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Radon—a serious public health concern

Many Kansans are unaware that radon gas may be sneaking into their homes, businesses or schools. January has been named Radon Awareness Month to help educate communities and provide free testing in participating counties. Barton County Health Department will be distributing free radon testing kits on a first come, first served basis beginning on Monday, January 6, during regular business hours.

December 26, 2013 | | Local News


The history of Perkins and the American Flag

The feeling in America in the early 1970s was changing, full of turmoil and political unrest. America was beginning to retreat in Vietnam, and the Watergate scandal was draining citizens of their patriotism. The negative public sentiment and disrespect toward America and the flag deeply disturbed our owner at that time, Wyman Nelson. During all of this, Perkins was expanding rapidly with an average of two store openings per month bringing the total up from 12 stores to over 350 in a few short years.

December 24, 2013 | | Local News


Snow sculptures wanted for GBRC contest

A foot of snow with school out may be the perfect combination for a prolific season of snow art. Garet Fitzpatrick at the Great Bend Recreation Commission reminds area residents that its annual snow sculpture contest runs through March 31, 2014.

December 23, 2013 | | Local News


Snow, ice totals reported by NWS

WICHITA - Great Bend received 11 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita, which covers southern and south central Kansas. McPherson County received in excess of 10 inches of snow.

December 23, 2013 | | Local News


Slide-offs result in minor injuries

As the snow fell Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office warned motorists to stay off the roads if possible, and the Emergency Accident Reporting System went into effect. Motorists did not have to immediately report non-injury accidents if no alcohol was involved and the roadway was not blocked, but were advised to report accidents as soon as possible after the storm had cleared.

December 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


AHA warns: Don't drink and shovel snow

Great Bend-area residents should approach their snow shovels with caution, the American Heart Association says. Research shows cardiovascular events like sudden cardiac arrest may increase during cold winter months.

December 21, 2013 | | Local News


Winter storm watch issued for Saturday, Sunday

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has issued a winter storm watch in effect from Saturday through late Sunday morning for Barton, Ellsworth and Rice counties.

December 20, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Gift giving

December 18, 2013 | | Local News


Relay award

December 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tristan Mitchell attains Eagle Scout

Tristan Mitchell was recently awarded the prestigious Eagle Scout award at a Boy Scout Troop 184 Eagle Court of Honor. The Eagle Scout award is the highest youth honor in Scouting.

December 17, 2013 | | Local News


CKCA to hold Christmas program

Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold its all-school Christmas program at 7 p.m. Thursday in the First Assembly of God Church's main auditorium, 601 S. Patton Rd., Great Bend. The public is invited.

December 17, 2013 | | Local News


November Marriage and Divorce Filings

James Leon Weber, Great Bend and Tierra Danielle Lara, Great Bend

December 15, 2013 | | Local News


Youngsters enjoy shopping experience

By Jim Misunas

December 14, 2013 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Sunflower Diversified clients learn nutrition, cooking skills

The chefs in Sunflower Diversified's Cooking Corner have been learning new meal-preparation and kitchen skills, while celebrating several special days during classes this fall.

December 14, 2013 | | Local News


American Legion Riders recognized

Jim Johnson, Sunflower Diversified Services executive director, center, presents a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce gift certificate to Chris Kruger of the American Legion Riders on behalf of Home for the Holidays Parade sponsors. Sunflower, which organizes the annual holiday event as a way to thank the community for its support, recognized the Riders for many years of leading the parade and their many other community-service efforts. Others pictured are Kenny Smith, far left, Roy Titsworth, second from right, and Bill Titsworth.

December 14, 2013 | | Local News


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