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BCC honors outstanding graduates

Jared Marcuson and Will Hodges were named Barton Community College's 2011 Outstanding Graduates. Dean of Student Services Angie Maddy introduced them and presented their awards as they took the opportunity to address their fellow graduates during the college's 41st commencement ceremony on Thursday.

May 12, 2011 | | News


Barton names Steven Lueth as Distinguished Instructor

Barton Community College presented the Distinguished Instructor Award to Steven Lueth, Barton's director of instrumental activities, during the college's 41st commencement ceremony Thursday. Vice President of Instruction and Student Services Dr. Penny Quinn made the award presentation.

May 12, 2011 | | News


WIC clerk honored for immunization work

A Health Department worker who has helped increase the rate of children's immunization protection in Barton County was recognized by the Barton County Commission this week.

May 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Legion Riders promote Special Olympics event

A local veterans group is encouraging other local residents to get involved in an inaugural event this weekend to benefit the state Special Olympics Program.

May 12, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Russell man dies in Barton County head-on collision

A Russell man died Tuesday after his truck crossed the center line on a Barton County highway and collided head on with a semi-trailer.

May 11, 2011 | | News


College fights for 100 percent of $0

Barton Community College fell short of meeting goals set with the Kansas Board of Regents last year, which means the college will only receive 80 percent of new funding, instead of 100 percent.

May 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Miller time

Look out Mothra.

May 11, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Tag issues can wind up in district court

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about rules for tagging motor vehicles in Kansas.)

May 11, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Butterfly garden: Brit Spaugh adds conservation features

The spring migration of Monarch butterflies is under way, and soon their colorful wings will be a common sight at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. A new conservation garden is expected to attract native butterflies and hummingbirds, as well as people, Zookeeper John Zimmerman said.

May 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


USDA grants governor’s drought declaration request

TOPEKA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday he has granted the Governor's request for the USDA to issue a drought disaster declaration for 21 Kansas counties as well as 18 contiguous counties.

May 10, 2011 | | News


USD 428 opts to join county hazard plan

No one likes to think about a natural disaster happening, but the Unified School District 428 School Board Monday night took a step to be better prepared should the worst come to pass.

May 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Tour highlights wheat types and plights

For area wheat farmers, these are the best of times with prices at $8 per bushel and the worst of times with a nagging drought.

May 10, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Vehicles have to be tagged here if they are used here

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about rules for tagging motor vehicles in Kansas.)

May 10, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Barton Community College to honor graduates in 41st commencement

Barton Community College's 41st commencement is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the College Gymnasium. Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman will welcome the graduates, their families and friends to the ceremony.

May 09, 2011 | | News


Rec Commission improving social media

Just in time for baseball and softball season, the Great Bend Recreation Commission plans to improve its presence on Facebook.

May 09, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Driver injured on U.S. 281

A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | 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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

February 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Veterans’ hunt delivers much-needed camaraderie

BARTON COUNTY - The Wounded Warriors Pheasant Hunt started as a way to thank veterans for their service by Crosby's Wildgame Adventures and members and sponsors of Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 504 of Barton and Stafford counties.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Family Crisis Center receives sexual assault services grant

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the recipients of the $267,572 grant from the 2015 Federal Sexual Assault Services Program. SASP grants provide intervention; advocacy; accompaniment to court, medical facilities, and police departments; support services; and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of sexual assault victims; and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault victimization.

February 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Kansas must match jobs to those wanting them

Ostensibly, the employment picture in the nation as a whole and in Kansas is a rosy one, said Linda L. Bonewell, human resources manager for Fuller Industries. But, the numbers only show part of the picture.

February 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


CHAMBER PRIDE

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leaders want to give members every advantage to being a Chamber member.

February 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Dannebohm eyeing resignation

TOPEKA – Although it remains unofficial, a heartbroken J. Basil Dannebohm said Monday he may resign his seat in the Kansas Legislature due to the debilitating ravages of his young onset Parkinson's disease.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


​Arson reported on Plum Street

The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.

February 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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