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County re-ups with state insurance plan

Up until three years ago, Barton County was self insured. Then, at the recommendation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county signed up for the state health care plan.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

County opens streets in Villa South

The Barton County Commission Monday morning took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision. Now the ball is in the Great Bend City Council's court.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Polka Days are here again

Music lovers came from nine states this weekend for Polka Days. The music and dancing that started Friday evening with the Wes Windholz band continues through Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.

August 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Byways tell the stories of Kansas

Ten years ago, Houston-based consultant Ted Eubanks helped create the nature-tourism strategy for Great Bend that culminated in the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway designation and building the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on K-156. Now Eubanks, through his company Fermata Inc., has been hired to develop "interpretive plans" for each of the 11 Kansas scenic byways.

August 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Council sets Convention Center time line

The Great Bend City Council had a simple agenda when it held a special meeting Saturday morning to discuss the city-owned convention center – decide how it wanted to run the facility, when it wanted to take it over and when to close it for much-needed renovations.

August 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

State waives fees on online vehicle renewals for one year

TOPEKA – Kansans looking to save time and gas by eliminating a visit to a county treasurer's office can now take advantage of the state's convenient online option for renewing vehicle tags without credit card or electronic check processing fees.

August 17, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

Wetlands center conducts third butterfly count

Humans have a soft spot for butterflies. They're more visible than most insects and are a symbol of beauty with their various colors and dancing, graceful flight.

August 16, 2012 | By Stephanie Young Tribune Correspondent | News

EduKan director reports advances in online education

Technology that monitors mouse clicks and other information is being used to combat identity fraud on the Internet, the director of EduKan said. The e-college consortium formed by six community colleges, including Barton Community College, is using Biometric Signature Identification to stop students enrolled in online college courses from having someone else take their tests.

August 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Back to school could be a shot in the arm

School nurses in Great Bend started a two-week countdown this week as students returned to classes for the 2012-2013 school year. That's how much time parents have to get their children's immunizations up to date. Notices of what students within the district needed went out to parents by May 15, Cindy Prescot said. That gave parents 90 days, which the state requires. Now, as new students enroll, nurses are busy determining what these new students may need to be up to date, and will begin sending notices home and giving parents two weeks to comply. After that, unless ...

August 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Freshmen had exclusive access to Great Bend High School Wednesday for orientation and the first day of school. Instead of fear reigning the halls, mentors were on hand to make sure their transition into high school went smoothly.

August 15, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Convention Center topic of special meeting

The future of the Great Bend Convention Center will be the topic of a special City Council meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers, 1209 Williams.

August 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Great Bend civics teacher selected to take part in Washington D.C. program

Great Bend High School Social Studies teacher Barbara Harris spent a week in Washington D.C. in July learning instead of teaching.

August 15, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Danceline on target for Liberty Bowl trip

Members of the Great Bend High School Panther Danceline are doing a happy dance or at least they will when they reach the end of their fund-raising efforts.

August 15, 2012 | | News

USD 428 examines common core standards

The USD 428 School Board meeting began with a hearing for the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, which the board approved as written. Then, the board learned the details about the new Common Core Standards that are going to change the face of how kids receive their education in the district and throughout Kansas, starting this year.

August 14, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

USD 428 Budget approved without patron comment

At the Unified School District 428 School Board annual budget hearing for the 2012-2013 school year on Monday, Aug. 13, the absence of comments made for quick work. The board voted to approve it as published without discussion.

August 14, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

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