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It takes more than money

With a super hero theme, the United Way of Central Kansas went up, up and away with its 2016 kick-off event Saturday evening. The campaign is now officially underway.

August 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hostage ordeal ends peacefully

A tense four-and-a-half hour standoff Friday night between an Oklahoma man who was holding his two young children hostage and law enforcement in Great Bend ended without shots being fired and the suspect being taken into custody. The man, Chris Solida, was wanted in Oklahoma for allegedly shooting and wounding his wife, Brandy Solida.

August 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Drivers urged to be patient with road work

The 2015 Barton County road sealing program is humming along, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


BCC Board to select new trustee

When the Barton Community College trustees meet in a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, they will pick one of seven applicants to take the place of the late Bob Mead.

August 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Let’s fill that bus

The United Way of Central Kansas' annual Stuff the Bus drive is set for Aug. 19, and the need for this effort is increasingly important, said UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith.

August 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Annual Barton County reappraisal going smoothly

It may seem like a daunting task. Each year, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld and her staff must re-inspect 17 percent of the properties in the county.

August 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Juvenile Services must cut budget $32K

The 20th Judicial District's Juvenile Services has to slash over $32,000 from its 2016 budget, thanks to the State of Kansas' $62 million budget realignment, Juvenile Services Director Laurie White told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

August 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A necessary evil

Call it a blessing or call it a curse.

August 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep your eyes open

School will soon be starting. It's been a long, hot summer, so kids and motorists alike need to remember some simple rules so this year can be a safe for us all. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following:

August 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Local volunteers recognized for service

If the Retired Senior Volunteer Program were a jigsaw puzzle, it would be a big one painting a diverse image of the communities it serves.

August 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Plans underway for Alzheimer’s walk

Although the local 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's isn't until October, organizers are planning a kick-off ice cream social Thursday, Aug. 13. It will start at 6 p.m. at Brookdale Senior Living, 1206 Patton Rd. in Great Bend.

August 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City retires street improvement bond

One of the bills approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night was a pretty big deal. It was the final payment on a bond approved a decade ago for street repairs.

August 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City receives ‘clean’ audit

Members of the Great Bend City Council's Administrative Committee heard some good news Monday night when they learned "clean" or "unqualified opinion" on the city's 2014 audit.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City receives final Bushnell funds for park improvements

The Great Bend City Council Monday night accepted a Barbara Bushnell Memorial Fund presentation from Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin. This payment is the final of five annual grants from the fund and will provide money for improvements to Veterans Memorial Park and Brit Spaugh Park.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tot Spot coming to life at Brit Spaugh

Passersby may have noticed some new bright and colorful playground equipment springing up north of the Wetlands at Great Bend Aquatic Center. It is all part of the Tot Spot, a joint project between Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Offering a helping hand

In an ironic twist, the myriad agencies in Barton County that help the needy are themselves in need.

August 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Jobless rate on the rise

TOPEKA - State labor officials are pinning an ongoing upward unemployment trend in part on a dwindling labor pool, according to the jobless report released by ...

August 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Water balloon fight calls attention to United Way

After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 ...

August 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


County honored for United Way giving

When Julie Bugner Smith took over the helm of the United Way of Central Kansas in 2011, Barton County employees gave $1,600 to the ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Time to say thanks

More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of ...

August 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Health Department warns of rabies upswing

The Barton County Health Department continues to deal with what officials believe to be an increased number of potential rabies cases, Health Director Shelly Schneider ...

August 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Solida tells officers he shot his wife

WOODWARD, Okla. – Initial reports indicated that the rural Oklahoma man charged with shooting his wife shot her accidentally last Friday. However, in a 911 call ...

August 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Solida to be charged in Barton County

The Oklahoma man involved in a four-hour standoff with authorities last Friday with his children in the car will face two counts of aggravated child ...

August 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


United Way kickoff soars up, up and away

Those attending the United Way of Central Kansas' 2016 campaign opener Saturday night didn't have to duck into a phone booth for a quick ...

August 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Testing, inspection and permitting fees go up

It has been years, even decades, since the fees charged by the Barton County Environmental Management Department increased the fees it charges for the myriad ...

August 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Water rates to go up

Great Bend residents will see a 10 percent water rate increase to cover the increased cost of operations, following action by the Great Bend City ...

August 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City Council OKs 2016 budget

To keep pace with infrastructure needs and goals set by the City Council, the 2016 City of Great Bend budget includes a 1.32 mill ...

August 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County hopes to improve immunization rates

Recently, the Barton County Health Department hosted an immunization carnival in an effort to bolster sagging immunization rates, but the low numbers remain a problem ...

August 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


DRESSED NOT TO KILL

It was a tense situation for Pam Stiles and Pam Winkelman of the Barton County Health Department Monday morning, and it wasn't even a ...

August 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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