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Saint Francis offering free training for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents

Saint Francis Community Services (a provider of foster care, adoption, and family preservation services) will offer a free, 10 week course, Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting, for individuals interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents. The course begins April 1 and will be held every Monday for 10 weeks from 6 to 9 p.m. The training will be held at Saint Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.

March 12, 2013 | | Local News


St. Rose to offer 'Reversing Diabetes' class for first time

If anyone had told Gloria Siefkes, R.N., a few years ago that she would be leading a presentation called "Reversing Diabetes," she wouldn't have believed it. But now, because of new information, the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center diabetes educator has scheduled an event to share what she has learned.

March 11, 2013 | | Local News


BCC instructor to host comet viewing

One of the great wonders of the cosmos will be viewable with the naked eye through this week - the comet known as Pan-STARRS, which is estimated to make another appearance in about 100,000 years.

March 11, 2013 | | Local News


Fundraiser set for 6-month-old heart patient

A dinner and dance will be held as a fundraiser for 6-month-old Ava VonFeldt, daughter of Dalton VonFeldt and Kenda Smith. Kenda works at Central Kansas Family Practice, and Dalton is a student at Kansas State University.

March 11, 2013 | | Local News


February marriage and divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

March 10, 2013 | | Local News


Owen files for Third Ward Council seat

I would like to urge each of you to vote in the upcoming city election on April 2. Again this year, I am running for the office of Council for the Third Ward. Although many of you know me, I would like to give those people who do not some personal information' about me.

March 09, 2013 | | Local News


Commission to honor bowling team

Recognizing the Great Bend High School bowling team's championship accomplishments will be on the agenda when the Barton County Commission meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. Other items of discussion will include commercial software for the county, and grants for the Juvenile Justice Authority and Health Department.

March 08, 2013 | | Local News


Pancake Day draws large crowd

Hundreds of people turned out for the 55th annual Great Bend Kiwanis Club Pancake Day, Thursday at Expo I. This is the club's only fundraiser, with money supporting youth activities and other causes.

March 07, 2013 | | Local News


BCC criminal justice student excels in emergency service

Barton Community College graduate Dena Popp is the supervisor for the Barton County 911 Dispatch team, a reserve sergeant for the Barton County Sheriff's Office and also works as a volunteer emergency medical technician in Ellinwood – and she can't imagine doing anything else.

March 07, 2013 | | Local News


ZOO NEWS: Education coordinator is amateur paleontologist

Few people turned out for Danielle Ricklefs' recent program on being an amateur paleontologist, coming as it did after a series of snow days. But Ricklefs, the new education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, promised she'll be repeating the program this spring. She also introduces paleontology, the study of fossils and the science of prehistoric life, to teach kids about extinction events, past and future.

March 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton and GBHS students to perform in Vocal Masterclass

The public is invited to observe a Vocal Masterclass forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus.

March 05, 2013 | | Local News


Myers announces mayoral candidacy

I am announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Great Bend. I think most of you know I was born and raised in Great Bend and that I serve the interest of all of you and not just the chosen few.

March 03, 2013 | | Local News


Entries now being accepted for the First District Congressional Arts Competition

Congressman Tim Huelskamp announced today that entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Congressional Arts Competition. All high school students in the First Congressional District are encouraged to participate in this competition. The winning artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

March 03, 2013 | | Local News


'Is there life after high school?'

Love them or hate them, the years spent in high school were formative for most people. Barton Community College's theater department will offer a chance to reflect on those times with the musical "Is There Life After High School?" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 & 9 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 10 in the Fine Arts Auditorium.

March 02, 2013 | | Local News


City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at City Hall, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes walking path improvements at Veterans Memorial Park, a change order on the Kansas Avenue street work project and an economic development report.

March 01, 2013 | | Local News


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Cinco de Mayo pageant

April 29, 2015 | | Local News


​Program explains AirMedCare Network

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free educational program about AirMed Care programs at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. AirMedCare Network is an alliance among Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed, Med-Trans Air Medical Transport and REACH Air Medical Services creating America's largest air ambulance membership network.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


​Sen. Moran to visit Rush County Memorial

LA CROSSE - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced that he will visit Rush County Memorial Hospital from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Rush County Memorial Hospital is an acute care hospital located at 801 Locust St. in La Crosse.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Library starts May with 2 movies

Friday, May 1 is movie day at the Great Bend Public Library, according to Jennifer King, marketing and YA librarian.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 5630 Broadway. Items on the agenda include approval of photography quote; approval of grant application; and approval of licensed teacher/administrator resignations and licensed personnel appointments. Lincoln Elementary School Principal Misty Straub and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at the school.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Kansas Bank, 4001 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Jan Westfall with greeters Regan Ochs and Kevin Sundahl. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

April 28, 2015 | | Local News


Russell County takes storm damage

By JIM MISUNAS

April 28, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Young Professionals can learn about K-12 options

Members of the Barton County Young Professionals group are invited to attend the luncheon program, "School Enrollment Options," on Tuesday, May 5, at Pizza Hut, 4101 10th St. There will be a panel of local K-12 education providers, from both public and private schools. The program is free to attend, but participants must pay for their meals. The presentation will run from 12:15 -12:45 p.m., with door prize drawings.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


Learn how to conserve water with a rain barrel

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Water Conservation Rain Barrel" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This is a free Stop 'N' Learn session. Landscapes, on average, account for nearly 40 percent of a household's water usage during the summer months. Rain barrels can help alleviate some of the pressure on water resources by collecting rain water to be used for watering purposes.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 mileage reimbursement

Great Bend Unified School District 428 will be paying mileage reimbursement to families with children in grades K-12 who live outside of the city limits and 2.5 miles or more from their designated school (by way of the shortest route). The rate of reimbursement will be determined at a later date.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Flowers ready for pick up

Flowers ordered from Lincoln Elementary students in Hoisington will be available for pick up from 9 a.m. to noon on May 2, at the school. All left over flowers may be purchased beginning at noon on that day.

April 26, 2015 | | Local News


Nesting peacefully

Great Bend resident Helen Asher has new neighbors.

April 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Latest opinion poll by FHSU’s Docking Institute shows Kansans at odds with Legislature

A new survey by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs at Fort Hays State University shows discrepancies between what Kansans want and what the state Legislature is doing on some key public issues.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Early Ed Center appreciates doctors’ referrals; streamlines process

Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services' Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention.

April 24, 2015 | | Local News


‘Suspicious’ fire claims man’s life

By JIM MISUNAS

April 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


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