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Canadian songbird coming to McPherson

McPHERSON - Canadian singer-songwriter Darrelle London will appear at the McPherson Opera House on Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

February 25, 2013 | | Local News


​GBCT issue casting call for ‘Duck Hunter Shoots Angel’

Auditions for the third show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2012-2013 season, "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, and 7 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave.

February 25, 2013 | | Local News


Blizzard warning issued for western Kansas

Blizzard conditions will develop late in the evening, and especially after midnight tonight as the first wave of snow moves into southwest Kansas from the south.

February 24, 2013 | | Local News


Great Bend Middle School Band concerts

The Great Bend Middle School Band Department will be presenting three programs during the week of Feb. 25th. At 7 p.m. on Monday Feb. 25, the 7th grade band members will be performing a variety of solos and group instrumental ensembles. On the same date, at 8 p.m ., 8th grade band students will perform their solos and group ensembles. Both performances will be in the Music Room at Great Bend Middle School. The public is invited to attend.

February 22, 2013 | | Local News


Winter storm on commission agenda

The Barton County Commission will hear a report on the impact of the recent winter storm when it meets at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main St. in Great Bend. Valuation notices and an appointment to the Pawnee Rock Township Board are also on the agenda.

February 22, 2013 | | Local News


Local dietician shares expertise at St. Rose Parkinson's meeting

A local registered dietician will share information about nutrition at the next Parkinson's Support Group meeting at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the basement-level St. Dominic Room.

February 18, 2013 | | Local News


GBCF tops goal early with $1.4 million in donations late last year

The goal was to reach $10 million by the end of 2015 but because of several significant donations late last year, the Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF) is three years ahead of schedule.

February 17, 2013 | | Local News


Mayor Mike Allison announces his candidacy for mayor of Great Bend

Since becoming mayor, the City of Great Bend has once again become a community that looks to the future. These 14 years have witnessed a complete turnaround in Great Bend; from "the last one out of town, turn out the lights" to a growth attitude with many stepping forward with ideas and investment. The population of Great Bend has increased from 14,750 to more than 16,000 ..

February 17, 2013 | | Local News


Gala auction features wide variety

A wide variety of auction items have been collected but Sunflower Diversified Services can always use more for its annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, director of development.

February 16, 2013 | | Local News


Senior Center Valentines

Wanita Reinert and Luther Keil were crowned King and Queen last Tuesday at the Great Bend Senior Center's Valentine's Day. Crowning was followed by a singing performance by the Jefferson first graders, instructed by music teacher Paige Nowlan.

February 16, 2013 | | Local News


St. Rose to present free ITV program on increasing happiness

While the words "happy" and "cancer" don't often go together, a local Interactive Television (ITV) presentation will explore ways that patients can learn to increase their happiness.

February 16, 2013 | | Local News


Ode to Joy: Ellinwood artit's work featured at BCC

Ellinwood artist Robert Joy will have his work exhibited in the display cases in the Fine Arts Building through mid-March.

February 16, 2013 | | Local News


Parents cautioned: It doesn’t take a fire to burn a child

TOPEKA – During National Burn Awareness Week held earlier this month, Safe Kids Kansas reminded parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries – children can also be seriously injured by hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.

February 13, 2013 | | Local News


Environmental film series continues

The Grass Roots Environmental Action Team (GREAT), a gathering of Barton, Pawnee and Rush County residents, presents a series of environmental films January through April, in Great Bend and Larned. This film series is free to the public. Films and schedule are:

February 13, 2013 | | Local News


‘Pink Out’ shirts for sale

The Great Bend High School lady Panther basketball team will once again be participating in the annual "Pink Out" event with Hays High on Friday, Feb. 22, at Hays High School. In conjunction with the game we will be selling "Pink Out" T-shirts. Orders are due Thursday and can be placed with Cathie McManaman in the Clubs Office located in Great Bend High School. Because shirts are being printed in Hays, they will not be able to accept any orders after Thursday. The shirts cost $10 for sizes up to extra large, $12 for 2XL and $13 for 3XL. Shirts ...

February 13, 2013 | | Local News


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​Truck driver flees; eludes officers

Two units from the Barton County Sheriff's Office and a Hoisington Police Department vehicle were involved in a pursuit early Sunday.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington crossing to finally be repaired

It's been a long time coming, but the teeth-jarring railroad crossing on the south end of Hoisington is finally going to be repaired.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to recycle old shingles

The Barton County Landfill receives between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of shingles per year, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock reported to the Barton ...

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County in federal disaster declaration

On July 20, 2015, Barton County was declared eligible for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to severe storms and flooding that ...

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black ...

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Where Are Those Polts?

There are several breakfast or coffee meetings in our area. They are usually comprised of the same core group with a few occasional stragglers that ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Trail segment and four historic districts among listings added to National Register of Historic Plac

The Kansas Historical Society announced that a segment of the Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch and four historic districts are among the newest ...

July 26, 2015 | | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Budgets on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will vote on publishing next year's budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 ...

July 25, 2015 | | Local News


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