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Second annual food drive

The second annual food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Barton County will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the 10th Street Dillons. This year's food drive in memory of Cindy Huslig.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News

Railroad crossing work to begin Monday

The City of Great Bend is partnering with the K&O Railroad to adjust the railroad crossing at the intersection of 10th & Harrison, City Engineer Rob Winiecke said. Work is anticipated to begin on Monday and take about a week to complete.

October 31, 2014 | | Local News

Potato, Chicken Noodle Soup Supper with quilt drawing

Trinity Lutheran Church will hold a Potato and Chicken Noodle Soup Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Fellowship Hall of the church, located at 24th and Adams in Great Bend. The hall is handicap accessible and an elevator is available. Freewill offerings will benefit the Family Crisis Center and other missions.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

​Hope Lutheran Church bazaar scheduled

RUSH CENTER - The women of the Hope Lutheran Church in Rush Center, also known as WELCA (Women of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) have set the date of their annual bazaar for Friday, Nov. 7, in the church basement. A meal will be served from 5-7 p.m., with selections such as sloppy joes, sandwiches, pie and sweet rolls. An auction at 7 p.m. will feature handcrafted items including hand-quilted quilts of all sizes, plants and baked goods.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

Tickets about to go on sale for 'A Christmas Carol'

Barton Community College's music department will begin selling tickets to its production of "A Christmas Carol," on Nov. 1. Tickets are $10. All seats are reserved and are available online at Any patron needing ticket assistance can call the box office, 620-786-1150.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

BCC library offers freebies, game night

The Learning Resource Center at Barton Community College will give away ice scrapers on Monday Nov. 3. Deedra Gibbons said people can stop by and pick up a free Barton Library ice scraper for as long as supplies last. They are available to students, BCC employees and community members.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

Friday: Treat in Trunk; last day for pumpkins

The First Presbyterian Church at 24th and Washington, Great Bend, will offer "Treat in Trunk" from 5 to 6 p.m. on Halloween.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

Shoe drive for the needy to start Saturday

Tena Westenhaver of Great Bend is kicking off her Soles4Souls Shoe Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at her home, 1801 VanBuren. This is just the first effort in her year-long campaign to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes the Soles for Souls organization can distribute to the needy and victims of disasters.

October 30, 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. On the agenda are the city's health insurance renewal, street closures for holiday activities, the Prairie Rose Drive paving project and an auto rental lease agreement for the Great Bend Municipal Airport.

October 30, 2014 | | 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 an employee recognition award to Donna Shaffer of the Health Department, bridge engineering services, Special Alcohol Funding distribution, Barton County Community Development Advisory Board appointments and longevity pay.

October 30, 2014 | | Local News

Crane Tour Postponed

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will postpone the Crane Tour scheduled for today due to lower than expected numbers of cranes. The new date is Saturday, November 1, at 5:30 p.m. Call the KWEC at 1-877-243-9268 to register for the tour – space is available in the KWEC's van, or participants are welcome to follow in their own vehicles to crane viewing sites.

October 28, 2014 | | Local News

Photo contest shows off byway

The Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the winners of the second quarter entries for the Focus on the Byway photo contest. Entries for the third quarter are being accepted now, said Cris Collier, president of the visitors bureau.

October 27, 2014 | | Local News

'Creepy Crawly' program offered

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Creepy Crawly," a free Stop 'N Learn session, from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

October 27, 2014 | | Local News

Driver taken to Russell Regional

A Russell man was involved in a one-vehicle accident at 7:07 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 281, 15 miles south of Russell in Barton County.

October 27, 2014 | | Local News

KWEC moves to 'winter' hours Nov. 1

From Nov. 1 through March 31, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, located northwest of Great Bend on K-156, is closed on Mondays. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. After that, hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. The Education Center will be closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

October 26, 2014 | | Local News

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American Legion adopts Fort Dodge soldiers

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is inviting the public to help bring holiday cheer to veterans at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge ...

November 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Christmas is coming

Saturday, Great Bend officially welcomes the Christmas season. The City of Great Bend's Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, in conjunction with several businesses and organizations ...

November 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

19th annual Santa’s Workshop is coming to Great Bend

Great Bend High School students, community volunteers and Great Bend Recreation Commission staff will be transforming the City Auditorium into Santa's Workshop.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Vandalism closes Pawnee County Food Pantry, other services

LARNED – It was on the eve of Thanksgiving, but it was difficult for Margaret Larson to be thankful Wednesday morning.

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Region to see 2nd highest Thanksgiving travel since 2007

According to AAA nearly 3.8 million in the West North Central Region of the U.S., of which Kansas is a part, will journey ...

November 25, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Drillers strike oil at landfill

At the Barton County Landfill, up from the ground comes a bubblin' crude.

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​Cookie Contest promises sweet fun to Saturday shoppers

Great Bend shoppers have the opportunity to participate in a fun event this Saturday as they visit local retail stores and support Small Business Saturday ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Prairie Ink accepting submissions

Editors Jamie Oss and Teresa Johnson of Barton Community College's annual literary publication, Prairie Ink, are accepting entries for its seventh edition.

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Mutual aid dispatched to river fire on Monday

Great Bend Fire Department dispatched units to the west of Radium Road in the area of the Arkansas River (SW 60 Ave. and West Barton ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Raffle available at Grugg family fundraiser for medical expenses

HOISINGTON - Opportunities to win prizes have been added to the agenda at the upcoming fundraiser for a Hoisington boy who is facing a life-threatening illness.

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

KHP responds to accident near Bunker Hill

A Russell woman was taken to Russell Regional Hospital after the 2013 Ford Focus she was driving went off Old U.S. 40, half a ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

​School board schedules special meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, at the district ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

No Kiwanis this week

The Great Bend Noon Kiwanis club will not have a regular meeting this week. The next meeting will be at noon Wednesday, Dec. 2, in ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Sunflower, local business ask community to brighten Christmas

Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Many will benefit from Giving Tuesday

A gift to your favorite charity with be worth even more during the next few days. More than 60 area nonprofit organizations are participating in ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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