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Ambassadors share hope for Alzheimer’s

For most of the past century, Alzheimer's patients and their families were advised the disease was something to be managed, not cured. Without medication and cognitive therapy, the debilitating loss of memory eventually progresses until the body forgets to do automatic functions like swallowing, and those effected usually die of secondary diseases caused by a decrease in health. But thanks to people like Hazel Mannik, new options and a new outlook is beginning to come into focus.

November 11, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Chapman pleads not guilty to first degree murder

Jeffrey Wade Chapman entered a plea of "not guilty" to first degree murder, during his arraignment Friday in Barton County District Court. Chapman, 31, of Pawnee Rock, is charged with the intentional, premeditated murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11 or early Nov. 12, 2011.

November 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


An opportunity to say thank you

For the veterans taking part in the Veteran Appreciation Day at the KANSASWORKS office Friday morning, it was a chance to relive and share their wartime experiences.

November 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


EHS to present musical ‘Dear Edwina’

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School will present the musical "Dear Edwina" at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 at the Ellinwood High School auditorium, 210 E. 2nd. Tickets can be purchased for $5 from the Ellinwood Public Library, Kimple Furniture Store, Ellinwood Community Bank, or any cast member.

November 09, 2012 | | News


Bellendir announces command staff

Less than a week after his winning his bid to be the next Barton County Sheriff, Brian J. Bellendir has announced his command staff. The changes will take effect in January when Bellendir is sworn into office.

November 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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


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Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tech support scam hits area

In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.

April 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taxpayers beware, notices may not be in the mail

When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPREADING THE WORD

The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cancer foundation expands to Russell Co.

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April 14, 2015 | | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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