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Zoo News: There's nothing like a rat-sicle on a hot day

It's hot. We know, and our animals know it – including the animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer Gallery to host elegant afternoon tea

The Shafer Gallery at Barton Community College will be the site of an "elegant, afternoon high-tea fundraiser" reminiscent of 1800s England.

June 28, 2012 | | Local News


Agency reaching out to people with disabilities

A Rice County woman's grandmother is terminally ill and unable to care for her granddaughter who has a developmental disability. The young woman, 18, is now in the residential program at Sunflower Diversified Services and soon will be in the non-profit agency's day-services program.

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


Local company puts finishing touches on Habitat for Humanity house

Stanion Wholesale Electric is responsible for one of the final finishing touches on the Habitat for Humanity house being completed at 1906 Hubbard in Great Bend. The local business donated all of the light fixtures needed to complete the three-bedroom home.

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


'Angelic' singer Tia McGraff coming to Great Bend

Tia McGraff, described as having "a voice stolen from angels," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 29, in the Ray Schulz Library at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village, 85 South U.S. 281 (south of the Arkansas River bridge).

June 23, 2012 | | Local News


Lee Turner Lectureship

Special Assistant Attorney General Kevin O' Connor, who was the prosecutor during the Adam Longoria trial, speaks to a room full of area law enforcement professionals, Tuesday at Barton Community College. His topic was Systematic Responses to Sexual Assault. The day-long seminar was part of the Lee Turner Lectureship Series, an endowment-funded program designed to help law enforcement personnel meet continuing education requirements. There will be another session on Wednesday, July 25. The deadline to register is July 11.

June 20, 2012 | | Local News


BCC and Russell Arts Council sponsor summer musical

RUSSELL - Eye patches will be in excess when the Russell Arts Council and Barton Community College cosponsor the summer musical, "The Pirates of Penzance," at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 29 and 30, in the Ruppenthal Middle School Auditorium, 400 North Elm St., Russell.

June 19, 2012 | | Local News


Maki to speak at DAV convention

Members of the Disabled American Veterans from throughout the state of Kansas will hold their annual Department Convention June 22-24 in Great Bend at the Highland Hotel.

June 15, 2012 | | Local News


Midwest Cancer Alliance starts presentations at St. Rose

One goal of the new local partnership with the Midwest Cancer Alliance (MCA) is to provide education for the Touched by Cancer Support Group. But it goes beyond that and reaches into the entire community, said MCA Director of Outreach Brooke Groneman.

June 15, 2012 | | Local News


Stafford to showcase garden tour Sunday

By Jim Misunas

June 15, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Pages at the Capitol

Addison Westhoff, Grace Ball and Kaeli Amerine pose for a photo with Sen. Ruth Teichman and Gov. Sam Brownback, on March 26 when the girls served as pages. The girls are students at Central Kansas Christian Academy in Great Bend.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


Keeley elected president of District Judges Association

The Hon. Mike Keeley, Chief Judge of the 20th Judicial District headquartered at Great Bend, Thursday was elected president of the Kansas District Judges Association (KDJA), during the association's annual meeting in Overland Park.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


Kansans for Life restore baby billboard

Kansans for Life, the state's largest pro-life organization, completed the project to restore the "Abortion Stops a Beating Heart" billboard between Great Bend and Ellinwood last week, and will rededicate the sign on Monday.

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


Locks of Love

June 14, 2012 | | Local News


Life jackets, supervision essential to boating safety

TOPEKA - Whether it's during vacation or part of an ordinary summer day, boating can be fun for the entire family – as long as everyone remains safe. The U.S. Coast Guard reports an estimated 85 percent of boating-related drowning could be prevented by the use of life jackets. Nationally, of the children who drowned while boating in 2003, more than 60 percent were not wearing life jackets.

June 13, 2012 | | Local News


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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. Detailed grant guidelines can be found online.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Ace Hardware, 4903 W 10th, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Terry Lewis, Dale Hogg and Regan Ochs. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

January 27, 2015 | | Local News


Check It Out!

If you have been to the library in the past few days, you will have noticed a big change! Many of the tables and chairs have been removed to make way for the "Hometown Teams" Smithsonian Exhibit. Crates should be arriving before Friday filling up the empty space. Library services will remain as usual, and we have tables set aside for you to continue to use. Set up will begin next week, docents will be trained, and there will be a Chamber Coffee on Friday, January 30th. Sharon Sturgis has prepared wonderful accompaniments to the display, and there should be ...

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams. Items on the agenda include the R.O.S.E. Award; approval of FY 2015 Carl D. Perkins Reserve Grant; and approval of licensed teacher retirement and teacher resignation. Park Elementary School Principal Phil Heeke and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Park.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Estate planning workshop

An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


How about those hawks?

If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...

January 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

January 25, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.

January 25, 2015 | | Local News


Stafford County Spelling Bee scheduled Wednesday

STAFFORD - Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford's south gym.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 27

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

January 23, 2015 | | Local News


​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


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