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St. John dentist recovering in Wichita from fall


June 03, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

​Charges in motorcycle fatalities allege improper safety equipment

The trailer that broke free from a pickup and hit a motorcycle on Great Bend's 10th Street last August, causing the deaths of a Hutchinson couple, did not have an adequate safety chain, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Barton County District Court. The complaint also alleges the load was not securely fastened.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Lorraine man dies in Ellsworth Co. accident

A Lorraine man died Tuesday as the result of a one-vehicle accident in Ellsworth County.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News

These kids aren’t in trouble

If you see local youth being hauled around Friday and Friday, June 12, in police cars or in the back of ambulances it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident, said Jefferson Davis, Great Bend Police Department School liaison officer.

June 03, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Great Bend newest cop to join force soon

In a matter of a few weeks, the newest officer will join the Great Bend Police Department. The officer's name is Lazer and she is a two-year-old black German shepherd.

June 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

41st annual Kansas bicycle tour

The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas historya 505-mile ride across the State begins on Saturday. BIKING ACROSS KANSAS is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route consisting of close to 900 bicyclists and support staff.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News

Fourth kidnapping suspect arrested

The fourth suspect in a kidnapping investigation was arrested Monday in Ellinwood, authorities confirmed.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Charges filed in fatal 2014 accident

A Great Bend man has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of a husband and wife riding a motorcycle through Great Bend last August.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Volleyball, barbecue canceled

The sand volleyball tournament and United Way community barbecue scheduled for this coming Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park have been canceled, due to high waters from recent rains, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News

Pawnee Rock hears fire department needs, seeks to electrify the Rock

Monday night, Pawnee Rock's City Council met and received a clear picture of the status of the fire department, along with many helpful suggestions from its new fire chief. A proposal, presented by new resident Basil Dannebohm, also provided a vision for how the city could put its greatest attraction to use. While it became clear the city has many needs, changes made over few years are beginning to build momentum.

June 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Woman who took Honor Flight money sentenced to prison

LaVeta D. Miller was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison, and ordered to pay more than $129,000 in restitution, for stealing money from Central Prairie RC&D. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty granted a departure from sentencing guidelines that would have placed Miller on probation.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Not the same old grind

When Sunflower Diversified Services was awarded $12,000 by the Barton County Commission last year to bolster its recycling efforts, the agency had two goals, SDS Director Jim Johnson said.

June 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend releases new website & facility rules

The City of Great Bend announced Tuesday that the new Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend website is up and running. The website includes new information regarding the waterpark and can be viewed at

June 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Sunflower Bank, 3600 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Mike Fortkamp and Brian Ewing. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News

City backs bike, pedestrian master plan

Agreeing that it is important for Great Bend residents to be more active, the City Council Monday night threw its support behind a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian master plan being developed by Be Well Barton County.

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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Moran discusses Choice Act and refugees at Larned town hall

LARNED - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Larned Wednesday, his last on his town hall tour before heading home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday ...

November 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

KHP reports injury accidents, one fatal

Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Winter warnings for Great Bend

A winter storm hit Great Bend Thursday afternoon and continuing throughout the weekend.

November 27, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

​Touched by Cancer members to celebrate Christmas

Touched by Cancer support group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend. Third and ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

​Crafters World offers free art classes for kids

Lynn Benefield from Crafters World will offer free art classes for children 6-18 years old on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Great Bend Public Library ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Photography contest winners show their fall colors

Five winners have been announced in the Great Bend Tree Board's annual Trick or Tree photography contest.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

VFW bingo canceled tonight

VFW Post 3111 has canceled bingo tonight.

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

Hoisington reschedules tonight’s events

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce staff agree, tonight is not a great night for be out and about. So, they are ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Holiday Hustle postponed because of ice

Due to the icy weather, the United Way of Central Kansas' Light to Unite Holiday Hustle, originally scheduled for this evening has been postponed until ...

November 27, 2015 | | Local News

From safety to energy savings

With the region feeling the first taste of winter this weekend, local, state and utility safety officials are encouraging customers to prepare their homes for ...

November 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Dolores Kipper is the first to tell you she is no expert when it comes to dealing with stray cats. But since taking the position ...

November 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Master Gardeners work to save monarchs

Sherry Brent spoke to the Great Bend Garden Club on Nov. 19 to explain K-State's Master Gardener program. That program was begun in the ...

November 26, 2015 | | Local News

'Addams Family' musical auditions start Sunday

Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday for the Barton Community College Music Department's spring 2016 musical, "The Addams Family: A New Musical," by ...

November 26, 2015 | | Local News

American Legion adopts Fort Dodge soldiers

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is inviting the public to help bring holiday cheer to veterans at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge ...

November 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Christmas is coming

Saturday, Great Bend officially welcomes the Christmas season. The City of Great Bend's Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, in conjunction with several businesses and organizations ...

November 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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