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In December, Hoisington USD 431 gave the nod to purchasing Chromebooks for each middle and high school student in the district. Director of Technology Kerry Mooney said he could have the laptops ready to use by the end of winter break, and he was true to his word. Students returning Tuesday started off the new year by receiving their assigned Chromebooks and reviewing proper laptop etiquette.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

USD 431 considers new capital outlay resolution

Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night to discuss the expansion of the list of items that can be spent from the district's capital outlay fund. First mentioned at the December meeting, it was noted a new resolution would need to be passed before the next budget cycle, which begins at the end of June.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

BCC center rolls out Occupational Safety and Health certificates

GRANDVIEW PLAZA - Whether it's a small, independent construction business or a massive corporation with hundreds of employees, all industrial based businesses must dedicate time and manpower to safety on the job site. It's with that in mind that Barton Community College at Grandview Plaza has rolled out a specialized Occupational Safety and Health certificate program.

January 05, 2016 | | Local News

Library collects more than 300 food items

Overdue books paid off for the Barton County Food Bank when the Great Bend Public Library offered to accept food donations in lieu of fines for the entire month of December. Patrons were invited to bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in fees owed to the library.

January 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Disgruntled council sends ‘aggressive’ letter to treasurer

Frustrated with special property tax assessments not being processed by the Barton County Treasurer's Office, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved sending a strongly worded letter to Treasurer Kevin Wondra expressing the city's concern.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Anonymous donation to bolster law enforcement image

An donor who wishes to remain anonymous approached Golden Belt Community Foundation Executive Director Christy Tustin a few months back worried about the image of law enforcement in light of several high-profile national incidents.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

GBRH welcomes New Year's baby

Each year, the staff at Great Bend Regional Hospital wait anxiously to see which expecting mother will deliver the first baby of the new year. For 2016, the first baby was born over the weekend to Jarret and Katie Knieling of Rush Center. Their new daughter, Remi Mae Knieling, was born at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20 inches long.

January 04, 2016 | | Local News

GBRC host two-step dance class

Grab your partner and have some fun learning how to two-step at the Great Bend Recreation Activity Center.

January 04, 2016 | | Local News

Drugs found in three Hoisington homes

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department ended 2015 and started 2016 by executing search warrants for narcotics. Warrants served on three different residences resulted in multiple arrests over the last two weeks, and the seizure of suspected drugs and paraphernalia.

January 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Winder pays special tribute to a friend

How do you describe a Legend like Meadowlark Lemon - and one of my best friends?

January 04, 2016 | | Local News

Meadowlark memory a treasured time


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January 04, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Local News


On Dec. 3, 2015, Barton County was given the Kansas Asphalt Pavement Association Inc.'s second-place Full Depth Paving Award for Asphalt Pavement for work done on Railroad Avenue.

January 04, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

USD 428 schools may add behavior lessons

Great Bend USD 428 students may be learning more than reading and writing in 2016. Assistant Superintendent John Popp said administrators plan to present a district-wide curriculum for social and emotional character development for the school board's approval in the coming months.

January 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Incomplete voter registrations cleared from the books

Two years ago the Barton County Clerk's office reported the registrations of more than 300 potential voters were on hold. This year, that number has been greatly reduced to thanks to a change in the law, according to Darin DeWitt, voter registration clerk in the Barton County Clerk's Office.

January 02, 2016 | | Local News

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