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Barton not the most nor least healthy county

When it comes to the overall health of residents, Barton County ranked 76th out of the 105 counties in Kansas, according to the fourth annual County Health Rankings, released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

March 20, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth Hunt helps continue tradition

On Saturday, March 16, despite the cold and wind, twelve boys, ages eight to 16, woke early, dressed in warm clothes and met for a hunters breakfast at Braums before heading out on what for many of them would be their first pheasant hunting experience. Joining them were members of Rooster Booster Pheasants Forever Chapter. Some were fathers, and some were friends, but all were mentors who had one goal in mind-- to give the boys a positive experience with the outdoors and carry on a tradition that in Kansas has been losing ground.

March 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Election prep well underway

With advance voting becoming available last week ahead of the April 2 county-wide general election County Clerk Donna Zimmerman told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that voting was slow.

March 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Convention Center improvements in the works

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved bids to make the first cosmetic improvements to the embattled Great Bend Convention Center

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Local organizations embrace reauthorization of V.A.W.A.

On March 7, President Barack Obama signed the "Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013", reauthorizing several VAWA grant programs through 2018. The legislation received bipartisan support, and passed unanimously. This is good news for the Family Crisis Center in Great Bend, and Barton County Community College students will benefit too.

March 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Council OKs motocross project

The Big Bend Bike Rally Planning Committee approached the Great Bend City Council Monday night requesting permission to establish a motocross track at the Expo Complex for a motocross race during the rally set for September 28.

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


New server paves way for new software

Before Barton County officials could begin using the new commercial software the County Commission approved last week, a new server was needed to handle the upgrade. Monday morning, commissioners authorized spending up to $9,000 to make this happen.

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Looming tax sale doing its job

In January, the Barton County Commission approved holding the annual tax sale in October. At the time, there were 405 properties on the auction block.

March 18, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth Academy grad career path leads to nation’s capital

Katie Niederee, a GBHS graduate, was recently picked by Sen. Jerry Moran to join his team as a Senate press secretary. It meant a move to Washington D.C., where she is settling in after two months. This week, she had the unique opportunity to visit with some of Great Bend's elected officials and Chamber members that unknowingly set her on her path when she took part in the Great Bend Youth Academy in seventh grade. "I will never forget the opportunities Howard Partington and Mayor Allison gave me through the Great Bend City Youth academy program," Niederee said ...

March 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Walmart evacuates after bomb threat

At about 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, the local Walmart received a call that four bombs had been placed in the store. Employees and customers were told to leave the store immediately.

March 16, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


National Guard open house introduces area to military life

At its first ever open house, the Army National Guard units based at the Great Bend Expo Complex showed military equipment, building facilities and held some fun activities for children. The facility in Great Bend shares two units, an artillery-radar unit, and a transportation unit for large trucks.

March 16, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Heartland cancer patient does will in clinical trial

When Roger Dick was diagnosed with cancer, his physician suggested surgery right away. Then, as if there weren't enough decisions to make, Dick learned he might be eligible for a clinical trial through the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

March 14, 2013 | | News


GETTING REVVED UP

With clear skies expected in Great Bend Friday evening, the sound of thunder filling the air west of town won't be coming from the skies. The 2013 drag racing season opens with a Test and Tune and Grudge Match at the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip located at the Great Bend Expo Complex. Marking the 60th anniversary of the SCRA, it's not going to be a quiet one.

March 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Belpre woman seriously injured in rollover

A Belpre woman was injured Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover accident in the 600 block of Patton Road, Great Bend.

March 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Preliminary damage assessments under way in storm-striken counties

Preliminary Damage Assessments began March 11 in a number of Kansas counties affected by the severe winter storms that struck the state in February. The assessments will gather data to determine if any of the counties will be eligible to apply for federal Public Assistance money to recoup disaster-related expenses.

March 14, 2013 | | News


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