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WICHITA — A teenager battling cancer with Great Bend connections enjoyed a “Sweet 16,” birthday, thanks to the kindness of a stranger.

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Posted: aug. 15, 2017 10:39 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD — A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that ...

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Posted: aug. 15, 2017 10:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by ...

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Posted: aug. 15, 2017 10:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Cuts in federal funding a trend

 It’s a mouth full and its an annual ritual for the Unified School District 428 School board. But the approval of Local Consolidated Plan ...

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Posted: aug. 15, 2017 3:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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District enrollment holding close to constant

 With the first day of school a week away, the early enrollment numbers for Unified School District 428 are in and looking good, Superintendent Khris ...

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Posted: aug. 15, 2017 3:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Ricochet leaves one wounded

 BARTON COUNTY – An Ellinwood man was wounded Monday evening when he was struck by what is believed to have been a ricocheted bullet, Barton County ...

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Posted: aug. 15, 2017 3:07 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Teachers tell district why they stay

 Historically, Unified School District 428 has surveyed teachers leaving the district. But, for the first time, teachers staying were asked why they wanted to remain ...

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Posted: aug. 14, 2017 7:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Commission OKs ‘jake brake’ ban

 About a month ago, a resident complained to the Barton County Commission about the use of “jake brakes” on South McKinley and Railroad Avenue just ...

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Posted: aug. 14, 2017 10:48 a.m. | 0 Comments
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GOOD CLEAN FUN

Saturday morning, as 17th Ave. East of McKinley began to fill up with floats and other parade entries, families made their way to the parade ...

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Posted: aug. 14, 2017 10:31 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

 The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an ...

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 10:49 a.m. | 0 Comments
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U.S. 56 milling and overlay from Ellinwood to Lyons to begin

 A 19-mile asphalt mill and overlay surfacing project on U.S. 56 in Barton and Rice counties will begin this week. The project is located ...

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Posted: aug. 11, 2017 3:25 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fire Chief Napolitano announces retirement

 Longtime Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano announced Friday he plans to retire effective Sept. 1. 

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Posted: aug. 11, 2017 3:17 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Best viewing times for eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, on Monday, Aug. 21.

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Posted: aug. 11, 2017 1:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Free eclipse glasses available

More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Monday, Aug. 21, total solar eclipse.

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Posted: aug. 11, 2017 12:45 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Marsh Musings

 It has been necessary for Sandra and me to be in Kansas City for several days. It is almost strange to see all the traffic ...

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Posted: aug. 11, 2017 9:01 a.m. | 0 Comments
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BOE may revise medication policy

A possible revision of the school district’s policy for supervision of medications is on the agenda for the Great Bend USD 428 Board of ...

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 8:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 has preschool openings

Great Bend USD 428 still has openings in its 4-year-old preschool class set to start Aug. 23. The attendance site is at Riley School and ...

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 8:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Budget hearing set for USD 428

A 4.3-mill increase in local property taxes for Great Bend USD 428’s supplemental budget will be offset by a 4.3-mill decrease in ...

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 8:18 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Moran supports extending Veterans Choice Program

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran fielded questions about health care for veterans and the Veterans Choice Program during a town hall Thursday at the American ...

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 8:15 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Crash sends one to hospital

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a one-vehicle crash at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday just west of Dorrance on I-70.

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 5:19 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Teaching the teachers

New teachers at Great Bend USD 428 met at the District Education Center on Thursday for training with Assistant Superintendent John Popp. This year there ...

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 10:26 a.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 ready for new year

With the start of school less than two weeks away, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton is excited.

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Posted: aug. 10, 2017 10:07 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Ellinwood Country Living to host barbecue for Christmas fund


ELLINWOOD — Ellinwood Country Living will host a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, at the facility, located at 302 ...

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Posted: aug. 09, 2017 4:48 p.m. | 0 Comments
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People in poverty asked to lead new program

A new group aims to reduce poverty in Barton County by turning to the experts — those who live from paycheck to paycheck and crisis to ...

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Posted: aug. 09, 2017 4:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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City opens request tracker for questions

 Monday nights city council meeting had an outpouring of citizens wanting answers. Now, the City of Great Bend staff would like to try to Paula ...

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Posted: aug. 09, 2017 11:08 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Pawnee Rock holds hearings on tornado damaged homes

PAWNEE ROCK — The aftermath of the May 16 tornado that passed through the southwestern Barton County town of Pawnee Rock left seven properties more than ...

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Posted: aug. 08, 2017 11:37 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Algae bloom forces boat race cancelation

 Erring on the side of caution, the Party in the Park boat races scheduled for Saturday have been canceled due to a minor toxic blue-green ...

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Posted: aug. 08, 2017 9:18 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC budget approved

The budget previously proposed by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees was officially approved Tuesday following a public budget hearing.

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Posted: aug. 08, 2017 7:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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ZWEYGARDT 'Kansas Revisited' Exhibit

The Shafer Gallery will host an opening reception for its upcoming exhibit “ZWEYGARDT” from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Shafer Gallery. “ZWEYGARDT ...

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Posted: aug. 08, 2017 10:20 a.m. | 0 Comments
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COMMUNITY SEEKS ANSWERS

In the end, nothing changed. 

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Posted: aug. 07, 2017 11:17 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBMS announces practice times

Great Bend Middle School announces practice times for Aug. 14-16:

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Posted: aug. 07, 2017 3:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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School board to hold budget meeting

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the District Education ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2017 3:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Rob and Trisha Dove named Old Bill Honorees

Each year the Barton Community College Foundation Board chooses someone to honor with the “Old Bill” honorarium at its annual Big Benefit Auction. This year ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2017 3:20 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Commission OKs radio tower lease

 The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an amended lease agreement with Brad Demel for property east of Susank that is the site of a ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2017 2:02 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Bag worms invade memorial parks

About a month ago, Barton County personnel discovered bag worms had invested the trees at the two county-owned memorial parks, Golden Belt and Hillcrest, north ...

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Posted: aug. 07, 2017 10:11 a.m. | 0 Comments
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GIANT WATER FIGHT

The Kiwanis Wet/Dry Parade will provide a fun way to cool off Saturday, Aug. 12, at Great Bend’s Party in the Park.

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Posted: aug. 05, 2017 3:09 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Veterans rep to visit Great Bend

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center, 1025 Main Street, from 9 ...

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Posted: aug. 03, 2017 1:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Party under shooting stars

This Friday, Aug. 11, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will hold a party under falling stars.

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Posted: aug. 05, 2017 2:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Summer jam recalled

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of a two-part series on the Summer Jam music festival that took place in Great Bend in August ...

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Posted: aug. 04, 2017 4:27 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Bike Brew Q raises $5K for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Over 160 cyclists, craft beer and barbecue enthusiasts came together and raised upwards of $5,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the second annual ...

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Posted: aug. 05, 2017 12:52 p.m. | 0 Comments
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