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Teachers scramble as Senate hears bill

Soon, it may be illegal for USD 428 to continue to make payroll deductions of Kansas National Education Association dues and political action support by teachers in Great Bend. That's if House Bill 2023 is enacted into law. The bill was passed by the State House of Representatives in a 68 to 56 vote on Thursday, Jan. 31. This week, it is being heard by the Senate, and if passed there, will go on to be signed by Governor Sam Brownback, and will go into effect immediately. It has spurred local teachers to seek alternative ways to protect their ...

February 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Adopt-A-Dog

February 05, 2013 | | News


Sports Complex art near completion

The Great Bend City Council Monday night learned that the massive, gleaming metal sculpture planned to adorn the Sports Complex entrance is nearly ready for placement.

February 05, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


City, BCC form Convention Center alliance

You could almost feel the sense of relief fill the Great Bend City Council chambers Monday night as the council approved entering into a partnership with Barton Community College taking the development of the embattled Convention Center in a new direction.

February 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the county's application for at grant to enhance the Cheyenne Bottoms Scenic Overlook between Hoisington and Claflin just off K-4.

February 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend spelling champs named

Great Bend eighth grader Allison Regehr won the Barton County Spelling Bee for the fourth time Saturday, and is headed for the Sunflower Spelling Bee at Hays and a chance to advance to the national bee.

February 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BOLO alert issued after shooting

On Friday the Great Bend Police Department issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) alert for two suspects in a shooting that took place Thursday morning at 1407 Adams St. in Great Bend. Law enforcement officers are being advised to pick up and hold John Waylon Randall and Orlan L. Eurich on charges of attempted murder. The last known address for both men is Wichita.

February 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Governor's Achievement Award

BARTON COUNTY - Two Barton County Schools, Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend and St. Joseph Catholic School in Ellinwood have earned the Governor's Achievement Award. Forty-two Kansas elementary schools, 11 middle/junior high schools and 18 high schools have been recognized as part of the sixth annual Governor's Achievement Awards, honoring top performing schools in the state.

February 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Kansas Avenue repairs to start Monday

Motorists taking Kansas Avenue may find orange cones and signage greeting them this week as construction work begins to replace the concrete pavement from the 1600 block north to 24th Street, Great Bend City Engineer Rob Winiecke said.

February 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


20 years with CASA, Staab keeps coming back

Editor's note: This is the second two stories about Central Kansas CASA. While part one cast a spotlight on the organization, the people it helps, and the upcoming CASA Chocolate Auction, today we look at one longtime volunteer. Donna Staab has served CASA for more than two decades.

January 31, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Silver Cougars: BCC reaches out to senior citizens

Banks and travel agencies court customer loyalty with 55-plus clubs, so why not do the same thing with learning institutions? Barton Community College is finding one of its strongest bases of supporters among senior citizens in the Silver Cougar Club.

January 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


One arrested on attempted murder charge

A suspect was arrested on a possible attempted murder charge on Thursday, after a man who had been shot in the face walked into Great Bend Regional Hospital.

January 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Property owners review Clean Line routing

Barton County property owners enjoyed their first-hand look Tuesday at proposed routes by the Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a $2 billion 700-mile high-voltage direct current transmission line that will cross through Pawnee and Barton counties.

January 31, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Group: Poor Kansans hit harder by taxes than rich

TOPEKA (AP) - A new study by a non-partisan Washington research group says the poorest Kansans pay a much higher percentage of their incomes in state and local taxes than do the state's wealthiest residents.

January 31, 2013 | | News


Chocolate anyone?

Saturday evening, the chocolate fountain will be flowing at Central Kansas CASA's 8th Annual Chocolate Auction which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus.

January 30, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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St. Rose donates portable cooling units to Barton County Fair

A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.

March 26, 2015 | | News


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | 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


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