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Estate planning workshop

An estate planning workshop will be held on Feb. 7, at the Bazine Senior center. Speakers include Dr. Gregg Hadley, FACS agent, Erin Petersillie and attorney, Julie Haas. For more information and RSVP, call 1-800-460-9079 by Feb. 2nd.

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

How about those hawks?

If you have been out and about during the past couple of weeks, you might be tempted to classify the bird life as somewhat boring. The Bottoms are essentially frozen. Geese have a few spots open, and the ducks are mostly Mallards. I counted 14 eagles on the ice a couple of days ago. They follow the waterfowl with great intensity, and several were feeding on geese carcasses within 50 yards of the resting geese. I always wonder if the geese are upset by watching their cousins become lunch. It is exciting to see the geese launch when the eagles ...

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:43 a.m. | 0 Comments
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The Wetland Explorer: Eagle Days

One of the more asked about species of birds at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center is the Bald Eagle. Especially this time of year, Bald Eagles can be a regular sight at Cheyenne Bottoms. During the recent Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count, participants recorded 57 Bald Eagles, which was an all-time high count for Bald Eagles for the count.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:37 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Kansas Day lecture

Marci Penner, director and WenDee LaPlant of the Kansas Sampler Foundation staff are the presenters for Kansas Day 2015. These women are currently traveling to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas doing research for an update to the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers. They will be sharing their adventures at the annual Kansas Day Program co-sponsored by the Lyons Public Library and the Rice County Historical Society.  

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:18 a.m. | 0 Comments

Stafford County Spelling Bee scheduled Wednesday

STAFFORD — Students from Stafford, St. John and Macksville schools will compete in the 2015 Stafford County Spelling Bee at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Stafford’s south gym.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 3:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

Local Emergency Planning Committee to meet Jan. 27

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Barton County Courthouse. The agenda will include a discussion on Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, election of 2015 chairperson and vice-chairperson, and a presentation on the National Public Safety Broadband Network.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:14 a.m. | 0 Comments

​HHS basketball team raising funds with Soup Supper

HOISINGTON — The Hoisington High School girls basketball team will hold a Soup Supper fundraiser from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank Road. Freewill donations will be accepted.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 10:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

Sunflower Diversified accepting auction items for Charity Gala

             Preparations for the 10thAnnual Charity Gala sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services are in high gear with just a few weeks left before the event.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 7:11 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Prairie Land Food now available to order

Prairie Land Food is a program for families to stretch their food dollars. One pay $29 For a box of fresh food worth $35 to $40, plus two hours of volunteer time.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 2:40 p.m. | 0 Comments

Sen. Moran now accepting applications for summer internships

Positions available in Washington, D.C., and Kansas offices

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:49 p.m. | 0 Comments

Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Dress It Up at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a.m., today. Host will be Julie Smith with greeters Melinda Kurth and Pete Schartz. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 12:47 p.m. | 0 Comments

Dr. Watts impressed with health-care legacy at St. Rose

         Larry Watts, M.D., has become a familiar face to the staff at St. Rose Health Center but in upcoming months he will be introduced to many others in the community.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:40 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Personnel on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in room F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. Items on the agenda include an executive session for discussion of personnel, as well as reports on faculty accreditation and other topics.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 8:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

BCC Library to host History Snapshot

Barton Community College will host “Kansas History Snapshot: E. Haldeman-Julius: Controversial Publisher and Free-Thinker,” a presentation by Dean of Library Services and Curator of Special Collections at Pittsburg State University Randy Roberts, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Library. Catered refreshments will be served.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 4:21 p.m. | 0 Comments

Survey to begin on US-281 Highway in Barton County

Starting around Tuesday, Jan. 20, and continuing for three weeks, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will have a field survey team surveying a section of US-281 Highway in Barton County. The survey area will include the section of US-281 highway 600 feet north and 600 feet south of the US-281 bridge over a drainage tributary, located one mile north of the Great Bend city limits. The purpose of the survey is to gather information necessary to create detailed designs for future highway improvements.

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 11:35 a.m. | 0 Comments

Check It Out!

There are many exciting things planned for 2015 at Ellinwood School/Community Library. The Smithsonian Exhibit, “Hometown Teams” will begin January 30th with a Chamber Coffee.  Be watching for the various activities scheduled with this event.  

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 11:31 a.m. | 0 Comments

USD 428 Board of Education special meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday at the District Education Center. 

