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LAST DAY OF SCHOOL SPLASH

No more teachers, no more books.

May 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Algae remains problem at Vets Lake

Great Bend's Veterans Memorial Lake remains under a public health warning due to an on-going problem with toxic blue-green algae, city and state officials said Tuesday.

May 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


MIGRATION RALLY

Fifty-six "birds" traveled the Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway this past weekend, for the Great Migration Rally. The event assigned bird species to human participants, who migrated from the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center near Cheyenne Bottoms.

May 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County office activities outlined

Once a month, Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman presents a service update to the County Commission. The report outlines activities by various county offices. Below are some of the statistics from the update delivered Monday morning.

May 15, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Emergency planning commission topic

The Barton County Commission was told Monday morning that it is never too early to brace for the worst.

May 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBRC featured in state publication

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is featured on the cover of the spring 2012 edition of KRPA Today, a publication of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association.

May 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


‘SERVICE ABOVE SELF’

Among the monuments on the Barton County Courthouse Square that pay tribute to pioneers and veterans is now an October glory maple tree that honors a husband and wife who spent their lives in civic leadership.

May 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Vehicle computer system still evolving

It's been a week since the Barton County Treasure's Office reopened to vehicle business after a week-long hiatus as the Kansas Department of Revenue upgraded offices across the state to a new software and computer system. The goal – improve efficiency and usability.

May 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Perfect Fly Day

Roger Brining still remembers the day his father swept him off his feet and gave him the gift of flying. Brining celebrated his fifth birthday by flying to Hutchinson for dinner when his father flew as a certified pilot for the first time.

May 12, 2012 | Jim Misunas | News


Rolling Sculpture Car Show part of June Jaunt

The Rolling Sculpture Car Show will roll into the Barton County Historical Society and Village on Saturday, June 2, as one of the K-96 June Jaunt events. Owners of exotic, antique and classic cars are invited to display them among the historic structures in the village, said Beverly Komarek, executive director of the historical society.

May 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


West Virgina couple complete degrees online, trek to Barton for graduation

Wearing a smile a mile wide, Tara Webb of West Virginia strides across the stage and accepts her diploma in front of hundreds of other Barton Community College graduates.

May 12, 2012 | | News


Area bank customers receive fraudulent calls

Area banks have been inundated with phone calls from customers saying they have received calls or texts on their cell phones from an unknown number stating that they wouldn't be able to use their debit cards until further notice. There was also a link that said they could enter their account info and it would give them more information.

May 11, 2012 | | News


Barton recognizes 2011-12 Student Ambassadors of the Year

Barton Community College has announced its 2011-12 Brant J. Ballhorst Student Ambassadors of the Year. Named in memory of Brant J. Ballhorst, the award recognizes two outstanding student ambassadors, Karisa Kaiser and Reba Hickel, both of Hoisington.

May 10, 2012 | | News


‘Best of Barton’ attend 2012 commencement

Barton Community College graduate Devan Boeger is shown during commencement, Thursday night at BCC, after being presented an award.

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


THIS IS ONLY A DRILL

At about 3:30 Thursday afternoon, the 911 call went in to the Barton County dispatcher from the Great Bend Co-op elevator – an employee was mired in golden quick sand-like grain inside a massive bin.

May 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


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Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Lewis sworn into office

After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


ElderCare,Inc /Friendship Meals joins local Meals on Wheels Organizations across the country to cele

ElderCare, Inc/Friendship Meals announced today its participation in the 2015 March for Meals – a nationwide community-by-community celebration of the local Meals on Wheels programs that keep seniors independent in their own homes. ElderCare's March for Meals events will include Community Champions Week, March 16-20. Throughout the 28 SW Kansas counties, 42 meal sites will recruit Community Champions to volunteer their time to deliver Meals On Wheels or serve lunch at the local meal center.

March 20, 2015 | | News


Credit Union of America (CUA) gives over $46,000 to the Great Bend community

Credit Union of America's Great Bend office celebrated 40 years of serving members by giving back over the last two months to members, non-members and charitable organizations. The 40-day celebration resulted in $23,160 being given to individuals and matching contributions to five chosen charities.

March 19, 2015 | | News


A colorful heritage

Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It's part of this year's "heritage" theme.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Jeep and semi collide near Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Two injuries were reported Wednesday after a motorist in a Jeep pulled in front of a Peterbilt semitrailer at 12:35 p.m. at NE 10 Ave. and NE 100 Road, near Hoisington.

March 19, 2015 | | 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.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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