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Dust Bowl exhibit Open House at Kinsley Library

A public open house for the national traveling exhibit, Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Kinsley Library. The library was one of only 25 entities across the country chosen to host the exhibit.

January 07, 2015 | | Local News


​Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms announce social

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms officers and board of directors will host the Third Annual Winter Social from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Classic Inn, 1 South Patton Road, Great Bend.

January 07, 2015 | | Local News


BCC offers course on World War II, Cold War

Barton Community College history instructor Linda McCaffery will present a course focusing on World War II and the Cold War from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 27 through March 31 in the Fine Arts building, Room F-30.

January 07, 2015 | | Local News


​Library classes explain online card catalog

The Great Bend Public Library is offering free sessions on how to use Pathfinder, GBPL's online catalog. Library spokseperson Jennifer King said this is the perfect opportunity for the public to get comfortable with the library's system as they prepare to operate from a smaller site for a few months. The library will offer multiple public sessions and there is no need to register in advance.

January 07, 2015 | | Local News


Imagination Playground open Wednesday

The Imagination Playground will be set up on Wednesday, January 7th, inside the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. This free drop in activity is recommended for children ages 2 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Recreation Commission office, 793-3755 ext. 2, or email recreation@gbrc.kscoxmail.com.

January 05, 2015 | | Local News


SDA School taking orders for fruits and nuts

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is taking orders for the last Florida citrus for this season. Navel oranges, tangelos and pink grapefruit are available, as well as pecans.

January 05, 2015 | | Local News


Barton’s Silver Cougar Club to offer class on cloud storage

Barton Community College's Silver Cougar Club will offer a course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 14 through Feb. 18, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.

January 05, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

2014 has been a busy year at the library! Starting with the beginning of the year in January, the Kansas Photography Exhibit was held. In February, ESCL was honored as one of four runner-up finalists for the 2013 AWE, Inc. Literacy Success Awards. March was a busy month with a visit from author, Cynthia Kadohata, Chamber Coffee, and the popular Quilt Show. In April, the library hosted a Student Art Show and a special event featuring Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas. Closing out the school year in May, students showcased their talents at Forensics Night, and a Repurposed Book ...

January 04, 2015 | | Local News


Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, to assist veterans and their families in applying for VA benefits. The Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs is a state agency that provides free assistance to veterans and their families with veterans' benefits. Call 785-625-8532 for more information.

January 04, 2015 | | Local News


Our Hope for the Future

It will be next year when you read this on Sunday, but I am writing it on New Years Eve to make the paper deadline. I have some "house cleaning", and musings to share with you.

January 04, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Two-step classes offered

Two-step dance lessons will be offered from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 6-27, at the Great Bend Activity Center. All participants must have a partner for this class. Lessons are open to anyone 18 and older. The entry fee is $11 per person.

January 03, 2015 | | Local News


Winter weather advisory posted through Sunday

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter weather advisory in effect for Barton County and south central Kansas from midnight Friday to 1 a.m. Sunday.

January 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes a report from Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters, a letter of support for a SeaPort Airlines ticketing and baggage agreement and an a consultant agreement for FAA airport grants regarding a building a fire truck at Great Bend Municipal Airport.

January 02, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes 2015 insurance rates, the Health Department's Gold Level Breastfeeding Employees Support Award from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and a renewal of membership for the Kansas Association of Counties.

January 02, 2015 | | Local News


Survey to begin on U.S. 281 in Barton County

Starting around Monday, Jan. 5, 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 4,000 feet east and west of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary of Blood Creek, located 2.9 miles northwest of the east US-281 junction with K-4 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

December 31, 2014 | | Local News


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GBHS Speech Team qualifies four more to state

At the Greensburg Speech Tournament on Saturday, six students competed and seven events placed. Carter Sheffield qualified all three of his events to state again of by placing 1st in Serious Solo Acting, 1st in Poetry Reading Interpretation and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.

February 25, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Municipal Court - Feb. 19

Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Senior Companions recognized for service to elderly

Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


State Kansas Music Educators Honor Band

Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


BCARSP meeting

The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting. Treasurer Lenny Gales will accept dues of $20 from those who have not paid.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Area happenings

Antique and collectibles appraisers to be in Ellinwood

February 23, 2015 | | Local News


How About that Hedwig?

I am sure that a lot of you have read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and know Hedwig, the Snowy Owl that also appeared in the movies. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie about the Snowy Owl, I would encourage you to read and go see it to immerse yourself in a beautiful presentation of a beautiful bird. If you opt out of that, I would suggest that you might spend some time at the Cheyenne Bottoms and see the real deal. We have had one of these beauties in Pool 4 for ...

February 22, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice plans new series of grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Barton’s Networking Specialist Program stresses innovation and real-world experience

The field of information technology (IT) is ever-changing. The only way to stay on the cutting-edge is to deliberately sprint ahead of the curve, ready to learn about the latest and greatest developments. Barton Community College's Networking Specialist Instructor Kris Schneider is well aware of the need to innovate and is continuously finding ways to do so in the classroom.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Shafer Gallery to feature opening reception for “Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan” exhibit

The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Docs Who Care physician provides services at St. Rose Health Center

One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Three adults airlifted with serious injuries

by JIM MISUNAS

February 21, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Barton County Historical Society meeting

The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.

February 20, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Speech Team places 4th

At the Medicine Lodge Speech Tournament on Feb. 12, the Great Bend High School Speech Team qualified three more events to state. Becca Kay qualified to state in Original Oration by placing 2nd in the event. Hadley Murphy qualified in both Original Oration and Serious Solo Acting by placing 1st in both of the events. Sara Allen placed 6th in Original Oration and Becca Kay placed 5th Serious Solo Acting. "The team only brought four students and still placed 4th overall in sweepstakes out of 13 schools which is very impressive." stated GBHS speech coach Barbara Watson.

February 20, 2015 | | Local News


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