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Court clerk explains how juries are chosen

Jury selection in Barton County starts with a list of driver license records from the Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, consisting of regular and commercial license holders in local zip codes. Mary Gaston, Clerk of the District Court of Barton County, explains this procedure is outlined by state law.

August 19, 2011 | | News


One year after death Alicia DeBolt’s death, family sends message

One year after the death of Alicia DeBolt, family members are planning to honor the memory of the Great Bend teenager by releasing message-laden balloons.

August 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


City seeks an emergency ATV grant

Barton County may seem a lot tamer than the wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains, but it still has recreation areas where people can get hurt and where it can be difficult for emergency personnel to reach, and that is why Great Bend city departments are seeking grant help to purchase equipment that will help in those instances.

August 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


BCC faculty and staff exhibit art at Shafer Gallery

Barton Community College employees will have the opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of a professional artist at the opening reception for the BCC Faculty and Staff Exhibition at the Shafer Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Musical ambience will be performed by Karole Erikson as a part of the Robert Keenan Memorial Music Series.

August 18, 2011 | | News


BCC trustees approve new hires; meet with foundation president

The hiring of Barton Community College's head women's basketball coach became official Thursday when the college's Board of Trustees approved new employees.

August 18, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


National Study: 1 in 5 Kansas kids living in poverty

Due in part to the lingering economic downturn, the well-being of Kansas children dropped to its lowest level in seven years, placing the Sunflower State 19th in the nation, according to a national study released Wednesday.

August 18, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Old Bill Honorarium named in honor of Murphys

Having a stuffed buffalo head auctioned off in their name might not seem like much of an honor to outsiders, but Roger and Mary Lou Murphy know the Old Bill Honorarium is just that. The Murphys couldn't be more proud to be associated with the quirky fundraising item at the Barton Community College Foundation's 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction.

August 18, 2011 | | News


Burn ban is off, for this week

What a difference a few days DON'T make.

August 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Funding help sought on compost road

It's less than half a mile, but local officials are hoping that everyone can work together again to keep paving on the road to the local compost site.

August 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Community Bird Sanctuary dedication Thursday

An area created to attract songbirds to the courthouse square was added during construction of the Jack Kilby monument. Although birds have been using the habitat on the north side of the courthouse for several months, the "official opening" takes place Thursday.

August 17, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GB residents indicted on drug charges

WICHITA – A Federal Grand jury in Wichita Wednesday indicted Mark R. Wintholz, 44, and Tiffinie D. Moore, 26, both of Great Bend. They are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

August 17, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Ringwald family instrumental in BCC Foundation success

The potency of the Ringwald family's hard work and dedication to Barton Community College and the BCC Foundation in recent years has not gone unnoticed.

August 17, 2011 | | News


Wichita TSA visits Hoisington to see progress on 9/11 Memorials

HOISINGTON - Made out of stainless steel and the I-beam from the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorials by B & B Metalarts were on display in Hoisington on Thursday.

August 17, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


County’s bills take up tax dollars

Although the Barton County 2012 budget did not include an increase in the property tax mill levy, due to an increase in the county valuation - the amount that taxable property is worth - it will bring in more money next year.

August 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


SCHOOL ZONE AHEAD

Great Bend Street Department crews armed with rollers and large buckets of white paint have spent the past couple weeks preparing cross walks and parking places around school buildings for the start of public school classes today.

August 16, 2011 | Dale Hogg | 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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