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County honored for United Way giving

When Julie Bugner Smith took over the helm of the United Way of Central Kansas in 2011, Barton County employees gave $1,600 to the annual campaign. This past year, they kicked in well over $6,000.

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The KWEC is located on K-156 about 8 miles northeast of Great Bend in the southeast corner of the Wildlife Area.

August 23, 2015 | | Local News


Here Comes Fall!!!

The air is different. The tomato plants are changing to a different production mode. School has started. Shore birds are migrating with more urgency through our marsh. I can hear thumps and grunts coming from the football field 2 blocks away. It is cool in the mornings. Doves are starting to gather for their annual exodus with the first cold snap. White-tailed fawns are starting to lose their spots. Change is here.

August 23, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


The Wetland Explorer

About this time last year, I introduced the term zugunruhe (pronounced zue-gun-rue) to you in our Wetland Explorer column. This word is used in the birding world to describe a restless behavior of birds that tells them when they need to migrate. Undoubtedly, many birds are feeling zugunruhe right now as we have begun to see some of the early migrants stop through Cheyenne Bottoms in the last couple weeks.

August 23, 2015 | Curtis Wolf, KWEC site manager | Local News


Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee's Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed toward Great Bend when something went wrong.

August 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood City Council special meeting Monday

The Ellinwood City Council will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the city office for a special meeting to discuss the reestablishment of a Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. In April, 2010, the council approved a neighborhood revitalization plan that designated two tiers, the first a designated area and the second the remainder of the city. Formulas were created for required investment and improvement in order to receive tax rebates. The 2010 plan terminated Dec. 31, 2014. The new plan to be presented will essentially be the same form as the 2010 plan, according to City Manager Bud Newberry.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


More Familiar Faces - image gallery

Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances and Some Folks We Hardly Know" exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Familiar Faces

Each year, the Barton Community College faculty and staff get to strut their artistic talents in the Shafer Art Gallery's "Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances and Some Folks We Hardly Know" exhibit like professional artists, complete with a full-blown reception. This year's show opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Red Cross to accept blood donations

The next opportunity to donate blood in Great Bend will be Monday, Sept. 14, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Donations will be accepted from 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole hearings in October for possible release in November to the following:

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Warrent Task Force a success

The Great Bend Police Department's Warrant Task Force was deployed and made 10 arrests on Monday.

August 21, 2015 | Russ Edem | 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 United Way of Central Kansas Pacesetter designation and a SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Board appointment.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Health Department warns of rabies upswing

The Barton County Health Department continues to deal with what officials believe to be an increased number of potential rabies cases, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

August 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington stand-off ends without incident

Thursday night, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m., Hoisington Police and deputies from the Barton County Sheriff's Office were called to 673 W. 3rd St. in Hoisington where a man was in his garage, threatening to harm himself.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Power washer stolen from shed at Sonic Drive-in

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a man that was seen by surveillance cameras breaking into a storage shed located at 3908 10th St. in Great Bend. According to Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, speaking for Crime Stoppers, the man is a white male, wearing a black mask, pants, and a T-Shirt. He cut a padlock on the storage shed and he was seen stealing a Pressure-Pro EZ3042, a four wheeled high pressure power washer. The man pulled north across 10th St., and through Walgreen's parking lot. The loss was $3,715.

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes in recreation day use fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a change to recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming ...

February 04, 2016 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and ...

February 04, 2016 | | Local News


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Ellinwood Columbus Club to sponsor fish fry Feb. 12

Ellinwood Knights of Columbus are having a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd. The ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


​Adopt A Pet serving soup, cinnamon rolls Saturday

Great Bend Humane Society Adopt A Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Orscheln's Farm ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


​Deines Center offers ceramic workshop

RUSSELL - The Deines Cultural Center in Russell is offering a ceramic workshop with hands-on instruction by Barbara Stevens, an artist and former head of Cloud ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County experiencing email problems

If you tried to send an email to Barton County officials and got no response, you are not alone.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Huelskamp’s representative to visit Great Bend Feb. 11

A staff representative of Congressman Tim Huelskamp who specializes in Veterans' casework will visit Great Bend from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 11 ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Cost of winter storms adding up

Winter weather during the past couple of weeks has required emergency call-out and emergency cleanup by Barton County Road and Bridge Department, department Director Dale ...

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Heartland Cancer Center to sponsor health events

Great Bend's Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St., will sponsor trio of health-related events in February.

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


MORE HOUSING ON THE WAY

A resolution approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night should help bring more affordable rental housing for the communities seniors. The action supported ...

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Activity picking up at CVB

The Great Bend City Council was told Monday night that the number of Convention and Visitors Bureau projects has grown steadily since the first of ...

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bob Dole donates $20,000 to support Camp Hope

Sen. Bob Dole donated $20,000 to Camp Hope, a weeklong getaway for children with cancer held at Camp Aldrich. The funds are to be ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by the Comfort Inn, 911 Grant St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

February 03, 2016 | | Local News


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