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Commission learns of day care needs

There is never enough child care available, especially in smaller communities, the Barton County Commission was told Monday morning.

July 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 428 BOE seeks bids for GBMS gym

Members of the USD Board of Education heard and approved an alternate plan for the much anticipated gymnasium addition at Great Bend Middle School at the July 9 board meeting.

July 10, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


​Rec Commission budgets for capital improvements

Next year's Great Bend Recreation Commission budget anticipates spending down more unencumbered cash for capital outlay expenses, GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said Monday.

July 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Multiple fires reported Friday and Saturday

Fireworks, heat and lightning were among the causes of unrelated fires Friday and Saturday in Barton County. Structure fires were reported in Great Bend and Olmitz.

July 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Shoot or don’t shoot

Law enforcement students at Barton Community College and law enforcement officers in Barton County will have a new high-tech training option to help them in dangerous situations. This is due in part to a donation from the County Attorney's Office.

July 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Burn ban continues

Even as a gray sky threatened rain, the Barton County Commission Monday morning signed a resolution continuing the county-wide burn ban. Despite showers over the weekend, "we still haven't received a measurable amount of rain," said Amy Miller, county emergency risk manager.

July 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Fugitive may have stolen Barton County vehicle

The Barton County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday evening that the search for fugitive Michael Aaron Jayne had been called off for the Barton County area, after federal authorities confirmed he had left the area. Authorities believe he left in a pickup stolen from a Barton Hills residence.

July 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Search for fugitive called off in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office announced Sunday evening that the search for fugitive Michael Aaron Jayne has been called off for the Barton County area. Federal authorities confirmed he is out of our area, according to the BCSO statement.

July 09, 2012 | | News


ALMOST SHOW TIME

The Barton County Fair organizers were sweating away inside the steamy buildings at the Great Bend Expo Complex this weekend as they made their last-minute preparations for the event that opens Wednesday.

July 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC trustees look at insurance, schedule

The cost of insurance for Barton Community College athletes is going up next year, but it is still lower than it has been in the past, Dean of Business Management Mark Dean told college trustees.

July 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Brown named AHF grand marshal

ELLINWOOD – Long-time Ellinwood resident, Terry Brown, has been named as grand marshal of the After Harvest Festival. He is a long-time member of the Ellinwood Rotary Club and has been in charge of the AHF parade for many years.

July 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Authorities still searching for fugitive

As of Saturday afternoon, a man considered armed and dangerous remains on the lam in rural Barton County or nearby vicinity following a high-speed chase in Rooks County Thursday night.

July 07, 2012 | BY VERONICA COONS and DALE HOGG | News


Fugitive remains at large in Barton County

A man considered armed and dangerous remains on the lam in rural Barton County following a high-speed chase in Rooks County Thursday night.

July 06, 2012 | BY VERONICA COONS and DALE HOGG | News


No insurance card, no tag

As if it didn't have enough to worry about with the recent snag-plagued computer upgrade, the Barton County Treasurer's Office is now being told by state official it has to strictly enforce the requirement that current insurance information be presented when vehicular tags are renewed.

July 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC Trustees add capital projects to proposed budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees heard a preliminary budget report at Thursday's study session. Dean of Business Management Mark Dean said he doesn't anticipate a mill levy increase for next year's budget, based on early figures on Barton County assessments. The mill levy was 32.807 in 2010-11 and 32.771 in 2011-12.

July 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Take time to immunize

It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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