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​Fatal rollover in Russell County

A Colby woman died Monday in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 70 in Russell County, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports.

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower Diversified clients enjoy visits from Polo and Star

When Polo and Star visit Sunflower Diversified Services, they generate "smiles, lots of smiles," said Amanda Urban, the non-profit agency's training/advocacy coordinator.

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


​One District, One Book promotes reading

This fall, Great Bend USD 428 will become the first Kansas school district to use the educational program One District, One Book in a formal way, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Humane Society to host Adopt A Pet

ELLINWOOD - Golden Belt Humane Society will hold Adopt A Pet on Saturday during the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival. Volunteers will have animals available for adoption at Wolf Park from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They will also be grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. A $6 meal includes choice of meat, chips, cookies and a bottle of water.

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington City Council sets budget meeting

HOISINGTON - A special Hoisington City Council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, in the meeting room of the Hoisington Library, 169 S. Walnut St. The meeting has been scheduled for the purpose of working on the city's 2016 budget.

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


Pool ceiling; trustee vacancy

Action taken at a special BCC board meeting on Tuesday included:

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC may hold line on mill levy

The anticipated mill levy increase for Barton Community College may be smaller than anticipated - possibly no increase at all - college trustees learned Tuesday.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County OKs new law enforcement network

If you have done or are doing something wrong and get pulled over by a Barton County law enforcement officer, beware. A new system that will go into service later this year will make it easier and quicker for them to find out just what you've been up to.

July 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Riley School gets new security feature

Summer projects at Great Bend USD 428 include a new door intercom system at Riley Elementary School. Assistant Administrator Khris Thexton said Dayton Security in Hoisington recommended the $1,600 door buzzer system. Visitors will need to press an intercom button and be seen on camera before someone pushes a buzzer so they can enter the school.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Road break

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


Storms may develop after hot day

Dangerous heat indices are expected again Tuesday. Heat index values will range from 105 to 110, with the highest values in southern Kansas. Isolated thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into this evening across portions of central Kansas. A few of the storms may be severe with quarter size hail and wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph.

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


Join the “Butterfly Quest”

From tiny hairstreaks to large swallowtails, all sizes of butterflies will be counted during the Cheyenne Bottoms annual butterfly quest, beginning at 9 a.m. on July 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

July 14, 2015 | | Local News


New school board approves USD 428 contracts

With three new Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education members in place on Monday, the 2015-2016 school board ratified the new contract for teachers and approved pay increases for all categories of district employees.

July 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Commission holds line of extension budget

Although they had nothing but respect and appreciation for the work done by the Barton County Extension Council and its flagship youth program 4-H, county commissioners Monday morning declined the council's increased budget request for 2016.

July 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Controversy in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- Downtown blight is a tricky problem to deal with, as many rural cities have found. Ellinwood is finding that out too, and the learning process is causing acute hardship for one couple whose business and livelihood are now at risk because of what started out as the city's good intentions. Early in 2014, the city acquired two dilapidated buildings at 100 and 102 N. Main Stret at a county tax sale. They intended to tear them down, ridding the city of an eyesore. But, as the demolition began, it became clear that the south wall of the adjoining ...

July 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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GBHS Masonic Band members

July 29, 2015 | | Local News


Dillons “Day of Caring”

United Way of Central Kansas received some much needed volunteer hours this past Monday. Dillons and Volunteers in Action teamed up to help the United ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local News


BCC cuts its budget

Barton Community College trustees have proposed a budget that asks for about $900,000 less in local tax dollars for the next year - a move ...

July 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teen Spot saying farewell to librarian

The Teen Spot at the Great Bend Public Library will hold a special party from noon to 5 p.m. this Friday, July 31. This ...

July 28, 2015 | | Local News


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Referring to maps spread out before members of the Barton County Commission Monday morning, Northern Natural Gas' Greg Alexander described the company's intricate network ...

July 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Zoo director announces resignation

After a year and half, Nicole Benz is leaving the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo as of Aug. 7. She currently serves as the facility ...

July 28, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Arrest made in Great Bend

Approximately at 2:40 p.m. on Monday, Officer Michael Bradley was on Patrol and noticed a wanted subject walking down the street. Michael Moore ...

July 28, 2015 | | Local News


Gas Prices

As of Monday average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have fallen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.62 per gallon ...

July 28, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


​Truck driver flees; eludes officers

Two units from the Barton County Sheriff's Office and a Hoisington Police Department vehicle were involved in a pursuit early Sunday.

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


​Snake shot, chopped

ALBERT - At 4:13 p.m. last Wednesday, a woman called 911 to let law enforcement know she (or someone at the residence) was attempting ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man told police he was hit with a bat and robbed of cash around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Baltzell Motel ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington crossing to finally be repaired

It's been a long time coming, but the teeth-jarring railroad crossing on the south end of Hoisington is finally going to be repaired.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to recycle old shingles

The Barton County Landfill receives between 1,500 and 2,000 tons of shingles per year, Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock reported to the Barton ...

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Barton County in federal disaster declaration

On July 20, 2015, Barton County was declared eligible for public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency due to severe storms and flooding that ...

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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