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Airplane crash occurs at Ellinwood airport

ELLINWOOD - At 1:52 p .m. on Wednesday, a small pleasure aircraft was attempting to take off from the Ellinwood airport, but didn't have enough altitude and crashed.

August 01, 2013 | | News

Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

August 01, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

The bugs are back!

While the ongoing drought has been a concern for all, it has allowed a brief reprieve from the usual swarms of bugs typical during the summer months. With the past week's rain, that reprieve is now over. While humans may not be pleased with their return, many of the species we share space with couldn't be more happy.

July 31, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Sex predator task force close to wrapping up

TOPEKA - Members of a task force charged with developing a plan for reforming the state's Sexual Predator Treatment Program housed at Larned State Hospital held probably their last face-to-face meeting Tuesday and completed a rough draft of their recommendations.

July 31, 2013 | | News

Professional hunter violated federal probation

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A professional hunter from Tennessee with ties to Stafford County violated his federal probation and must spend a total of 30 days in Bureau of Prisons custody, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

July 31, 2013 | FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | News

CKCA to hold enrollment Thursday

Central Kansas Christian Academy will hold its fall enrollment for grades K-8 for the 2013-21014 school year from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at 215 McKinley, Great Bend. Additional information may be obtained by calling the school at 620-792-3477 or e-mailing

July 31, 2013 | | News


Most of Barton County has received about six inches of rain the past two weeks. But the county escaped flash flooding problems that affected nearby Rice and McPherson counties Monday.

July 30, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News

Immunizations needed before school starts

Kids may not be thinking about going back to school, but this is a good time to get caught up on required immunizations, according to officials at the Barton County Health Department.

July 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

“Broad and flexible” is the word on workplace lactation support

According to Kansas state statutes, it is public policy that a mother's choice to breast feed should be supported and encouraged to the greatest extent possible, and that a mother may breast feed in any place she has a right to be. But most nursing mothers who choose to return to work will leave babies with a daycare provider and need to express milk throughout the day in order to maintain their supply.

July 30, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Improvement plans keep county prepared

In an attempt to be better prepared for the future, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved funding the county's capital improvement and equipment replacement plans.

July 30, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

LaVeta Miller trial postponed

The court-appointed attorney for the woman accused for stealing more than $100,000 in funds earmarked for trips for World War II veterans filed a motion to withdraw from the case, but on Monday agreed to continue representing LaVeta Dianne Miller.

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Coming in all stripes

In 2006, the state of Kansas took an aggressive stance against an invasive species that now occupies nearly every state in the United States and several Canadian provinces.

July 29, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

Plane crashes near Lake Wilson

A Cimarron man died Sunday afternoon after the single-engine airplane he was piloting crashed in Russell County near Lake Wilson.

July 29, 2013 | | News

Commission narrowly approves budget

After a 90-minute public hearing that involved a packed chamber, a sharply divided Barton County Commission approved the 2014 budget as it was published.

July 29, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Extension nears first century of serving county

For nearly 100 years, the Barton County Extension service has brought research based, unbiased information and education home to the people of the county. The Smith-Lever Act which established the Extension service throughout the country, marks it's first century in 2014. While the world has changed, the mission hasn't, said Extension Agent Berny Unruh.

July 27, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

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