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Change your clocks, change your smoke alarm batteries

Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday and as communities prepare to "fall back" one hour, the Great Bend Fire Department and the Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal urge residents to practice fire safety by testing their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and changing the batteries.

October 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Volunteering vets to be honored

On Monday, Nov. 9, in advance of Veterans Day, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will recognize those who have not only served their community, but also their nation.

October 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Wind can close landfill

During the fall, winds can be strong enough to close the Barton County Landfill, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock said.

October 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission asks why no action taken on trashy properties

A complaint from rural Barton County resident Clarence Bieberle about a trashy property near his home north of Odin led to a harsh rebuke by the County Commission Monday morning of the County Attorney's Office and its lack of action on numerous zoning and nuisance code violations.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Community Corrections and county handbook on agenda

Among the items addressed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning was the approval of the year-end outcomes for the 21st Judicial District's Central Kansas Community Corrections. State law requires the review and approval of the Barton County Commissioners, as the administrative county for the 21st Judicial District. This has been a successful year for CKCC, Director Amy Boxberger told the commissions Monday morning.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


ETCHED IN STONE

The Barton County Commission Monday morning invited the public to the long-awaited dedication of the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial's first commemorative stone The event will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission honors long-time employees

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took time to thank several employees for their years of service.

October 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A housing opportunity

Two years ago, the city commissioned a housing needs study as part of its application for a Rural Housing Incentive District, a tax-credit program. The study quantified the need for housing at different levels and types. It also verified the shortage is expected to worsen if no incentives are put in place, and that the shortage is detrimental to the community's growth.

October 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


UWCK kickin’ it casually

Wednesday, Nov. 18, is National Philanthropy Day, and the United Way of Central Kansas is taking it very casually, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said. The UWCK is sponsoring the second-annual Dress Down the Town benefit to raise funds for the 2016 campaign.

October 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


HOI struggling to get letters supporting housing grant

Time is running out for Vicki Dayton of Housing Opportunities Inc. She wants to apply for a state grant to bring more moderately price homes to Great Bend, but has not received as much community support as she thought she would.

October 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Time to explore Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday of the month, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.

October 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Repainting of old Engine 3416 underway

The repainting of the locomotive on display in Brit Spaugh Park has started, but Mother Nature is delaying the restoration, said Scott Keeler, Great Bend public lands director.

October 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City to hire consultant for water-related projects

At the Oct. 5 Great Bend City Council meeting, City Administrator Partington reported on various scenarios for making improvements to the city's aging water line. Acting on a consensus of the council he developed a plan using a combination of reserves, fund transfers and the issue of new bonds.

October 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Preventative measures

According to Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider, Kansas ranks dead last in the continental United States in terms of immunization rates for the human papilloma virus. This virus plays a huge role in cervical, head and neck cancers in males and females, ages 9-26.

October 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Health officials stress importance of HPV vaccine

Kansas is ranked 50th in the continental United States in immunization rates for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider told county commissioners Monday morning.

October 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg


Gag order stands in shooting death case

On Jan. 8, 20th Judicial District Judge Ron Svaty issued a "protective order restricting extrajudicial comments," in layman's terms a gag order, barring all ...

February 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A responsive government

Very little is known about a letter sent by a county employee via registered mail to members of the Barton County Commission. In fact, nothing ...

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Judge rules to keep affidavits sealed

Little more information about the shooting death of 23-year-old Great Bend man Aron Villegas last November will be made public, at least until criminal proceedings ...

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission takes no action on personnel matter

The Barton County Commission took no action on an unspecified personnel matter after emerging from two executive sessions Monday morning. The closed-door discussions came at ...

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Congratulations!

The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again.

February 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


First confirmed flu cases of season identified in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has now confirmed the first influenza cases of the 2015-2016 season, the KDHE announced Thursday. Although the season ...

February 05, 2016 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News


Cost of winter storms adding up

Winter weather during the past couple of weeks has required emergency call-out and emergency cleanup by Barton County Road and Bridge Department, department Director Dale ...

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


MORE HOUSING ON THE WAY

A resolution approved by the Great Bend City Council Monday night should help bring more affordable rental housing for the communities seniors. The action supported ...

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Activity picking up at CVB

The Great Bend City Council was told Monday night that the number of Convention and Visitors Bureau projects has grown steadily since the first of ...

February 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Mapping project could have far-reaching impact

There is a lot at stake with the new flood plain map being developed for the Cow Creek Watershed as it could impact zoning and ...

February 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Traffic increases at Wetlands Center

A lot has happened at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, center Site Manager Curtis Wolf told the Great Bend City Council Monday night during his ...

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council declares trailer house unsafe, sets hearing

The Great Bend City Council Monday night agreed with the findings of Building Inspector Lee Schneider and Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker that a dilapidated ...

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Less is more

Some Kansas legislators are saying that perhaps legislative sessions are too long. Perhaps, they should be shortened, curtailed to expedite decisions and save taxpayer money ...

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

It was Under Sheriff Bruce Green who nominated Barton County Sheriff's Office Detective Sgt. Dave Paden to the county's last employee of the ...

February 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Put up or shut up

With all the time wasted voting to repeal Obamacare and all the time wasted railing against it, this seems like a sensible compromise.

January 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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