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Auditor praises BCC stewardship

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received more than a clean audit report Thursday from Doug Volkland. The certified public accountant with D. McMillin Chartered presented a positive financial statement as part of the 2010-2011 audit.

March 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Entrepreneurial students learn business first-hand

HOISINGTON -Making a business plan, estimating pricing and seeking funding are all challenges that any owner of a small business faces.

March 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


USD 431 adds practical job experience for students through innovative career mentoring program

HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School students now have the opportunity to explore career interests and goals in a new career mentoring class, giving them practical on-the-job training.

March 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Kansas severe weather is now on the air

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about Severe Weather Awareness Week.)

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Radium Road opens Friday

Work is concluding on one bridge project in Barton County this week and will begin on another, it was announced.

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Deadlines are approaching for April election

Time is growing short to get ready for the next local election, according to County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Stolen truck, ATV, recovered by officers

A stolen pickup recovered Monday night by Barton County Sheriff's Office detectives was probably the same vehicle that led officers on a high-speed pursuit on Saturday, officials said.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec board buys new equipment, approves director's pay raise

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will purchase a field groomer and attachments for use at the Veterans Park fields. The GBRC board met on Monday and approved the specification and then the quote for a Toro Sand Pro 3040 from Professional Turf Products, a Wichita firm. The base bid was $11,284, which GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said was below the $12,000 that has been budgeted for this piece of equipment, with money coming from the capital outlay fund. However, with two attachments the total price approved Monday was $15,666.29.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Paying it forward

Nujtxeeq Vue, AKA Newt, was busy at a Salvation Army Store in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning.

March 13, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission recognizes severe weather week

Barton County officials joined with state agencies to bring attention to the threats from weather in the coming spring season.

March 13, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


A deadly heritage

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about Severe Weather Awareness Week.)

March 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


BRIDGE WORK

It took three weeks to complete and involved more work than anticipated, but the new foot bridge crossing the southern pond at Britt Spaugh Zoo is a thing of beauty.

March 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Truck driver eludes officers

A motorist in a dark colored truck led law enforcement officers on a high speed pursuit Saturday night and eventually eduled them by driving in a river bed north of SE 40 Road and SE 60 Ave.

March 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Santorum wins Barton County

In a vote that mirrored Kansas, Barton County Republicans cast their ballots for underdog Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. Santorum campaigned in Kansas Wednesday and Friday.

March 10, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


BCC trustees meet with Fort Riley brass

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees spend two days last week visiting Fort Riley campus.

March 10, 2012 | | News


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Barton administration supports Fort Riley

The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

January 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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


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