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Software switch taking more time than envisioned

The county's conversion to a new commercial software system is proving time consuming, according to Barton County Information Technology Director John Debes. His report on the switch came as part of County Administrator Richard Boeckman's bi-weekly update to the County Commission Monday morning.

April 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Sales tax special proves successful

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes has been keeping busy of late, City Administrator Howard Partington reported to the City Council Monday night.

April 17, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Run Angry

April 16, 2013 | | News


BOE and GB-NEA meet to talk about time in school

The USD 428 Board of Education and Superintendent Tom Vernon met with the Great Bend chapter of the KNEA teachers union on Monday afternoon for a session of Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) over the upcoming school year calendar. At issue is how to balance the required number of hours of instructional time while having a desirable ratio of days off for Winter, Spring and Summer vacations.

April 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


It will get warmer

With yet another cold front pushing into the area, it may be tough to think about splashing around in Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Center, but the City Council Monday night learned that plans are under way to get the pool facility ready for summer.

April 16, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


It’s time to think weather safety

March began with the Annual Severe Weather Awareness Week being observed March 4-8, Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller reported to the County Commission Monday morning.

April 16, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


All school sixth grade band showcases budding musicians

The Great Bend sixth grade citywide concert drew parent of musicians from each of the city's elementary schools to the Great Bend High School auditorium Monday night for a showcase of skills learned over the past year. Retiring middle school band teacher Kurtis Koch and high school band teacher Mark DeWald directed the students through nine pieces many former band students will recognize. There were marches, like the "Here we go March", Beethoven's "Ode to Joy", some international folk songs like "Kum Bah Ya!" and "La Bamba", and the finale, "Go, Great Bend!"

April 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


CHANGING OF THE GUARD

There were some changes to the Great Bend City Council following the April 2 general election. Those changes were noted as the governing body reorganized during its meeting Monday night at City Hall.

April 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


SPANNING THE PAST

There are two historic limestone bridge north of the tiny northeast Barton County community of Hitschmann that may be nice to look at, but don't meet the grueling needs of today's faster, larger and heavier traffic.

April 15, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Hoisington plot returned to native roots

HOISINGTON -With vision, a love for the outdoors and the peaceful, native Kansas prairie, Terry Nech of Hoisington will be restoring the Shop Creek Nature Area to its natural state. It is located in south Hoisington on Vine St.

April 13, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Top teachers visit USD 428, share ideas

Kansas Teachers of the Year from region one visited Great Bend USD 428 Friday to observe and gather insights and ideas to take back to their districts, said Kim Heath, an English teacher at GBHS. She and fourth grade teacher Laurie Harwood hosted the day-long tour for five other teachers from Dodge City, Liberal, Ellis and Pratt.

April 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Another in the books

The Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo wrapped up its second successful show Friday afternoon. Jan Westfall, chairman of the Great Bend Area Chamber of Commerce expo committee, said while the first day of the Expo started off slow because of cold, wet weather, subsequent days saw the numbers of visitors building.

April 12, 2013 | Staff Reports | News


Guide to help keep city clean

As of last week, Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster's department had received 397 complaints of trashy properties so far this year. Some come from residents, but most come from his staff as it combs the streets.

April 12, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Old and young to take a shot at nixing malaria

Great Bend First United Methodist Church and Trinity Methodist Church will co-sponsor the Shoot For No Malaria contest Sunday, April 14 at the GBHS Panther Activity Center starting at 2:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to "Imagine No Malaria." Funds received will purchase mosquito netting and help in educating people in tropical, under-developed nations where malaria is still a menacing killer.

April 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Reverse transfers could mean more BCC graduates

Students who transfer from Barton Community College to Wichita State University before completing their associate degrees may still be able to graduate from BCC, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said Thursday.

April 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Scenic overlook project advances

The Kansas Department of Transportation informed Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco that the bid letting for the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area scenic overlook tower will be in August.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


POLICE RAID TWO HOMES

Two drug raids at two locations Monday resulted in four arrests on methamphetamine-related charges, the Great Bend Police Department announced Tuesday morning.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Fire departments restricting some outdoor burning

With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City to fill public lands director post

Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night named a selection committee for the long-vacant position of director of public lands. The committee will interview applicants for the job and make a recommendation to the full City Council.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


TAKING WING

Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission honors farmers, Ag Week

The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Holmes, Edmonds weigh in on SB7

A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.

March 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Dannebohm, Kirkman to Co-chair Heartland Farm Advisory Council

The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.

March 14, 2015 | | News


​Two arrested in drug raid on home

Great Bend Police detectives executed a narcotics search warrant at 3006 23rd St. around 4:22 p.m. Thursday. A man and woman were taken into custody for alleged possession of methamphetamine. Both were booked into the county jail.

March 13, 2015 | | News


Wetlands center prepares for spring

There were still snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms this past week, but Curtis Wolf, site manager of Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, said they will be heading out any day.

March 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Wanted: Adult volunteers to go for a walk

Great Bend's Unified School District 428 is about to launch a Walking School Bus program in all five of its elementary schools and adult volunteers are needed.

March 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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