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Drone takes flight over Great Bend Rec Activity Center

Students from Park Elementary School, along with their principal Phil Heeke, came out to the Great Bend Recreation Activity Center on Thursday to take aerial photos of the new playground with a drone.

October 29, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Tricks for Halloween safety – be aware, designate a sober driver

Safety officials are urging motorists and community members to be careful as Halloween approaches. Caution can be the key to safety as an increasing number of people will be out this weekend with Halloween, including pedestrians walking, parents driving their children, and people attending Halloween parties, said Lieutenant Adam Winters, Kansas Highway Patrol spokesman. It is imperative that safety play a role in the fun during the day and evening's celebrations.

October 29, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday and as communities prepare to "fall back" one hour, the Great Bend Fire Department and the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal urge residents to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and changing the batteries.

October 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

OTR for October 29, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

October 29, 2015 | | Local News

All three GBHS Debate Teams place

October 29, 2015 | | Local News

‘Hump Day’ pizza fundraiser supports Sunflower Diversified Services

The "Hump Day Pizza by the Slice" fundraiser has been scheduled to benefit people with developmental disabilities and delays.

October 29, 2015 | | Local News

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by C & V Home Improvement, 1107 E 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Shawn Panzer and Dale Hogg. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

October 29, 2015 | | Local News

Out of the Morgue

This week, we bring you a summary and round-up of stories from several Kansas newspapers concerning a murder that occurred around this time in 1915. At the time, it was considered one of the most horrifying cases in the state's brief history since the Indian massacres.

October 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Sunflower Diversified creates tools for health-education program

When Sunflower Diversified Services staff members reviewed a new health-education curriculum, they knew it would be valuable to people with developmental disabilities.

October 28, 2015 | | Local News

BCC ENDs report: ‘Barton Experience’

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees gathered Tuesday for its regular meeting and discussed one of its nine overarching goals, known as ENDs, one of which is "Barton Experience."

October 28, 2015 | By BRANDON STEINERT Barton Community College | Local News

​Debt refinance saves $306,000 at BCC

Barton Community College has refinanced its debt on the Library renovation and the addition to the Technical Building, paid for in 2008 with certificates of participation. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday authorized a new lease-purchase agreement at lower interest rates.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Help needed to serve Thanksgiving meal to Barton students

Community members are invited to help provide a traditional turkey-day dinner to Barton Community College students who can't go home on Wednesday, Nov. 25, said Marcia Dietz from Barton's Student Support Services.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Volunteering vets to be honored

On Monday, Nov. 9, in advance of Veterans Day, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will recognize those who have not only served their community, but also their nation.

October 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Two-vehicle crash

On Oct. 27, around 7 p.m., Barton County Sheriff's deputies responded to U.S. 281 and K-4 west junction, to a reported motor vehicle accident.

October 28, 2015 | | Local News

IRS grants relief to drought-stricken farmers, ranchers

Farmers or ranchers forced to sell their livestock because of the drought that affects much of the nation, including Barton County, special IRS tax relief may help, IRS spokesman Michael Devine said.

October 28, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

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KWEC to hold Holiday Open House

Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to noon ...

November 22, 2015 | | Local News

Hudson Cream: 'The flour without a fault'

HUDSON - Gleaming elevators tower above the wheat fields of the Kansas prairie at Stafford County Flour Mills. The silos are the same color as the ...

November 21, 2015 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Local News


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

​Audit report on BCC agenda

The Board of Trustees of Barton Community College will hold its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Room F-30, on the ...

November 21, 2015 | | 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 a ...

November 21, 2015 | | Local News

Local businesses ready for Small Business Saturday

All 30 of the Explore Great Bend Stores are open and ready for business for Small Business Saturday, said Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes ...

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

​Barton Community College to close for Thanksgiving break

Barton Community College will be closed for Thanksgiving break Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Friday, Nov. 27. The college will resume its regular schedule on Monday ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​Citrus fruit sales begin soon

The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School is again selling Indian River citrus fruit as its annual fundraiser. The navel oranges, pink grapefruit and tangerines will ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS students qualify to compete at KU Med Center’s ‘Night @ The Lab’

KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Three Great Bend High School juniors won the regional competition and the right to compete at the "Night @ The Lab" state competition ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News

​USDA Food Safety offers resources for Thanksgiving troubles

WASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece – the turkey – is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many ...

November 20, 2015 | | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pancake dinner raises funds for Grubb family’s medical expenses

HOISINGTON - Little Cameron Grubb and his family have been through the heartache of battling a rare life-threatening disease, as well as the joy of knowing ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend ...

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton women have record-setting night against Sterling JV

It was a very special night for the Barton women's basketball team Wednesday night. And very little of that special had to do with ...

November 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Great Bend Fire Department raise money for MDA

Members of the Great Bend Fire Department raised $5,578 between the annual Fill the Boot campaign Sept. 4, and the Stache Dash run on ...

November 19, 2015 | | Local News

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