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GBHS Speech competes in Nickerson

The Great Bend High School Speech team placed in 11 events at the Nickerson Speech Tournament. Those placing were Makinna Dykes, Kris Gieck and Ashtin Heath. Ashtin placed in both of her events. Those placing in all of their events and qualifying for the State Speech Championship Tournament in May are Malia Clark, Jesus Sandoval and Carter Sheffield. Carter Sheffield also won the Triathlon Award by placing the highest in all three of his events. He placed 1st in Extemporaneous Speaking, 1st in Serious Solo Acting and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking. The team placed 3rd overall.

February 25, 2014 | | Local News


KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) requests comments on the amendment of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) FY 14-17.

February 23, 2014 | | Local News


River Bend Assisted Living King and Queen

Husband and wife Carl and Teresa Jilg were named the King and Queen at the River Bend Assisted Living Valentine's Day Party on Feb. 14th.

February 21, 2014 | | Local News


Kadin White benefit to be held

ELLINWOOD - A benefit fundraiser poker tournament will be held for 11-year-old Kadin White, who is suffering from acute lympoblastic leukemia, beginning at 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Ellinwood American Legion, 117 N. Santa Fe. White also has Down Syndrome and has an infection. He is in Wesley Medial Center in Wichita.

February 20, 2014 | | Local News


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.

February 18, 2014 | | Local News


Barton County’s Second Graders celebrate World Wetlands Day

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center announces the winners of the 2014 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest. World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year on Feb. 2, and is organized by Ramsar, the organization that has designated Cheyenne Bottoms as a "Wetland of International Importance." The theme for 2014's World Wetlands Day was "Wetlands & Agriculture: Partners for Growth." The coloring sheet, featuring ducks and geese, was colored by 2nd grade students from 11 schools in Barton County. The best coloring sheet from each classroom was chosen; each winner received a certificate, a Top 20 Birds of Cheyenne Bottoms identification card ...

February 18, 2014 | | Local News


BCC to offer free ceramics workshop by Freemans

Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery and the St. Justa Pottery Guild, a Barton student club, will host a ceramic workshop presented by professional artists Mark and Bambi Freeman from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Barton ceramics studio in the technical building, room T-151.

February 15, 2014 | | Local News


​Oncologist to talk about life after cancer

Dr. Greg Nanney, MD, will speak about life as a cancer survivor when the Touched by Cancer support group meets at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend. The title of his program is, "You Have Been Diagnosed with Cancer - Now What?"

February 15, 2014 | | Local News


'Exercise Essentials' topic of next Parkinson's meeting

Parkinson's patients who enjoy socializing may want to consider exercising with a group or workout partner.

February 15, 2014 | | Local News


Cancer patients learn tips during Kitchen Therapy

The Cancer Center Kitchen Therapy dietitians are gearing up for another interactive televideo (ITV) presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. The program is designed to help patients whose appetites are affected by cancer treatments.

February 15, 2014 | | Local News


Russell County drug charges lead to indictment

RUSSELL – Antonio Vindiola, 41, Tuscon, Ariz., has been indicted by a federal grand on drug-related charges, Wichita-based United States Attorney Barry Grissom announced Thursday afternoon. Vindiola is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 29, 2014, in Russell County.

February 13, 2014 | | Local News


Sen. Moran now accepting applications for Summer 2014 Internships

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced he is accepting applications for congressional internships in his Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices for the summer of 2014.

February 12, 2014 | | Local News


St. John native Kendra Hacker part of KU’s Black Box Productions

The University Theatre continues its 2013-2014 season with Black Box Productions, a showcase of student-directed short plays in the William Inge Memorial Theatre, Murphy Hall. Performances run at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 14-15 and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 18-20 and Feb. 16 Participants include Kendra Hacker, of St. John.

February 12, 2014 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


Glassblowing artist featured at Deines

RUSSELL - Custom glassblowing by James Haffner is being featured at The Deines Cultural Center in Russell. The opening reception for the show will be Sunday, Feb. 16, from 2-4 p.m. It will be opening for viewing until March 23.

February 11, 2014 | | Local News


Celebrate birds at KWEC

There's still time to sign up for the "Celebrate Birds" program at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 10-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Kids, ages 6-12 will make a gourd bird house, learn to identify the hardy birds that stay through the Kansas winter and their songs, then go outside and find them during the national Backyard Bird Count.

February 11, 2014 | | Local News


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​Program explains AirMedCare Network

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free educational program about AirMed Care programs at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. AirMedCare Network is an alliance among Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport and REACH Air Medical Services creating America's largest air ambulance membership network.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


​Sen. Moran to visit Rush County Memorial

LA CROSSE - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Rush County Memorial Hospital from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Rush County Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital located at 801 Locust St. in La Crosse.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Library starts May with 2 movies

Friday, May 1 is movie day at the Great Bend Public Library, according to Jennifer King, marketing and YA librarian.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway. Items on the agenda include approval of photography quote; approval of grant application; and approval of licensed teacher/administrator resignations and licensed personnel appointments. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Misty Straub and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Kansas Bank, 4001 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Regan Ochs and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Russell County takes storm damage

By JIM MISUNAS

April 28, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Young Professionals can learn about K-12 options

Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


Learn how to conserve water with a rain barrel

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 mileage reimbursement

Great Bend Unified School District 428 will be paying mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 miles or more from their designated school (by way of the shortest route). The rate of reimbursement will be determined at a later date.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Flowers ready for pick up

Flowers ordered from Lincoln Elementary students in Hoisington will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2, at the school. All left over flowers may be purchased beginning at noon on that day.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Nesting peacefully

Great Bend resident Helen Asher has new neighbors.

April 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Latest opinion poll by FHSU’s Docking Institute shows Kansans at odds with Legislature

A new survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows discrepancies between what Kansans want and what the state Legislature is doing on some key public issues.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Early Ed Center appreciates doctors’ referrals; streamlines process

Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


‘Suspicious’ fire claims man’s life

By JIM MISUNAS

April 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Severe weather possible Friday afternoon

Severe weather is possible on Friday with storms developing in the afternoon. Scattered storms with large hail and damaging winds are the primary threats across the entire area, however a few of the storms could produce very large hail and a tornado or two. Please stay tuned for further updates and additional information.

April 23, 2015 | | Local News


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