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Boy Scout sign-up

On Thursday boys and their families will be able to sign up for Scouting during the Great Bend Sign up for Scouting night. There is no registration fee and every boy that signs up to be a scout will get a free subscription to Boys Life Magazine. Cub Scouting is for boys in the first through fifth grades. The program combines outdoor activities, sports, academics, and more in a program that helps families teach ideals such as honesty, good citizenship, and respect. Last year, more than 250 youth participated in scouting programs across the area. The Boy Scouts of America ...

September 03, 2014 | | Local News

Dream Center director to speak at NAMI

Kimberly Becker, director of the Central Kansas Dream Center, will be the featured speaker at the next NAMI meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the basement of St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, 3515 Broadway.

September 02, 2014 | | Local News

St. Rose specialty doctor shares new blood pressure guidelines

Since new guidelines for treating high blood pressure announced earlier this year haven't received much public attention, David Gile, M.D., wanted to share the information – if for no other reason than to stress the importance of blood pressure checks.

September 02, 2014 | | Local News

Rose Kelly Rose Award

After a 56-year career spanning two centuries, seven decades and two retirements, it seemed like a fitting sendoff for Rose Kelly to receive a R.O.S.E (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) Award and a bouquet of red roses.

September 02, 2014 | | Local News

Soar over to KWEC’s Butterfly festival

All things "butterfly" will be the focus of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's Butterfly Festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 13.

September 02, 2014 | | Local News

Asphalt overlay on K-156 Highway in Barton County

Starting around Thursday, the Kansas Department of Transportation will begin an asphalt overlay project on a 17-mile section of K-156 Highway in Barton County, from the Barton-Ellsworth County line to the US-56/K-156 junction east of Great Bend.

August 31, 2014 | | Local News

KHP requests assistance locating possible witness and information on US-56 fatality crash involving

This past Sunday, Aug. 24, the Kansas Highway Patrol investigated a collision outside of Overbrook on US-56 Highway, milepost 409, between Croco Road and Paulen Road, in Osage County. It is believed that a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on US-56 Highway. The collision occurred at approximately 5:05 a.m. on Sunday.

August 31, 2014 | | Local News

Foster Parents Needed in Barton County - Saint Francis Community Services to provide free training i

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 at 6 p.m. on Sept. 8, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 2101 Jackson Street, Great Bend.

August 31, 2014 | | Local News

Sand Hills State Park Open for Reservations

Visitors can now reserve a campsite at Sand Hills State Park, located just north of Hutchinson, two miles east of the K-61/56th Street intersection. The park is a 1,123 acre natural area of sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. It features 64 utility sites – 44 sites have water, sewer, and electricity and 20 sites have only water and sewer. All sites have 50-amp service. Twenty sites have concrete pads and camping areas to assist campers with disabilities, and 14 of the sites have horse pens. Long-term camping is available, and modern cabins are planned for the future. A ...

August 31, 2014 | | Local News

Sterling House music

Ken Degenhardt will play old time music with his accordion at the Sterling House in Great Bend starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. The public is invited.

August 29, 2014 | | Local News

Water Vision Draft Survey developed for input

In response to Kansans wanting a simple way to provide feedback on the Preliminary Discussion Draft on the Future of Water in Kansas, an online survey has been developed and can be found on the Kansas Water Office website,

August 28, 2014 | | Local News

Hazard Mitigation plan

Interested Barton County citizens are invited to review the Final Draft of the Region E Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan until September 4, 2014. Comments on the document are welcomed and individuals should go to the Barton County website to view the proposed plan. Participation by citizens is an important element in the development of emergency plan development.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News

Take KDOT along on your fall travels

Whether you are getting ready for the last bash of the summer or getting ready for the start of football season it's helpful to know what is on the road ahead. Before you get stopped by a big detour, check out the Kansas Department of Transportation's travel planning system.

August 27, 2014 | | Local News

​Auditions announced for musical ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Barton Community College music department will host auditions for its holiday musical, the Charles Dickens classic, "A Christmas Carol," at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 and 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8 for adults. There will be a separate audition for children only on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. Actors of all ages are encouraged to audition. The total cast number will be around 35.

August 26, 2014 | | Local News

Personnel on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will discuss personnel when it meets at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. An executive session is on the agenda for discussion of personnel, and the hiring of several individuals for the Barton County campus is on the consent agenda, as well as a part-time military programs instructor. BCC has classrooms at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.

August 26, 2014 | | Local News

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Former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launches 2015-2016 Sebelius Lecture Series

The lecture series named for one of Fort Hays State University's most notable alumni, former U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius, will feature an October ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local News

Patrol announces plans for Post-It Inspiration from State Fair Patrol car

Every year, the Kansas Highway Patrol hosts an informational booth at the Kansas State Fair. This year's fair came after a few particularly difficult ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local News

City offers help for trees damaged by storms and drought

When high speed winds pushed through yards in Great Bend Sept. 10 and 11, trees and branches were scattered across yards and driveways in different ...

September 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Firefighters from central Kansas enjoy the camaraderie just as much as the training provided by the Great Bend fire department.

September 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News

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