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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


Great Bend Community Blood Drive July 20 to feature Farmers and Battle of the Badges

Kansas pork farmers are hoping to make an even bigger impact on communities around the state this year though a partnership supporting American Red Cross Blood Drives that has already collected enough blood to help up to 11,000 patients since 2012.

July 12, 2015 | | Local News


How About These Beauties?

There are several birds at the Bottoms right now that are just stunning. My friends, Dodge and Lorna Engleman from Salina and San Antonio are here for their annual visit. They are world-class birding experts and travel internationally several times per year to see new birds in their natural environment. It is always a special treat for them to stop by. Their efforts in conservation and habitat preservation are inspiring to all of us.

July 12, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


USD 428 Board of Education meeting

USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. on Monday at the District Education Office, 201 South Patton Road. Items on the agenda include, appreciation to the retiring Board Members; adjournment of 2014-2015 Board of Education and organization of the 2015-2016 Board of Education; election of officers and appointments/designations; adoption of 2015-2016 calendar; ratification of 2015-2016 licensed employees' agreement; first reading of BOE policies; approval of change of order for flooring project at Eisenhower Elementary School; budget update; and licensed teacher appointments.

July 12, 2015 | | Local News


June Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marraige Licenses

July 12, 2015 | | Local News


Hometown Teams says thanks to community

The Great Bend Public Library lower meeting room was filled to standing room only Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps The Hometown Teams exhibit dedication. Alumni and their parents, including members of the Legion Riders, past instructors and past participants in the corps, some of whom travelled from out of the state to attend, were there to celebrate and reminisce about the years the drum and bugle corps brought national attention to Great Bend.

July 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A Bittersweet occasion

During a solemn ceremony in the sweltering Kansas National Guard armory Saturday afternoon, the guidon, the banner representing the Great Bend-based Battery E (Target Acquisition), 161st Field Artillery, unit was "cased."

July 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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