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Rush County June Jaunt events will showcase Relay for Life

Friday. June 5

June 03, 2015 | | Local News

Tornado siren in southeast Great Bend out of service

The tornado warning siren at 5th and Chestnut in the southeastern part of Great Bend will be out of service until further notice, the Great Bend Police Department reported Wednesday afternoon.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News

St. John dentist recovering in Wichita from fall


June 03, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

​Charges in motorcycle fatalities allege improper safety equipment

The trailer that broke free from a pickup and hit a motorcycle on Great Bend's 10th Street last August, causing the deaths of a Hutchinson couple, did not have an adequate safety chain, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Barton County District Court. The complaint also alleges the load was not securely fastened.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Lorraine man dies in Ellsworth Co. accident

A Lorraine man died Tuesday as the result of a one-vehicle accident in Ellsworth County.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News

These kids aren’t in trouble

If you see local youth being hauled around Friday and Friday, June 12, in police cars or in the back of ambulances it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident, said Jefferson Davis, Great Bend Police Department School liaison officer.

June 03, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Great Bend newest cop to join force soon

In a matter of a few weeks, the newest officer will join the Great Bend Police Department. The officer's name is Lazer and she is a two-year-old black German shepherd.

June 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

41st annual Kansas bicycle tour

The 41st year of the largest bicycling event in Kansas historya 505-mile ride across the State begins on Saturday. BIKING ACROSS KANSAS is an eight-day tour originating at the Kansas-Colorado line with a route consisting of close to 900 bicyclists and support staff.

June 03, 2015 | | Local News

Fourth kidnapping suspect arrested

The fourth suspect in a kidnapping investigation was arrested Monday in Ellinwood, authorities confirmed.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Charges filed in fatal 2014 accident

A Great Bend man has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of a husband and wife riding a motorcycle through Great Bend last August.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Volleyball, barbecue canceled

The sand volleyball tournament and United Way community barbecue scheduled for this coming Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park have been canceled, due to high waters from recent rains, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes announced.

June 02, 2015 | | Local News

Pawnee Rock hears fire department needs, seeks to electrify the Rock

Monday night, Pawnee Rock's City Council met and received a clear picture of the status of the fire department, along with many helpful suggestions from its new fire chief. A proposal, presented by new resident Basil Dannebohm, also provided a vision for how the city could put its greatest attraction to use. While it became clear the city has many needs, changes made over few years are beginning to build momentum.

June 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Woman who took Honor Flight money sentenced to prison

LaVeta D. Miller was sentenced Tuesday to 25 months in prison, and ordered to pay more than $129,000 in restitution, for stealing money from Central Prairie RC&D. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty granted a departure from sentencing guidelines that would have placed Miller on probation.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Not the same old grind

When Sunflower Diversified Services was awarded $12,000 by the Barton County Commission last year to bolster its recycling efforts, the agency had two goals, SDS Director Jim Johnson said.

June 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend releases new website & facility rules

The City of Great Bend announced Tuesday that the new Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend website is up and running. The website includes new information regarding the waterpark and can be viewed at

June 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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GBHS play photos

Photos taken Nov. 11, 2015. The play will be shown at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, and at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

November 12, 2015 | | Local News

Arsenic and Old Lace

The classic dark comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," is this year's all-school play at Great Bend High School.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

From taxes to land values

Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz summed up the sentiments of county officials from across in two sentences.

November 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Out of the Morgue

The day before Great Bend was touched by a devastating tornado, the discussion of traffic rules and was beginning, and the discussion of lighted streets ...

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Kansas 150 1901-1925

February 04, 2011 | | Local News

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