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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Seaport Airlines, 9047 6th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be AJ Chrest with greeters Dale Hogg and Matt Aycock. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:27 a.m. | 0 Comments

Warer balloon fight

The smack talk has begun, but it is all in good, clean – albeit wet – fun.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:33 a.m. | 0 Comments

​Reception planned for watercolor exhibit

An exhibit of watercolor paintings by local artists Diane Engle and Karen Shaner is on display through June 1 at Petr’s Frame House & Art Gallery, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. There will be a reception for the artists from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The exhibit and reception are free

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 5:21 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Historical village to be open Monday

Barton County Historical Society will be open on Memorial Day,  Monday, May 25th from 1 to 5 p.m.  The Schulz Library in the museum will be open but no research assistance will be available during the afternoon.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 5:20 p.m. | 0 Comments

Rain totals over past two days

WICHITA -- Most of central Kansas and south central Kansas has received one inch of rain the past two days, according to the National Weather Service in Wichita.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 2:37 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBHS coasters for sale

Students know how to design and produce drink coasters, but it’s a safe bet that all their mothers are hoping the teenagers learn how to use them, as well.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:52 a.m. | 0 Comments
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​Broken windows, theft reported

The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports Monday of broken windows.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 9:44 p.m. | 0 Comments

Summer Food Program feeds kids for free

With summer right around the corner, it’s time to think about keeping children eating healthy while school is out. An easy way is to send them to neighborhood public schools at mealtime.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 2:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Kansas communities, individuals honored by PRIDE Program

Renovating a basketball court or adding a sign to the outskirts of town may seem like small steps, but in some rural Kansas communities they are part of a bigger effort to enhance the quality of life for the area’s citizens.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 1:20 p.m. | 0 Comments

​BCC on summer hours; closed for Memorial Day

Barton Community College will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 5:04 p.m. | 0 Comments

Great Bend City Band schedule

The Great Bend City Band announces their Summer 2015 schedule. The May and June concerts will be held at the courthouse square band shell at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, June 4, June 11, June 18 and June 25th. A special jazz band concert will also be held at 8:15 p.m. at the band shell on June 26th. In case of inclement weather, the outdoor concerts will be moved to the Crest Theatre.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 1:35 p.m. | 0 Comments

Check It Out!

Ellinwood Grade School is conducting a recycling fundraiser. There’s nothing to buy. The school is simply asking you to protect the environment by donating your used consumer electronics and unwanted, broken or mismatched jewelry. Your used item(s) may be tax deductible and will be recycled in accordance with EPA regulations. 100% of the proceeds will help fund the Parent Advisory Committee’s student/parent events and projects.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 12:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

Barton County Democrat Party meeting

The Barton County Democrat Party will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2701 17th Street in Great Bend. All registered Democrat party members and independent citizens are welcome to attend.

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 11:40 a.m. | 0 Comments

How About Those Planer Boards?

There are so many types of fishing.  Cane poles(I actually fished with cane poles during my childhood), gill nets, spears, rod and reel, ice fishing-- a myriad of techniques to catch the many species of fish. Cabelas  was started by two brothers who bought some fly lures from China and re-boxed them for a mail-order catalogue. That was the spring board for their business. Largemouth bass, which are down the list of fish to eat generate millions of dollars in revenue with tournaments and huge prizes. We have a Kansas hero living at Lake Quivira in Kansas City named ...

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 11:26 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Abe Lincoln speaks to CPHS students

The junior class at Central Plains High School took a trip to the past on Thursday, May 14, without even leaving the building. They were presented with a reenactment of the life story of Abraham Lincoln.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 11:18 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Post rock historian to speak at museum

Bradley R. Penka, an expert on barbed wire and post rock history, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Barton County Historical Society meeting. The program, which will be held at the historical society museum, is free and open to the public.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​NAMI announces walking taco/bake sale

The Great Bend chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, will sell walking tacos and hold a bake sale from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the Elks Lodge, 1120 Kansas Ave. NAMI is a free support group for individuals living with mental illness, and their family members. For more information contact namigreatbend@gmail.com or call 785-342-3975

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:11 p.m. | 0 Comments

Hoisington Knights to hold benefit poker tournament


HOISINGTON — Everyone 21 years and over is invited to play in a Texas Hold’em poker tournament to raise funds for area charities. The tournament will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 North Main.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

Barton recognizes 2014-2015 Student Ambassadors of the Year

Barton Community College has announced its 2014-15 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassador of the Year awards. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors each year. The winners this year were Jordan Tebow of Quinter and Kami Maxwell of Odin.  

