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Trustees discuss Kirkman use

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees discussed "several personnel matters" during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon, board chairman Mike Johnson said.

November 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBHS presents fresh take on ‘The Election’

The Great Bend High School Theatre Department will present a comical play, "The Election" by Don Zolidas, from Nov. 11-13 at the GBHS Auditorium.

November 08, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Engle wields brush and lens

Enter the office of Diane Engle and she greets you with a warm hello in her Oklahoma accent. Raised on a farm in western Oklahoma, she is drawn to old homesteads, farm equipment, and just about anything else she finds interesting when she's visiting.

November 08, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Error leads to overstatement of vote totals

The unofficial general election totals were posted by Barton County election officials at 9:24 p.m. However, in the process of double checking the results, Election Officer Donna Zimmerman discovered a tabulation error which resulted in an overstatement of the number of votes cast.

November 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


PAYING TRIBUTE

They just want to say "thanks." With Veterans Day coming up Sunday, two local businesses have launched projects to honor those who are or have served in the armed forces.

November 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Children’s author visits Great Bend

A published children's author with ties to Great Bend is in town this week, visiting relatives and reading to children.

November 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend honors veterans this weekend

This weekend several events are scheduled in Great Bend to honor veterans and observe Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11.

November 07, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


‘THAT’S A LOT OF TIRES’

One City of Great Bend employee looked at the mountains of black tires heaped on the backside of the city's compost site Wednesday afternoon.

November 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Bellendir survives write-in effort

Barton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brian Bellendir will be the county's next sheriff, after fending off incumbent sheriff and write-in challenger Greg Armstrong in Tuesday's general election.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


‘Rookie’ Edmonds wins again

Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.

November 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County voter turnout tops 70 percent

The Tuesday's general election is in the books. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Bringing “Local Color” into focus

Six years ago, Karole Erikson and husband Jay Miller bought digital cameras and began photographing the landscape and inhabitants of both the Cheyenne Bottoms and their own backyard. For Miller, it was a chance to rekindle and interest born 30 years ago while studying art and photography at Barton Community College. For Erikson, it was a chance to delve into a creative realm far from her everyday work as a music teacher at BCC. On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Deines Center in Russell featured photography by each, spotlighting the talent of Kansans from Central Kansas in the "Local Color" exhibit ...

November 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Park Elementary students get taste of campaigning and voting

Sure, the ballot included Democratic President Barrack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But, it also included a duckling, a wimpy kid and a hungry caterpillar.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Chili cook off results

Chili lovers had the opportunity to try 19 different chili recipes Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Explore Great Bend Chili Cook Off, sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services. Cook off coordinator Sarah Krom said 140 tasters bracelets were sold, and a $663 donation will be made to the Community Food Bank with the proceeds.

November 05, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

November 05, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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storm spotters

So far, Barton County and Kansas has been fortunate. Reports of severe weather have been minimal in 2015.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


​KBI agent testifies Miller deposited checks for fictitious invoices

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Clint Hawkins said checks that Central Prairie Honor Flights members thought were written to businesses wound up instead in the banking account of the nonprofit organization's director, LaVeta Miller. Hawkins testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court, where Miller is on trial for two counts of theft by deception, each greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000.

March 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Pertussis case confirmed at GBHS

Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.

March 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County backs effort to recognize historic routes

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved offering a letter of support for an effort by Ellinwood residents to make the historic Chisholm and Great Western Trail a national historic trail.

March 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Former Honor Flight secretary reviews checks

The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks - including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.

March 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 03, 2015 | | News


Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

March 03, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

March 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


The next step

The long-running campaign to clean up Veterans Memorial Lake took another step forward Monday night when the Great Bend City Council approved the application of a chemical jolt to help eliminate the toxic blue-green algae.

March 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Some new faces

The City of Great Bend has a new police chief and a new City Council member.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council OKs fund transfer for library

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a resolution allowing the transfer of funds for the Great Bend Public Library heating and air conditioning system loan. The amount being transferred is $762,012.92.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington honors Seuss

Monday, March 2, was "Read Across America Day". This year, the book is the Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


For the Love of Reading

Students at Lincoln Elementary school arrived at school Monday morning dressed in the costumes of beloved book characters. Hours of work went into preparations for the school's celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The popular children's author would be 111 years old this year.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington gaining ground on EMT shortage

At the Hoisington City Council meeting Feb. 23, EMS Director Scott Fleming announced the successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training for five new volunteers.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County shop remains in the cold

A lengthy discussion over the replacement of a heating and air conditioning system in the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop ended in a stalemate at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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