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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


Making a Move

There was running, walking, driving, biking and motorcycling - and a little bit of fighting at Jack Kilby Square.

July 27, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Sunflower seeks return of funding

On July 15, the Barton County Commission approved for publication a 2014 operating budget that included .75 mill increase.

July 27, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Reeling in a big one

During routine dive training, the Great Bend Fire Department located two vehicles under water near the south boat ramp at Stone Lake. Both may have been reported stolen as far back as 2011, based off license tags.

July 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


College publishes budget; extends president contract

The 2013-14 budget for Barton Community College will include a 5 percent increase in the amount allocated for faculty salaries, and 2.5 percent more for staff, college officials said Thursday. It's expected to require the same tax rate as this year's budget – 32.713 mills.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Catastrophe coaching

Great Bend firefighters faced an unusual rescue situation Thursday when a car smashed into the back of a school bus. Even though it was a training scenario and not an actual catastrophe, the learning experience was authentic.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Moody's assigns AA3 rating to city bonds

While other similar-sized and larger Kansas cities have seen their bond rating lowered, the city of Great Bend has received confirmation of its sound fiscal practices.

July 25, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News


Drills offer valuable insight

During the month of June, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller completed reports and improvement plans following two exercises she attended.

July 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


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