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Groovy, man

Break out the bell bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts, man. United Way of Central is prepping to celebrating 50 years of making a difference in the community.

August 03, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Barton County primary polling places listed

Barton County Voting Places - Primary Election August 7

August 03, 2012 | | News

College holds open house for Student Union, training center

Barton Community College employees showed visitors some of the latest improvements Thursday. During an open house for the fully renovated Student Union, the college also invited people to look inside the mobile training center for Barton's natural gas transmission and distribution program. The mobile unit is the first of its kind.

August 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Will it ever be cool again?

Residents of Barton County have endured two summers of drought and extreme heat, along with the rest of much of Kansas.

August 02, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Budget set for BCC

There were no changes to Barton Community College's proposed budget Thursday. It was approved by the BCC Board of Trustees after a public hearing at which no one came forward to comment.

August 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


The Aug. 7 primary election is merely days away and the Barton County Clerk's Office wants to get the word out about voting opportunities, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

August 02, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Great Bend Co-op building 4,000 ton dry shed

A new 40-foot structure will rise south of town at the Great Bend Co-op facility over the next few month. Last Wednesday, the Great Bend Co-op broke ground on what will become a 4,000 ton dry shed. The new shed will increase their capacity to six times its current size when completed. They will continue to use the existing 800 ton shed in the meantime.

August 02, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

Republicans spend campaign contributions on primary battle

Editor's Note: This is the second to two stories about campaign finance reports filed by area candidates.

August 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Councilman Keenan to leave Great Bend

Great Bend City Council member, attorney and native Great Bend resident Marty Keenan has announced his plans to leave the community, moving to Hastings, Neb., where he will teach political science and international relations.

August 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

Project to make roads safer

In an effort to make rural roads safer, the Barton County Commission Monday approved entering into a three-way agreement to improve three blacktops in the north and west of the county.

August 01, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Art Cravens, Great Bend, started gardening and selling vegetables from his roadside stand 10 years ago. At age 86, he credits it with keeping him healthy and active.

July 31, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News

​Candidates file finance reports

Editor's Note: This is the first of two stories on finance reports filed by candidates for office. Today's story is based on reports filed in the Barton County Clerk's Office. Part II will look at the reports filed in Topeka by candidates for the Kansas Senate District 33 and the House of Representatives District 112.

July 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Council votes to publish ‘stable’ budget

When it comes to the City of Great Bend's proposed budget for 2012, no news is good news.

July 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

City awaits news on ag department move

Great Bend civic leaders want this community to be the Kansas Department of Agriculture's home on the range, and they should know sometime this month if their bid to house at least part of the departments's relocated headquarters was successful.

July 31, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News

New signs highlight exhibits at museum

Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.

July 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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