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MOVING ON UP

When John Edmonds walked into the Barton County Commission chambers Monday morning, he was greeted by fellow Commissioner Don Cates.

January 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Cuts threaten to close doors on business coaching program

For 10 years, the Prairie Enterprise Project has been offering free and confidential business coaching to entrepreneurs in Barton, Russell, and Edwards counties. Karmi Green, the non-profit organization's Enterprise Facilitator, has helped business start-ups get off to a good start and helped tweak existing businesses, bringing and helping to retain jobs and tax dollars to the towns and counties where they locate. Sadly, unless it can secure new funding, the project will have no choice but to close its doors. That's especially bad news at a time when many in the Golden Belt area are experiencing unemployment for ...

January 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


BEARING ARMS - Semiautomatics popular at gun show

Back for the third year, the Gun and Knife Show drew a crowd Saturday at the Great Bend Expo. Anthony Lutz, a promoter for event sponsor U.S. Weapons, based in Manchester, Iowa, said they've seen a spike in attendance at their shows in recent months.

January 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Flashes of the Past

ST. JOHN - The twentieth century saw great technological, sociological and historical changes, perhaps more than any other century before. At it's opening, ladies wore long dresses that brushed the floor, everyone rode in a wagon and faced disease and death without the benefit of antibiotics.

January 04, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Two Great Bend men seriously hurt in Scottsdale accident

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Two Great Bend men in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Fiesta Bowl were seriously injured early Friday morning when the pedicab they were riding in was struck by a car, the Scottsdale police department reported.

January 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Economic development projects on council agenda

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes plans for the construction of an apartment complex using housing tax credits, a public hearing regarding industrial revenue bonds and property tax abatements for Great Bend Regional Hospital to construct a medical office building, property tax exemption for economic development purposes for Fuller Industries, a petition for the creation of a community improvement district for Golden Belt Cinema 6 and an update on the Great Bend Convention Center.

January 04, 2013 | | News


New Year’s baby 2013 arrives

The first baby of the new year is a special club, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, Mason Allen Leroy Verstraete became the latest member when he was delivered at 4:28 p.m. at Great Bend Regional Hospital to mom Brandi Cook and dad Dylan Verstraete of Stafford.

January 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Local teen collects war memorabilita

ELLINWOOD - A sophomore at Ellinwood High School, Forrest Williams and his friend Collin Werhahn have an unusual hobby for boys of that age-they collect war memorabilia.

January 03, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


TURKEY IN THE SNOW

It's not difficult to find the wild turkeys living in Jan Westfall's backyard on 19th Street in northwest Great Bend.

January 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | 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.

January 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County Sheriff's Office works injury accidents

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to three minor injury accidents on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

January 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk this way

Some steps that can make Barton County a more hospitable for pedestrians and a more healthful place to live require little more than new signs and paint, Barton County Health Department Public Health Educator Janel Rose told the County Commission Wednesday morning.

January 02, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Tips offered in times of low temperatures

TOPEKA – As winter weather chills the state, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is encouraging all Kansans to be safe and exercise caution when temperatures drop below freezing.

January 01, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Protect against winter’s ‘silent killer’

It's colorless, odorless and the No. 1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. And, it worsens in the winter.

January 01, 2013 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Hoisington woman injured in vehicle crash

BARTON COUNTY - About two miles east of Great Bend in the 300 block of East Barton County Rd., Dianna L. Werick of Hoisington was eastbound at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday. She lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway, went through the south ditch and struck a tree, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log.

December 31, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


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Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County offices to get panic buttons

Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.

April 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DECISION MAKERS

The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Henneke retains Ward 2 council seat

By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Larned approves $22M bond issue

LARNED - Fort Larned USD 495 voters passed a $22.2 million bond issue by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday that will construct a new elementary school. The yes votes were 1,036 and the no votes were 517.

April 07, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Council OKs improvements to Brit Spaugh Park, zoo

In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


What’s in a name?

The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


HISTORY LESSON

RUSSELL - The mystery of 112 years of history was unveiled before an overflow crowd Monday at the Russell County Courthouse.

April 06, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rollover accident reported

A Great Bend man was treated and released for injuries after a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in Barton County.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Emergency work to close bridge, road

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Stolen vehicles, other property recovered

Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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