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City considers taking ownership of convention center

It's not every day that a community is offered a half million dollars, but that will be one of the items up for discussion when the Great Bend City Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the city building.

June 03, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


College trustees ask for Camp Aldrich committee

Editor's note: This is the final story in a series about the Camp Aldrich Feasibility Study commissioned by Barton Community College.

June 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Dean: BCC wages falling behind

Barton Community College's top number cruncher is recommending raises for college employees in the next fiscal year.

June 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Cooking out can be risky

With warm weather comes lots of chances to enjoy the outdoors.

June 02, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


GBFD to hold annual 5K-10K Run/Walk

The temperature may top 90 degrees this Saturday, but during the cool morning hours people will be running for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Study: BCC's Camp Aldrich lacks focus

Editor's note: This is the second story in a series about the Camp Aldrich Feasibility Study commissioned by Barton Community College, which owns the facility.

June 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Clara Wicoff, the Iola seventh grader who spelled her way to her second Sunflower Spelling Bee victory in March, barely missed making it to the nationally televised semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee today in Washington, D.C.

June 01, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Local support of K-96 project pays off

Efforts of local and regional officials to secure improved highway transportation between here and Hutchinson have paid off, it was announced Tuesday.

June 01, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Officers to carry Special Olympics torch

Area law enforcement officers will carry the "Flame of Hope" from Pawnee County to Great Bend today, as the torch makes its way to the Special Olympics Summer Games in Wichita on Friday. Detective Heather Smith with the Great Bend Police Department invites the public to cheer for local athletes and officers, or come walk with them, around noon today.

May 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Camp Aldrich study shows issues, options

Editor's note: Barton Community College has hired an outside agency to evaluate the issues and potential future uses for its Camp Aldrich camp/conference center, located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. This three-part series will look at some of the suggested upgrades and their costs, as well as possible solutions and recommendations of the consultant, and the reaction of college trustees.

May 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Crutches’ Tune’ remembered on Memorial Day

Down the street, with a lilting swing,

May 31, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


GB Airport picked for state funding

The Great Bend Municipal Airport is on of 30 in Kansas selected for a share of $3.5 million is state money awarded to enhance safety and service at the facilities

May 28, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Of bikes and cars

Whether it runs on two wheels or four, there is a lot going on next weekend as area residents rev up their efforts to fight cancer.

May 28, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Poppy Day coming this weekend

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 180 in Great Bend will be out in force Saturday and Sunday to distribute the familiar red poppies in their annual fundraiser.

May 27, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


County adds to juvenile offender board

A local board that over sees efforts to help juvenile offenders was filled this week when the Barton County Commission approved the reappointment of a Hay mental health professional.

May 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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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


Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

January 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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