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Shafer Gallery to host “Finding Balance: A Landscape Exhibit”

The Shafer Art Gallery’s summer exhibit “Finding Balance” is now open and will end with a closing reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, August 7.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 4:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 3:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 9:12 a.m. | 0 Comments

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.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 4:34 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​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.

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 1:11 p.m. | 0 Comments

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. 

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:20 a.m. | 0 Comments

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. 

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Posted: may. 22, 2015 9:42 a.m. | 0 Comments

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

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 4:40 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 4:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 3:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 10:09 a.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 2:51 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 5:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 5:18 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 4:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

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. 

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Posted: may. 20, 2015 10:32 a.m. | 0 Comments
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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.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 9:46 p.m. | 0 Comments

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. 

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 3:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

Cops have suspects in graffiti outbreak

  The Great Bend Police Department Detective’s Unit has been devoting a considerable amount of time to finding out who has been spray painting graffiti around town, City Administrator Howard Partington told the City Council Monday night. That is starting to show results. “They do have suspects,” he said. “Some charges will likely be forthcoming.” The Patrol Division has also been focusing its efforts toward catching these perpetrators, he said. Officers are planning some saturation patrol efforts (similar to the Warrant Task Force which has netted numerous drug busts) to address these issues.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 2:56 p.m. | 1 Comment
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Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 8:28 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Longer Memorial Day flower period OKed

 Those wishing to place flowers on the graves of loved ones at the Great Bend Cemetery for Memorial Day will have an extra week to do so, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 9:59 p.m. | 0 Comments

Verizon granted permission for temporary cell tower

 Verizon Wireless will be allowed to locate a temporary cellular telephone tower near the former St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a conditional use permit for the cell service provider. 

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 9:47 p.m. | 0 Comments
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City-wide clean-up efforts keep county tidier

 Community-wide clean-up efforts are mixed blessing, Barton County Landfill Director Phil Hathcock told the County Commission Monday morning.

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Posted: may. 18, 2015 9:51 a.m. | 0 Comments

Barton Foundation honors Brad and Sarah Shirer with Distinguished Service Award

The Barton Community College Foundation honored Brad and Sarah Shirer with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award during Barton’s 45th commencement on Friday.    

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton Community College honors Outstanding Graduates at commencement

Kami Maxwell of Odin and Ambonirina Nathanael Razafindrabe of Antananarvio, Madagascar were named Barton Community College’s 2015 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards, after which they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college’s 45th commencement ceremony Friday.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Youth Bike Safety Rodeo set for May 29

Barton County children ages 5 to 12 years can have a great start to a safe summer by participating in the Bike Safety Rodeo the morning of Friday, May 29. It will be held at the small ball field on the northwest side of Brit Spaugh Park, near 22nd and Morton St.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 4:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 3:58 p.m. | 0 Comments

Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

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Posted: may. 16, 2015 3:45 p.m. | 0 Comments

Minor injury accident reported

Vehicles driven by Glenda Eye, 59, Larned, and Vonda New, 48, Garfield, collided at 3:44 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 56 at SW 30 Ave., 3 miles west of Great Bend.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 2:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

St. John man in serious condition after motorcycle wreck

 

 A St. John man was taken to Wichita with serious injuries following a three-vehicle wreck west of Ellinwood Thursday evening.

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Posted: may. 15, 2015 9:37 a.m. | 0 Comments

BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college’s swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 9:56 p.m. | 0 Comments

BCC receives $317K for Camp Aldrich

The directors of the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation delivered a $317,000 check Wednesday toward construction of the new Camp Aldrich Dining Hall.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 9:48 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has “concerns” about the state’s new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 5:52 p.m. | 1 Comment
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Ellinwood kids putting the crunch on obesity

Crunch Out Obesity, the six-week program Ellinwood students in grades 4-6 participated in during April and May, came to an end Tuesday.  Sponsors visited classes and awarded prizes to winners at both Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph School.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 3:09 p.m. | 0 Comments
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RENOVATION TAKES FLIGHT

 The venerable B-29s and the crews that flew them helped win World War II and forever reshaped Great Bend.

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Posted: may. 14, 2015 9:10 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Out of the Morgue

This week, we offer a clip show of sorts from previous Out of the Morgue columns.  Great Bend has forever been a place where interesting people have passed through, and many have decided to stay a while.  It has been something to commemorate and celebrate.  

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 5:24 p.m. | 0 Comments
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On the run

ELLINWOOD — Nothing says school’s out like field day. Ellinwood Grade School students participated in several events at the Ellinwood City Park Wednesday morning.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 7:07 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 5:03 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Driver receives minor injuries

An Odin woman was treated and released from Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington following a one-vehicle accident at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 11:53 a.m. | 0 Comments

Appraiser’s Office conducting residential, commercial re-inspections

 Beginning mid-May and running through September, Barton County Appraiser’s Office personnel will be conducting their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.

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Posted: may. 13, 2015 10:18 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest Winners

Barton Community College has announced the winners of its Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest.  The winners are as follows: Abby Petz and Andrea Klepper; Taylor Pennington; and Marcus Pastran.

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 8:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Local counterfeiters sentenced to prison time

The suspects in a counterfeiting ring that hit businesses in Great Bend and other central Kansas cities last July have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court.

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 8:30 p.m. | 0 Comments

Hoisington City Council, RHP, ponder proposed housing

Ross Vogel of Rural Housing Partners and Jason Hogan, contractor for RHP, one of the builder’s to propose the construction of new homes in Hoisington, met with the Hoisington City Council Monday night.  He came to ask the city to agree to pave Vine Street, where RHP proposes to build on seven lots on both sides of the cul-de-sac.  

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

​BCC trustees prepare to fill vacancy

The recent death of Great Bend resident Bob Mead has created a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The process for replacing a trustee after elections will be discussed at this month’s board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Seminar Room, F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 2:53 p.m. | 0 Comments

Local gas prices below state average

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.42 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.66. 

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Posted: may. 12, 2015 9:59 a.m. | 0 Comments

Pool proposal still up in air for USD 428

By Veronica Coons

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 9:59 p.m. | 0 Comments

Play Ball: Diamonds in use for practice, tournaments

     Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission’s board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 8:05 p.m. | 0 Comments

Kansas high school students participate in Vortex Art Day

About 100 Kansas high school students flocked to Barton Community College to get hands-on experience from Barton’s art professionals and participate in a juried art exhibit on Thursday.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 7:55 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Vandalism reports in Great Bend

Great Bend police received reports of criminal damage to property at two locations on Saturday morning. Someone threw paint on the side of the house at 1208 Morphy St., and someone spray painted the Funtime Bingo building at 2805 Ninth St.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 7:24 p.m. | 0 Comments

Drug busts reported

Great Bend police made a narcotics arrest at 1:38 a.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Jackson Street, after a driver allegedly failed to use her turn signal.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 7:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

Man reports knife attack

A 20-year-old man told Great Bend police he was battered by someone carrying a knife, around 9:46 p.m. Friday in the area of 19th and Holland St. He did not know the subject. An aggravated battery case was taken.

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Posted: may. 11, 2015 7:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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