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Emergency planning commission topic

The Barton County Commission was told Monday morning that it is never too early to brace for the worst.

May 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBRC featured in state publication

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is featured on the cover of the spring 2012 edition of KRPA Today, a publication of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association.

May 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


‘SERVICE ABOVE SELF’

Among the monuments on the Barton County Courthouse Square that pay tribute to pioneers and veterans is now an October glory maple tree that honors a husband and wife who spent their lives in civic leadership.

May 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Vehicle computer system still evolving

It's been a week since the Barton County Treasure's Office reopened to vehicle business after a week-long hiatus as the Kansas Department of Revenue upgraded offices across the state to a new software and computer system. The goal – improve efficiency and usability.

May 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Perfect Fly Day

Roger Brining still remembers the day his father swept him off his feet and gave him the gift of flying. Brining celebrated his fifth birthday by flying to Hutchinson for dinner when his father flew as a certified pilot for the first time.

May 12, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Rolling Sculpture Car Show part of June Jaunt

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show will roll into the Barton County Historical Society and Village on Saturday, June 2, as one of the K-96 June Jaunt events. Owners of exotic, antique and classic cars are invited to display them among the historic structures in the village, said Beverly Komarek, executive director of the historical society.

May 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


West Virgina couple complete degrees online, trek to Barton for graduation

Wearing a smile a mile wide, Tara Webb of West Virginia strides across the stage and accepts her diploma in front of hundreds of other Barton Community College graduates.

May 12, 2012 | | News


Area bank customers receive fraudulent calls

Area banks have been inundated with phone calls from customers saying they have received calls or texts on their cell phones from an unknown number stating that they wouldn't be able to use their debit cards until further notice. There was also a link that said they could enter their account info and it would give them more information.

May 11, 2012 | | News


Barton recognizes 2011-12 Student Ambassadors of the Year

Barton Community College has announced its 2011-12 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassadors of the Year. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors, Karisa Kaiser and Reba Hickel, both of Hoisington.

May 10, 2012 | | News


‘Best of Barton’ attend 2012 commencement

Barton Community College graduate Devan Boeger is shown during commencement, Thursday night at BCC, after being presented an award.

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


THIS IS ONLY A DRILL

At about 3:30 Thursday afternoon, the 911 call went in to the Barton County dispatcher from the Great Bend Co-op elevator – an employee was mired in golden quick sand-like grain inside a massive bin.

May 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Man captured after pursuit

An Ellinwood man was able to temporarily elude law enforcement officers after a motorcycle pursuit Wednesday evening in Barton County. At one point in the pursuit, suspect Nicholas Curtice, 29, laid the Honda motorcycle over and a female passenger rolled away from it, but refused medical treatment and was released at the scene.

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Job Fest comes amid modest recovery

With a backdrop of sluggish job growth statewide, the sixth-annual Central Kansas Job Fest unfolds May 17.

May 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Pioneer Day

Third graders from Great Bend's public schools got a glimpse of Kansas history on Wednesday when they traveled to the Barton County Historical Museum and Village for Pioneer Day. Barton County Historical Society members, some dressed in old-time apparel, guided 241 students from Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Park and Riley elementary schools through nine stations.

May 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County can handle most vehicle requests

When asked if the new motor vehicle computer system was up and running after the recent computer upgrade, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra gave a mixed response.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | 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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