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​Warrant task force busy Friday

Local law enforcement officers conducted a warrant sweep last Friday, resulting in several arrests.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 4:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

Absconder arrested in traffic stop; K-9 indicates drugs

The Great Bend Police Department’s K-9 unit was called to investigate after a traffic stop in the 900 block of Kansas Ave. at 11:05 p.m. Saturday. Suspected methamphetamine was found and two people were arrested.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 2:48 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Driver hits patrol car; arrested for DUI

A vehicle driven by Patton Mills of Great Bend was backing and collided with a Great Bend Police vehicle driven by Joel Hamlin at the Kwik Shop, 2334 Main, around 2:41 a.m. Saturday.

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Posted: apr. 20, 2015 2:05 p.m. | 0 Comments

Foundation awards nearly $100,000 in community grants

The Russell County Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 spring grant recipients. The Foundation received 37 grant applications with requests totaling more than $200,000. A total of $99,620 in grants were awarded for charitable projects across the Russell County area.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 12:27 p.m. | 0 Comments

Check It Out!

Ellinwood School/Community Library is proud to host the 2015 EHS Art Show. Pieces on display include: Wheel thrown functional Pottery, Hand-Built decorative Ceramics, Mosaics, Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting, Metallic Scratchboard, Charcoal Drawing, Pencil Drawing, Colored Pencil, Collage, and Mixed Media.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 11:52 a.m. | 0 Comments

What REALLY Happens in a Turkey Blind!

It has been a fairly hectic week. I have a group of friends from Canada who come to spend a week hunting turkeys with traditional archery. It is funny to watch spectacular hunters who successfully hunt moose, caribou, elk, deer, bear and other big game with their long bows and recurves get the “shakes” over a turkey. There is high tension when gobblers are 10-15 yards from the blind and gobbling or just looking over the blind and decoys for a reason to be nervous or vacate the place. Their eyesight is so good, and their hearing is so sensitive--it ...

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 11:36 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Suicide prevention sponsored performance set for April 23 at Great Bend

“Suicide Punchline”, a free, one-woman live multimedia performance is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 11:28 a.m. | 0 Comments

Central Kansas Dream Center aiming to bring bicyclists together

Central Kansas Dream Center (CKDC) is interested in creating a community bike rental program that would promote a healthier community and bring people together, and CKDC Executive Director Kimberly Becker and many others are excited about the possibilities. With the efforts being made on Great Bend’s walking and biking paths, more residents will be encouraged to walk and ride but may need a bicycle.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 11:19 a.m. | 0 Comments
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​Prince of Peace Altar Society taking orders for Bake and Take

The Prince of Peace Altar Society is taking orders for its spring Kolache Bake and Take. Orders can be picked up from 5-6 p.m. on Friday, April 24, at the St. Rose Auditorium.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 6:12 p.m. | 0 Comments

Church rummage sale Saturday

The members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. This is a fundraiser where all items are by donation. A portion of the proceeds will be used to support local missions including the Prairie Godmother’s, Barton County Emergency Aid and missions throughout the year. Pictured are Lou Ann LeRoy, Marilyn Button and Juanita Weathers. For questions or more information, please contact the church office 792-5346.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 6:07 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Model RR group plans open house

The Golden Belt Model Railroad Association will hold an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at the First United Methodist Church, 2123 Forest Ave. in Great Bend. There will be refreshments and door prizes, along with operating model trains and layouts featuring Std., G, O, HO and N gauge trains.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 6:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Veterans coffee klatch will visit Doonan Truck Museum

Veterans and other guests who meet regularly for coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Post in Great Bend will changes things up a bit this Wednesday, April 22. The coffee and doughnuts will be at the Doonan Truck Museum east of Great Bend at 9:30 a.m. Any veteran who needs a ride may call Bill or Cheryl Pickle before Tuesday. Bill’s telephone number is 620-791-7017 and Cheryl’s number is 620-617-6757.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 6:01 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Speaker to offer tips for flower growing

“Flowers Popping Color” is the title of the next Great Bend Recreation Commission Stop ‘N Learn session. The free one-hour program will start at noon Wednesday at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 6:00 p.m. | 0 Comments

BCC hosts Enrollment Days

Barton Community College is hosting Enrollment Days sessions to help students prepare for the upcoming school year. Space is limited so students need to call 620-792-9286 to sign up, or they can sign up online at bartonccc.edu/admission. The schedule is as follows:

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 5:50 p.m. | 0 Comments

City Council meets Monday night

 The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes the appointment of the new police chief, the appoint of  a First Ward council member and the Veterans Lake algae remediation project.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 3:33 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 a social media update, the distribution of tax dollars, occupancy agreements for the county office building at 12th and Kansas in Great Bend and household hazardous waste collection.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 3:32 p.m. | 0 Comments

Railroad repairs will detour K-14/K-96 Highway in Sterling

Starting on Wednesday, April 22, and continuing for one week, a railroad crossing replacement project on K-14/K-96 highway in the city of Sterling will be underway. K-14/K-96 highway will be closed at this crossing, so highway traffic will be detoured on city streets using Garfield Avenue, 1st Street, and Cleveland Avenue. No oversize loads will be allowed through this detour due to narrow city streets with tight turns, so oversized loads will need to use an alternate route. Local traffic will have access into the downtown area from each side of the railroad but won’t be able ...

