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Verdict reached in wrongful death case

WICHITA – In U.S. Federal Court in Wichita Wednesday, a jury returned a verdict against Promise Regional Medical Center (now known as Hutchinson Regional Hospital) for the 2008 wrongful death of Great Bend resident Jackie L. Sarff.

October 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Area Post Offices have changes

CLAFLIN - The United States Postal Service has announced a strategy to preserve rural post offices by reducing hours to match customer use, according to the U.S. Post Plan. There are 13,000 post offices that will be reviewed with this strategy, according to the USPS website and is expected to save half a billion dollars per year after 2014.

October 31, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Voters can cast ballots Saturday

The Barton County Clerk's Office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to accommodate walk-in advance voting for anyone who wishes to cast their ballots in advance of the Tuesday general election, Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said.

October 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Head Start Halloween

October 31, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


History abounds in Great Bend Cemetery

Cemeteries are a fascinating snapshot of a community's historical timeline, a proud and permanent museum for those who came before and helped shape the identity and personality of every community across North America.

October 30, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Three local candidates miss deadline

Three candidates for county office missed Monday's deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures reports at the Barton County Clerk's Office. But they'll all get a second chance.

October 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


State candidates release spending records

The Democratic candidate for Representative of the state's 112th District listed exactly five donations on his last campaign finance report.

October 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Keeping the public safe

Just as the East Coast braced for the impact of hurricane Sandy Monday morning, Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller and her department were honored by the County Commission for their efforts at keeping residents safe during a tornado outbreak this past April.

October 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County departments offer update

At Monday's Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning, County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights of the bi-weekly activity report prepared by county departments.

October 30, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


KWEC moves to winter hours; changes phone number

Effective immediately, the local phone number of the Kansas Wetlands Education Center has changed. The new phone number for the KWEC is 620-566-1456. The toll free number remains the same at 877-243-9268.

October 30, 2012 | | News


McKinney annoucnes write-in bid for Legislature

Great Bend resident Frank McKinney on Monday declared himself a write-in candidate for the 112th District Kansas House of Representatives. Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend, are on the ballot. McKinney said he is a moderate Republican who represents a choice, especially within his own party.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Candidates file finance reports

In recent weeks Barton County Sheriff candidate Brian Bellendir has outspent Sheriff Gregory Armstrong, who is running as a write-in candidate, but Armstrong has collected more campaign contributions.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


IN A RUT

It is fall and, if you are a deer, love is in the air.

October 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Hurricane Sandy causes severe damage in rural Haiti

ELLINWOOD - Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to nine communities in Haiti where Star of Hope has projects. Torrential rain fell for more than 24 hours resulting in flash flooding, landslides and rivers overflowing their banks. Reports of impassable roads, loss of crops and livestock are widespread throughout rural Haiti.

October 27, 2012 | | News


Supreme Court considers appeal of man who killed Great Bend couple

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka is considering the appeal of a man sentenced to die over the killings of a Great Bend couple in 2004.

October 27, 2012 | BY STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS | News


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Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Lewis sworn into office

After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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