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​Library to close temporary outpost

The Great Bend Public Library will close its temporary location at 3407 10th St. on April 7 as the staff prepares for the move back to Williams Street. The library will reopen on Wednesday, April 15, at 1409 Williams St. For more information call 792-2409.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 5:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

Benefit 5K Run/Walk for Royal Kids Camp

First Assembly of God will host the second annual Benefit 5k Run/Walk for Royal Family Kids Camp at 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The race will begin and end at Brit Spaugh Park on North Main Street in Great Bend. The event will benefit Royal Family Kids Camp, a summer camp for abused or neglected foster children in Kansas.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 5:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

Zoo construction

The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. “Coyotes are more agile than wolves,” she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 5:18 p.m. | 0 Comments
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God & Country concert

The Central Kansas Community Choir (CKCC) rehearses Sunday night in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Barton Community College.

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Posted: mar. 30, 2015 11:30 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Wetland Explorer: Migration Madness

While we humans are getting our excitement watching the NCAA March Madness basketball tournament, the animal world is gearing up for one of the most impressive natural phenomena in the world – migration! Thousands of species of birds around the world travel vast distances each year to get the most out of their habitat.   

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 1:53 p.m. | 0 Comments

Cheryl Rugan announces candidacy

Cheryl (Dunlap) Rugan, CPA, has announced her candidacy for reelection to the USD 428 Board of Education. She considers herself a concerned mother of children in the public school system, not a politician. After consideration of the importance of sound leadership and the impact that the USD 428 school board has on our children and the community, she believes that she has a vested interest to stay involved. “I will continue to approach the school board position with no hidden agenda, but with an open mind, listening and utilizing my experience where I can add value to this community that ...

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 1:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Check It Out!

If you have little ones in your life, our library is a great place to spend with them! These are some of the latest books that Julie has added:

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 1:29 p.m. | 0 Comments

Cold Weather Rule to end March 31

The Kansas Cold Weather Rule ends on Tuesday, and Kansans who are delinquent on electric and natural gas utility bills will be subject to disconnection of service. The rule, in effect Nov. 1 through March 31, each year, provides protection to residential customers who cannot fully pay winter utility bills from companies under the Kansas Corporation Commission’s (KCC) jurisdiction. That protection ends Tuesday.

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 11:41 a.m. | 0 Comments

Lori Reneau seeking USD 428 School Board seat

Lori Reneau is seeking a seat on the Great Bend USD 428 School Board. Lori has lived in Great Bend for the past 20 years. She received her high school diploma from Chaparral High School in Anthony and her associate’s degree from Barton Community College. Lori and her husband, Kenny, have been married for 21 years and have two children in the school district. Keaton is a sophomore at Great Bend High School and Ethan is a 6th grader at Park Elementary School. For the past 20 years Lori has been employed full time as a Certified Evidence Control ...

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Posted: mar. 27, 2015 11:36 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 11:34 a.m. | 0 Comments

​Kiwanis Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for Saturday

The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 7:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

Community Concerts of 2015-16 season come 'From the Top'

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 3:53 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Local candidates submit short biographies

Editor’s note: Great Bend’s League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week’s forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 3:44 p.m. | 0 Comments

Parkinson's group to meet April 7

In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

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Posted: mar. 28, 2015 3:34 p.m. | 0 Comments

Illusionist Reza to perform Friday

Reza the Illusionist will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Crest Theater. The program is a benefit for Star of Hope and for Great Bend Community Theatre. Tickets are $17 for adults, $11 for students; children under 5 will be admitted free.

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Posted: mar. 26, 2015 8:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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CKCA Open House

Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold their annual Open House from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Current students attending CKCA are invited to check out their school projects, have refreshments and join in fellowship. Prospective students and their families, along with families interested in the school, are welcome to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the classrooms, sign up for Kindergarten screenings, meet the teachers and learn about the school curriculum. CKCA is independent of any local church. For more information call the school office at 792-3477.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 11:42 a.m. | 0 Comments

Great Bend High School Kayette’s annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant

The Great Bend High School Kayette’s annual Mr. Perfect Panther Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at the high school auditorium. The evening features eight of the high schools finest senior boys competing in various pageant categories to help raise money for Mrs. Annetta Schaub, who is battling cancer for the second time. Seniors competing include Jayce Brack, Grant Harris, Walter Helms, Adam Jacobs, Josh Moran, Branden Paden, Blake Sullivan, and Ty Yager. Tickets are $3 for general admission and can be purchased at the door.  All proceeds to benefit Mrs. Schaub.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 11:25 a.m. | 0 Comments

​GBPD officer on leave after domestic battery arrest


A Great Bend Police Department patrol officer was placed on administrative leave following his arrest last Saturday on a domestic battery charge.

