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Holiday Tables offers decorating ideas, helps community

This marks the seventh year for the Great Bend Beautification Committee's Holiday Tables Spectacular fund-raiser, an event offering seasonal party planners ideas on how to decorate, while at the same time, earning money to improve the community.

November 04, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


County invests in its road equipment

Last spring, when county officials agreed that it would make financial sense to move towards a new asphalt plant, than to try to repair the old one, the county was able to rent equipment for 90 days, and it worked out so well that the decision was made this week to purchase the equipment.

November 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


BCC trustees issued iPads

Playing Angry Birds or learning how to download a song on iTunes may not make board meetings run more smoothly, but it can be a good introduction to 21st Century technology, Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman said Thursday. Notebook computers are popping up all over the BCC campus, and now each of the six college trustees has been issued one.

November 03, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Missing dog returned to college student

CLAFLIN - Twenty-three -year-old Fort Hays State University student Jessica Thayer and her dog Addie, were heading back to Fort Hays after spending a few days with family in her hometown of Wichita early in the morning on Oct. 28.

November 03, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Cause of fire unknown

The cause of an early Thursday morning fire that destroyed the building owned by Estes Trash Service and Cliff's Commercial Trash Service at 323 NE 20 Ave., remains unknown, said Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano Thursday afternoon.

November 03, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Stafford county key to byway success

Stafford County is key to byway growth

November 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Library recruits 'Totally Awesome Group'

An increasingly popular after-school hangout is the Great Bend Public Library.

November 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


A PROJECT NOT FOR THE BIRDS

Chicago has its cows.

November 02, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Fall is a good time to add trees

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series on the continuing effort to add trees to the community.)

November 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Great Bend has byway pros and cons to face

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the assessment of sites on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway.)

November 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Revenue Secretary touts state income tax cuts

Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan stopped in Great Bend Tuesday to talk about the "flatter, simpler and fairer" tax plan Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants for the state.

November 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


JUST A SWINGIN’

They may not have started out the school year as swingers, but Cabinetmaking and Furniture Design II students of Travis Straub will undoubtedly end the semester just that way.

November 01, 2011 | | News


United Way casino night Saturday

ELLINWOOD – The Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club will hold it's annual casino night to benefit United Way of Central Kansas from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at the group's clubhouse, 21 N. Main in Ellinwood.

November 01, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cranes

November 01, 2011 | | News


County funds longevity pay program

Two compensation programs were approved when the Barton County Commission met Monday.

November 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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SPELLBOUND

Great Bend Middle School student Dalton Dicks was seated next to last year's champion Jazmin Garcia. Her good luck rubbed off on the middle school seventh-grader.

January 31, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Home Run: Smithsonian exhibit open in Ellinwood

The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


CASA Chocolate Auction helps children in need

Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman jury selection starts Monday

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Small fires reported

The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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