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Citizens express ideas on pit bull ban

Twenty or so Great Bend residents piled into the City Council chambers Wednesday evening to voice their opinions on banning pit bulls within the city limits and other vicious dog-related problems.

June 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Grandparents raising grandchildren

Michael gently lifts his one-year-old granddaughter, speaks softly to her, and lets her know she's special.

June 19, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

City officials meet with housing developer

Two weeks after news that an apartment project fell through and a discussion on a local housing shortage, the Great Bend City Council Monday night learned there may be some relief to the problem.

June 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

31st-annual Camp Hope happening this Week

Children with cancer want to do all the fun things that healthy children do – exploring the outdoors, swimming, hiking, fishing, playing games, singing around the campfire, creating arts and crafts, playing ball, and more.

June 19, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Wheat harvest gearing up throughout area

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Barton County farmers were wrapping up the 2012 wheat harvest, and everyone, farmers and non-farmers alike, were praying for rain.

June 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Be Well Barton County receives grant from KHI’s Healthy Communities Initiative

Be Well Barton County, a advisory group dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles countywide, has been awarded an implementation grant through the Kansas Health Foundation's Healthy Communities Initiative worth up to $75,000 over the next three years. Be Well, one of 12 grantees in the state to receive this funding, will use the funds in support Complete streets and Safe Routes to school, nationally recognized programs that encourage local governments to consider bicycle and pedestrian traffic when planning street and sidewalk improvements..

June 18, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

June Jaunt ‘huge success’

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes could hardly contain herself when she addressed the Great Bend City Council Monday night about the recent June Jaunt.

June 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Vernon gives drop-out report

At the regular school board meeting in June, Superintendent Tom Vernon presented his annual report on drop-outs, something he's been doing since 2007. Back in 2008, 30 students dropped out, but the numbers went down in 2008 through 2010. In 2011, the numbers began to rise again, with 38 and 39 students dropping out in the 2011 and 2012 school years.

June 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Oil well proposed inside Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands

An oil well could be drilled 870 feet inside the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands if a permit requested by H&C Oil Operating Inc., of Plainville is granted.

June 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

County seeks gun ban extension

A lot of questions swirl around the recently passed revised state statute that would allow concealed weapons in public buildings. Those questions lead the Barton County Commission Monday morning to approve submitting a letter to Attorney General's Office requesting a six-month exemption from the law.

June 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Grant to revamp scenic overlook

Barton County was selected for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway scenic overlook on K-4 east of Hoisington, the County Commission learned Monday morning.

June 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Commission honors county youth

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a proclamation honoring Ellinwood and Great Bend high school students in the Future Business Leaders of America Career and Technical Education Student Organization.

June 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

$80,000 loss, hay bales burn

At around 2:30 p.m., the Great Bend Fire Department was called away from the Pawnee Rock fire to a hay bale fire at 251 NW 10th Ave. adjacent to Mid America Feeders. Five hundred large-sized hay bales with an estimated value of $80,000 were on fire, according to Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano. They were continuing to burn Saturday morning. "It's nearly impossible to put the fire out because the bales burn so deep within," he said.

June 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Overrun with Color

If the turnout at the Great Bend Regional Hospital race pavilion Saturday morning is any indicator, color makes running more fun. Excitement over being doused with paint brought out more than 500 participants for the first ever Color Run. The event happened in conjunction with the third annual Human eMotion Charitable Run, Walk and Ride event sponsored by GBRH, with all proceeds going to support the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend.

June 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Dannebohm apprehended Friday in Great Bend

At approximately 11 a.m. Friday morning, Great Bend Police apprehended Brandon Dannebohm. The fugitive was found sleeping in a vehicle within the city limits of Great Bend, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green He was arrested and is being held on a no-bond warrant from Stafford County. Barton County charges are pending for aggravated endangerment of a child, abandonment of a child, possession of narcotics, and other charges.

June 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

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