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Beginning to look like Christmas

 Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes looked at her calendar Monday morning and it hit her. Thanksgiving in this week, meaning the annual Home for ...

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Posted: nov. 17, 2017 1:42 p.m. | 0 Comments
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County Commission, City Council meet Monday

 The Barton County Commission will meet Monday morning and the Great Bend City Council will meet Monday evening.

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 1:27 p.m. | 0 Comments
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A sign of the times

 When the Great Bend Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1127 was born over a century ago, it boasted 400 members, a number that jumped ...

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Posted: nov. 17, 2017 10:55 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Marsh Musings

 There is so much happening this time of year it almost boggles the mind. Pheasant and quail seasons are open. Ducks and geese are everywhere ...

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Posted: nov. 17, 2017 9:08 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Wetland Explorer

 From wind-surfing hawks to mobs of butterflies, it was a banner fall migration in South Central Kansas. The bird and butterfly list serves were full ...

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Posted: nov. 17, 2017 8:58 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools


Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While ...

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Posted: nov. 17, 2017 5:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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KWEC to hold Holiday Open House

 Join the staff of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center in celebrating the Christmas season with a Holiday Open House from 9 a.m. to noon ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 1:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Ellinwood City Council hears good and not so good news

ELLINWOOD — City Manager Chris Komarek had some good news to report about the bond issue the city passed recently that will fund needed street and ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 5:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 8:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Yarmer to talk about Wolf Brewery

Barton County Historical Society in Great Bend will host a talk by Robert Yarmer on the M.K. Wolf Brewery at 7:30 p.m ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 7:39 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Thanksgiving dinner planned

HOISINGTON — Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 1101 N. Vine St. in Hoisington will have a Thanksgiving Day Dinner including turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Dinner ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 7:37 p.m. | 0 Comments
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House passes tax bill

The House passed Thursday afternoon a sweeping Republican tax bill that will cut taxes for corporations and many Americans, said First District Congressman Roger Marshall ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 4:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Light up a Child's Christmas

Posted: nov. 16, 2017 4:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hunting accidents reported

In the past week the Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks have investigated two accidental shootings, Barton County Sheriff ...

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Posted: nov. 16, 2017 3:53 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Out of the Morgue, Nov 16, 2017

Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with ...

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Posted: nov. 15, 2017 4:43 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBHS band honors recognized

Great Bend High School bands and honor band students were recognized at Monday’s school board meeting. GBHS band instructor Mark DeWald and assistant Don ...

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Posted: nov. 15, 2017 5:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Software solves educators' headaches

It wasn’t hard to convince school board members to subscribe to two new software purchases on Monday, once they heard what the technology will ...

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Posted: nov. 15, 2017 5:45 p.m. | 0 Comments
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ElderCare offers meal program throughout its territory

                A program new to most of ElderCare’s service area allows participants to provide nutritious meals for the elderly, while helping the non-profit agency offset ...

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Posted: nov. 15, 2017 5:38 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Claflin speeding concern discussed

CLAFLIN — City council members met briefly Monday night with a short agenda that included a discussion about participation in an imaging project with the Barton ...

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Posted: nov. 15, 2017 4:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Quilt of Valor presentation

United States Navy Vietnam veteran David Brabander was awarded a Quilt of Valor on Nov. 11, 2017, at the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial ...

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Posted: nov. 14, 2017 9:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC marks 30 years with Midwest Energy

Midwest Energy Inc. made its first donation to the Barton Community College Foundation in support of the Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign 30 years ago. The ...

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Posted: nov. 14, 2017 9:34 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC adds Scales Technician program


Barton Community College’s newest program, Scales Technician classes, will launch on Jan. 8, 2018. The program is completed in one semester of vigorous training ...

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Posted: nov. 14, 2017 9:28 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton Music Department to host free instrumental concert

Barton Community College’s Prairie Winds Concert and Jazz Bands will present a winter-themed concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in the ...

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Posted: nov. 14, 2017 9:13 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Sterling College stages ‘All My Sons’

 STERLING – Students at Sterling College will take the stage in their production of “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller. It will be performed Friday through ...

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Posted: nov. 14, 2017 3:45 p.m. | 0 Comments
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School board hopes to expand JAG program

Great Bend High School student Cierra Wood is glad she didn’t listen to friends who thought the new JAG class would be “boring” and ...

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Posted: nov. 13, 2017 9:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC trustees to discuss programs

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at noon Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Room A-113 of the Administration Building. This is the board ...

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Posted: nov. 13, 2017 7:38 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fire alarm saves local resident

A house at 2111 21st Street in Great Bend was a total loss following a fire Monday morning, Fire Chief Luke McCormick said. But, thanks ...

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Posted: nov. 13, 2017 4:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Keeley reappointed chief judge of 20th Judicial District

 TOPEKA — Kansas Chief Justice Lawton R. Nuss announced Monday the Supreme Court has reappointed Judge Mike Keeley to a two-year term as chief judge of ...

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Posted: nov. 13, 2017 3:15 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Voter turnout a mixed bag

 There were few surprises after the Barton County Commission met as the Board of Canvassers Monday morning to review the ballots from last Tuesday’s ...

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Posted: nov. 13, 2017 2:32 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Give the winners a chance

 The election is over. The voters have spoken. There are new faces in local halls of power.

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Posted: nov. 10, 2017 3:18 p.m. | 0 Comments

Hudson man injured in K-19 crash


A Hudson man was injured Friday morning when the car he was driving was sideswiped by a semi-truck on K-19 in Stafford County.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2017 2:07 p.m. | 0 Comments
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This week's calendar

SUNDAY Nov. 12

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Posted: nov. 11, 2017 1:19 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Veterans honored at Avenue of Flags

Despite the cold and misty weather, community members began to gather at Veterans Memorial Park in Great Bend Saturday morning for the annual Veteran’s ...

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Posted: nov. 11, 2017 1:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBRC Board to consider Kansas Basketball Federation agreement

An agreement with the Kansas Basketball Federation is on the agenda for the Great Bend Recreation Commission’s Board of Directors meeting at 4 p ...

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Posted: nov. 11, 2017 12:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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School board to choose architect

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will make a final decision on which architectural firm the district will use when it meets on ...

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Posted: nov. 11, 2017 12:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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‘Miss Nelson is Missing!’ at GBHS

Great Bend High School students will present the play “Miss Nelson is Missing!” at 2 p.m. Sunday in the GBHS Auditorium. There will also ...

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Posted: nov. 10, 2017 2:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBHS thanks veterans

 Jamie Hutchinson was emotional and a little uncomfortable at the podium, looking out over the Great Bend High School gym packed with students for the ...

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Posted: nov. 10, 2017 2:19 p.m. | 0 Comments
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License to fly

 Kansans, along with all U.S. citizens, wanting to fly will face stricter identification requirements when they take to the skies. A 12-year-old federal law ...

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Posted: nov. 10, 2017 2:11 p.m. | 0 Comments
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COLUMBUS CLUB SOUPER CHILI

With the thermometer hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday evening, the Great Bend Knights of Columbus had no trouble enticing people to attend their ...

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Posted: nov. 09, 2017 7:53 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Kansans dispose of 6 tons of medicines

 TOPEKA — Barton County residents pitched in 200 pounds of unused medicines as they joined all Kansans in safely disposing over six tons of medications during ...

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Posted: nov. 09, 2017 3:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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