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The first Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo was barely under way Wednesday but organizers were calling the huge trade show a success.

April 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Cinco de Mayo Princess candidates named

Five girls will vie for the title of Cinco de Mayo Princess at the 2012 celebration of Hispanic culture on Saturday, May 5. The candidates met with sponsors on Tuesday to learn more about the opportunities and responsibilities that come with the title.

April 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Lawmaker glad to be home

Tim Huelskamp has served in Congress as the freshman First District Republican congressman for a little over a year now. He's learned one thing – he's not in Kansas anymore.

April 11, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Banks doing battle

Barton County banks are ready to do battle against cancer. All they need is you.

April 11, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Evening celebration planned for Kilby sculpture unveiling

When "The Gift" sculpture is unveiled on April 28 in the courthouse square, it will be at night. Special lighting will illuminate three bronze figures, which are the centerpieces of the Jack Kilby Memorial Plaza.

April 10, 2012 | | News

Governor Brownback to come to Great Bend

Governor Sam Brownback will be coming to Great Bend on April 28 and will take a part in the Jack Kilby Plaza dedication, according the governor's spokeperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag. Kilby invented the integrated circuit or microchip.

April 10, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Courts to close over budget bickering

Justice may move a little slower in Kansas after the Kansas Supreme Court announced Monday dates for scheduled furloughs of court employees and the closing of Kansas courts, including Barton County District Court.

April 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Vote totals stay the same

There were no changes to the vote totals from last week's election following the canvassing of the votes Monday morning. Prior to its regular meeting Monday morning, the Barton County Commission met as the Board of Canvassers.

April 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

High school will work on-line with Barton CC


April 09, 2012 | By Jim Misunas | News

Play Ball: GBRC board tours GB Sports Complex

Great Bend Recreation Commission Board members took a tour of the new Great Bend Sports Complex on Monday. The ball diamonds and facilities are in use now, with a May 8 grand opening planned by the city.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​Man reports being pulled from car, kidnapped; car set on fire

A Great Bend man told police he pulled from a car, beaten, and then driven into the country late Saturday. At 5 a.m. Sunday, the car he was driving was found burning on an oil lease road north of Great Bend. The Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Home fire caused by short

Great Bend Fire Department responded to back-to-back fires on Easter morning, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

County appraisals of property recently mailed

Barton County residents will soon be seeing the county appraisals on their property value as of Jan. 1. The appraisals are done based on the fair market value.

April 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


A muted, but audible, cheer filled the packed Barton County District Court courtroom Friday afternoon.

April 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

State: Text message leads to tragic conclusion

Evidence proves Adam Longoria is guilty of stalking, sexually assaulting and, ultimately, killing 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, then fleeing Great Bend in a stolen vehicle, prosecuting attorney Kevin O'Connor of the Kansas Attorney General's Office told jurors Friday morning during his closing arguments in Longoria's capital murder trial.

April 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

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