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Stuff the bus

Members of the Barton Community College cheer squad and basketball team lead the way through the Walmart parking lot Wednesday to unload Barton's bus that was filled with donated goods collected by the college to benefit the United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign, which aims to collect donations of goods to help supply their 21 local agencies. Barton students and athletes helped transfer items from BCC's bus to the United Way's larger school bus. Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas Julie Bunger-Smith said the efforts by Barton were very beneficial to the campaign.

August 23, 2012 | | News


BCC wraps up grant on high note

A $2 million grant to Barton Community College ends this month, but the work it started – job training for prison inmates – will continue, the Barton Community College trustees learned Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


WIC dietician works to promote breastfeeding

Beverly Frizell, RD with the Barton County WIC program has been working extra hard to get the word out about the importance of breastfeeding this year to her clients in a multi-county area. It has always been a goal of WIC to increase breastfeeding, but this past year, the Barton County Health Department was awarded a grant to conduct a media campaign to help build awareness among the community as a whole.

August 22, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County avoids the bite so far

As of Wednesday, Aug. 22, there were 15 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the state, but the numbers are on the rise. While the Barton County Health Department said there have been no confirmed cases of the disease within the county at this time, and none are being investigated, one case so far was reported in neighboring Stafford County earlier in August. But Sedgwick County has had the highest number of confirmed cases so far. According to the Sedgwick County Health Department, they've seen unusually high numbers of the virus. While there have only been 10 confirmed ...

August 22, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Alligator moves from BCC to Great Bend Zoo

Alligators are back at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, starting with one that spent the last three years in Dr. Oleg Ravitskjy's life science classroom at Barton Community College.

August 22, 2012 | | News


New educator at KWEC

BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.

August 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


City departments outline activities

During each Great Bend City Council meeting, city administrator Howard Partington lists the activities and accomplishments of various city departments. Below is a recap of that report from this past Monday.

August 22, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Cub Scout Roundup scheduled

Cub Scouting brings to mind rocketry, camping trips, swimming parties, service projects, pinewood derbies, patches and awards. Boys come to school each week wearing their Cub Scout uniforms, and after school get together with their dens and learn, laugh, and become leaders.

August 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend Friends Finish 50K

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu

August 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Making connections

As part of its bi-weekly report to the Barton County Commission, the Barton County Records Management Office noted it helped connect a family with its past.

August 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


TAKING IT EASEMENT

The Barton County Commission and Great Bend City Council Monday took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

August 20, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


UWCK stuffing the bus

Agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties serving those in need sometimes need more than just money.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County re-ups with state insurance plan

Up until three years ago, Barton County was self insured. Then, at the recommendation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county signed up for the state health care plan.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County opens streets in Villa South

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision. Now the ball is in the Great Bend City Council's court.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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SCHOOL'S OUT!

Students in Grades K-1-2 at Jefferson Elementary School enjoy Jefferson Fun Day on Thursday, which was the last day of school. Older students went to the Great Bend Activity Center or Walnut Bowl.

May 22, 2015 | | News


​BCC trustees meeting change

The next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees has been changed to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, in F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 22, 2015 | | News


Memorial Day travel forecast: Kansans Ready for vacation

TOPEKA – Memorial Day AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year and the highest volume since 2005. Nearly 89 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent from the 31.3 million who traveled by automobile last year, and the largest growth seen in five years. The expected rise in car travel is driven by factors that include rising consumer optimism brought on by improving finances, increased purchasing power and lower gas prices.

May 22, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Memorial Day travel forecast: Kansans Ready for vacation

TOPEKA – Memorial Day AAA projects 37.2 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 4.7 percent increase over last year and the highest volume since 2005. Nearly 89 percent of travelers (33 million) will travel by automobile, an increase of 5.3 percent from the 31.3 million who traveled by automobile last year, and the largest growth seen in five years. The expected rise in car travel is driven by factors that include rising consumer optimism brought on by improving finances, increased purchasing power and lower gas prices.

May 22, 2015 | | News


Great Bend prepares to honor vets

The Great Bend American Legion Post 180 is planning the Great Bend Memorial Day service this year. It is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Veterans Circle, Great Bend Municipal Cemetery

May 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Poppy Program starts Friday

American Legion Auxiliary volunteers will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand-crafted, red crepe paper poppies for donations from 2-6 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday.

May 21, 2015 | | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Five arrested in drug warrant sweep

On Tuesday, detectives from the Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained three search warrants for methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The search warrants were obtained with the assistance and cooperation from the Great Bend Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 20, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers needed for baseball tourney

The Kansas State High School Activities Association 2-1A State Baseball Tournament will take place at the end of this month at the Great Bend Sports Complex, and Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said help is needed.

May 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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