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Vet’s Lake remains under algae warning

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples recreational bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom. When harmful algal blooms are present, KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), responds by informing the public of these conditions.

October 21, 2011 | | News


County takes on improvement projects

County departments are currently involved in a variety of new projects, County Administrator Richard Boeckman reported to the Barton County Commission this week.

October 21, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Bow hunting on target for Camp Aldrich

Barton Community College trustees met Thursday and approved a plan to allow commercial bow hunting for deer at the Camp Aldrich facility.

October 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Judge hears motion to suppress Ney confession

The attorney for Shawn Ney is seeking to suppress a confession and other statements reportedly made by for the man charged with shooting his estranged wife and fatally shooting his brother-in-law on July 10, 2010.

October 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


County collects back taxes — and then some

Thanks to the hard work of a lot of county staffers, almost $5,000 above and beyond the owed taxes was generated at this year's annual county tax sale, County Treasurer Kevin Wondra reported to the Barton County Commission.

October 20, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Emergency committee meeting planned for Monday

Local volunteers who are concerned about emergency preparation have an important meeting coming up, according to Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Spooky ‘Dead Hollow’ opens Friday

Starting Friday, area residents can enjoy being scared silly - for a good cause.

October 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Council continues rabbit rule rumination

Local officials are continuing to consider rabbit regulations, and more input is being sought, it was announced at a Great Bend City Council meeting this week.

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Survey: Kansas job vacancies drop over the Year

TOPEKA – There are fewer vacant jobs in Kansas this year than last year according to the 2011 Job Vacancy Survey released Wednesday by the Kansas Department of Labor. The survey, completed by employers during the second quarter of the year, found there were an estimated 30,697 job vacancies statewide, a 4.3 percent decrease from 2010.

October 19, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Fire Prevention Month fights fire and smoke

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on fire prevention efforts. The articles will continue throughout October as the Great Bend Fire Department presents Fire Prevention Month.)

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


USPS only suggests new mailboxes

It was about 3:15 Monday afternoon, dismissal time for Great Bend Middle School. Harrison Street in front of Becky Dudrey's house was choked with students and their parents.

October 18, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC to improve Internet bandwidth

Barton Community College trustees will vote on renewing the college's contract with KanREN for Internet service, when they meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Seminar Room, F-30 of the Fine Arts Building. The $50,0660 quote is on the agenda because trustees must approve purchases over $50,000.

October 18, 2011 | | News


AQIP Portfolio paints portrait of BCC

A document that outlines the strengths and goals of Barton Community College is completed or near completion, and awaits final approval from the BCC Board of Trustees this week. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Portfolio for 2011 will then be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission, the entity responsible for Barton's accreditation.

October 18, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Grant sought to help treat Vets Lake

City officials will seek grant funding to help with an effort to educate the public about the need to keep fertilizer on lawns and out of Veterans Memorial Lake, the Great Bend City Council decided Monday night.

October 18, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


County approves equipment purchases

The purchase of two very different types of electronic equipment were discussed when the Barton County Commission met Monday.

October 17, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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Health Department wants to boost HPV vaccination rates

The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Two cars stolen, recovered

Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.

January 22, 2015 | | News


Winter isn’t over yet

Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.

January 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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.

January 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


​Vehicles collide in Russell County

RUSSELL - A Russell man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with a possible injury on Tuesday after vehicles collided on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Russell.

January 21, 2015 | | News


Edmonds resigns from House budget committee

TOPEKA - Citing an already heavy work load in the Kansas House, veteran local lawmaker John Edmonds resigned from the state House Appropriations Committee, relinquishing his position as its vice chairman.

January 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A WORTHY INVESTMENT

If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.

January 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Spin fitness

LARNED - LA Psycle is spinning its way to success.

January 20, 2015 | | News


​Rollover accident under investigation

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a rollover accident that was discovered around 4:15 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of NE 30 Road. It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, was Ahmad Walker, 22, a student at Barton Community College. The occupants of the car were located with the help of BCC security.

January 20, 2015 | | News


2015 tax sale in the works

The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Fire reported in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office along with the Claflin Fire Department and fire units from Ellsworth County responded to a structure fire 3:24 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The location of the fire was at 1835 NE 150 Ave.

January 20, 2015 | | News


How would the county respond to Ebola?

It's a frightening possibility, but what would happen if there was an Ebola outbreak in Barton County?

January 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


On the front lines

The Great Bend City Council had a chance to get to know the members of the Police Department a little better when the officers and other personnel were introduced Monday night.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


B-29 restoration effort approved by council

Noting that the popular B-29 Memorial Plaza is a valuable asset as a historical landmark and tourist attraction, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved spending up to $18,050 to help restore the marker.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Council says farewell to Roberts

It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.

January 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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