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THE JURY REMAINS OUT

Despite a full day of deliberations Wednesday, the jury in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Chapman still had not reached a verdict.

February 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


MAKING MORE ROOM

The fact that Great Bend has a massive housing shortage is a given, but Matt Gillam was not expecting the interest he has received on the new multi-million-dollar apartment complex now taking shape on Grant Street.

February 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Chapman murder case in jury’s hands

After an hour of deliberation Tuesday afternoon, there was no verdict in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Chapman, charged with the November 2011 shooting death of Damon Galyardt.

February 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Time to compromise

It's been noted that the Kansas Legislature is more polarized and rancorous than ever before.

February 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pertussis presents perplexing problem

Barton County remains in the grips of a whooping cough outbreak, but the extent of the outbreak remains unclear, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told the county commission Monday morning.

February 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Lawmakers approve veterans mental health bill

Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act by a vote of 99 to 0. The legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 12, will provide measures to improve mental health care and increase suicide prevention resources for American service members.

February 07, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Keep public notices public

It is sort of ironic that as we near the observance of the 10 anniversary of National Sunshine Week next month we in Kansas face an assault on open government.

February 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Universal emergency network in the works

Establishing the first interagency and uniform emergency communications system is the goal of a project now in the works, members of the Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee learned at their first 2015 quarterly meeting Jan. 27.

February 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


CLEANING THINGS UP

The Great Bend City Council and city personnel held a team-building work session last Friday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Council members took turns running through lists of suggestions and concerns.

February 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Their work is measured in miles and tons

It was a busy year for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. Over the course of 12 months, work involved dozens of miles of roads, thousands of tons of materials, thousands of labor hours and millions of dollars, Director Dale Phillips reported to the County Commission Monday morning in his annual report.

February 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council addresses parking on sidewalks

Technically, the City of Great Bend's ordinance banning parking on sidewalks is a zero-tolerance one. But, over the years, an unwritten rule softening that stance has evolved.

February 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Process to fill council opening set

The process to fill the vacancy on the council left by the resignation of First Ward Great Bend City Councilman Edwin Roberts was set in motion during the council meeting Monday night.

February 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Indoor baseball facility coming to Great Bend

In an effort to support the starting of a new business in Great Bend, the City Council Monday night approved passing along Great Bend Foundation funds to the local entrepreneurs.

February 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Helping our own

The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again, and then some.

February 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Whooping cough threat continues

The number of Great Bend residents who may have whooping cough stood at 23 as of Monday afternoon and the outbreak shows no sign of abating, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday.

February 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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County re-ups with eco devo group

Noting that the money brought into the county and the jobs created by through its efforts, it was an easy call for the Barton County Commission to re-up with Great Plains Development.

March 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Doing their jobs

Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Commission OKs backup emergency system

Emergency personnel and first responders in Barton County will now have a back-up method to receive messages and alerts from dispatchers after the County Commission approved the purchase of the Active911 system Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Get off that couch

At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.

March 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A HOMEY ALTERNATIVE

Earl Mark served his country in the Army during the 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and the veteran could no longer serve himself.

March 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


40th Annual Special Olympics Basketball and Cheerleading Tournament overruns community

HAYS - They eyes of the nation may have been on March Madness and the national collegiate basketball tourney, but thousands swarmed to Hays this past weekend for the 47th-annual Kansas Special Olympics State Basketball and Cheerleading Competition.

March 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local Sports


Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Street sweepers

The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get outside

Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.

March 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Advance ballots, voting now available

Barton County voters can now apply for advanced ballots for the April 7 city/school/hospital general election, said Donna Zimmerman, Barton county clerk and election officer.

March 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPRING CLEANING

This past Saturday, City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster worked with First Assembly of God Church volunteers for a community service day cleanup of storm water drainage ditches around the community.

March 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Scenic overlook project advances

The Kansas Department of Transportation informed Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco that the bid letting for the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area scenic overlook tower will be in August.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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