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Colleges facing new Title IX responsibilities

Most people who have heard of Title IX associate the term with gender equality in school athletics, but the federal act is much more than that. Angie Maddy, dean of Student Services at Barton Community College, recently provided college trustees with a status report on BCC compliance.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 8:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Mars One candidate misses final cut

A local man won’t be one of the first colonists on Mars. Grady Bolding, 27, of Great Bend, was one of more than 200,000 people who applied to become an astronaut with Mars One, a Netherlands-based company that intends to begin sending people to Mars by 2024. All of those applicants knew it would be a one-way trip.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 7:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Aktion Club visits Shafer Art Gallery

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club toured the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College on Feb. 13. Shafter Gallery Director Dave Barnes helped members identify pieces of artwork that they had been instructed to find at the gallery.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 4:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Touched by Cancer support group plans bake sale; no March meetings

Touched by Cancer Support Group will not meet in March. The next scheduled meeting is set for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland St.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 4:21 p.m. | 0 Comments

Walking School Bus

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 2:13 p.m. | 0 Comments
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US-56 pavement widening and box bridge project in Lyons set to begin

Starting around Monday, March 2, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will begin a project to replace the concrete box bridge on the west side of Century Road and widen US-56 to four lanes from the end of the existing four lane roadway west to the entrance to the airport. Project construction is scheduled to be completed in September, depending on delays due to adverse weather conditions.  

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 12:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Lenten luncheon: Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon, at noon Wednesday, March 4. A meal is served at noon (not earlier) and the meetings end at 1 p.m.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 6:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Snow will be followed by ice Sunday, Monday


WICHITA —  A winter storm will begin to impact Kansas beginning Saturday, according to the national Weather Service in Wichita,

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 5:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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St. Mark roast beef dinner postponed due to weather

The roast beef dinner that was scheduled for this Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend as been postponed because of impending weather.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 2:44 p.m. | 0 Comments

Movies with a Message Canceled due to weather

The Heartland Center for Spirituality show the movie “October Sky,” originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled due to weather.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 2:50 p.m. | 0 Comments

Evangelist Hinkle to speak Sunday

The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking Sunday, March 1 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 2:42 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Seventh-day Adventist school to present musical

The Students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present the musical “Don’t Rock the Art” on Saturday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend the program at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. at the church, or at 2 p.m. at Sterling House.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 2:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Library programs include how to ‘upcycle’ VHS cases

The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 2:05 p.m. | 0 Comments

Sheriff's Office to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 2:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund applications now being accepted

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently announced that applications are now being accepted for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. Rose Foundation, the fund will continue a vision of helping local people.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Silver Cougar Club to offer second part of Google Drive class

Barton Community College’s Silver Cougar Club will offer a continuation course on Google Drive from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, March 4 – April 8, at the Center for Adult Education, 1025 Main St. in Great Bend.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 5:04 p.m. | 0 Comments

Kiwanis selling pancake tickets

Members of the Great Bend Kiwanis club are selling tickets to next week’s Pancake Feed. The 57th annual pancake and sausage dinner will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Expo I building west of Great Bend. Tickets are $4 and will also be available at the door. Proceeds allow the Kiwanis to sponsor many of the activities for youth and needs of many individuals in the Great Bend area.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 5:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Shafer Gallery program rescheduled

Due to the potential for winter weather, the demonstration by and reception for Joel T Dugan in the Shafer Art Gallery scheduled for Feb. 27 has been postponed until March 6.  The new times for the portrait paintings demonstration are 2-4 p.m. Friday, March 6. The reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. on March 6. Dugan will be explaining the story he is telling in the cycle of narrative images and also the symbolism to be found there.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 5:01 p.m. | 0 Comments

Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Assembly of God, 601 South Patton Road, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Matt Aycock with greeters Terry Lewis, Shawn Panzer and January Pecora. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 2:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

GBHS Speech Team qualifies four more to state

At the Greensburg Speech Tournament on Saturday, six students competed and seven events placed. Carter Sheffield qualified all three of his events to state again of by placing 1st in Serious Solo Acting, 1st in Poetry Reading Interpretation and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 11:37 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington Municipal Court - Feb. 19

Bryanne Biggs, drive while suspended, failed to appear

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 2:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

Senior Companions recognized for service to elderly

Jodi Bybee of Great Bend and Jackie Pritchard of Hoisington were recognized for their service to frail and disabled adults at the February 18, in-service meeting held at the Great Bend Senior Center. Bybee has served 11 years; Pritchard has been with the Program for nine years. The guest speaker at the meeting was Sandy Watches with Professional Home Health. She discussed the mandated state regulations and services provided that govern home health agencies.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 12:23 p.m. | 0 Comments
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State Kansas Music Educators Honor Band

Great Bend High School Junior Ben Diel was selected as eighth chair trumpet in the State Kansas Music Educators Honor 5-6A Band which will meet in Wichita Feb. 26-28. Eric Vazquez, sophomore, was named as an alternate on bass clarinet, which is also a big achievement. The students did a live audition in January and received notification of their placement. They will rehearse for two and one-half days before presenting the concert on Saturday afternoon in Century II Convention Hall. While GBHS has had other students selected for the State Band in the past, Diel is the first junior to ...

