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Election year woes

Due to headaches created by the statewide House and Senate redistricting, it is a frustrating year for Barton County Election Officer and County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

June 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


​Longoria waives right to attend sentencing

Adam Joseph Longoria told Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday that he didn't want to attend his sentencing the following morning, since he already knew what the outcome would be. His chair in court remained empty on Tuesday.

June 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria receives life sentence

Family members of Alicia DeBolt did not get to address the man who killed the 14-year-old girl in 2010, but they did get to hear a life sentence pronounced Tuesday on Adam Joseph Longoria, now 38 years old.

June 26, 2012 | | News


Wednesday is HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, and the Barton County Health Department would like everyone to know their HIV status.

June 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


UP IN THE AIR

School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes the second week of June. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.

June 25, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Rec Commission budget may include raises, software upgrades

Next year's budget for the Great Bend Recreation Commission could include 2.5 percent cost-of-living wage increases for full-time employees, upgrades to the software and an early payoff on the debt for the new Great Bend Activity Center, Director Diann Henderson told commissioners Monday.

June 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Two weekend fires reported

HEIZER - A cutting torch caused a grass fire Saturday afternoon near the Mullergren Plant, about a mile from Heizer, that would take several hours to extinguish, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. A small fire earlier in the day at a Great Bend residence caused little damage.

June 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man said he was robbed at gunpoint outside his residence, late Sunday night.

June 25, 2012 | | News


Great Bend Rec Center gets the jump on cooking up summer fun

School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes last week. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.

June 25, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Association membership benefits employees

After receiving the first year's membership for free as a trial offer, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to go ahead and join the National Association of Counties.

June 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County-wide burn ban back

With lingering dry conditions and triple-digit heat, the Barton County Commission voted Monday to re-instate the county-wide burn ban.

June 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBFD holds run for MDA

More than 50 people stood outside Station 1 of the Great Bend Fire Department Saturday morning, waiting for the start of the annual Great Bend Firefighters Run for MDA. They would run in 5K or 10K races, or participate in a 1.8-mile "fun walk" at their own pace, with their entry fees donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


City Band adds second concert for big band lovers

The Great Bend City Band doesn't usually take requests, but this week it will offer an extra performance for fans of big band jazz music.

June 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


May labor market similar to April

TOPEKA – The jobless rate in Barton County ticked upward slightly from April to May, while the statewide rate remained flat, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The May 2012 Labor Report showed a 1 percent increase in private sector jobs since May 2011.

June 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Students discover behind-the-scenes world

With admonitions not to touch anything in the emergency vehicles, approximately 40 local 7th and 8th graders experienced the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the community running.

June 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | 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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