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Hoisington prepares for 116th annual Labor Day Celebration

HOISINGTON - Building on the theme, "Our Children, Our Future," Hoisington will celebrate for the 116th time on Labor Day weekend beginning Aug. 30- Sept. 3.

August 24, 2012 | | News

Offiers' raid yields drugs, guns, money

A "sizeable amount" of suspected methamphetamine, cash and firearms was seized Wednesday evening when law enforcement officers searched a home at 301 Chestnut St. in Great Bend.

August 23, 2012 | | News

Stuff the bus

Members of the Barton Community College cheer squad and basketball team lead the way through the Walmart parking lot Wednesday to unload Barton's bus that was filled with donated goods collected by the college to benefit the United Way "Stuff the Bus" campaign, which aims to collect donations of goods to help supply their 21 local agencies. Barton students and athletes helped transfer items from BCC's bus to the United Way's larger school bus. Executive Director of the United Way of Central Kansas Julie Bunger-Smith said the efforts by Barton were very beneficial to the campaign.

August 23, 2012 | | News

BCC wraps up grant on high note

A $2 million grant to Barton Community College ends this month, but the work it started – job training for prison inmates – will continue, the Barton Community College trustees learned Thursday.

August 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

WIC dietician works to promote breastfeeding

Beverly Frizell, RD with the Barton County WIC program has been working extra hard to get the word out about the importance of breastfeeding this year to her clients in a multi-county area. It has always been a goal of WIC to increase breastfeeding, but this past year, the Barton County Health Department was awarded a grant to conduct a media campaign to help build awareness among the community as a whole.

August 22, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Barton County avoids the bite so far

As of Wednesday, Aug. 22, there were 15 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the state, but the numbers are on the rise. While the Barton County Health Department said there have been no confirmed cases of the disease within the county at this time, and none are being investigated, one case so far was reported in neighboring Stafford County earlier in August. But Sedgwick County has had the highest number of confirmed cases so far. According to the Sedgwick County Health Department, they've seen unusually high numbers of the virus. While there have only been 10 confirmed ...

August 22, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Alligator moves from BCC to Great Bend Zoo

Alligators are back at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, starting with one that spent the last three years in Dr. Oleg Ravitskjy's life science classroom at Barton Community College.

August 22, 2012 | | News

New educator at KWEC

BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.

August 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

City departments outline activities

During each Great Bend City Council meeting, city administrator Howard Partington lists the activities and accomplishments of various city departments. Below is a recap of that report from this past Monday.

August 22, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Cub Scout Roundup scheduled

Cub Scouting brings to mind rocketry, camping trips, swimming parties, service projects, pinewood derbies, patches and awards. Boys come to school each week wearing their Cub Scout uniforms, and after school get together with their dens and learn, laugh, and become leaders.

August 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Great Bend Friends Finish 50K

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu

August 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Making connections

As part of its bi-weekly report to the Barton County Commission, the Barton County Records Management Office noted it helped connect a family with its past.

August 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


The Barton County Commission and Great Bend City Council Monday took steps to make legal the maintenance of the streets in a small, northwestern Great Bend subdivision.

August 20, 2012 | 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.

August 20, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

UWCK stuffing the bus

Agencies in Barton and Pawnee counties serving those in need sometimes need more than just money.

August 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

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