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KanCare requesting household information from beneficiaries

The State of Kansas Medicaid program, KanCare, is collecting important household information from beneficiaries to meet new federal eligibility guidelines mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment began today mailing the instructions and a data collection form in a letter envelope to about 130,000 KanCare households of beneficiaries who are parents with children and pregnant women. This mailing is not being sent to elderly and disabled KanCare beneficiaries.

August 01, 2013 | | Local News


Zoo news: Clyde the bear is on the mend

Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.

July 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legion steak night canceled

The American Legion Post 180, Great Bend, steak night originally set for Friday has been canceled. For more information, contact Roy Titsworth at 620-639-8636.

July 31, 2013 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation announces Summer Grant recipients

The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its second competitive grant cycle of 2013, awarding $19,830 to charitable organizations in Barton, Pawnee, and Stafford counties.

July 31, 2013 | | Local News


Suspect pleads to indecent liberties

A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Incredible Years Preschool schedules open house

Incredible Years Preschool has scheduled an open house for anyone interested in learning more about its comprehensive programs for children age 2-and-a-half to 5, Director Shari Schneider said. It is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the preschool, 1312 Patton.

July 27, 2013 | | Local News


Volleyball tournament raises $5,340 for cancer patients

When Steve Wondra, Great Bend, was asked to organize a volleyball tournament in conjunction with June Jaunt Activities, he had two conditions - it would honor the memory of his friend, Rhonda Klug, and proceeds would be directed to Heartland Cancer Center.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


Sweet corn

Braxton Schooler, center, helps a customer with her purchase, Friday afternoon. Braxton and his brother Carsyn, right, operated the corn stand at the corner of Broadway Ave. and Warner Road with some help from their mother Julie (not pictured). The corn came from the farm of Julie Schooler's uncle, Richard Josefiak, of Rozel.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


Lee Turner Lectureship

Chicago-area police chief Kent Williams, who has been involved in law enforcement for more than 27 years, talks to fellow officers, Wednesday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Building. His presentation discussed the traumas and triumphs associated with modern law enforcement and how they influence the pivotal balance between professional and personal relationships. The Lee Turner lectureship series is an endowment-funded program designed to provide an opportunity for law enforcement personnel to meet continuing education requirements while gaining valuable training pertinent to their profession.

July 26, 2013 | | Local News


Dominican sister honored at 95th birthday party

Sister Teresita Huse of the Great Bend Dominican Sisters of Peace Mother House celebrated her 95th birthday with just a few friends Tuesday morning.

July 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Local News


CHANGE OF SCENERY

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lions Club takes a seat

A couple Tuesdays ago, Barton Community College Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek gave a program at the Great Bend Noon Lions Club meeting. Among her topics was the much-needed and on-going renovation of the college's Fine Arts Auditorium.

July 23, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Area residents involved in injury accidents

Barton and Pawnee County residents were involved in several highway accidents over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs. All of the people involved were wearing seat belts, with one exception.

July 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ozsome support of the Barton County Fair

July 21, 2013 | | Local News


Cancer patients learn about writing at St. Rose presentation

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has been a writer for much of her life and used the written word to help her through six months of chemotherapy and three major surgeries. Now she wants to share what she has learned with other patients with cancer or other chronic illness.

July 20, 2013 | | Local News


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Album feat. GB native Pinkall hits No. 1 on 'Billboard'

MANHATTAN - The acclaimed new album celebrating Rachmaninoff, featuring Great Bend native and K-State music professor Bryan Pinkall, is topping the music charts around the world. Following his success as artistic director of the production of the 2014 Olympic Opening Ceremony the award-winning assistant professor of music at Kansas State University performs on the recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles. Since its release on March 10, the album has reached No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon, and on Thursday it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Classical Albums and Traditional Classical music charts.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Guided 'lek' tours offered at wetlands

Just before the sun rises over the vast grasslands each spring, while most people are still snug in their beds, prairie-chickens are busy putting on a show that is critical to their survival. In April, staff from the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will lead guided field trips to watch the birds' mating rituals at Cheyenne Bottoms.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


Recycle old T-shirts into braided rugs

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center will kick off its spring Craft Series with a free class, "Recycled Rag Rug," at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

March 21, 2015 | | Local News


KWEC’s Turtle Tot Club

There's still time to sign up for the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's last Turtle Tot Club session by calling 1-877-243-9268 to register by March 23. For preschool-age children, ages 3 to 5, Egg-citement, will be presented 10 to 11 a.m., March 25. From insect to bird eggs, children will explore eggs of all kinds and sizes, participate in an egg experiment and make an egg craft. There is a minimum enrollment of 6 and a maximum of 15 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver and pre-registration is required.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


Prairie Trail Scenic Byway extended

Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Mike King recently approved a 24-mile extension of the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway in central Kansas.

March 20, 2015 | | Local News


Power Team to speak at area schools

LA CROSSE - Pastor Mark Sizemore of First Christian Church of La Crosse has invited Todd Keene and the Power Team for events that features messages of anti-drug and anti-bullying at Otis-Bison High School at 7 p.m. March 25 and 26 and La Crosse High School at 7 p.m. March 27 and 28 and 4 p.m. March 29.

March 19, 2015 | | Local News


Correction: Fish fry is March 27

The next "all-you-can-eat fish fry" at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and not this week. The Breakfast Briefings previously in this week's papers had the wrong date.

March 19, 2015 | | Local News


Bombs Away!!! The Battle of Kansas and Cheyenne Bottoms

The regular monthly meeting of the Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Ray Schulz Research Library at the Museum, 85 S. U.S. Hwy. 281, just south of Great Bend, across the Arkansas River Bridge. The public is welcome to attend.

March 19, 2015 | | Local News


St. John youngster inspires her family

BY JIM MISUNAS

March 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Stop ‘N Learn: Cooking with Gloria

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled "Cooking With Gloria" from noon to 1 p.m. today at the Great Bend Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. During this class, Gloria Hernandez, will be teaching how to prepare a few healthy dishes for your family. For more information, call the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755 ext. 2 or e-mail at recreation@gbrc.kscoxmail.com.

March 18, 2015 | | Local News


Barton County, central Kansas under red flag warning

WICHITA - A red flag warning for Barton County and Central Kansas has been issued for extreme grassland fire danger until. 7 p.m. Tuesday by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

March 17, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Grant writing workshop coming to Great Bend

Golden Belt Community Foundation will be hosting a one-day grant writing workshop March 25, at The Front Door on 1610 10th St. in Great Bend. This workshop is available to non-profit organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Stafford and Rush Counties who wish to learn more about the skills needed to successfully submit and obtain grants.

March 15, 2015 | | Local News


Dr. Mike Allison announces candidacy

Dr. Mike Allison announces his candidacy for Mayor of Great Bend.

March 15, 2015 | | Local News


Wayne Henneke for City Council Ward 2

My work experience in city government stretches from 1974 – 2012. I retired December 2012 after working as City Clerk/Finance Director for Great Bend. After retiring I was elected to the Great Bend City Council April, 2013. With my 38 years working in Governmental Finance and providing information to the City Councils and attending the City Council meetings over this period of time, it has given me a solid background in the workings of a city. During my tenure with the city I worked closely with the zoo director in the development of the zoo to meet AZA Requirements. With ...

March 15, 2015 | | Local News


Central Plains students of the month

Central Plains Middle School recognizes seventh graders, Rebecca Stratmann and Jerred Bieberle, as the March Students of the Month.

March 14, 2015 | | Local News


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