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Courthouse Civil War statue condition assessed

"It's a terrific monument," said Dr. Dennis Montagna, director of the National Park Service's Monument Research and Preservation Program in Philadelphia. Monday morning, he inspected the south facing Union Civil War bronze statue located in the courthouse square.

October 24, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News

Halloween is to be spooky, not dangerous

It's still a week away, so now is the perfect time to prepare - correctly - for those little goblins who will go door-to-door for Trick or Treat next Monday night.

October 23, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Storm chaser Davies to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

Storm chaser and research meteorologist Jon Davies will address more than 500 high school juniors and seniors on Tuesday morning, and a similar number of middle school students in the afternoon, during Barton Community College's Eighth Annual Jack Kilby Science Day.

October 22, 2011 | | News

Judgement House returns

It is not simply an alternative to a Halloween haunted house.

October 22, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


October 22, 2011 | | News

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

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