 2015 | | Local News


Here Comes Fall!!!

The air is different. The tomato plants are changing to a different production mode. School has started. Shore birds are migrating with more urgency through ...

August 23, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer

About this time last year, I introduced the term zugunruhe (pronounced zue-gun-rue) to you in our Wetland Explorer column. This word is used in the ...

August 23, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee's Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed ...

August 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood City Council special meeting Monday

The Ellinwood City Council will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the city office for a special meeting to discuss the reestablishment of ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


More Familiar Faces - image gallery

Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances and Some Folks We Hardly Know" exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Familiar Faces

Each year, the Barton Community College faculty and staff get to strut their artistic talents in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Red Cross to accept blood donations

The next opportunity to donate blood in Great Bend will be Monday, Sept. 14, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Donations will be accepted ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Warrent Task Force a success

The Great Bend Police Department's Warrant Task Force was deployed and made 10 arrests on Monday.

August 21, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Health Department warns of rabies upswing

The Barton County Health Department continues to deal with what officials believe to be an increased number of potential rabies cases, Health Director Shelly Schneider ...

August 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington stand-off ends without incident

Thursday night, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m., Hoisington Police and deputies from the Barton County Sheriff's Office were called to 673 W. 3rd ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Power washer stolen from shed at Sonic Drive-in

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a man that was seen by surveillance cameras breaking into a storage shed located at 3908 10th St. in ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


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