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Firefighters battle blazes, CO

Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

February 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


VORP disbands

In March of 1996, Larry Hesed along with a board of eight people formed a 501c3 organization called the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Central Kansas. The organizations funding was initially started with a grant from the Showalter Foundation and the Dominican Sisters. Until 2010, the VORP program has been bringing victims and offenders together in a safe mediation setting to permit the offender to take responsibility for his or her actions, to make things as right as possible with the victim, and to be clear about future intentions. Cases were received from the Barton County Attorney's Office and ...

February 12, 2012 | | Local News


Musician Scott Ibex coming to Great Bend

Singer-songwriter Scott Ibex will bring an eclectic variety of music, from what he dubs psychedelic bluegrass to acoustic tapping/fingerstyle guitar to his unique blend of reggae-infused acoustic rock, to Great Bend on Saturday, Feb. 18. The Barton County Arts Center, 1401 Main Street, will host Ibex in concert, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $10 and may be purchased at the door or tickets will be available in advance at A440 Musical Instruments, 2008 Forest Ave., Great Bend.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Guy Penrod to present Community Concert on Friday

After many albums and awards with the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod has returned to country music, but is still delivering one moving message after another. He will perform for the Golden Belt Community Concert Association at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Advancements in technology help Sunflower clients communicate

When Eric Zamora received his iPad last year, his ability to communicate was enhanced many fold. But in the near future, it could get even better.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Rosewood featured on national television series

Rosewood Ranch has attracted the attention of a nationally syndicated television show that focuses on telling positive stories about rural life. The Ranch, along with Rosewood Services Inc.'s Greenhouse, will appear in episode 722 of America's Heartland, the final episode of season seven for the show.

February 11, 2012 | | Local News


Tickets for GBHS Hall of Fame luncheon on sale

Tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon are on sale in the Activities Office at Great Bend High School. The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Heritage Room of the Highland Convention Center.

February 10, 2012 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will beet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road.

February 10, 2012 | | Local News


Take a virtual tour of monarch butterfly migration

Every November, monarch butterflies arrive in Central Mexico by the hundreds of millions, clustering so thickly in fir forests they sometimes break the tree branches. Learn more about this amazing annual migration, as founder and director of Monarch Watch, Orley R. "Chip" Taylor, Professor Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, presents "Monarchs Wintering in Mexico: The big gamble" at 2 p.m. on Feb. 26 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The program is free and open to adults and children.

February 10, 2012 | | Local News


Locks of Love donation

Rachel Keenan, 14, daughter of Tim and Alicia Keenan, cut 13" off hair to dontate to the locks of love foundation.

February 09, 2012 | | Local News


BCC to host Senior Day; $1,000 in scholarships up for grabs

A prize drawing for two $500 Barton Foundation scholarships, as well as other prizes, will be just one part of a day full of festivities available for area high school seniors as part of the Barton Community College Admissions Department's Senior Day, with registration starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Kirkman Visitor Center on the Barton campus.

February 08, 2012 | | Local News


20th Judicial District Teen Court receives Mini-Grant for Youth-Led Tobacco Use Prevention

20th Judicial District Teen Court Program recently received a grant of $1,000 from the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition to implement youth activities targeted for tobacco use prevention in 20th Judicial District. Teen Court is part of a statewide youth movement against tobacco.

February 08, 2012 | | Local News


Public invited to St. Rose cardio exercise class

Anyone who made a new year's resolution to exercise regularly but has fallen short may attend an upcoming cardio class in an effort to kick-start a program.

February 07, 2012 | | Local News


Woman injured in Albert collision

Janice K. Showalter, 41, was injured last Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Albert, the Barton County Sheriff's Office reports. She was driving west on K-96 at 2:50 p.m. when Alex Roth, 20, of Ellinwood, pulled in front of the car from a stop sign at Main Street. Showalter was unable to stop in time and the Chrysler she was driving struck the right side of the Dodge pickup that Roth was driving.

February 07, 2012 | | Local News


Friedlander & Hall coming to Barton Arts Center on Friday

Folk musicians Jeff Friedlander and Ed Hall will perform at the Barton County Arts Center, Forest and Main, Great Bend at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10.

February 06, 2012 | | Local News


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Senior Companions recognized for service to elderly

Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


State Kansas Music Educators Honor Band

Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


BCARSP meeting

The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike's, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O'Connor will chair the meeting. Treasurer Lenny Gales will accept dues of $20 from those who have not paid.

February 24, 2015 | | Local News


Area happenings

Antique and collectibles appraisers to be in Ellinwood

February 23, 2015 | | Local News


How About that Hedwig?

I am sure that a lot of you have read J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books and know Hedwig, the Snowy Owl that also appeared in the movies. If you haven't read the book or seen the movie about the Snowy Owl, I would encourage you to read and go see it to immerse yourself in a beautiful presentation of a beautiful bird. If you opt out of that, I would suggest that you might spend some time at the Cheyenne Bottoms and see the real deal. We have had one of these beauties in Pool 4 for ...

February 22, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice plans new series of grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Barton’s Networking Specialist Program stresses innovation and real-world experience

The field of information technology (IT) is ever-changing. The only way to stay on the cutting-edge is to deliberately sprint ahead of the curve, ready to learn about the latest and greatest developments. Barton Community College's Networking Specialist Instructor Kris Schneider is well aware of the need to innovate and is continuously finding ways to do so in the classroom.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Shafer Gallery to feature opening reception for “Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan” exhibit

The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the "Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan" exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Docs Who Care physician provides services at St. Rose Health Center

One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.

February 22, 2015 | | Local News


Three adults airlifted with serious injuries

by JIM MISUNAS

February 21, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Barton County Historical Society meeting

The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.

February 20, 2015 | | Local News


GBHS Speech Team places 4th

At the Medicine Lodge Speech Tournament on Feb. 12, the Great Bend High School Speech Team qualified three more events to state. Becca Kay qualified to state in Original Oration by placing 2nd in the event. Hadley Murphy qualified in both Original Oration and Serious Solo Acting by placing 1st in both of the events. Sara Allen placed 6th in Original Oration and Becca Kay placed 5th Serious Solo Acting. "The team only brought four students and still placed 4th overall in sweepstakes out of 13 schools which is very impressive." stated GBHS speech coach Barbara Watson.

February 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Evening Lions offer vision screening at Ham & Bean Supper

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year's Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brother and sister donate father’s memorial to Almost Home

Two local siblings wanted to donate their dad's memorial fund to a place that would do the most good for families trying to do the best for their terminally ill loved ones. They found such a place at Almost Home Inc., 1919 Van Buren.

February 19, 2015 | | Local News


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