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Sisters of Peace host Open Farm Day

A half inch of rain may have kept their solar oven from working Saturday, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of the hosts of Heartland Farm's Open Farm Day.

October 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Public invited to two city planning meetings

Assistant City Administrator Dawn Jaeger has announced that the city is looking for volunteers to participate in efforts to improve a vital local facility.

October 07, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Laser Shot conditions officers to make quick decisions

A split-second decision can mean the difference between life and death for any police officer put in a high-stakes situation. The right training can nudge the situation toward a successful outcome, while a lack of it might result in tragedy.

October 06, 2011 | | News


State not seeking death penalty in Longoria case

Prosecutors in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria announced Thursday that they won't seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC may open Camp Aldrich to bow hunting

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may consider a plan to allow limited bow hunting at the college's Camp Aldrich.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


DeBolt family supports dropping of death penalty

In a brief statement following the second preliminary hearing for the man accused killing Great Bend teen Alicia DeBolt, the DeBolt family said Thursday afternoon they backed the prosecution's call to not seek the death penalty for Adam Longoria.

October 06, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Candle starts fire in house

An unattended candle was the cause of a fire early Thursday in Great Bend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

October 06, 2011 | | News


GBHS homecoming today

Great Bend High School will hold its 2011 Fall Homecoming today. Events are planned throughout the afternoon and evening.

October 06, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Lake algae issue discussed by city

It's going to take a combination of approaches to address the issues that have turned Veterans Lake into the sickly green that has been seen for the past several months.

October 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Turner Lectureship guest William Teater offers insight on public safety

Great Bend native William Teater, who played a crucial role in the FBI investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, will return Tuesday to speak to law enforcement professionals and safety-conscious community members.

October 05, 2011 | | News


Trailer fire believed to be arson

A 20-foot travel trailer located near the city of Albert was destroyed by a fire Tuesday night. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports arson is suspected and the case is under investigation.

October 05, 2011 | | News


Longoria hearing continues today

When text messages were exchanged between Adam Longoria's and Alicia DeBolt's cell phones, Nex-Tech Wireless towers were collecting the data. That was the source of much of the testimony on Wednesday, as Longoria's second preliminary hearing in connection with the Great Bend teenager's murder got under way.

October 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Habitat makes quick work of construction project

Habitat for Humanity volunteers with power tools have been busy at 19th and Hubbard St. in Great Bend, bringing the non-profit organization's next construction project to life.

October 04, 2011 | | News


Shots fired on Pine Street

Great Bend Police are investigating an incident that reportedly ended with shots being fired into the air in the southeast part of town.

October 04, 2011 | | News


A STAND AGAINST BULLYING

The 200-plus students of Eisenhower Elementary turned the brown playground across from their school into a sea of blue Monday afternoon.

October 04, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


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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


Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

January 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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