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Great Bend City Band summer season

The Great Bend City Band will begin rehearsals for their season beginning at 7:30 p.m. on May 28th at the Crest Theatre. Any instrumentalist who loves to play is welcome to participate in the band. Summer concerts will be given at the courthouse band shell and will begin Thursday, May 30th and every Thursday in June. A special big band swing concert will also be given at the band shell on Friday, June 28th. All outdoor concerts will begin at 8:15 p.m. In case of rainout, the concerts will be moved to the Crest theatre. Three ...

May 05, 2013 | | Local News


Beautiful Dreamer

Editor's Note: A 1967 Corvette once owned by singer Roy Orbison is now part of the collection at Hendrick Motorsports, owned Rick Hendrick of NASCAR fame. For a time, that storied automobile was owned by Robert "Bob" Martin of Great Bend, the former owner of Christmas Fantasy Village. Martin died on April 9. The story of his Corvette was recently reported by The BLOCK.com. An abridged version of that story appears below.

May 04, 2013 | | Local News


Five students qualify to Sems at District National Qualifying Tournament

The Great Bend High School Forensics Team competed at the District National Qualifying NFL Tournament on Friday and Saturday April 19th and 20th. Twelve students competed which consisted of: Nathaniel Cheney, Kenna Dirks, Michael Gieck, Clara Kachanes, Sarah Keller, Mallorie McNett, Jordan Otten, Chase Pumford, Jesus Sandoval, Kane Schumacher, Kameko Schultz and Paige VanSteenburgh. Five students qualified to semi-finals in their events. Cheney and Schumacher placed 12th and Gieck and Schultz placed 10th in Duo Interpretation. Finally Pumford qualified both of his events and placed 8th in both Humorous Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation. Gieck stated, "the tournament went really well ...

May 03, 2013 | | Local News


Recycled flowers

Recycled Memorial Day flowers are being sold by Volunteers in Action. They are available week days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1025 Main, Room D 114, Great Bend, and at the RSVP thrift shop in Hoisington, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. These flowers have been fluffed by RSVP volunteers and will be sold at bargain basement prices. There are stems as well as sprays and arrangements. Proceeds will be used to fund a recognition event for RSVP volunteers.

May 02, 2013 | | Local News


GBHS Drafting students take field trip

It's way too early to speculate, but a dream conceived by some Great Bend High School drafting students may one day be reality.

May 02, 2013 | | Local News


Zoo news: State inspection passed 'with flying colors'

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo underwent an inspection Wednesday from the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners, and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the facility "passed with flying colors."

May 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Freeze warning issued for western Kansas

...STRONG NORTH WINDS TODAY AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES EXPECTED... .

May 01, 2013 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


GBHS Variety Show tickets on sale

Great Bend High School Variety Show tickets will go on sale at 6 a.m. today in the high school vocal music room. Use the east front doors of the school. This morning they will be on sale until 8 a.m.

May 01, 2013 | | Local News


Ellsworth Correctional Facility inmates show talent for theater

More than 130 people, mostly residents of the Ellsworth area, packed an auditorium recently for a dinner-theater performance of the comedy "The Ransom of Red Chief" this past weekend. But they weren't there to see some performance of a traveling drama troupe. Nor were they on hand to support members of the town in a community theater.

May 01, 2013 | | Local News


Prom royalty

Great Bend High School Prom King and Queen Wyatt Bayless and Amy Christopher are shown, April 20. Both are seniors and were chosen by their classmates. This year's prom was "Masquerade," and many of the students donned masks of many different styles. The evening began with dinner and then "The Promenade" at the high school track. Following the dance, couples went to a huge party at the bowling alley courtesy of the junior class parents. There were prizes and gift cards for all.

April 30, 2013 | | Local News


USD 428 Ed Foundation minigrants

Finding a way to make exciting things happen in local classrooms, despite budgetary constraints, is a challenge that the USD 428 Education Foundation has accepted and met for nearly 25 years. The organization has raised and donated nearly $250,000 to enhance education in the district through minigrants for teachers.

April 30, 2013 | | Local News


American Red Cross Blood Drive donors to receive special thanks during Kansas Pork Association Commu

Blood donors participating in the Great Bend Community Blood Drive on Monday, May 6, at Bank of the West, 1222 Kansas Avenue, will receive a special thanks from Kansas Pork Farmers. The Kansas Pork Association (KPA) is teaming up with the Central Plains Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross as part of its 2013 Be Inspired to Make a Difference community program. The KPA program is providing support to organizations that are making a difference by working to build stronger communities and a stronger Kansas.

April 30, 2013 | | Local News


Child Education Fair a hit

Barton Community College held its annual Child Education Fair on Saturday and sponsors report it was a hit with teachers, who sang "If You're Happy and You Know It ..." as they learned about using music to help in the development of children.

April 29, 2013 | | Local News


Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot nets record proceeds

The clay targets at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service in Russell never had a chance.

April 29, 2013 | | Local News


'Shirley's Koi'

Barton Community College art instructor Steve Dudek took home a cash award at the 44th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition for his watercolor painting of a Japanese koi fish titled "Shirley's Koi." The juror for the show was Stephen Gleissner, who is the chief curator for the Wichita Art Museum. The exhibit is at the Hays Arts Council Gallery until June 6.

April 29, 2013 | | Local News


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​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


Dr. Watts impressed with health-care legacy at St. Rose

Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.

January 22, 2015 | | Local News


Personnel on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.

January 20, 2015 | | Local News


BCC Library to host History Snapshot

Barton Community College will host "Kansas History Snapshot: E. Haldeman-Julius: Controversial Publisher and Free-Thinker," a presentation by Dean of Library Services and Curator of Special Collections at Pittsburg State University Randy Roberts, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.

January 20, 2015 | | Local News


Survey to begin on US-281 Highway in Barton County

Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, "Hometown Teams" will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee. Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education special meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center.

January 18, 2015 | | Local News


Citrus fruit arrives

The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, and Georgia pecans will be available. For information call 620-791-7314.

January 17, 2015 | | Local News


Central Plains students donate to food program

HOLYROOD - Keeping in mind the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Central Plains Elementary School students in Holyrood were asked to bring their loose change to donate to the Kansas Food Bank to help fund the Food 4 Kids backpack program.

January 17, 2015 | | Local News


Garden Club learns history and future of Great Bend’s Argonne Forest

At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend's status as a Tree City USA.

January 17, 2015 | | Local News


Ellinwood Soup Sampler to benefit scholarship fund

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample. Meal includes dessert and drink.

January 17, 2015 | | Local News


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