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Kansas tops in economic development

The state of Kansas has been ranked first in its region for economic development projects in Site Selection magazine's 2012 rankings. Site Selection, which has compiled annual economic development rankings since 1978, listed Kansas 13th among all states for expansions and new facilities opened in 2012.

March 13, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Successful pageant sends teens to Miss Kansas event

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes reported to the City Council Monday night that the first-ever Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Pageant held March 9 at Great Bend High School was a crowning achievement.

March 13, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend Firefighters respond to garage fire

The Great Bend fire department was called to a structure fire around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning at 821 Morphy Street. A white Chevrolet SUV was on fire, which caught the detached garage behind the house on fire. Firefighters sprayed fire-retardant foam on the fire for several minutes until a front-end loader arrived, and the vehicle was pulled from the building by a chain. Once in the open, firefighters were able to open doors to the vehicle and finish putting the fire out.

March 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Spring programs continue at GBRC

The number of programs offered by the Great Bend Recreation Commission has remained steady or slightly ahead of last year, Director Diann Henderson reports. But with no American Red Cross office in town, the commission hasn't been able to offer a spring course for baby-sitter training.

March 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend CVB nature postcards available

For people who live in Great Bend, this is home. But for people who visit the area, Great Bend is known for its proximity to the natural beauty of the Scenic Byway, the Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira Natural Refuge. Now, thanks to the efforts of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Central Kansas Photography Club, businesses in Great Bend can access a free resource to help visitors spread that message to the rest of the world.

March 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


National Guard open house Saturday

The Army National Guard units based at the Great Bend Expo Complex wants to strut their stuff. To this end, guard members stationed there are planning the units' first-ever open house, said SFC Kevin Hammeke, Great Bend-based Guard recruiter.

March 12, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Advance voting, advanced ballots available

Voters in Barton County can now apply for advanced ballots and cast advance votes for the April 2 city/school general election, said Donna Zimmerman, county clerk and election officer.

March 12, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


State Champions receive congratulations

A whirlwind of attention and activity has caught up members of the boys and girls GBHS bowling teams since winning and placing at the 5A State Championship Feb. 28. In the past week and a half, they've been honored at the GBHS Winter Sports Banquet on March 4, been interviewed by local and state media and contacted by college recruiters. On Monday morning, they were honored by Barton County Commissioners, and in the evening, formally congratulated by the USD 428 Board of Education. The team trophy, as well as the individual trophies have been displayed in several venues, and ...

March 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 approves calendar—with possible changes

In addition to congratulating the Great Bend High School Boys Bowling team for winning the State Championship this season, the Board of Education voted on which calendar the district would adopt for the 2013-2014 school year at Monday night's BOE meeting.

March 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Rec mulls rules for Sox, Midget leagues

Girls in Sox league softball games may be allowed to steal bases this summer. Rule changes were discussed Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, but won't be adopted until the April meeting.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


God leads youth group to Great Bend

Members of a church youth group from Amarillo, Texas, spent the first day of their spring break in Great Bend, cleaning up a house that was heavily damaged by fire last month.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


New county software streamlines business operations

New commercial software, used to track the myriad of county business, has been discussed by the Barton County Commission on and off for several years. On Monday morning, the commissioners took the plunge.

March 11, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Holmes votes for innovative schools coalition

Rep. John Edmonds shared his analysis of the governor's plan to reduce state income taxes, and Sen. Mitch Holmes discussed the Coalition of Innovative School Districts bill when they returned to Great Bend for a legislative coffee, Saturday at the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


STAR POWER

Fourteen Junior Poms and 11 Senior Variety Argonne All-Star Dance team members competed at the NDA All-Star National Competition in Dallas, Texas last weekend, March 1 through 3.

March 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend Zoo's white tiger, 'Spirit,' dies

The white Bengal tiger at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has died.

March 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Pratt woman injured in rollover accident

STAFFORD COUNTY - A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.

February 28, 2015 | | News


Mellor named to statewide commission

Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign's top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

February 27, 2015 | | News


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Driver injured on U.S. 281

A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

February 26, 2015 | | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | 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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

February 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Veterans’ hunt delivers much-needed camaraderie

BARTON COUNTY - The Wounded Warriors Pheasant Hunt started as a way to thank veterans for their service by Crosby's Wildgame Adventures and members and sponsors of Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 504 of Barton and Stafford counties.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Family Crisis Center receives sexual assault services grant

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the recipients of the $267,572 grant from the 2015 Federal Sexual Assault Services Program. SASP grants provide intervention; advocacy; accompaniment to court, medical facilities, and police departments; support services; and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of sexual assault victims; and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault victimization.

February 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Kansas must match jobs to those wanting them

Ostensibly, the employment picture in the nation as a whole and in Kansas is a rosy one, said Linda L. Bonewell, human resources manager for Fuller Industries. But, the numbers only show part of the picture.

February 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


CHAMBER PRIDE

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leaders want to give members every advantage to being a Chamber member.

February 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


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