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GBHS Band Soloists, Small Ensembles present contest selections

Great Bend High School instrumental students will present their solo and small ensemble contest selections at 7 p.m. on Monday in the GBHS Band Room (#190).

April 05, 2015 | | Local News

Bully bully!!!

I thought he was exaggerating when my friend called and said he had snakes in large numbers in a water trap in his front yard. I grabbed the camera and drove out to his farm. I was amazed when he lifted the iron cover to expose the mass of reptiles inhabiting that small area. Practically every crevasse housed a serpent. They were mainly Bull Snakes with some King Snakes and Rat Snakes. The temperature was in the 70's, and the snakes were lively and active. There were no venomous snakes that I could discern. We agreed that the large ...

April 05, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Tornado drill a success

A voice came over the loud-speaker system filling every room at Great Bend Middle School.

April 05, 2015 | | Local News

City Council meets Monday night

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the renaming of the Convention Center, Rotary Club activities and the appointment of a public lands director.

April 03, 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: proclamations for County Day of Recognition for National Service, Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month; the county's exchange server; and Planning Commission appointments.

April 03, 2015 | | Local News

Great Bend schools received minigrants

Teachers were gifted with nearly $30,000 by the USD 428 Education Foundation when the non-profit group recently awarded 28 minigrants. The amount distributed was higher than any previous year. Successful fund raisers, gifts from benefactors and investments resulted in more money being available than in the past, according to Matt Hiss, president. Education Foundation trustees also agreed to not cap the limit for each minigrant this year. As a result, two applicants received significantly more than $1,500.

April 03, 2015 | | Local News

People Saving People award recipients announced

Two individuals and three groups are receiving the state's 2015 People Saving People Award for their efforts to improve traffic safety on April 1 as part of the 21st annual Kansas Transportation Safety Conference in Wichita.

April 03, 2015 | | Local News

Class with Fred

April 03, 2015 | | Local News

River of Life Church to sponsor egg hunt

The River of Life Church in Great Bend will sponsor a local Easter egg hunt at Heizer Park, 8th and Heizer, at 11 a.m. Saturday.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News

Big Candy Cannon Shoot scheduled for Saturday

First Assembly of God, 601 Patton Road, will hold its seventh annual Big Cannon Candy Shoot at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, behind the church.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News

​American Legion to host hamburger and brat feed

The Sons of the American Legion will hold a hamburger and brat feed from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 6, at the Argonne American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. in Great Bend. Hamburgers and brats will be available for $5 each for members and guests. Proceeds will support the Sons of the American Legion's programs such as child welfare and the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News

Sunflower’s Gala reaps $61,000 for people with disabilities, delays

Children and adults with developmental delays and disabilities are the beneficiaries of the community's generosity and compassion once again, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News

St. Rose services, including Urgent Care, continue during moving days

Patients and visitors at St. Rose Health Center will notice virtually no disruption in services during the move into its new location next door, Administrator Leanne Irsik said.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News

Kansas House to recognize Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

For the third consecutive year, the Kansas House of Representatives will formally declare the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month.

April 02, 2015 | | Local News

Meteor shower follows Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms annual meeting

The Friends of Cheyenne Bottoms Annual Meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE K-156. Members will be treated to a burger and brat barbecue followed by a presentation on nocturnal animals presented by KWEC Education director Jean Aycock. A short annual business meeting will follow the presentation.

April 01, 2015 | | Local News

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Alcohol fund money to go to DARE program

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the distribution of funds aimed at bolstering aloholism-fighting efforts to the Barton County Sheriff's Office for its ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Health Department to get computer upgrade

The Barton County Health Department is moving towards the use of electronic medical records, a change that its current computer server cannot handle. The County ...

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Saint Francis Community Services kicks off annual Christmas for Kids campaign

Saint Francis Community Services (SFCS) has begun its annual Christmas for Kids campaign, which provides presents to children in foster care at Christmas. Each year ...

November 22, 2015 | | Local News

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

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