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Trailer, gin pole truck burn in Sunday fires

Weekend fires in Great Bend included a mobile home at 5501 Ninth St. and a vehicle fire at Fifth and Hubbard. The Great Bend Police Department is investigating the vehicle fire, involving a truck that was reportedly stolen.

January 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Car catches fire after rolling

SMITH COUNTY - A motorist from Horton and his passenger from Hoisington were injured at 2:27 a.m. Saturday after the driver passed another vehicle and then lost control of the car on a Smith County highway.

January 18, 2016 | | Local News


Touched by Cancer updates meeting schedule

The Touched by Cancer Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St. It will be a sharing meeting plus reading/discussing "Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul – 101 Stories of Courage and Inspiration from Those Who have Survived Cancer."

January 18, 2016 | | Local News


GB Toastmasters success continues

The Great Bend Toastmasters group held its most recent meeting on Jan. 14 at the Great Bend Public Library. Meetings in 2016 will occur from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the library, 1409 Williams St. They are free and open to the public. The next meeting is set for Jan. 28.

January 18, 2016 | | Local News


GBHH&H sets dates for grief sessions

Cathy Soeken understands if someone is uncertain about attending grief-support meetings but she has a couple of encouraging suggestions.

January 18, 2016 | | Local News


BCC to host ribbon cutting for new Welding Lab

Barton Community College in conjunction with the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development will host a coffee followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for its new welding lab at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Technical Building, room T-172.

January 18, 2016 | | Local News


McCracken Public Library fundraiser

McCracken Public Library presents Steve Burns, an Abraham Lincoln re-enactor, from Russell. His portrayal encompasses Lincoln's life from childhood to Gettysburg. The presentation will begin at 7 pm. on Feb. 6, at the McCracken City Building, 402 1st Street.

January 17, 2016 | | Local News


After 'Humphrey,' ODOB moving forward

Superintendent Brad Reed plans to share the success of Great Bend's literacy program, One District, One Book, at a national conference.

January 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


OH BOY!

Megan and Brandon Fyler were excited to start their family almost five years ago, when they learned they were expecting their first son, Colton. As he neared three years old, the couple wanted to give him a brother or sister. As it turns out, Colton will get a brother. And another. And another. Oh, and another.

January 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pep Rally whips up Panthers

Friday morning students at Great Bend High School reported to the gymnasium for the Winter Homecoming Pep Rally. Candidates were announced and honored before making their way to their court at the west end of the basketball court.

January 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Youth entrepreneurship contest to be offered in 5-county area

ST. JOHN – Area high school students will take over St. John on Wednesday, March 2 with business products and service ideas.

January 14, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Colorado pot in Kansas

Ever since Colorado has loosened the grip on marijuana and made it legal to have small amounts, there has been an uptick of marijuana in Kansas. There is no hard evidence of this so Kansas law makers are deriving a plan on how to track this.

January 14, 2016 | Russ Edem | Local News


Teachers examine next texts

Superintendent Brad Reed told the school board Monday he's received positive feedback on plans to add lessons in good behavior to the Great Bend USD 428 curriculum.

January 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood apartments focus of resolution

The Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night and marked the beginning of a new year by awarding an Ellinwood Service Award to Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek for serving the community in his position for the past 20 years.

January 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBHS Winter Homecoming

Great Bend High School's Winter Homecoming candidates are shown. In front is crown bearer Kashton Broeckelman; flower girl Daylynn McGurk is not pictured.

January 14, 2016 | | Local News


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