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Split commission OKs county budget

Divided over the need for the first property tax increase in nearly a decade, a split Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the county's 2013 budget.

August 13, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Youngsters stay cool, refreshed

ROZEL - A water slide on a hot summer day seems like a great idea.

August 11, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

An exciting year

Looking at the energetic group of co-chairs and volunteers lined up for this year's campaign, United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said she is excited about the 2013 effort. It opens Saturday night.

August 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Bank card scam reported by BBB

The Better Business Bureau of Kansas wants to alert consumers of a Bank Card scam. Consumers who are receiving calls on their cell phones start with a recorded messages the first part of the message is hard to understand. But then, becomes much clearer to tell you your "bank card has been locked, please press one to proceed."

August 10, 2012 | | News

USD 431 receives Promising Practices award

WASHINGTON D.C. -The Character Education Partnership in Washington D.C. has announced Hoisington High School will receive a Promising Practices award for implementing unique, specific and effective character education strategies as a part of the National Schools of Character program.

August 10, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Step back to 1984. It's school registration, and you're issued your new locker. You stop by, make sure the combination works, and you head for home. The first day of school, you stop at the locker to drop off your supplies and check out who's assigned to the lockers next to you, and head to class. The locker was where you kept your stuff. Maybe you'd put up a mirror, a calender or a magnet or two. Maybe a photo of your boyfriend.

August 09, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Razing a bank, raising a curtain

Nelson Stone and his massive excavator began nibbling away at the old Bank of the West building at Lakin and Kansas Thursday as if it were a box of Junior Mints. The razing is in preparation for the new, six-screen movie theater that will eventually occupy that corner.

August 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Gas prices lower than state average

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50 over the weekend. This compares with the national average that has increased 9.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.60, according to gasoline price website

August 09, 2012 | | News

Holmes thankful for Senate primary win

ST. JOHN - Rep. Mitch Holmes will trade his place in the Kansas House of Representatives for a spot in the Kansas Senate. Holmes became one of nine current House members who won a primary for the Kansas Senate.

August 08, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

Krug presents fresh food program

Farmers markets and community gardens are still supplying fresh produce, said Barton County Extension Agent Donna Krug. She recently presented a program on the benefits of "locally grown" food and its preservation.

August 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo joins global online database

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has added a web-based backup for its records on animal care, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said.

August 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


The Tuesday's primary election is over. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Davis ready for commission challenge

Don Davis may be new to political office, but he is not new to the Barton County Commission. Davis won the Republican primary for the commission's Third District against Buck Causey Tuesday by 450 votes to 213.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Johnson hopes to continue judicial tradition

For Great Bend attorney Steve Johnson, being a district judge was a natural evolution in the legal profession. Johnson defeated fellow Republican Robert Anderson of Ellinwood in Tuesday's 20th Judicial District judge primary.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Holmes beats Teichman

St. John's Mitch Holmes, a former 114th District House representative, won his battle against incumbent Ruth Teichman in a battle of Stafford County residents for the 33rd District in the Kansas Senate.

August 07, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

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Barton Community College will host an opening reception for its new exhibit "Fire," by Cheyenne artist Bently Spang, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 ...

October 02, 2015 | | News

Doggone good time

STAFFORD - The state's largest Wiener Dog Race will move to the Stafford County Fairgrounds during Stafford's Oktoberfest Saturday.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


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