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May labor market similar to April

TOPEKA – The jobless rate in Barton County ticked upward slightly from April to May, while the statewide rate remained flat, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The May 2012 Labor Report showed a 1 percent increase in private sector jobs since May 2011.

June 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Students discover behind-the-scenes world

With admonitions not to touch anything in the emergency vehicles, approximately 40 local 7th and 8th graders experienced the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the community running.

June 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Attorney says Obama administration's 'Dreamer Initiative' is good for Great Bend

Last week, as President Barack Obama announced he would halt the deportation of certain young immigrants, Great Bend Attorney Robert Feldt and about 2,000 other immigration attorneys watched the announcement on TV. The June 15 announcement coincided with the American Immigration Lawyers Association's annual convention, held in Nashville, Tenn.

June 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC nets big savings on eCollege contract

A new agreement with the company that makes online courses available at Barton Community College could save BCC $1.25 million over the next five years, college trustees learned Thursday.

June 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Stickney to sell distributorship

It's time for Tom Stickney and his wife to be closer to their kids and grandkids.

June 21, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Agencies pledge support for Children’s Advocacy Center

When authorities learn a child has been abused, the child enters a system that sometimes serves to re-victimize the child. Fear and confusion on the part of the child can jeopardize the case against the perpetrator and ultimately, more children are destined to be hurt.

June 20, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Ag department considering moving

TOPEKA (AP) - The Kansas Department of Agriculture is considering moving its headquarters from Topeka to Manhattan or southwest Kansas. Great Bend is on the short list of possible locations.

June 20, 2012 | | News

Humane Society director takes water to horse

A cruelty to animals case was taken after a Barton County Sheriff's Office deputy went with Golden Belt Humane Society Director Gayle Broberg to check on a horse without water, Tuesday afternoon in the 300 block of South U.S. 281.

June 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

hotter temps see higher gas prices

As summer started to heat up, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas climbed 8.5 cents per gallon in the past week, the gas-price-tracking website reported Monday. On Sunday, the statewide average was $3.42 per gallon, compared with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53.

June 20, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Camp Hope volunteers driving force behind annual get-away

For 15 years, Gail Moeder of Great Bend has set aside a week out of her summer to bring some joy into the lives of children who are facing a battle her first husband lost.

June 19, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Barton County Fair to feature country band The McClymonts

The Barton County Fair will feature nightly concerts July 12-14, including The McClymonts, an Australian group named Global Country Artist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 2011.

June 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

City begins budget planning

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington didn't have much time to talk Tuesday morning.

June 19, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Central Prairie board votes to end affiliation

By Jim Misunas

June 18, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

City to help with Renaissance Fair

Great Bend Renaissance Fair organizer David LeRoy told the Great Bend City Council Monday night that his event is slowly catching on as it prepares to enter its third year.

June 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

June Jaunt dubbed success

At the Great Bend City Council meeting Monday night, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said the first-ever June Jaunt lived up to its hype.

June 18, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

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