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Barton, Rice, McPherson counties under flood warnings

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued flood warnings for Barton, Rice and McPherson counties Thursday morning.

June 05, 2014 | | Local News


BCC debate and forensics student shines at national tournament

Barton Community College debate and forensics competitor Chase Pumford of Great Bend was crowned the JV National Champion in "Persuasive Speaking," at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in Hutchinson March 14-16.

June 03, 2014 | | Local News


Father Tighe celebrates 60 years of priesthood

A Kansas Bishop's call for priests brought six young men from Ireland in the 1950s. On Sunday, one of those men, the Rev. Dermot Tighe, will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination during the prayer service at Prince of Peace, St. Patrick Church in Great Bend.

May 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hard Work Paying Off for Rosewood’s Derrick Pitzer

Great Bend resident Derrick Pitzer is making the most of his young adult life. He has not allowed his lifelong developmental disability to curb his ambitions. To overcome everyday challenges, he has had to work extra hard in the classroom and in the workforce to advance his progress.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


Vendors sought for June 5 Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market

Are you ready to showcase your home business, community business, agency or handmade arts and crafts? Join fellow vendors from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at this special Summer Street Stroll Farmers Market at Jack Kilby Square, Great Bend. Vendors for commercial products, handmade arts and crafts, or local non-profit agencies are invited to take part in this unique opportunity to kick-off June Jaunt activities with an evening at the park.

May 28, 2014 | | Local News


400,000 images uploaded to Kansas Memory

The Kansas Historical Society announced that 400,000 images of its collections are now uploaded to Kansas Memory. Image number 400,000 is a letter dated Aug. 30, 1918, from Miss Jennie B. Momyer to Helen McKenna Mulvane, state chairperson of the Women's Committee of the Council of National Defense. The committee coordinated women's activities and resources for national defense during World War I. The image may be viewed at kansasmemory.org/item/305559/page/29.

May 27, 2014 | | Local News


Summer library programs starting

The Great Bend Public Library is the perfect place for families to spend some time this summer, according to Young Adult Librarian Jennifer King.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News


Flooding occuring in norhern Barton County

BARTON COUNTY - The National Weather Service in Wichita and the Barton County sheriff's department reports water over the roadway at NW 190th Road and NW 70th Ave, 3 miles east of Galatia. That area east of Galatia reported 2.86 inches of rain.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News


Accepted at Smoky Hill Exhibit

A painting by Barton Community College art instructor and watercolor specialist Steve Dudek was accepted into the 45th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibit. His watercolor titled "Circle" features a painting of Japanese koi fish.

May 23, 2014 | | Local News


Students with perfect attendance get chance to win bikes

For the second year, Great Bend USD 428 elementary students were given a chance to win a bicycle if they posted perfect attendance during the past school year.

May 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Catholic Social Service hosts workshop on adoption

Catholic Social Service is hosting two different orientation sessions, and an Infant Open Adoption workshop for couples who are interested in adopting a child.

May 22, 2014 | | Local News


2015 Kansas Travel Guide listings

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism is currently accepting updates and listings for the Official Kansas Travel Guide. The annual full-color publication provides a look at the unique travel experiences Kansas offers including comprehensive information on Kansas Byways, attractions, accommodations, campgrounds, recreational areas, guest ranches, hunting lodges, bed & breakfasts, antiques, retail shops, destination dining, motor sports, golf courses, and retreat centers.

May 22, 2014 | | Local News


Grassroots Art Center Open House

An Open House for the work of Ron Alexander, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on June 7, at the Grassroots Art Center, 213 S. Main Street in Lucas. Ron will spend the afternoon at the art center doing a demonstration and hands on workshop for both children and adults.

May 21, 2014 | | Local News


Voting machine demonstration planned

Barton County Clerk/Election Officer Donna Zimmerman is hosting a voting equipment demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in the County Commission Chambers at the courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend.

May 19, 2014 | | Local News


County’s future topic of meeting

The Barton County Community Development Advisory Board will hold a brain-storming session about the county's future at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the courthouse conference room (room 101), 1400 Main in Great Bend.

May 19, 2014 | | Local News


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​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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend mobile app features Wetlands Center

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area visitors can now guide their own tours of the state park using the Great Bend 2 Go mobile app, a free ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Solida tells officers he shot his wife

WOODWARD, Okla. – Initial reports indicated that the rural Oklahoma man charged with shooting his wife shot her accidentally last Friday. However, in a 911 call ...

August 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New apartments open with all units leased

A project years in the making was realized Thursday with the ribbon cutting on a new apartment complex, The Reserves at Trail Ridge.

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School budget growth exceeds consumer price index; budget hearing Monday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the District Education ...

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Truck overturns, injuring driver

A Hoisington man was injured Wednesday when the 1999 Kenworth truck he was driving overturned on K-156, 8 miles northeast of Great Bend.

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower’s Aktion Club helps collect school supplies for youngsters

Three local non-profit entities recently teamed up to donate approximately $350 worth of school supplies to local and area children.

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Stuff the Bus

Donita Wolf from Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice takes another shopping cart of donated items to a waiting bus, Wednesday afternoon in front of the ...

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Theater: All the drama stays on stage

Barton Community College Theater Director Erin Renard welcomed students to campus Wednesday with an open house in the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium.

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington Labor Day celebration starts with Kick-off, BBQ and more

Hoisington's Labor Day Weekend will starts with the Chamber Ambassador's Community BBQ and 5th Quarter Beer Garden at the corner of 7th and ...

August 19, 2015 | | Local News


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