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​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting to shoot a snake in her yard on Charles Street in Albert. At 4:20 she called back, asking if an officer would make sure the snake was dead.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel, 705 10th St. The man called police shortly before 9 a.m. At that time he also identified his alleged attacker, saying they were arguing over money. He was reportedly hit in the knee with a small baseball bat, and then his wallet was taken.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington crossing to finally be repaired

It's been a long time coming, but the teeth-jarring railroad crossing on the south end of Hoisington is finally going to be repaired.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to recycle old shingles

The Barton County Landfill receives between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of shingles per year, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock reported to the Barton County Commissioners Monday morning.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County in federal disaster declaration

On July 20, 2015, Barton County was declared eligible for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to severe storms and flooding that occurred throughout Kansas from May 4 through June 21, Emergency Manager Amy Miller told the County Commission Monday morning.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black colors prompted its name – the same colors as England's Baltimore family crest.

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school year. This program is free - except for a $40 initial enrollment fee - and is sponsored by a grant from the Kansas State Board of Education.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Where Are Those Polts?

There are several breakfast or coffee meetings in our area. They are usually comprised of the same core group with a few occasional stragglers that drop in. I have observed that politicians want to "test the water" by making a photo op and pretend to be interested in the ideas or conclusions of these "grass root" citizens. Excuse me if I don't see the common sense of our coffee clatches reflected in the national debate and policy- we are usually befuddled by the actions of those we thought we elected to represent us. We have firm ideas and opinions ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Trail segment and four historic districts among listings added to National Register of Historic Plac

The Kansas Historical Society announced that a segment of the Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch and four historic districts are among the newest Kansas listings added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places entered eight Kansas listings into the Register on July 7. The Keeper also removed three demolished properties from the register. This action brings the total number of Kansas listings in the National Register to 1,400.

July 26, 2015 | | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The crew made an unscheduled stop in Great Bend on Friday to change a carburetor.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Budgets on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will vote on publishing next year's budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The recommended budget would require an estimated property tax rate of 33.124 mills this year; that is exactly the same as the actual tax rate in 2014.

July 25, 2015 | | Local News


Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC trustees to disucss buildings

This information has been updated. There is no special meeting Tuesday, only the regular study session.

February 05, 2016 | | Local News


UWCK hits 2016 goal

United way of Central Kansas has reached its goal of $275,000 for the 2016 Campaign, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said Friday.

February 05, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Chili Challenge raises money for Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice patients

The upcoming Chili Challenge to benefit local and area hospice patients will provide an opportunity for chefs to prove they have the best recipe.

February 05, 2016 | | Local News


First confirmed flu cases of season identified in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has now confirmed the first influenza cases of the 2015-2016 season, the KDHE announced Thursday. Although the season ...

February 05, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Family Crisis Center holds a Meet and Greet

Being able to reach and help more people in a community is very important and getting the word out to let people know where they ...

February 04, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tax season brings out the criminals

This time of the year means extra money in people's pockets, but this also brings out the criminals that will try and steal that ...

February 04, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Former soldier becomes Barton paramedic student

After graduating high school in 1998, Hoisington-area resident Erik Berger joined the US Army and became an engineer and combat lifesaver. In 2003 he suffered ...

February 04, 2016 | By Joe Vinduska Barton Community College | Local News


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes in recreation day use fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a change to recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming ...

February 04, 2016 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

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 ...

February 04, 2016 | | Local News


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Ellinwood Columbus Club to sponsor fish fry Feb. 12

Ellinwood Knights of Columbus are having a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd. The ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


​Adopt A Pet serving soup, cinnamon rolls Saturday

Great Bend Humane Society Adopt A Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Orscheln's Farm ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


​Deines Center offers ceramic workshop

RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center in Russell is offering a ceramic workshop with hands-on instruction by Barbara Stevens, an artist and former head of Cloud ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


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