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

Citrus fruit arrives

The Indian River citrus fruit will be available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Jan. 18-19, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School, 1 mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road. Extra navel oranges, pink grapefruit, tangelos, and Georgia pecans will be available. For information call 620-791-7314.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 5:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

Central Plains students donate to food program


HOLYROOD — Keeping in mind the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Central Plains Elementary School students in Holyrood were asked to bring their loose change to donate to the Kansas Food Bank to help fund the Food 4 Kids backpack program.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 11:55 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Garden Club learns history and future of Great Bend’s Argonne Forest

At their January meeting, 15 members of Great Bend Garden Club received a wealth of information about the work of a small group of people working hard for the betterment of Great Bend. Garden Club member Toni Rice is also a member of the Great Bend Tree Board and during her recent program Toni enthusiastically told  the history of the Tree Board and of Great Bend’s status as a Tree City USA.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 11:52 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Ellinwood Soup Sampler to benefit scholarship fund

ELLINWOOD — Ellinwood Knights of Columbus will have a soup sampler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the St. Joseph Parish Center,  110 W. 2nd St. Several varieties of soup will be available to sample.  Meal includes dessert and drink.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 11:51 a.m. | 0 Comments

Dannebohm takes the oath of office

It’s been 33 years since an Ellinwood resident was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives. On Monday, J. Basil Dannebohm took the oath of office as the third Ellinwood resident to serve in the Kansas Legislature.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:54 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Saint Francis Community Services, Foster Care Homes Recruitment

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, starting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.  

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:51 a.m. | 0 Comments

Cookie Contest Raises More Than $600 for County Food Bank

A record number of people participating in the Great Bend Cookie Contest resulted in $610 being donated to the Food Bank of Barton County last Wednesday.  

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Posted: jan. 14, 2015 11:19 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Leadership Grants are now available

Leadership Golden Belt is now accepting grant applications to attend Kansas Leadership Center’s “You. Lead. Now.” and “Teaching Leadership” conferences, in Wichita. Interested parties may attend as an individual or with a group. Awarded grants will be used to cover the conference registration fee and $50 per diem lodging reimbursement with a two day maximum.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 1:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

Relay pageant a success

On Dec. 6, Relay for Life of Barton County’s Team Hope held a Winter Wonderland Pageant at the Elk’s Lodge in Great Bend. There were 25 girls and 1 boy competing  from the  Central Kansas Glamour Kids.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 11:54 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by A440 Music, 1207 Main Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Brian Ewing with greeters Cindy Parr and Candice Moeder. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 11:32 a.m. | 0 Comments

Gloria Hernandez presents Vegan Cooking

   Gloria Hernandez’s name is becoming synonymous with vegetarian cooking in Great Bend. After teaching classes at the Parent Resource Center and also the Great Bend Recreation Center she now is offering a one-day vegan vegetarian cooking class from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1 mile west of 10th and Patton in Great Bend.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:30 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Singers wanted for Central Kansas Community Choir

The Central Kansas Community Choir, which is sponsored by Barton Community College will begin rehearsals next week for its 2015 concert, “God and Country.”

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:20 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Community Concert Features Paul McDermand on Steel Drum and Marimba

 Not often does the Golden Belt Community Concert Association feature a steel drum and marimba percussionist in concert. In fact, this month’s performer is the first. Paul McDermand, Caribbean/pop performer on steel drum and marimba, will present the association’s first concert of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:10 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Scam phone calls reported

On Monday, the Barton County Sheriff’s Office received calls from individuals in rural Great Bend and rural Pawnee Rock, both reporting attempted fraud via telephone scams.

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Posted: jan. 13, 2015 11:10 a.m. | 0 Comments

County to observe Martin Luther King Day

 Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, for Martin Luther King Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff’s Office and the Health Department will also be closed. The Landfill will only be open from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. that day. Emergency services will be in normal operation.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 3:13 p.m. | 0 Comments

Soup Sampler Supper is Sunday

All are invited to attend the Soup Sampler Supper, sponsored by the Daughters of Isabella, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the St. Patrick Parish Center, 4100 Broadway Ave. Several varieties of soup will be available. Cost is $7 per meal; children 6 years and under eat free. Raffle tickets will also be available.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 2:46 p.m. | 0 Comments

K of C selling tickets for men's stag

The Knights of Columbus men’s stag will be held on Friday, Jan. 30, at the Columbus Club, 723 Main, Great Bend. Social begins at 5:30 p.m. with prime rib dinner served at 6:30.

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Posted: jan. 12, 2015 2:40 p.m. | 0 Comments

December Marriage and Divorce filings

Marriage Licenses

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Posted: jan. 08, 2015 1:55 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 S. Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, Jefferson Elementary School Students’ Sportsmanship Awards; School Board Recognition Month; GBHS Student Council, Community Service Project; BOE Education Foundation board of trustees representative replacement; BOE approval of teacher representative for Education Foundation Board of Trustees; approval of fundraiser requests for 2015-2016; BOE policies first reading; K-6 Math curriculum adoption; technology update; assessments update; personnel update; approval of laundry equipment purchase; consideration of 2015 summer projects; approval of contributions; and licensed teacher retirements and ...

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Posted: jan. 09, 2015 12:29 p.m. | 0 Comments

Check It Out!

The following books are among the top ten checked out at Ellinwood School/Community Library.

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Posted: jan. 07, 2015 11:19 a.m. | 0 Comments

Kansas 150 1901-1925

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