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County seeing increase in STDs

Barton County is seeing an upswing in sexually transmitted infections in all age and income ranges, Health Director Shelly Schneider told the County Commission Tuesday morning.

February 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff says charges likely in swim team sex abuse case

ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth County Sheriff Tracy Ploutz said Tuesday he believes there was some form of criminal activity that occurred on a Great Bend High School bus Saturday, Feb. 6. It is alleged a GBHS boys swim team member was sexually battered by teammates on that bus as it was returning from Manhattan.

February 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New K-9 makes his first bust

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Great Bend Police Department, City Administrator Howard Partington said during Monday nights City Council meeting.

February 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Landfill to now accept liquid waste

In a move that will benefit both the facility and its customers, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock requested and obtained approval from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to accept waste liquids in the Barton County Landfill.

February 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Great Bend has one last shot at regional air service

Great Bend has only one more chance at retaining regional air service at Great Bend Municipal Airport, and that is a hail Mary, Airport Manager Martin Miller said.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Improvements come to Humane Society

It's been a good year for the Golden Belt Humane Society, Director Heather Acheson told the Great Bend City Council Monday night.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Superintendent: District acted properly after sex abuse allegations

A defiant Unified School District 428 Superintendent Brad Reed admonished the media Monday afternoon for its coverage of sexual battery allegations involving members of the Great Bend High School boys swim team while assuring Great Bend residents the school system is addressing the matter with the utmost vigor.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A missed opportunity

The actions, or inactions, of the Unified School District 428 administration regarding the alleged sexual battery of Great Bend High School swim team members have been appalling. The refusal to comment, offer comfort to those involved or take on these heinous allegations head-on shows a failure of leadership.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Alleged GBHS incidents shine light on dark topic

Editor's note: Some definitions used in this story are graphic in nature. Reader discretion is suggested

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Happy Valentines Day

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. It is the second-largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, after Christmas.

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


GBHS swimmers allegedly battered on school bus trips

In the last week, there have been at least two instances of Great Bend High School boys' swim team members allegedly being sexually battered on bus trips home from swim meets, parents of team members are reporting.

February 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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 participants, law enforcement officers and court officials involved with the in the case surrounding murder suspect Alejo Villegas from discussing the matter.

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 would have been known had the unspecified personnel matter not been brought up at the commission meeting Monday morning by Commissioner Alicia Straub.

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 begin.

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 the request of Commissioner Alicia Straub based on an employee complaint outlined in a registered letter received by all commissioners last week.

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg


One more stone down

Enough lines have been purchased and the long-anticipated third stone for the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is a go, said Diana Watson, assistant to the ...

May 18, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Election filing Deadline

The filing deadline for the 2018 election is noon Friday, June 1, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman announced Tuesday. Voters will cast ballots in ...

May 16, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs new rabies rules

What a difference one word makes. That is what it boiled down to in the new rabies vaccination resolution approved by the Barton County Commission ...

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Selzer says he’ll help Kansas grow

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer, one of four Republican gubernatorial candidates, said his vision for the state is a simple one.

May 15, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Extending Fourth fireworks fun fizzles

After fierce opposition from fire chiefs across Barton County, the County Commission Monday morning rejected a resolution that would have allowed the discharge of fireworks ...

May 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Second county fire district formed

Following a lengthy public hearing, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the organization of a new fire district in the county. Fire District Number ...

May 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Pedaling with a purpose

A cloud-shrouded sun just peeked over horizon Friday morning as Larry Heyn sat tall in the saddle pedaling his way eastward out of Great Bend.

May 11, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Every day is mental health awareness day

Sure, the Barton County Commission proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month Monday morning, but Center for Counseling and Consultation Director Julie Kramp said mental ...

May 10, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Summer Expansion

The long-anticipated expansion of Eighth Street between Wal-Mart on Grant Street and Dillons on McKinley will start in July. At least that is what Great ...

May 09, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission marks National Bike Month

The bicycle is an "economical, healthy, convenient, and environmentally sound form of transportation and an excellent tool for recreation and enjoyment of Barton County's ...

May 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City looking to fill two key posts

The status of two key, yet vacant, positions was discussed as the Great Bend City Council met Monday night.

May 08, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Just the beginning

In a City Council chamber packed with Great Bend firefighters, many disgruntled and frustrated with what they see as years of pay inequities, Human Resources ...

May 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission votes to improve accident-prone two-way stop

In light of a recent fatality crash at the intersection of North Washington Avenue and North 30 Road, the Barton County Commission approved taking steps ...

May 07, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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