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Spike in rabies cases seen

Great Bend veterinarian Nels Lindberg has some advice for animal owners – get those critters vaccinated for rabies right away.

April 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tech support scam hits area

In this computer-reliant age, it is upsetting to receive an unexpected phone call claiming that one's PC has been infected with viruses.

April 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC Orchestra to perform in the Shafer Art Gallery

The Barton Community College Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23 in the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 15, 2015 | | News


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taxpayers beware, notices may not be in the mail

When it comes to taxes, Barton County residents may have to rely on their memories, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


SPREADING THE WORD

The Golden Belt Veterans Memorial is slowly taking shape. But Barton County officials said Monday they hope to re-energize the long-running project aimed at paying tribute to those from the county who have served their nation.

April 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Cancer foundation expands to Russell Co.

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April 14, 2015 | | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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Out of the Morgue

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.

April 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Show and tell

Show and tell ranks along with gym, recess and lunch as one of the more fun parts of school. Some students from Shelly Hanzlik's fourth grade class at Hoisington's Lincoln Elementary School were picked to provide just that to members of the local media Tuesday afternoon. They came to hear a practice run of the talk students will present during an open house Sunday afternoon at the school.

April 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Show and tell

Show and tell ranks along with gym, recess and lunch as one of the more fun parts of school. Some students from Shelly Hanzlik's fourth grade class at Hoisington's Lincoln Elementary School were picked to provide just that to members of the local media Tuesday afternoon. They came to hear a practice run of the talk students will present during an open house Sunday afternoon at the school.

April 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Camp Hope organizers seek volunteers for golf, carnival

Volunteers are being recruited for two upcoming Camp Hope events – one that is brand new, the other a long-time favorite.

April 29, 2015 | | News


Attorney General visits Kiwanis

The top legal officer of the state of Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, visited Great Bend on Wednesday. Schmidt was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which drew as many guests as members for his luncheon program.

April 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Nueterra to Acquire Benefit Management Inc.

Leawood-based health care company Nueterra announced Wednesday its acquisition of third-party insurance provider Benefit Management Inc. of Great Bend. However, officials with both firms said the deal, which will become final May 1, will not impact BMI's long ties to the community.

April 29, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Gallery: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Men in heels

Great Bend's sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raised awareness and funds to combat violence against women.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County attorney seeks prison sentence for Miller

Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews wants the woman who stole from the Central Prairie Honor Flight program to spend time in prison.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Condemnation process started on Hoisington house

The Hoisington City Council Monday night considered an immediate hazard designation for the property located at 522 E. Fifth St. The property burned Wednesday night, April 22, and claimed the life of its sole resident, LeRoy George Schartz, Jr., age 62. Don Doerschlag, Hoisington's code enforcement officer, provided the council with a written report concerning his findings. The fire is still under investigation, so he opted not to display pictures publicly. The house was a complete loss.

April 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington extends pound contract to Mitchell

The Hoisington City Council will continue to contract with Lindsay Mitchell, D.V.M. and Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for municipal pound services. During the discussion, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell removed himself due to a perceived conflict of interest.

April 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington man’s death caused by carbon monoxide poisoning

HOISINGTON - A Hoisington man whose body was died in a burning home April 22 died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

April 28, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Juvenile Services faces budget uncertainty

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 2016 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services Department budget. But, the funding for the agency remains in limbo as the Kansas Legislature continues struggling with budget shortfalls, Assistant Director Mike Daniel said.

April 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A family tradition: Bowman Family Press Box dedidcated

Sunday marked the first time a ceremonial "first pitch" was thrown prior to a baseball game at Barton Community College's Lawson-Biggs Field. Cougar booster Rob Bowman was given the honor to mark the construction of the new Bowman Family Press Box,

April 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Drivers flee in Great Bend incidents

A vehicle driven by Elias Garza was southbound in the 2000 block of Harrison St. at 9:05 p.m. Sunday and rear-ended a vehicle driven by Kenneth Gray, who reportedly had slammed on his brakes. Both vehicles fled the scene, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

April 27, 2015 | | News


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