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Excuses wearing thin

The Hoisington City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night, with only one item of unfinished business on the agenda. After extending the deadline for the Linsner family to clean up the property located at 122 E. Railroad another 60 days in July, it was up to the council to decide what next steps would be taken. The hearing led to a heated discussion between council members Chris Smith and Jim Sekavec.

September 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

State Fair art

Several of Barton Community College's faculty and staff members submitted work to the Kansas State Fair in the Professional Art and Photography Division.

September 28, 2015 | | Local News

Area briefs

Free craft workshop teaches basket weaving with cattails

September 28, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS Marching Band at State Fair

The Great Bend High School Marching Panther Band received three "I" ratings on its performance at the Bretz-Young Law Arena at the Kansas State Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Selections performed were Malaguena and El Gato Triste. Fifty bands competed in downtown and fairground marching. The band will also perform at the GBHS Homecoming Parade and halftime which will feature the marching show, "Latin Heat." Band and orchestra students are also selling tickets for the annual Homecoming Chili Supper on Friday, Oct. 2.

September 28, 2015 | | Local News

BCSO lieutenant introduced

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir last week appointed Steve Billinger as lieutenant for the Barton County Sheriff's Office. On Monday morning, Bellendir introduced the veteran law enforcement officer to the County Commission.

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission votes to re-up with Workfit

A Barton County Commission split over the cost narrowly approved the practice of the county paying for pre-employment physicals for new hires.

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Kansas AG prepping for arguments in U.S. high court

TOPEKA – When the U.S. Supreme Court begins its annual term next week, it will hear oral arguments in three Kansas capital murder cases, including one from Barton County, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday. In all three instances, the arguments will center around constitutional questions.

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Randy Stonehill singing at River of Life

Christian recording artists Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm will be at the River of Life Church in Great Bend on Monday, Sept. 28, to present a free acoustic concert. The church is located at 1219 Main and the program starts at 7 p.m.

September 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launches 2015-2016 Sebelius Lecture Series

The lecture series named for one of Fort Hays State University's most notable alumni, former U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius, will feature an October appearance by his daughter-in-law, Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of health and human services to President Barack Obama.

September 27, 2015 | | Local News

Patrol announces plans for Post-It Inspiration from State Fair Patrol car

Every year, the Kansas Highway Patrol hosts an informational booth at the Kansas State Fair. This year's fair came after a few particularly difficult weeks for law enforcement, with several officers killed in the line of duty throughout the U.S. During the fair, an unplanned event became a unique attraction and took center stage at the Patrol's booth. On the first day of the fair, one kind act was all it took to get the momentum building for what became a touching and humbling time for KHP personnel, as well as those in other law enforcement agencies ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local News

City offers help for trees damaged by storms and drought

When high speed winds pushed through yards in Great Bend Sept. 10 and 11, trees and branches were scattered across yards and driveways in different parts of the city, and its taken time to clean up and haul away the mess. For those who lost trees, now is a great time to take advantage of the Great Bend Tree Board's tree rebate and dead tree removal program, said Arborist Michael Fletcher, a member of the tree board.

September 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Firefighters from central Kansas enjoy the camaraderie just as much as the training provided by the Great Bend fire department.

September 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

​New group helps survivors of suicide loss

A new support group is forming for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

'Going to See the Elephant'

Paige Crocker, freshman in theater education, has known her destiny since seventh grade.

September 25, 2015 | | Local News

‘Humphrey’ puts everyone on same page

Friday's scene may have been a first at Great Bend schools: Elementary students all over town attended pep rallies to celebrate reading a book.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Healthy food initiative catching on in Kansas hospitals

Hospitals aren't typically associated with fine dining. And even though hospitals are in the business of health care, the beverages and foods they offer ...

October 08, 2015 | | Local News

Hamster time

Grade schools throughout the city are reading "The World According to Humphrey" as part of the USD 428 One District, One Book reading initiative

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Stargazing planned at Cheyenne Bottoms

The public is invited to join the Fort Hays State University Astronomy Club at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Friday, Oct. 16, for an ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

American Legion Auxiliary to hold Soup Supper

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold a Benefit Soup Supper from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the American Legion Argonne Post 180 ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Rut season brings added danger to roads

Driving defensively during the deer mating season is a must for Kansas drivers, say state and local officials.

October 07, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by USD 428 Foundation, 201 S. Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host ...

October 07, 2015 | | Local News

Sons of the American Revolution coming to Great Bend

The October meeting of the Sons of the Plains chapter the Sons of the American Revolution will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Library Friends get first look at Book Sale

People who join the Friends of the Library will be the first to see the selections of the annual book sale, said Diedre Mapes at ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Kids get a room of their own at GBPL

The new interior walls that separate the children's area from the rest of the Great Bend Public Library are something librarians have requested for ...

October 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

'Winged Aspiration' photos

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October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Winged Aspiration

Bill McKown was a true friend of the Shafer Art Gallery. He passed away in March of 2014, but his legacy lives on through numerous ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Audit part of ‘cost of doing business’

It was a costly pill for the Barton County commissioners to swallow Monday morning when they approved paying Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball $53,695 ...

October 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBRC will host Stop 'N Learn session titled 'Fire Prevention'

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Fire Prevention" on Wednesday, October 7th, from 12:00 – 1 ...

October 06, 2015 | | Local News

Tax distribution delays causing headaches

Much to the chagrin of numerous taxing entities in Barton County, the sales tax distribution that was due out by Sept. 20 has yet to ...

October 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

Brief: Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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