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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


Work continues on rural road sign improvements

County Engineer Clark Rusco continues to meet with Kansas Department of Transportation officials concerning the KDOT High Risk Rural Roads signing grant. This is a $200,000 grant to help pay for signage that meets new, more stringent national traffic standards.

July 25, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Koch named education coordinator at zoo

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Playground equipment added at Brit Spaugh Zoo

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


DiMaggio no longer “below radar”, punkin ball, Depression busting, and a new look for GBHS sport

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.

July 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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