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​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


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

Will it ever be cool again?

Residents of Barton County have endured two summers of drought and extreme heat, along with the rest of much of Kansas.

August 02, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Budget set for BCC

There were no changes to Barton Community College's proposed budget Thursday. It was approved by the BCC Board of Trustees after a public hearing at which no one came forward to comment.

August 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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NASA offical to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

An official from NASA will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Jack Kilby Science Day. The public is invited to attend as Raphael ...

October 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton Community College will host an opening reception for its new exhibit "Fire," by Cheyenne artist Bently Spang, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 ...

October 02, 2015 | | News

Doggone good time

STAFFORD - The state's largest Wiener Dog Race will move to the Stafford County Fairgrounds during Stafford's Oktoberfest Saturday.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


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