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Everyone Can Be a Naturalist!

For thousands of years, science was focused on something called "Natural History." Science had yet to be broken down in to the dozens of specialized fields that we know today, zoology, botany, chemistry, physics, and so many more. Ancient scientists were concerned about how everything on earth fitted together – the first naturalists studied everything from art to human anatomy to astronomy. What does this have to do with us today?

December 28, 2014 | Jean Aycock, KWEC Education Director | Local News


​Barton to offer personal income tax preparation course

Tired of paying someone else to do your taxes? Barton Community College is here to help with its Personal Income Tax Preparation course, which is scheduled for 12-12:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 12 to March 6, 2015.

December 25, 2014 | | Local News


​Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.

December 25, 2014 | | Local News


Hoisington Roosevelt Elementary Pre-schoolers make snow trees

After reading the book "The Snow Tree", Roosevelt Elementary Preschoolers made their own Christmas Snow trees out of ice cream cones, frosting, and candy.

December 24, 2014 | | Local News


Local donations finance high-tech vision screener at Sunflower’s Early Ed Center

When Cathy Estes presented information about the need for a new vision-screening device to the Great Bend Noon Lions Club, she was hoping her audience would come through for children with sight problems.

December 23, 2014 | | Local News


Barton County Historical Society closed for holidays

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village is closed for the remainder of the year. It will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 6, when it will resume regular hours. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It is located at 85 South U.S. 281, just south of the Arkansas River in Great Bend.

December 23, 2014 | | Local News


Hoisington Municipal Court - Dec. 18

Marina Benavides, battery, fine $100, court costs $110

December 23, 2014 | | Local News


Hoisington Debate going to state

The Hoisington High Debate Team placed second recently at Regional Debate at Sacred Heart in Salina to advance to the 3-2-1A 4-Speaker State Debate Tournament in El Dorado on Jan. 16-17th.

December 23, 2014 | | Local News


County Christmas closings announced

Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Thursday in observance of Christmas. The Records Division of the Sheriff's Office, the Health Department and the Landfill will all be closed on Christmas. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

December 22, 2014 | | Local News


Roads Less Traveled....

Somewhere between 4 and 5 a.m. seems to be the time my internal alarm clock dings. As I have aged, my sleep requirements seem to have diminished. That's not to say that I can't nap at the drop of a hat especially if nothing is happening -- but night time seems to exist for me and the cat.

December 21, 2014 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Kinsley Library receives grant from Kansas Humanities Council

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the Kinsley Library $2,705 in support of the "It Blew So Hard: The Dust Bowl and Great Depression in Western Kansas" discussion series. Joan K. Weaver serves as the project director.

December 21, 2014 | | Local News


GBHs Jazz Band members spread Christmas cheer

December 21, 2014 | | Local News


Check It Out!

New books at Ellinwood Library

December 21, 2014 | | Local News


Remodeling progresses at St. Rose’s Medical Office Building

While the recent razing of the ASB Building on Broadway was obvious to any passerby, the extreme makeover next door won't be apparent for a few months yet.

December 18, 2014 | | Local News


Still time to donate to this year’s Invest in Kids Club membership drive

Shortly after Joey Cregger's first birthday, his doctor referred him to Sunflower Diversified's Early Education Center. By age 3, he had met developmental milestones and no longer needs special education services.

December 18, 2014 | | Local News


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Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include the R.O.S.E. Award; approval of FY 2015 Carl D. Perkins Reserve Grant; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and teacher resignation. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Estate planning workshop

An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


How about those hawks?

If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...

January 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Stafford County Spelling Bee scheduled Wednesday

STAFFORD - Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford's south gym.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 27

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


​HHS basketball team raising funds with Soup Supper

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified accepting auction items for Charity Gala

Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Prairie Land Food now available to order

Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Sen. Moran now accepting applications for summer internships

Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


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