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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


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


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


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

Man captured after pursuit

An Ellinwood man was able to temporarily elude law enforcement officers after a motorcycle pursuit Wednesday evening in Barton County. At one point in the pursuit, suspect Nicholas Curtice, 29, laid the Honda motorcycle over and a female passenger rolled away from it, but refused medical treatment and was released at the scene.

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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