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Singers preparing to deliver Valentine’s gifts

The Great Bend High School Madrigal Pops Singers will deliver singing Valentines from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 for a $25 donation. The recipient will be serenaded with a love song. The recipient will also receive a decorated cookie.

February 05, 2012 | | Local News


College funding proposal could help BCC

Barton Community College trustees will learn more about the Legislature's plans to change how state community colleges are funded, during the Board of Trustees' next study session, at 4 p.m. Monday in room F-30 of the BCC Fine Arts Building.

February 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Honor Choir

Holy Family School sixth graders who participated in the District 5 Kansas Music Educators Association Elementary Honor School on Jan. 21 are shown with Connie Schneweis: From the left, back row, they are Halley Sanders, Kelsey Hofeling, Alaina Schneider, Baleigh Fry and Krista Schneider; and front row, Karlie Stanley, Sydney Soukup, Alyssia Strickland and Lauren Miller. The Sixth Grade Honor Choir from Holy Family Grade School traveled to Dodge City Middle School for this event. Honor Choir students spent the morning with a vocal director and about 200 other elementary students. The session closed with a concert at noon for ...

February 03, 2012 | | Local News


Speech team takes awards at Augusta

AUGUSTA – On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Great Bend High School Forensics Team traveled to the first tournament of the year at Augusta High School. The team took home seven awards and qualified two students to state. The results are as followed:

February 03, 2012 | | Local News


United Way close to goal

United Way of Central Kansas is inching towards their goal of $235,000, to date 98% has been raised. The campaign could not succeed without the many individuals and businesses that donate. Larned has been a tremendous asset to the campaign and have made United Way more prominent in their community. Working together we better us all. "I am so proud of our 19 agencies and that 99% of the funds stay right here in our community" said Julie Bugner Smith, Executive Director of United Way of Central Kansas.

February 02, 2012 | | Local News


St. Rose emphasizes women's heart health

A man clutches his chest and sweat pours from every pore in his face. He then falls to the floor.

February 01, 2012 | | Local News


Zoo news: Mute swan at Veterans Park dies

One of six mute swans at Veterans Memorial Lake has died, Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.

February 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellsworth teens found safe

WICHITA - Two Ellsworth teenagers were found safe late Tuesday afternoon by a family member.

February 01, 2012 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Big event

Barton Community College cheerleader Morgan Lawery, left, helps Kristin May, 8, during arts and crafts time, Monday at the BCC Big Event. The Barton County chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters came to campus so "Littles" could spend some quality time with a host of Barton "Bigs." The event was sponsored by two Barton student organizations – Community Student Organization and Phi Theta Kappa. Other activities included soccer, baseball, basketball and bingo.

January 30, 2012 | | Local News


Prescribed burning workshop to be held in St. John

Are you interested in learning more about prescribed burning? Then you need to attend the prescribed burning workshop that will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb. 9, at the Stafford County Extension Office, 210 E. Third in St. John. Topics covered will include: reasons for burning; notification; regulations and permits; weather; liability; using a burn contractor and burning assistance; equipment; hazards and firebreaks overview; and planning and conducting a burn.

January 30, 2012 | | Local News


Boy Scout Soup Dinner

Boy Scout Troop and Pack 184 are having their 41st annual Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the Elks Lodge in Great Bend. Regular tickets are $6 for dine in or carry out and include a choice of chili or chicken noodles, a dessert and a drink. Walk-ins are welcome. Gallons are also available by prior purchase only. Cost of gallon of chili is $18 and chicken noodles are $12 per gallon.

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


PEO Chapter CQ Chocolate Affair

The annual Chocolate Affair hosted by Kinsley PEO chapter CQ will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 4, at the Kinsley United Methodist Church, 803 Marsh St. This event offers everyone a much-needed escape from the cold dreary days of winter. A beautiful buffet of chocolate desserts for sampling as well as a chocolate fountain with many items for you to cover in chocolate are the centerpieces of

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


“Board Basics” training session offered

The Rice County Commission on Aging, working in partnership with the Rice County Historical society, is offering a half day workshop on the basics of being on a nonprofit governing board. This course will be led by Sue Elliot, Executive Director of the Rice County Council on Aging and Maggie Carlson, Director/Curator of collections at the Coronado Quivira Museum.

January 29, 2012 | | Local News


We Learn. We love. We. Serve.

This year's theme for Catholic Schools Week sums up what Holy Family School is all about, Principal Karen Moeder said. The theme is, "Catholic Schools: Faith. Academics. Service." which echoes the mission statement at Holy Family School,"We learn. We love. We serve."

January 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC string bassist to join Kansas Intercollegiate Orchestra

Greg Pohl's nimble fingers effortlessly maneuver from one combination of strings on his bass guitar to another, hitting every note as he keeps pace with the rest of the Barton Jazz Band. With a confident smirk, he leans into his guitar for a few notes as the song's speed increases.

January 26, 2012 | | Local News


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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


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Dale Hogg and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 18, 2015 | | Local News


Happenings announced at St. Johns Episcopal Church

St. Johns Episcopal Church, located at the corner of 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend, will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.

February 17, 2015 | | Local News


​Seventh-day Adventist School taking frozen berry orders

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing the spring order for frozen fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon. Place orders by Feb. 25 and the fruit will arrive in late March or early April. Available are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries which are sliced and sugared, strawberries whole without sugar, loganberries, red pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and red rhubarb. Also available are freezer jam and purees.

February 17, 2015 | | Local News


Walking School Bus

USD 428 won't be running school bus routes to get children to school anytime soon, but this spring it will be implementing the Walking School Bus program at each of its five elementary schools.

February 15, 2015 | | Local News


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