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City to start flushing fire hydrants

The job of maintaining the City of Great Bend's army of 500 fire plugs falls to the Water Division of the Public Works Department. This is no insignificant task as these steel sentinels stand ready to help save property and lives in times of crisis.

October 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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


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

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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg

County sells two older dump trucks

Earlier this fall, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department took possession of four new dump trucks, rendering the four older trucks obsolete.

November 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A pair of long-running building issues were on the Great Bend City Council agenda Monday night.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Officials to get peek at new poll book system

The Barton County Clerk's Office will sponsor an electronic poll book demonstration at 9 a.m. Friday in the Clerk's Office at Barton ...

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County to join suit against state

Barton County will join with Johnson County in a "mandamus action" lawsuit against the state regarding a newly minted statute that county appraisers across Kansas ...

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Coffee cups? Really?

Call it a tempest in a coffee cup.

November 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

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