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2014 New Year Baby

Great Bend Regional Hospital and Barton County welcomed the first baby of 2014 on Jan. 3. Raegan Denae Alefs was born at 3:44 p.m. She weighed 5 pounds 1 oz. Her parents, Ashley and Ryan Alefs, were surprised as she was about three weeks early. Ashley is a RN at GBRH and had actually worked the few days before the birth. If she continues in her mothers footsteps, she will be a fourth generation nurse in the family.

January 10, 2014 | | Local News


Hospital employees help save man’s life

HUTCHINSON - The hourglass was ticking on Jason Friesen's fleeting life when his two guardian angels arrived.

January 09, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Governor Brownback appoints Emler to Kansas Corporation Commission

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback announced the nomination of Senator Jay Emler to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

January 09, 2014 | | Local News


December Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

January 05, 2014 | | Local News


VA rep to be in Great Bend Thursday

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs will be at the Great Bend from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main St., to assist veterans and their families in applying for Veterans Administration 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 03, 2014 | | 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 Great Bend High School Student Council service project, a resolution supporting housing tax credits, an amendment to the Blizzard Energy lease and an essential air service recommendation.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


Commission holds regular meeting Monday morning

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a new printer for the Register of Deeds Office, official depositories for county funds and renewal of memberships in statewide organizations.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


Great Bend office to offer driver licensing services five days a week

Starting Monday, the Great Bend driver licensing office will be open five days a week.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


Wind chill index expected to be below zero Sunday

Barton County and most of Kansas will encounter potentially dangerous wind chills between 10 below and 15 below late Sunday night and early Monday morning. A wind chill advisory may likely be required.

January 03, 2014 | | Local News


GBRC offers exercise classes in January

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is forming its New Year sessions of exercise classes. The following classes start next week and will be held at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St., and will run through the end of January.

December 31, 2013 | | Local News


DD carve-in not approved for Jan. 1 launch

Kansas will not be able to move forward Jan. 1 as planned with its KanCare expansion intended to include long-term supports for the developmentally disabled.

December 29, 2013 | | Local News


St. Rose Parkinson’s group discovers latest news on DBS

Anyone who wants to learn the latest news about possibly the most effective treatment for Parkinson's disease is welcome to attend a meeting at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.

December 28, 2013 | | Local News


Start 2014 tobacco free

Many Kansans are making New Year's resolutions to quit using tobacco in 2014 and Barton County Health Department is encouraging them to get free help and support from the Kansas Tobacco Quitline online www.KSquit.org or by phone 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

December 27, 2013 | | Local News


Radon—a serious public health concern

Many Kansans are unaware that radon gas may be sneaking into their homes, businesses or schools. January has been named Radon Awareness Month to help educate communities and provide free testing in participating counties. Barton County Health Department will be distributing free radon testing kits on a first come, first served basis beginning on Monday, January 6, during regular business hours.

December 26, 2013 | | Local News


The history of Perkins and the American Flag

The feeling in America in the early 1970s was changing, full of turmoil and political unrest. America was beginning to retreat in Vietnam, and the Watergate scandal was draining citizens of their patriotism. The negative public sentiment and disrespect toward America and the flag deeply disturbed our owner at that time, Wyman Nelson. During all of this, Perkins was expanding rapidly with an average of two store openings per month bringing the total up from 12 stores to over 350 in a few short years.

December 24, 2013 | | Local News


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TRAINING FOR GRAIN

ELLINWOOD - In 15 seconds, a person who weighs 165 pounds can be engulfed up to their waist inside a grain bin under some conditions.

August 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Water balloon fight calls attention to United Way

After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 ...

August 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


​BCC board to approve welding purchase

The purchase of welding equipment is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in ...

August 24, 2015 | | Local News


Russell teenager killed in accident

RUSSELL COUNTY - A 13-year-old youngster died in an accident Saturday involving an off-road utility terrain vehicle, according to the Russell County sheriff.

August 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


County honored for United Way giving

When Julie Bugner Smith took over the helm of the United Way of Central Kansas in 2011, Barton County employees gave $1,600 to the ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The KWEC ...

August 23, 2015 | | Local News


Here Comes Fall!!!

The air is different. The tomato plants are changing to a different production mode. School has started. Shore birds are migrating with more urgency through ...

August 23, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer

About this time last year, I introduced the term zugunruhe (pronounced zue-gun-rue) to you in our Wetland Explorer column. This word is used in the ...

August 23, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee's Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed ...

August 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood City Council special meeting Monday

The Ellinwood City Council will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the city office for a special meeting to discuss the reestablishment of ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


More Familiar Faces - image gallery

Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances and Some Folks We Hardly Know" exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Familiar Faces

Each year, the Barton Community College faculty and staff get to strut their artistic talents in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Red Cross to accept blood donations

The next opportunity to donate blood in Great Bend will be Monday, Sept. 14, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Donations will be accepted ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Warrent Task Force a success

The Great Bend Police Department's Warrant Task Force was deployed and made 10 arrests on Monday.

August 21, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


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