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Posted: mar. 25, 2015 3:51 p.m. | 0 Comments

Hoisington Municipal Court Docket - March 19

Vicki L. Batt, open container, trail April 16

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 12:50 p.m. | 0 Comments

Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Montana Mike’s, 906 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Amy Habiger and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 12:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

Supreme Court announces cases for April 13 docket at Fort Hays State University

The Kansas Supreme Court announced the three cases it will hear April 13 at Fort Hays State University, its next destination in ongoing outreach to familiarize Kansans with the high court, its work, and the overall role of the Kansas judiciary.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 12:09 p.m. | 0 Comments

Wreck occurs west of GB

Law enforcement officers work the scene of a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon 5 miles west of Great Bend at U.S. 56 and SW 50 Ave. Kansas Highway Patrol reports this was a non-injury accident.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 8:43 p.m. | 0 Comments
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'Live From Nashville' coming to Great Bend

The Golden Belt Community Concert Association will present “Live From Nashville,” a country music song-and-dance spectacular from Nashville-based Matt Davenport Productions. Tracing the history of country music from its roots to its sold-out stadiums of today, this production represents a century of celebrities and songs – and the tradition that gave Music City its name.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 7:34 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Strategic planning on BCC Trustees’ agenda


The current strategic plan for Barton Community College is scheduled for renewal and development and to be in place for fiscal years 2016-2021. The first phase of strategic planning is underway and involves the establishment of a strategic planning framework that will be considered at the next BCC Board of Trustees meeting, set for  4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 5:05 p.m. | 0 Comments

Extreme fire danger posted for Tuesday


WICHITA — Barton County is included in a red flag warning for extreme grassland fire danger until 7 p.m. Tuesday, issued by the National Weather Service in Wichita.

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Posted: mar. 24, 2015 1:48 p.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield. Items on the agenda include the 2015-2016 school calendar; a resolution maintaining BOE member elections in April; and licensed teacher retirements, resignations and personnel appointment. Eisenhower Elementary School Principal Tricia Reiser and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Eisenhower.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 11:41 a.m. | 0 Comments

​Stop ‘N Learn program features frogs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host a free Stop ‘N Learn Session titled “Fantastic Frogs” from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, at the Great Bend Activity Center 2715 18th St. This program will also be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 5:51 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Teen seriously injured in rollover

A Great Bend teenager was flown to a Wichita hospital following a one-vehicle accident Sunday morning in the 800 block of NW 40 Road.

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Posted: mar. 23, 2015 4:54 p.m. | 0 Comments

Kans for Kids Radiothon

The 5th Annual Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Radiothon will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 27, on all four Eagle Radio stations. There will also be special activities, including live-remote broadcasts, from  1 to 5 p.m. at the Kans for Kids can drop locations: Walgreen’s in Great Bend; the recycling center in Hoisington; Knop’s in Ellinwood; behind the library in Claflin; and at Sportsman’s Corner in Russell. Donate your aluminum cans at any of those locations or call 620-562-5437 and pledge your support to make a difference to children ...

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 2:44 p.m. | 0 Comments

League of Women Voters candidate forum

The League of Women Voter’s of Great Bend will be presenting a candidate’s forum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Crest Theatre on the square, downtown Great Bend. It is free of charge to the public. Candidates who have someone running in opposition will be on the forum. There will be three races for the spring election. There are openings on the Board of Trustees for Barton Community College, Great Bend

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 1:26 p.m. | 0 Comments

VisionRT offers accuracy, safety at Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute

Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute will soon be equipped with a new imaging system called VisionRT that offers pinpoint accuracy and enhanced patient safety during radiation treatments.

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 1:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Thank You For The Music!!!

Do you remember ABBA? The movie and stage play “Mamma Mia” was built around their stirring music. The melodies and rhythm of their music stirred the souls of people around the world and made us all better and happy in the way that seemingly only their music could do.  “Thank You For The Music” was a signature song that celebrated the gift of music to them as performers, and brought us as listeners to a moment of reverent recognition of the true value of music in our lives. I still get a lump in my throat when I hear that ...

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Posted: mar. 19, 2015 12:43 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Parenting workshop set

A three part “Responsive Discipline” parenting workshop is set to begin soon. The class, led by Donna Krug, Barton County Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 31, April 7, and 14, at the Barton County Extension Office. Registration is $5 which covers the cost of materials. Program participants will learn why children misbehave and strategies for preventing misbehavior. Call Krug at 793-1910 if you have questions or to register.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 11:48 a.m. | 0 Comments

Walmart safe driver

Jeff Davis knew what he was going to do with his life at 5 years old, he said. He was going to drive trucks for a living.

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Posted: mar. 20, 2015 11:39 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Check It Out!

Possibilities for your Spring Break reading enjoyment:

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 11:29 a.m. | 0 Comments

Great Bend City Cemetery Board meeting

The Great Bend City Cemetery Board will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Great Bend Cemetery Office.

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Posted: mar. 18, 2015 11:29 a.m. | 0 Comments

Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:39 p.m. | 0 Comments
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More photos of Tot Spot

These images show the one of the musical elements that will be featured at the Tot Spot, and the alternate color choice. Vote for glue/green or pink/yellow on the Tot Spot Facebook page.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 5:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Deines Center to display SHPTV auction art

RUSSELL — The Smoky Hill Public Television Signature Auction is coming to the Deines Cultural Center.

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 4:39 p.m. | 0 Comments

Model railroad group to hold swap meet

Golden Belt Model Railroad Association  will hold a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave, Great Bend.  

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Posted: mar. 21, 2015 4:16 p.m. | 0 Comments

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