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Levee gate to be opened Friday

The Great Bend Public Works Department will open a gate across the flood control levee system at south Washington Street sometime the Friday afternoon, said City Engineer Rob Winiecke. This is meant to provide access to the Arkansas River for all-terrain and off-road vehicles. Winiecke saod users are advised to be mindful of pedestrians and to stay outside of the fenced areas (including the levees).

March 27, 2013 | | Local News


BCC trustees look at academic advancement

With the 2012-13 school year wrapping up, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has a short agenda for the next regular meeting, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Trustees will hear a report on academic advancement.

March 25, 2013 | | Local News


BCC Foundation's 6th annual Clay Shoot registrations being accepted

Registrations are being accepted for the Barton Community College Foundation's sixth annual Clay Shoot, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Serving, 3721 183rd St., Russell. The last shoot begins at 3 p.m.

March 23, 2013 | | Local News


Winter Storm Warning Issued

A WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 AM SATURDAY TO 1 PM CDT SUNDAY...FOR BARTON COUNTY, IN ADDITION TO ELLSWORTH, RUSSELL AND RICE COUNTIES AND THOSE COUNTIES WEST AND NORTH OF GREAT BEND.

March 22, 2013 | | Local News


Santa Fe Trail Antiques & Collectibles

Ellinwood is known for an array of antique shops, and in the last year a new one has been added, Santa Fe Trail Antiques and Collectibles. Opened last September by Fred Troyer, it features quality pottery, glassware and furniture.

March 22, 2013 | Deborah Freund | Local News


Lenten Luncheon: First UMC

The final 2013 Lenten Luncheon will be Wednesday, March 27, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. The Rev. Lennie Maxwell is host pastor and the speaker will be the Rev. Leroy Keith, First Baptist Church. Serving begins at noon – not earlier – and lunch ends at 1 p.m. Freewill offerings will be taken to defray the expenses of the host congregation. The public is invited to attend.

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Former Great Bend resident charged with theft from Newton Chamber

NEWTON - A former employee with the Newton Chamber of Commerce has been charged with stealing from the organization.

March 21, 2013 | BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | Local News


Fox debut

Vixey, the new white arctic fox at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, is ready to move to a display for public viewing. Members of the Great Bend Zoo Society can be among the first to see her at 6 p.m. Friday. This after-hours event is for members only, but new memberships will be accepted, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The cost for a family is $25 a year. Starting Saturday, everyone who comes to the zoo during regular hours will be able to see Vixey, who is named after the fox in Disney's animated film, "The Fox ...

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Geraniums for sale now by Great Bend Pilot Club - delivery on May 1st or 2nd

The Great Bend Pilot Club sells geraniums each year and then uses the profit to help with their community projects, with an emphasis on protecting the brain. They reach over 800 young students (per year) acting out and telling them how to protect their brain. The organization has been responsible for getting a lift for the pool at Club 1 Fitness so that stroke victims can get into the pool and exercise. In 2010, the club provided Wiis for four different organizations. Approximately 25 car booster seats were provided to families of children in head-start program in 2011 and more ...

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Shafer Gallery director to deliver Holy Week art talks

Holy week is a time in which many people reflect on their lives and spirituality. Barton Community College will offer a chance to supplement this reflection through a series of interactive art lectures, "The Painted Word: Holy Week Meditations," from noon to 1 p.m. March 25-27 and 29 at the Shafer Art Gallery.

March 21, 2013 | | Local News


Roberts files for City Council

Edwin O. Roberts is a candidate for the Great Bend City Council, Ward I. Below is a biography he submitted.

March 17, 2013 | | Local News


Asperger’s and Antlers

In the vast world of normalcy, Jeremy Cale exists on the fringe. His best days in life are spent camping in the great outdoors and living as a full-fledged mountain man. Creating art around that lifestyle has been his enduring passion. Cale is a nature artist, turning antlers and other wilderness relics into remarkable pieces of art.

March 17, 2013 | | Local News


Regional bands set to enter High Plains Showcase

SALINA – Starting Monday, the 2013 High Plains Showcase will begin receiving entries from performers interested in competing in the event. The Showcase, produced in part by Salina Arts & Humanitiesne, places an emphasis on drawing talent from the western part of the state. In its first year, it will feature satellite concerts in Garden City, Hays, Great Bend, and Colby. Event dates – running from March 23 to April 27 – are staggered so that performers may enter more than one. Some of them will take place in conjunction with already established community events, such as the 18th Annual Central Kansas Spring Expo ...

March 15, 2013 | | Local News


Convention Center maintenance on council agenda

Efforts to improve the Great Bend Convention Center will be one topic when the Great Bend City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. Other items on the agenda will include the Cinema 6 theater, a request from the organizers of the Big Bend Bike Rally and Blizzard Energy.

March 15, 2013 | | Local News


St. Rose sponsors free ‘Yoga in Chairs’ ITV presentation

A slow and gentle approach to yoga will be demonstrated during the next Interactive Television (ITV) presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. It is free and open to the public.

March 15, 2013 | | Local News


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