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This year marks the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society.

January 19, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Tree board, city extends rebate and removal offer in 2013

For many homeowners, now is the time to plan improvements to the landscape. Spring is only a few months away. Members of the Great Bend Tree Board are already looking toward 2013 for encouraging even more residents to take advantage of the city's initiative to improve the condition and variety of tree species contained in Great Bend.

January 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Clean Line planning open houses

HOUSTON – Clean Line Energy Partners is hosting two weeks of public open house meetings in Kansas inviting community members and landowners to learn about the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. During these meetings, Clean Line staff members will discuss potential routing options for the high voltage direct current electric transmission line project and provide the public an opportunity to provide feedback.

January 17, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Keeping House

Saturday, Barton County Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Barton County's Got Talent show at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley. Director Rachel Mawhirter said this is the all volunteer organization's main fundraiser for the year, and the outcome will help determine how soon the next build will happen. It will also help kick off a new service for Habitat applicants who are struggling to maintain their homes.

January 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Wreck victims face long recovery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Today marks two weeks since Great Bend men and close friends Michael Tysver and Cody Clark were severely injured in a pedicab accident in Scottsdale following the Fiesta Bowl.

January 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

BCC improving online course registration

Barton Community College officials plan to improve registration for online courses, Dean of Information Services Charles Perkins said.

January 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Lineman injured when bucket truck tips over

A Midwest Energy lineman making repairs to a power pole south of Great Bend was injured Tuesday morning, when the bucket truck holding him aloft tipped, sending his bucket to the ground.

January 15, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

More funds set up for pedicab wreck victims

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix man accused of rear-ending a pedicab carrying two Great Bend men, severely injuring them Friday, Jan. 4, in Scottsdale, Ariz., has now been indicted on the same charges that were filed against him last week, said Jerry Cobb, Maricopa County Attorney's Office spokesman.

January 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Relay for Life organizers plan kick-off event

Relay for Life of Barton County organizers will hold their kick-off for the 2013 Relay for Life from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Great Bend Knights of Columbus Hall, 723 Main. The theme for this year's event will be announced at that time.

January 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Award-winning board meeting

January is School Board Recognition Month, and the administration, faculty and staff of USD 428 made a point of doing just that at Monday night's school board meeting. Each board member received a gift of a pie.

January 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Vernon speaks out on reading scores and school funding

At the USD 428 Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Tom Vernon prepared board members for some of the questions they will likely receive from patrons. He also addressed recent developments with the Gannon Decision concerning school funding by the state.

January 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Recreation Commission board hears audit report

The Great Bend Recreation Commission ended its last fiscal year with more than $1 million in the bank, board members were told Monday. Curtis Kuhn with D. McMillen Chartered certified public accounting firm of Great Bend presented an audit report that showed no irregularities.

January 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


It was a busy morning at the Barton County Courthouse Monday as long-time public servants stepped aside to welcome new public officials took their oaths of office.

January 14, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Roberts, Moran, Huelskamp weigh in on Fiscal Cliff

A week ago, President Obama and Congress avoided sending the country over the fiscal cliff, at least for a few months. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and House Representative Tim Huelskamp have issued their statements about their positions on the last second agreement.

January 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Elective offices must be filed by Jan. 22

Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Election Officer, has announced the following elective positions are available for the April 2 general election. Council positions are available for the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, Ellinwood, Claflin, Albert, Galatia, Olmitz, Pawnee Rock and Susank. School board spots will be available for Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood. Spots for the Barton County Board of Trustees and Ellinwood Hospital District Board are also available.

January 13, 2013 | | News

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