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Johnson hopes to continue judicial tradition

For Great Bend attorney Steve Johnson, being a district judge was a natural evolution in the legal profession. Johnson defeated fellow Republican Robert Anderson of Ellinwood in Tuesday's 20th Judicial District judge primary.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Holmes beats Teichman

St. John's Mitch Holmes, a former 114th District House representative, won his battle against incumbent Ruth Teichman in a battle of Stafford County residents for the 33rd District in the Kansas Senate.

August 07, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


​Bellendir wins sheriff’s race

Lt. Brian J. Bellendir bested incumbent Greg Armstrong and former Lt. Richard W. Unrein to win the Republican primary for Barton County Sheriff. His will be the only name on the ballot for that office in November. With votes from all 40 precincts counted for the unofficial total Tuesday night, Bellendir led with 2,262 votes, or 46.94 percent. Armstrong had 37.6 percent with 1,812 votes, and Unrein trailed with 15.46 percent, 745 votes.

August 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


A lot is going on with county agencies

Every two weeks, Barton County departments submit an activity report of statistical data or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Officials shaping byway’s future

In applauding cooperation between Barton County and the City of Great Bend to promote the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway, Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Cris Collier told the County Commission Monday morning the stretch of blacktop represents one of the most nationally touted byways in America.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Grants benefit parks. kids

Two Great Bend parks will get a nice boost, thanks to the generosity of a local woman.

August 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Early Ed Center, preschool receive grants

The Early Education Center and Incredible Years Preschool are benefitting from three grants that are earmarked for early intervention programs and playground enhancements. Both entities are owned and operated by Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 06, 2012 | | News


SHARP SHOOTERS TARGET STATE

With recent box-office hits like the Pixar movie Brave, Marvel comics and Paramount theaters collaboration on The Avengers, and this spring's Lionsgate adaptation of The Hunger Games, archery is gaining more public attention. For several kids in Barton County, archery is more than a fantasy. Not only can they hit a target, they excell at it.

August 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Commission tackles streets’ legality

The residents of a small, landlocked subdivision in southwest Great Bend have a problem. Their streets don't exist.

August 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


No firecrackers for now

Barton County officials and local fire chiefs want to assure residents they will eventually be able to set off fireworks, but due to the on-going withering drought, that time is not now.

August 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Election officer offers last-minute advice

Barton County residents will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, and county Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has a few last words for voters.

August 04, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth Academy reunion held Friday

Youth Academy alumni enjoyed a morning of play on Friday morning, racing go-carts, bowling, playing video games and miniature golf.

August 03, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Groovy, man

Break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts, man. United Way of Central is prepping to celebrating 50 years of making a difference in the community.

August 03, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton County primary polling places listed

Barton County Voting Places - Primary Election August 7

August 03, 2012 | | News


College holds open house for Student Union, training center

Barton Community College employees showed visitors some of the latest improvements Thursday. During an open house for the fully renovated Student Union, the college also invited people to look inside the mobile training center for Barton's natural gas transmission and distribution program. The mobile unit is the first of its kind.

August 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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


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