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 12:52 p.m. | 0 Comments

Barton County Quality of Life Endowment accepting grant applications

The Barton County Quality of Life Endowment Fund is now accepting grant applications. The intent of the fund is to improve the quality of life in Barton County. Projects eligible for funding must make a visible enhancement to the community. Eligible organizations must have a 501(c)(3) designated IRS status. The application deadline is June 15th.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 11:13 a.m. | 0 Comments

Rain, storms in forecast for Friday, Saturday

Severe Thunderstorms are possible today and tomorrow across central and south central Kansas. The main threats include hail up to the size of golfballs and damaging winds. There is also a small chance of a tornado, with the better chance being on Saturday. Across eastern Kansas a strong storm with small hail and gusts to 50 mph may be possible.

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Posted: apr. 17, 2015 8:36 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Early Ed Center conducts first screening; second device donated

         A device that detects vision problems found a home at Sunflower Diversified Services’ Early Education Center (EEC) and it was used during a screening for the first time recently.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 6:15 p.m. | 0 Comments
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LEPC to meet Monday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a presentation from the Overland Pass Pipeline, information on MERGe and FORCE response groups, report on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015 activities, and a discussion about the South Kansas Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan which was recently adopted by the Barton County Board of County Commissioners. 

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 4:26 p.m. | 0 Comments

Wheat Tours scheduled throughout area

Local wheat tours for Barton County and neighboring counties are scheduled in May.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 2:04 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Driver reports being run off road

A Great Bend man said he swerved into a ditch to avoid a collision around 5:40 a.m. Thursday in the 600 block of West Barton County Road. The vehicle was not damaged but the driver reported he may have hurt his back.

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Posted: apr. 16, 2015 12:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

​CKAVI plans show and tell of visual aids

Central Kansas Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired will sponsor an outreach event from 1-4 p.m. Monday, April 20, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. The event is a show and tell display of visual aids and devices to help low vision and blind individuals in their every day life.  

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 8:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

Jam session, potluck set

RUSSELL — The Deines Cultural Center, 820 N. Main, Russell, will hold a free acoustic jam session followed by a potluck dinner this Sunday, April 19. The public is welcome to listen to the live music or bring an acoustic instrument to jam along starting at 3 p.m.. Bring a side dish for the dinner, which is served around 5:30 p.m.

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Posted: apr. 15, 2015 8:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Smokey Hill Public Television at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Melinda Kurth with greeters Dale Hogg and Cindy Parr. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: apr. 14, 2015 1:42 p.m. | 0 Comments

Students from Central Plains HS visit College cadaver lab

A group of students from Central Plains High School recently toured the human cadaver lab and biology department at Cloud County Community College (CCCC).

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 11:16 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Huelskamp reveals First District Congressional Art Competition winners at Rice County Town Hall

At his Rice County Town Hall in Lyons on Thursday, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), recognized the winners of the 2015 First Congressional District Art Competition including Alastair Brillart, the overall winner for his piece “Mind of an Artist.”

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 11:15 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Survey to begin on US-56 Highway in Rice County

Starting around Monday, April 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-56 Highway in Rice County. The survey area will include the section of US-56 highway 1,200 feet east and 1,200 feet west of the US-56 bridge over the overflow channel for the Little Arkansas River located 1.1 miles east of the US-56 highway intersection with K-46 highway. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 11:13 a.m. | 0 Comments

Traffic stop leads to drug arrests

Two people from Great Bend were arrested early Sunday after a driver initially refused to stop for a Great Bend Police officer, GBPD Chief Cliff Couch reported Monday.

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Posted: apr. 13, 2015 12:28 p.m. | 0 Comments

Public presentation explores Kansas Culture and Archeology

Public presentation explores Kansas Culture and Archeology

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Posted: apr. 08, 2015 1:49 p.m. | 0 Comments

March Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 1:13 p.m. | 0 Comments

​GB Library Board meets Monday

The Great Bend Public Library’s board of directors meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center at the library, 1409 Williams St.

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

​Insurance renewal on Rec Commission agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board will act on insurance renewals when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday, April 13, at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. “Participation awards” are also on the agenda as an action item, and there will be information about the upcoming Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Championship Tournament.

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Posted: apr. 12, 2015 12:23 p.m. | 0 Comments

USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include: recognition of Teacher of the Year candidates; recognition of 2015 Community Leader as a Friend of Education; recognition of GBHS Future Business Leaders of America; approval of K-6 music adoption; approval of 2015-2016 student and teacher handbooks/athletics and activities handbooks; photography quotes review; approval of Kansas Association of School Boards membership for 2015-2016; approval for grant submissions; graduation data update; MTSS cohort acceptance; AP course update; approval to purchase dump trailer; report ...

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 11:56 a.m. | 0 Comments

Kansas Teachers of the Year

With close to 300 classroom teachers in the USD 428 education pool, it’s not hard to come up with a couple of good teachers. However, last week two teachers rose to the top and were recognized as Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees.

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Posted: apr. 08, 2015 11:51 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Check It Out!

Next week, the Ellinwood School/Community Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.  

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Posted: apr. 08, 2015 11:45 a.m. | 0 Comments

Sixth grade band members present concert Monday

Months of hard work will culminate Monday night at 7 p.m. as approximately 119 students of the Great Bend sixth grade band join forces for their annual concert at Great Bend High School gym. Schools represented include Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Park, Riley, Holy Family and Central Kansas Christian Academy.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 11:09 a.m. | 0 Comments

Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

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Posted: apr. 10, 2015 12:53 p.m. | 0 Comments

Lesser prairie-chicken talk offered

A public presentation on the threatened status of the lesser prairie-chicken is offered by Grass Roots Environmental Advocacy Team (GREAT) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Dominican Sisters of Peace  Convent at 3600 Broadway St. in Great Bend.

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Posted: apr. 09, 2015 12:15 p.m. | 0 Comments

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