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GBHS A&P visits elementary school

There's no better way to learn a subject than to teach it. That was the takeaway lesson for students of Andrea Maxwell, who teaches anatomy and physiology at Great Bend High School. The teenagers wrote and illustrated books about major systems in the human body and shared them with Jefferson School first and second graders. "In order to teach the material you have to know the material thoroughly," noted Jaxx Hillman, sophomore.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


Duck hunters invited to breakfast, raffle at KWEC

Duck hunting season begins on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the Cheyenne Bottoms area. Duck hunters are invited to stop by the Kansas Wetlands Education Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free doughnuts, coffee, and juice. The free breakfast is being sponsored by Great Bend Regional Hospital.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications

The Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming grant opportunities. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, government entities, and clubs and civic/community organizations in Barton, Pawnee, Rush, and Stafford counties for charitable programs and projects. Funds are available primarily for the health and well-being of youth; however, limited funds are available in many other categories.

October 03, 2013 | | Local News


Weiner Dog Races

By Jim Misunas

October 02, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Local News


GBHS Debate team wins 10 medals and a trophy at first tournament

The Great Bend High School Debate Squad competed at their first tournament of the season at Valley Center's Debate tournament on Sept.the 28th. Six teams competed in three divisions. In the novice division, Ashtin Heath and Aaron Miller placed 6th and Trae Black and Malia Clark placed 2nd. Black expressed, "It was so much fun for my first time! I can't believe how well we did for our first tournament! I know I wouldn't be as good as I am without my Debate Family! They're amazing!" In the JV division Kane Schumacher and Jordan Stoulil ...

October 02, 2013 | | Local News


Landscaping project

A small fountain has been added to the front of the Barton County Detention Center. Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a trusty dug and lined a pool and installed a pump using a "junk" fountain on hand at the Administrative Building. "No tax dollars were used," Bellendir said.

October 01, 2013 | | Local News


Saint Francis Community Services offers free class for prospective foster parents

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting Oct. 7, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, in Great Bend.

September 29, 2013 | | Local News


Unique items features at St. Rose's Heartland Cancer Center auction

A Cheyenne Bottoms Photo Safari is one of the unique items to be featured at the Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) Benefit Auction.

September 28, 2013 | | Local News


Police reports give updates on recent accidents

More information on recent accidents was released Friday when reports were made available at the Great Bend Police Department.

September 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Conceal-carry exceptions on commission agenda

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 rezoning request in Olmitz, firearm conceal-carry exceptions in county buildings and the Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line.

September 27, 2013 | | Local News


​Golden Belt families join Operation Christmas Child

Faith Community Church will host a celebration Saturday, Sept. 28, to kick off the expected 15,000 shoebox gifts that southwest Kansas residents will collect this year for needy children overseas. The event for Operation Christmas Child starts at 9:30 a.m. at the church, located at 293 West Barton County Road, Great Bend.

September 26, 2013 | | Local News


Concert will benefit Emergency Aid

The Community Music for Mission Concert will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in the Presbyterian Church Sanctuary at 24th and Washington.

September 26, 2013 | | Local News


Coats ready for giveaway

After weeks of collecting coats, Trinity United Methodist Church is ready to conclude its Community Coat Redistribution project.

September 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Three pedestrians hit in one week

Update: The earlier accidents actually involved men on bicycles, not pedestrians. More information on these and other cases was posted on Sept. 27.

September 26, 2013 | | Local News


Middle school dance Friday

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be sponsoring a Fall Middle School Dance from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. It is for all Great Bend Middle school students.

September 25, 2013 | | Local News


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​Barton County wheat better than 2014

With the 2015 Kansas wheat harvest in full swing, the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Grain and Feed Association provided the following reports.

June 24, 2015 | | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Wheat harvest coming in strong

According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


St. Rose physician recommends proper use of helmets for cyclists

Jill Doerfler, M.D., has seen up close and personal what can happen during a bicycle or motorcycle accident. She has treated people who have been injured and acknowledged that she has been "pretty banged up" herself.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend council sets goals for 2016

Noting progress in their key goals from last year, Great Bend City Council members Monday night honed in on their targets for the upcoming 2016 budget year.

June 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Military Monday is a hit

Crowds gathered at the Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend to enjoy Military Monday. Approximately 500 people came out to see the band despite the heat.

June 23, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Brookdale of Great Bend (Sterling House of Great Bend), 1206 Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Kevin Sundahl and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Huelskamp vets visit

Huelskamp staff to host local office hours in Great Bend for Veterans' concerns

June 23, 2015 | | Local News


Cyclists will assist Stafford County projects Tuesday

By JIM MISUNAS

June 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Who ya going to call?

There are a lot of folks who call 911 when really aren't facing an emergency, and Barton County 911 Supervisor Dena Popp is out to change that.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County to allow two days of fireworks popping

The discharge of fireworks on both Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, will be allowed in unincorporated areas of Barton County following a split County Commission decision Monday morning.

June 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Claflin cleans up

Monday, June 8, the Claflin City Council met and agreed to pay the back taxes and write off the cost of demolition of a house located at 304 Albro. The demomolition expense is expected to be $2,000.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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