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Planning for Action

Two weeks into the new year, and many have already forgotten their resolutions for 2013. But many have not, and Barton County Extension FCS agent Donna Krug offered suggestions for how to take the first step towards meeting these goals Wednesday. Over the noon hour, she presented a talk, "An action plan for healthy living," at the Great Bend Recreation Center. Each person in attendance left with a plan to take one simple step which could be achieved in the next week.

January 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Local News




Ellinwood High School Debate

Eight Ellinwood High School Debaters represented EHS at the 321A 2-Speaker State Debate Championships held at Tonganoxie High School on Jan. 11-12. The eight students paired into four 2-Speaker teams, which marked the first time EHS qualified the maximum of four teams for the tournament.

January 16, 2013 | | Local News


Local instructor leads free Tai Chi presentation

Even though Joan League is a local Tai Chi instructor, she took advantage of a recent class at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to add to her knowledge. That mission was accomplished but there was another benefit.

January 15, 2013 | | Local News


GBHS competes at Varsity 2 Speaker State Debate Tournament

The Great Bend High School Varsity Debate Team traveled to Hutchinson for the 2 Speaker Varsity State Championship Tournament on Jan. 11-12. To qualify for state the teams must have competed in four varsity tournaments and have a 50% win/loss record. Two teams qualified which consisted of the team of Michael Gieck and Kameko Schultz, as well as the team of Marissa Hoisington and Chase Pumford. They competed against 23 schools and 70 teams. The elimination rounds, which consisted of six, were directly power matched, which kept the teams on their toes throughout the two days they competed. The ...

January 15, 2013 | | Local News


New GriefShare program starts Sunday

Community members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend are invited to attend the GriefShare program held at Foundry Methodist Church, 5401 Broadway, Great Bend. Meetings are at 3 p.m. on Sundays, beginning Jan. 20.

January 14, 2013 | | Local News


Gala tickets on sale; auction items wanted

Tickets are on sale and auction items are being collected now for the Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala. This 8th annual event is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Heritage Room at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th, Great Bend.

January 14, 2013 | | Local News


Singers wanted for Central Kansas Chorale

The Central Kansas Chorale, which is sponsored by Barton Community College, is recruiting singers for the spring 2013 season. The CKC strives to provide challenging performances of quality literature for the enjoyment of the residents of the Central Kansas area.

January 14, 2013 | | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting agenda

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include presentation of R.O.S.E. Award to Officer Jefferson Davis; Boardmanship Academy Awards presented to Wade Babock, Kevin Mauler, Cheryl Rugan and Dwight Young; Challenge Awards presented to 6th grade math at Eisenhower Elementary School and 5th grade reading at Jefferson Elementary School; insurance plan health survey/tests and permission to revise health plan; update on wellness initiative; fundraiser requests for 2013-2014; approval to market the district's insurance; consideration for use ...

January 13, 2013 | | Local News


Hinkle to speak Sunday at Faith Community Church

The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at Faith Community Church, located one mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Great Bend. Pastor Sandy Kennedy said everyone is welcome.

January 12, 2013 | | Local News


Kitts honored

Judge Hannelore Kitts greets guests at her retirement reception, Friday in a courtroom at the Barton County Courthouse. Kitts has served as a 20th Judicial District Judge for 17 years, since her appointment by Gov. Bill Graves in 1995. Before that, she was an attorney from 1984-95. Kitts said her plans for retirement are to travel and spend more time with her children - "Just what every retired person does."

January 12, 2013 | | Local News




Area square dance lessons

The Hoisington Swinging Stars Square Dance Club and the Great Bend Recreation Commission will sponsor square dance lessons from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting on Friday and running through March 9 at the Burnside Room, 1214 Stone Street, west end of City Auditorium. There will be no session on Jan. 18 so the dancers can attend the Annual Snow Ball Festival in Hays.

January 09, 2013 | | Local News


Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars Discussion Series

"Kansas Forts and the Indian Wars", a reading and discussion series led by Leo Oliva, PhD, will begin from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan.13 at the Kinsley Library. There is still time to sign up for this once-a-month series featuring visits to Fort Larned, Fort Dodge and Fort Hays in February, March, and April, respectively. Dr, Oliva will facilitate group discussions over readings. There will be guided tours of the forts, and interpretive presentations. Participants are asked to plan on attending the whole series if possible. At the first meeting a $10 registration fee which will be ...

January 08, 2013 | | Local News


GBHS Competes at Novice State Debate

The Great Bend High School Debate Team traveled to Wichita East high school and competed at the Sunflower Novice State Championship Tournament on Jan. 4-5. Two teams from the squad qualified to State and competed against 123 teams. GBHS teams competed in the 10th-12th grade division. The sophomore team of Jordan Otten and Kameko Schultz barely missed qualifying into the elimination rounds by a couple of quality points, but they tied with the other schools in the elimination brackets on win-loss records. "Being able to argue with people as a sport and almost qualifying to elimination rounds is a big ...

January 08, 2013 | | Local News


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​Barton County wheat better than 2014

With the 2015 Kansas wheat harvest in full swing, the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Grain and Feed Association provided the following reports.

June 24, 2015 | | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Wheat harvest coming in strong

According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


St. Rose physician recommends proper use of helmets for cyclists

Jill Doerfler, M.D., has seen up close and personal what can happen during a bicycle or motorcycle accident. She has treated people who have been injured and acknowledged that she has been "pretty banged up" herself.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend council sets goals for 2016

Noting progress in their key goals from last year, Great Bend City Council members Monday night honed in on their targets for the upcoming 2016 budget year.

June 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Military Monday is a hit

Crowds gathered at the Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend to enjoy Military Monday. Approximately 500 people came out to see the band despite the heat.

June 23, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Brookdale of Great Bend (Sterling House of Great Bend), 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Huelskamp vets visit

Huelskamp staff to host local office hours in Great Bend for Veterans' concerns

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Cyclists will assist Stafford County projects Tuesday

By JIM MISUNAS

June 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Who ya going to call?

There are a lot of folks who call 911 when really aren't facing an emergency, and Barton County 911 Supervisor Dena Popp is out to change that.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County to allow two days of fireworks popping

The discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, will be allowed in unincorporated areas of Barton County following a split County Commission decision Monday morning.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Claflin cleans up

Monday, June 8, the Claflin City Council met and agreed to pay the back taxes and write off the cost of demolition of a house located at 304 Albro. The demomolition expense is expected to be $2,000.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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