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Radium Road opens Friday

Work is concluding on one bridge project in Barton County this week and will begin on another, it was announced.

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

Deadlines are approaching for April election

Time is growing short to get ready for the next local election, according to County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

March 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

Stolen truck, ATV, recovered by officers

A stolen pickup recovered Monday night by Barton County Sheriff's Office detectives was probably the same vehicle that led officers on a high-speed pursuit on Saturday, officials said.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Rec board buys new equipment, approves director's pay raise

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will purchase a field groomer and attachments for use at the Veterans Park fields. The GBRC board met on Monday and approved the specification and then the quote for a Toro Sand Pro 3040 from Professional Turf Products, a Wichita firm. The base bid was $11,284, which GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said was below the $12,000 that has been budgeted for this piece of equipment, with money coming from the capital outlay fund. However, with two attachments the total price approved Monday was $15,666.29.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Paying it forward

Nujtxeeq Vue, AKA Newt, was busy at a Salvation Army Store in Amarillo, Texas, Tuesday morning.

March 13, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Commission recognizes severe weather week

Barton County officials joined with state agencies to bring attention to the threats from weather in the coming spring season.

March 13, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

A deadly heritage

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about Severe Weather Awareness Week.)

March 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


It took three weeks to complete and involved more work than anticipated, but the new foot bridge crossing the southern pond at Britt Spaugh Zoo is a thing of beauty.

March 12, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Truck driver eludes officers

A motorist in a dark colored truck led law enforcement officers on a high speed pursuit Saturday night and eventually eduled them by driving in a river bed north of SE 40 Road and SE 60 Ave.

March 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Santorum wins Barton County

In a vote that mirrored Kansas, Barton County Republicans cast their ballots for underdog Rick Santorum, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. Santorum campaigned in Kansas Wednesday and Friday.

March 10, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News

BCC trustees meet with Fort Riley brass

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees spend two days last week visiting Fort Riley campus.

March 10, 2012 | | News

GBPD gets new patrol cars

The Great Bend Police Department recently purchased six new patrol cars, Lt. Bill Browne said. The Chevrolet Caprices will replace the oldest Dodge Chargers in the fleet.

March 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Report calls on Kansas to make the next generation tobacco-free

Almost 50 years after the landmark 1964 Surgeon General's Report on tobacco, a lot of work remains to be done to keep young people from taking up the smoking habit, said Janel Rose, Barton County Health Nurse.

March 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

KWEC numbers jumped by 36 percent in 2011

March 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

It’s that time, again

March 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News

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