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 12:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCARSP meeting

The Central Kansas Association of Retired School Personnel will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Friday at Montana Mike’s, 906 McKinley in Great Bend. President Sally O’Connor will chair the meeting. Treasurer Lenny Gales will accept dues of $20 from those who have not paid.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 11:36 a.m. | 0 Comments

Area happenings

Antique and collectibles appraisers to be in Ellinwood

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 4:47 p.m. | 0 Comments

How About that Hedwig?

I am sure that a lot of you have read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books and know Hedwig, the Snowy Owl that also appeared in the movies.  If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie about the Snowy Owl, I would encourage you to read and go see it to immerse yourself in a beautiful presentation of a beautiful bird. If you opt out of that, I would suggest that you might spend some time at the Cheyenne Bottoms and see the real deal. We have had one of these beauties in Pool 4 for ...

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 1:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice plans new series of grief sessions

Since the death of a loved one naturally evokes emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) sponsors support groups throughout the year.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 1:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

Barton’s Networking Specialist Program stresses innovation and real-world experience

The field of information technology (IT) is ever-changing. The only way to stay on the cutting-edge is to deliberately sprint ahead of the curve, ready to learn about the latest and greatest developments. Barton Community College’s Networking Specialist Instructor Kris Schneider is well aware of the need to innovate and is continuously finding ways to do so in the classroom.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 1:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Shafer Gallery to feature opening reception for “Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan” exhibit

The Shafer Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the “Harnessing Consciousness: Joel T. Dugan” exhibit from 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 27. The reception will be preceded by a live painting demonstration at 2 p.m. presented by Dugan, which will focus on the process of portrait work.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 11:49 a.m. | 0 Comments

USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Tuesday at Great Bend High School, 2027 Morton. Items on the agenda include approval of Board of Education policy; superintendent report; and licensed teacher retirements and resignation. Great Bend High School Principal Tim Friess and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at GBHS.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 11:46 a.m. | 0 Comments

Docs Who Care physician provides services at St. Rose Health Center

One thing that jumped out at Meredith Woolley, M.D., is the spirit of teamwork at St. Rose Health Center.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 11:22 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Three adults airlifted with serious injuries


by JIM MISUNAS

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 1:53 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton County Historical Society meeting

The February program at Barton County Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, in the main museum, located on US Highway 281 just south of the Arkansas River Bridge, in the Ray Schulz Research Library.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 1:49 p.m. | 0 Comments

GBHS Speech Team places 4th

At the Medicine Lodge Speech Tournament on Feb. 12, the Great Bend High School Speech Team qualified three more events to state. Becca Kay qualified to state in Original Oration by placing 2nd in the event. Hadley Murphy qualified in both Original Oration and Serious Solo Acting by placing 1st in both of the events. Sara Allen placed 6th in Original Oration and Becca Kay placed 5th Serious Solo Acting. “The team only brought four students and still placed 4th overall in sweepstakes out of 13 schools which is very impressive.” stated GBHS speech coach Barbara Watson.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 11:11 a.m. | 0 Comments

​Evening Lions offer vision screening at Ham & Bean Supper

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year’s Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 8:43 p.m. | 0 Comments

Brother and sister donate father’s memorial to Almost Home

Two local siblings wanted to donate their dad’s memorial fund to a place that would do the most good for families trying to do the best for their terminally ill loved ones. They found such a place at Almost Home Inc., 1919 Van Buren.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 11:17 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Christian Academy, 215 McKinley, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Mike Fortkamp with greeters Dale Hogg and Claudia Elsen. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 11:06 a.m. | 0 Comments

Happenings announced at St. Johns Episcopal Church


St. Johns Episcopal Church, located at the corner of 17th and Adams St. in Great Bend, will conduct an Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 8:55 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Seventh-day Adventist School taking frozen berry orders

   The Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School is placing the spring order for frozen fruit from the Bithell Farms in Oregon.  Place orders by Feb. 25  and the fruit will arrive in late March or early  April. Available are Marion blackberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, strawberries which are sliced and sugared, strawberries whole without sugar, loganberries, red pie cherries, dark sweet cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and red rhubarb. Also available are freezer jam and purees.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 1:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

Walking School Bus

USD 428 won’t be running school bus routes to get children to school anytime soon, but this spring it will be implementing the Walking School Bus program at each of its five elementary schools.

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Posted: feb. 13, 2015 2:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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