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Employment conference held for the disabled

A big crowd showed up to the Employment Success Conference on Tuesday at the Great Bend Elks Lodge. The conference was a part of Disability Employment Success Day as proclaimed by the Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison and followed on the heels of Disability Mentoring Day that was held on Oct. 21.

October 27, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

GBHS Band and Ochestra fundraiser

Great Bend High School band and orchestra members are selling items from Cherrydale for their upcoming trip to Branson, Mo. in March. Items include gifts for the Holiday season and food items that can be frozen until family and friends arrive. If you care to purchase any items and are not contacted by them please call GBHS at 793-1521 and ask for Mr. DeWald (ext 189) or Mr. Enochs (ext 188). They can send a student your way to show you the catalogues.

October 27, 2015 | | Local News

GBHS Band receives WAC trophy

October 27, 2015 | | Local News

City of Ellinwood to purchase Batchman property

The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night in a special meeting to consider an agreement that would put an end to a year-long debacle that had not only caused one Ellinwood family countless financial headaches, but also prompted community members to publicly declare their dissatisfaction with the city over the handling of a public improvement project gone awry. The council went into executive session for 10 minutes for a discussion of the possible property acquisition. Upon returning to open session, Mayor Irlan Fullbright summarized the discussion.

October 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Commission asks why no action taken on trashy properties

A complaint from rural Barton County resident Clarence Bieberle about a trashy property near his home north of Odin led to a harsh rebuke by the County Commission Monday morning of the County Attorney's Office and its lack of action on numerous zoning and nuisance code violations.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Community Corrections and county handbook on agenda

Among the items addressed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning was the approval of the year-end outcomes for the 21st Judicial District's Central Kansas Community Corrections. State law requires the review and approval of the Barton County Commissioners, as the administrative county for the 21st Judicial District. This has been a successful year for CKCC, Director Amy Boxberger told the commissions Monday morning.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


The Barton County Commission Monday morning invited the public to the long-awaited dedication of the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial's first commemorative stone The event will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission honors long-time employees

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to thank several employees for their years of service.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

No commission meeting this coming Monday

The Kansas Association of Counties will hold its Annual Meeting from Nov. 3-5 in Wichita, As a result, there will be no commission meeting on Monday, Nov. 2. The next meeting of the commission will be Monday, Nov. 9.

October 26, 2015 | | Local News

Bombers Baseball hosting tournament

Bombers Baseball will be hosting a wiffle ball tournament on Halloween.

October 26, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

GBRC Hosting Stop ‘N Learn session

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop 'N Learn Session titled, "Haunting Wildlife" on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Great Bend Activity Center loctaed at 2715 18th St. This program will also be held Friday, Oct. 30, at the Sr. Center located at 2005 Kansas Ave., starting at 1 p.m. Some animals are so well camouflaged that you might think they're ghosts! Join us as we explore the sneaky, spooky world of hidden animals. Jean Aycock, KWEC Educator, will be the presenter for this program. For more information call ...

October 26, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News

Toddler’s life enriched through Sunflower’s early intervention program

Jennifer Forbes of Larned knew her daughter's anxiety around other people was limiting the toddler's opportunities to develop and just enjoy being a kid.

October 25, 2015 | | Local News

Here Comes the “Gov”!!!

My friend Mike Miller (Editor of the KDWP&T magazine) invited me and Sandra to a meeting last Monday night at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. That meeting was hosted by Governor Sam Brownback. The focus of the event was to get ideas for better utilizing and promoting the Cheyenne Bottoms as the major resting place for the shore birds, waterfowl and Whooping Cranes as related to tourism, birding, hunting and photography. It was not political in any way that I could discern. Mr. Boeckman discussed the roads into and out of the Bottoms that we all agree need some ...

October 25, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Local cancer center to host event for lung cancer survivors

Heartland Cancer Center of Great Bend, along with oncologists, Dr. Claudia Perez-Tamayo, Dr. Thomas John Hegarty, Dr. Mark Fesen and Dr. Greg Nanney, will host the national event, Shine a Light on Lung Cancer, to acknowledge lung cancer patients, survivors and passed loved ones. The event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, in the lobby of Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland Street in Great Bend. Attendees will hear from Oncology specialists, lung cancer survivors and have the opportunity to reflect on the impact lung cancer has made in their lives. In addition, there will ...

October 25, 2015 | | Local News

More Halloween pics

October 24, 2015 | Russ Edem | 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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