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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

​Bellendir wins sheriff’s race

Lt. Brian J. Bellendir bested incumbent Greg Armstrong and former Lt. Richard W. Unrein to win the Republican primary for Barton County Sheriff. His will be the only name on the ballot for that office in November. With votes from all 40 precincts counted for the unofficial total Tuesday night, Bellendir led with 2,262 votes, or 46.94 percent. Armstrong had 37.6 percent with 1,812 votes, and Unrein trailed with 15.46 percent, 745 votes.

August 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

A lot is going on with county agencies

Every two weeks, Barton County departments submit an activity report of statistical data or a summary of services. County Administrator Richard Boeckman presented highlights from the most recent reports to the County Commission Monday morning.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Officials shaping byway’s future

In applauding cooperation between Barton County and the City of Great Bend to promote the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway, Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau President Cris Collier told the County Commission Monday morning the stretch of blacktop represents one of the most nationally touted byways in America.

August 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Grants benefit parks. kids

Two Great Bend parks will get a nice boost, thanks to the generosity of a local woman.

August 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Early Ed Center, preschool receive grants

The Early Education Center and Incredible Years Preschool are benefitting from three grants that are earmarked for early intervention programs and playground enhancements. Both entities are owned and operated by Sunflower Diversified Services.

August 06, 2012 | | News


With recent box-office hits like the Pixar movie Brave, Marvel comics and Paramount theaters collaboration on The Avengers, and this spring's Lionsgate adaptation of The Hunger Games, archery is gaining more public attention. For several kids in Barton County, archery is more than a fantasy. Not only can they hit a target, they excell at it.

August 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Commission tackles streets’ legality

The residents of a small, landlocked subdivision in southwest Great Bend have a problem. Their streets don't exist.

August 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

No firecrackers for now

Barton County officials and local fire chiefs want to assure residents they will eventually be able to set off fireworks, but due to the on-going withering drought, that time is not now.

August 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Election officer offers last-minute advice

Barton County residents will head to the polls Tuesday for the primary election, and county Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has a few last words for voters.

August 04, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Youth Academy reunion held Friday

Youth Academy alumni enjoyed a morning of play on Friday morning, racing go-carts, bowling, playing video games and miniature golf.

August 03, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

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