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New trucks coming to Road and Bridge Department

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a bid from Doonan Peterbilt for two 2016 Peterbilt 337 Trucks for a total price of $198,304 for the Road and Bridge Department.

December 08, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


SHOOTING IT OUT

HAYS – The 32nd-annual Gerald Mitchell Hays City Shootout took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Hays High School and Hays Middle School. Great Bend High School basketball squads joined teams from Hays, Olathe North, Garden City, Newton, DeSoto, Colby and Thomas Moore Prep of Hays in taking part.

December 06, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Sports


Who got a piece of the $1.9 million?

The revelation Monday that the Barton County Treasurer's office failed to distribute $1.9 million in tax money from May that should have been distributed in June has left public entities, as well as the general public, stunned and scrambling for answers.

December 06, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Second chances

It is human nature to want to give someone the benefit of the doubt. Parents do this with their kids, teachers do this with their students and rational adults do this with each other.

December 06, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Waste not, want not

As a result of its hazardous household waste disposal program, the Barton County Solid Waste Department diverted 13 drums of the chemicals from the landfill for the period of May through October, Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock said.

December 04, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Holidays feted in citywide events

The end of November brought Explore Great Bend Month to a close and many of the retail businesses that took part said it was a great success, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.

December 03, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Putting the best face forward

Going on two years ago, Barton County made the decision to be more involved in the digital media world, including a revamped website and increased presence on social media.

December 02, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Police chief search committee named

The search is on for a new police chief as Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison named Monday night the members of the search committee to help find a replacement for Dean Akings who is retiring after more than 30 years. The announcement came during the City Council meeting.

December 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Found: $1.9 million in taxes

There were two main points made by Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra during his report to the County Commission Monday morning.

December 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Jones named coroner

The Barton County Commission Monday morning named Dr. Edward "Dusty" Jones as the 20th Judicial District coroner. Jones' appointment is for a four-year term, 2015 - 2018.

December 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


What’s the deal?

Statewide, Gasbuddy tells us, gas prices continue to plummet. Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.63 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.78.

December 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


GBHS Hall of FAME

Great Bend High School has announced its 2014 inductees to the GBHS Hall of Fame. Recognized will be two individuals, one who has worked as an engineer on such projects as the Space Shuttle and own who has served as the voice of the Panthers closer to home.

November 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


A time to give

It is easy this time of year to get caught up in the whirlwind of commercialism that has devoured the holidays. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the relentless barrage of television commercials and the aisles of Christmas stuff in stores, this idea shoves out all visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads.

November 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Fair market values being set in Barton County

The Barton County Appraiser's Office is starting the 2015 final review process. This is a process where appraisals for the Jan. 1, 2015 values are set, said County Appraiser Barb Estes.

November 27, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


Where have all the turkeys gone?

MANHATTAN – Kansans aren't talkin' turkey like they used to.

November 26, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


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DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

January 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Take time to immunize

It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Leading by example

On Saturday night, the Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet at Barton Community College.

January 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Health Department wants to boost HPV vaccination rates

The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Winter isn’t over yet

Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Edmonds resigns from House budget committee

TOPEKA - Citing an already heavy work load in the Kansas House, veteran local lawmaker John Edmonds resigned from the state House Appropriations Committee, relinquishing his position as its vice chairman.

January 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A WORTHY INVESTMENT

If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.

January 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


2015 tax sale in the works

The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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