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PASS the fire test in your home

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on fire prevention efforts. The articles will continue throughout October as the Great Bend Fire Department presents Fire Prevention Month.)

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Storm chaser and research meteorologist Jon Davies brought new excitement to talking about the weather during his presentation as the keynote speaker for Jack Kilby Science Day on Tuesday morning at Barton Community College.

October 25, 2011 | | News


Ellinwood tennis stars honored

Ellinwood High School Girls Tennis Team Coach Lyle Stickney had more than a little praise for his team when he met with the Barton County Commission Monday.

October 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Barton County awarded funds under national food, shelter program

Barton County has been chosen to receive $3,815 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

October 24, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Courthouse Civil War statue condition assessed

"It's a terrific monument," said Dr. Dennis Montagna, director of the National Park Service's Monument Research and Preservation Program in Philadelphia. Monday morning, he inspected the south facing Union Civil War bronze statue located in the courthouse square.

October 24, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Halloween is to be spooky, not dangerous

It's still a week away, so now is the perfect time to prepare - correctly - for those little goblins who will go door-to-door for Trick or Treat next Monday night.

October 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Storm chaser Davies to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

Storm chaser and research meteorologist Jon Davies will address more than 500 high school juniors and seniors on Tuesday morning, and a similar number of middle school students in the afternoon, during Barton Community College's Eighth Annual Jack Kilby Science Day.

October 22, 2011 | | News


Judgement House returns

It is not simply an alternative to a Halloween haunted house.

October 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Carvers

October 22, 2011 | | News


Vet’s Lake remains under algae warning

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), responds by informing the public of these conditions.

October 21, 2011 | | News


County takes on improvement projects

County departments are currently involved in a variety of new projects, County Administrator Richard Boeckman reported to the Barton County Commission this week.

October 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Bow hunting on target for Camp Aldrich

Barton Community College trustees met Thursday and approved a plan to allow commercial bow hunting for deer at the Camp Aldrich facility.

October 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Judge hears motion to suppress Ney confession

The attorney for Shawn Ney is seeking to suppress a confession and other statements reportedly made by for the man charged with shooting his estranged wife and fatally shooting his brother-in-law on July 10, 2010.

October 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


County collects back taxes — and then some

Thanks to the hard work of a lot of county staffers, almost $5,000 above and beyond the owed taxes was generated at this year's annual county tax sale, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra reported to the Barton County Commission.

October 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Emergency committee meeting planned for Monday

Local volunteers who are concerned about emergency preparation have an important meeting coming up, according to Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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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


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


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