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Exceptional faculty recognized with Distinguished Instructor Awards

Five Barton Community College instructors earned the Distinguished Instructor Award for the 2014-2015 school year for their efforts in the classroom.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:01 p.m. | 0 Comments

Red Cross seeks blood donors in weeks leading up to summer

The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 5:00 p.m. | 0 Comments

Shrine club to sell onions

 The Sunflower Shrine Club will selling sweet vidalia onions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Wednesday at 10th and Monroe in Great Bend. For more information, contact Greg King at 620-617-3634.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 3:54 p.m. | 0 Comments

Color run prep

Posted: may. 15, 2015 3:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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 placing of flowers at Great Bend Cemetery, the Community Improvement District public hearing and ordinance for the new Holiday Inn Express and the Kansas Department of Transportation Federal Funds Exchange Program.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 3:43 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 an introduction of the new Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, the purchase of a replacement Sheriff’s Office patrol car and a report on city-wide clean-up efforts.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 3:42 p.m. | 0 Comments

USD 428 Education Foundation

If ever education needed a good friend, this is the time.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 11:42 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington Municipal Court - May 7

Anthony J. Otano, driving while suspended, trial June 4

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

Coasting to the finish line GBHS students roll out inlaid coasters

DeletebodycopySure, the Great Bend High School Mass Production II students know how to design and  produce drink coasters, but it’s a safe bet that all their mothers are hoping the teenagers learn how to use them, as well.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 11:24 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by AT&T Wireless, 3407 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Steve Swigart with greeters Cindy Parr and Dale Hogg. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

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

Brownies conduct service project

Girl Scout Brownies in Troop 11142 recently conducted a sweet community service project at the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend. They made and delivered 50 chemo kits filled with journals of inspirational pictures and quotes, along with pens, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, lotion, candy and mints. They also made special kits with toys for children.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 7:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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April Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

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Posted: may. 07, 2015 1:51 p.m. | 0 Comments

Shorebird Stumpers

Do you like puzzles?  Have we got one for you!

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Posted: may. 06, 2015 1:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 Board of Education meeting

The 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 approval of flooring bid for Eisenhower Elementary School; approval of 2015-2016 BOE meeting schedule; approval to alter District Education Center summer schedule; assessments updates; grounds improvements; and licensed teacher resignations and licensed teacher appointments.

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

Argonne Rebels plan reunion

Although the drums, bugles and color guard equipment have been put away long ago, the strong friendships and shared memories remain. Great Bend and Barton County’s Argonne Rebels alumni, friends and supporters will gather on July 11, for a reunion in Great Bend.

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

Cemetery Board announces special meeting

The Great Bend Cemetery Board will hold a special board meeting for discussion of flower placement for Memorial Day at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 14 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1209 Williams, Great Bend. The public is invited to attend.

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Posted: may. 09, 2015 11:07 a.m. | 0 Comments

HVAC on Library Board agenda



The Great Bend Public Library Board’s next meeting is set for 4:45 p.m. Monday, May 11, in the Dane G. Hansen Media Center of the library, 1409 Williams St. Unfinished businesses items on the agenda are heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the 2016 budget. “Safe Child Policy” is on the agenda as new busines.

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Posted: may. 09, 2015 10:58 a.m. | 0 Comments

Playground report on Rec agenda

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will hear a report from the playground advisory committee when it meets at 4 p.m. Monday at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St. The board will also discuss goals for the coming year. There will be an executive session for discussion of a personnel matter. Board action will be needed in connection with the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) National Congress, set for Sept. 15-17.

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Posted: may. 09, 2015 10:56 a.m. | 0 Comments

Severe weather likely Saturday

By JIM MISUNAS

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 1:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton music recital rescheduled for Monday

 The Barton Community College recital of instrumental and vocal performances that was scheduled for Thursday, May 7 has been rescheduled for noon on Monday, May 11 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157.  The recital is free.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 2:25 p.m. | 0 Comments

Vehicle accident blocks traffic

A traffic accident blocked traffic at Navajo Road and K-96 Friday morning in Great Bend. The accident involved a Chevrolet 1500 4x4 and a Toyota Corolla. Police report the driver of the Chevrolet truck failed to yield right of way at a stop sign and collided with the northbound Toyota. The Corolla sustained heavy damage and was towed from the scene. The driver of the car was transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital with possible injuries. Names of the drivers were unavailable.

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Posted: may. 08, 2015 12:25 p.m. | 0 Comments
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