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Fireworks topic of special meeting

The Great Bend City Council will hold a special meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the city office building, 1209 Williams, to consider a request to shoot off fireworks in conjunction with the Jack Kilby Day celebration Saturday.

April 26, 2012 | | News


Rabies cases on upswing

Rabies cases are on the upswing this year, most likely due to the mild winter, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A total of 21 cases have been identified in the state since Jan. 1.

April 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Barton announces annual Sidewalk Art Contest

Barton Community College will host its fifth annual Sidewalk Art Contest May 2 and 3 on the sidewalk outside the Shafer Art Gallery.

April 25, 2012 | | News


​BCC workforce relationships get top rating

Barton Community College has received a report on its strengths and "opportunities for improvement" in more than 100 areas.

April 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


ONE BRICK AT A TIME

The second phase in the two-year effort by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee to enhance the Great Bend Public Library's exterior is almost done.

April 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


​BCC announces Art Week

The first week of May is Art Week at Barton Community College.

April 25, 2012 | | News


Larned State Hospital seeks additional $2.1 million

TOPEKA - Larned State Hospital officials say they need an additional $2.1 million to offset staffing shortfalls cited during a recent accreditation survey.

April 25, 2012 | BY DAVE RANNEY KHI News Service | News


Students vow to stand against bullying

When Mark Brown asked 100 Great Bend fourth and fifth graders to stand if they know someone who is being bullied, teased or excluded in their schools, about 90 of them rose to their feet.

April 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Board eyes GBMS gym again

The Unified School District 428 School Board took another look at a proposed new gymnasium at Great Bend Middle School as it met there for its monthly luncheon meeting Tuesday.

April 24, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


A PATRIOTIC TONE

When reporter T.R. Reid approached his Washington Post publisher Ben Bradlee in 1981 about the possibility of taking a yearlong sabbatical to write a book about the origins of the microchip, the famous publisher asked Reid, "When do you leave for Japan?"

April 24, 2012 | | News


Search warrant yields drugs, weapon

Suspected drugs and an illegal weapon were among items seized Monday when the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Great Bend Police Department executed a search warrant at 1427 16th St. Apt. A in Great Bend.

April 24, 2012 | | News


Colorblocking: Senior Center holds spring fashion show

Colorblocking and other fashion trends were displayed Monday when the Great Bend Senior Center hosted its spring fashion show.

April 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Area residents encouraged to attend watershed meeting

The second in a series of three meetings about a federal plan to better map and understand the multi-county Cow Creek Watershed takes place Hoisington Wednesday morning, and Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco is encouraging anyone with a tie to the area plan to attend.

April 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission honors crime victims

A couple weeks ago, the Adam Longoria murder trial ended in Barton County. He was convicted of murdering 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt in August of 2010.

April 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Drivers, look out

Motorists beware, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra said.

April 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Tot Spot equipment fully funded

Two civic groups have raised more than $50,000 for new playground equipment at Brit Spaugh Park. One final fundraiser is planned to make "The Tot Spot" even better, members said.

April 21, 2015 | | News


New life breathed into landfill

Barton County will now have a landfill through at least 2075.

April 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Ball rolling for tax credit application

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the first step in designating the Fairways at StoneRidge as a Rural Housing Opportunity District. The action was taken at the request of Rick Ball, who owns the lots in question and is developing them.

April 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Addresses for care packages sought

The Great Bend Military Moms are preparing to send another shipment of care packages to those serving in the war zone areas, group founder Leslie (Halbower) Barrett said. These areas include Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Africa.

April 21, 2015 | | News


READY FOR BUSINESS

There were several familiar faces and one new one as the Great Bend City Council reorganized Monday night.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Marshall says he’s running for Congress

Great Bend physician Roger Marshall said Saturday he has filed with the Federal Election Commission as a candidate for the First District congressional seat now occupied by fellow Republican Tim Huelskamp of Fowler.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Week focuses on plights of crime victims

Every year, around 26 million Americans become crime victims.

April 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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


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