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In Barton County, 6.9 percent of income from Social Security

If Barton County residents didn't receive their monthly payments from the Social Security Administration, 6.9 percent of total personal income in the county would be lost, a total of $74,871,073 in 2009, according to data from the federal Bureau for Economic Analysis and the Social Security Administration.

October 29, 2011 | BY BILL BISHOP and ROBERTO GALLARDO | News


Cemetery tours offer insight into area history

Each rich in heritage, area cemeteries are their own book telling the story of the harsh prairie life in the 1800s and 1900s in central Kansas. Not the scary places of movies or of tomorrow's holiday, they are calm, quiet places of peace.

October 28, 2011 | Karen LaPierre | News


Auditions scheduled for 3rd Annual “Barton County’s Got Talent” Dinner Theater

Whether you're a singer, a dancer, a comedian, a poet, an actor, or any other sort of talented individual, the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors wants you to perform in their upcoming "Barton County's Got Talent" dinner theatre scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21. Members of the community are invited to help make this event a success by providing those in attendance with a variety show they'll remember. "There is a great need for adequate housing in our community," says Habitat Board Co-Chair David Hart. "Our dinner theatre fundraiser will be a fun and entertaining way to ...

October 28, 2011 | | News


County continues WorkFit exams

Barton County will continue to rely on a physical examination program to determine that new hires are physically fit to do the work of the county, the Barton County Commission decided this week.

October 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Byway study points to future growth

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the assessment of sites on the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway.)

October 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Deer, deer

It only takes a quick scan of the Barton County Sheriff's Office accident logs to see an emerging pattern – the number of car versus deer wrecks is on the rise.

October 27, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Longoria trial date set

The date for the jury trial for Adam Longoria, the Great Bend man charged in the August 2010 murder of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, has been set, it was announced Wednesday.

October 27, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Moran makes Great Bend whistle stop

United States Sen. Jerry Moran made a much-needed pit stop in Great Bend Thursday morning.

October 27, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


Phillips chosen as KAC representative

Barton County Commissioners broke with tradition this week and chose a department head to act for them at an up coming state meeting.

October 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Tricks are no treat for pets

There are all sorts of preparations under way for a successful Halloween.

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Firefighter spaghetti boosts good causes

If the old saying is true - "There's no rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need it" - it certainly applies to the Great Bend Fire Department.

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Firefighter spaghetti boosts good causes

If the old saying is true - "There's no rest for the wicked and the righteous don't need it" - it certainly applies to the Great Bend Fire Department.

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


PASS the fire test in your home

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on fire prevention efforts. The articles will continue throughout October as the Great Bend Fire Department presents Fire Prevention Month.)

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


SCIENTIFIC METHOD

Storm chaser and research meteorologist Jon Davies brought new excitement to talking about the weather during his presentation as the keynote speaker for Jack Kilby Science Day on Tuesday morning at Barton Community College.

October 25, 2011 | | News


Ellinwood tennis stars honored

Ellinwood High School Girls Tennis Team Coach Lyle Stickney had more than a little praise for his team when he met with the Barton County Commission Monday.

October 25, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


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A MATTER OF VALUES

The Barton County Appraiser's Office is in the middle of establishing 2015 valuations, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said. Real Estate values will be mailed on or before March 13.

February 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Plans forming for June Jaunt

Community Coordinator Christina Hayes met with the K-96 Regional June Jaunt Committee, plans are coming along nicely, she said.

February 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Rec Commission planning youth programs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has some programs planned for children on Friday, Feb. 27, when school is out for the day, GBRC Program Coordinator Garet Fitpatrick said.

February 18, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Education is near and dear to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

February 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

February 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Snowpacked road causes rollover accident

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to a possible injury accident at 1:05 a.m. Monday on K-4, about 1 mile west of the K-4/U.S. 281 junction, or half a mile east of NW 50 Ave. Although a 2008 Ford F-150 slid off the snow-packed highway and rolled 1.5 times, everyone was wearing seat belts and they were not injured.

February 17, 2015 | | News


Police to enforce seatbelt use near schools

Beginning Feb. 23 and running through March 6, the Great Bend Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – teens not using seatbelts.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


GBPD cracking down on overly tinted windows

Overly dark vehicle windows are a threat to the safety of the public and to the police officers patrolling the streets, Great Bend Police Sgt. Jay Bachar told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, the City of Great Bend Police Department is undertaking a strong effort to monitor window tinting.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Two confirmed whooping cough cases in county

As of this weekend, there were two laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough in Great Bend, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning. One of the cases is in a school-age child and the other in a younger child, both of whom had been vaccinated.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


STICKING AROUND

The county employees honored for longevity by the Barton County Commission represented 270 collective years of service to the county. Recognized were folks who have had continuous employment for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years.

February 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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