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​Wardens praise BCC partners

A new carpentry program for inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is one of several innovations made possible by a partnership with Barton Community College, LCMHF Warden Doug Waddington said Tuesday.

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After Harvest Festival starts Thursday

ELLINWOOD - The 42-year tradition of After Harvest Festival gets underway Thursday in Ellinwood. The three-day celebration offers a carnival, musical entertainment, street dances and lots of family fun.

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wood poles and new street lights coming to Ellinwood

The Ellinwood city council members decide on new lights fixtures on Santa Fe Boulevard in the meeting on Tuesday.

July 15, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Tornado damage minimal in Rice Co.

By JIM MISUNAS

July 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Barton County emergency committee to meet Monday

The Barton County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) will meet at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse.

July 15, 2015 | Nick Grubbe | Local News


Results and photos from March of Champions

RESULTS

July 15, 2015 | | Local News


​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


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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


Wetland Explorer: Summer's Embrace

A female Baltimore oriole offers a juicy grasshopper to her youngster, who will soon be on its own. The male's bright orange and black ...

July 27, 2015 | By Pam Martin KDWPT educator | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school ...

July 27, 2015 | | Local News


Where Are Those Polts?

There are several breakfast or coffee meetings in our area. They are usually comprised of the same core group with a few occasional stragglers that ...

July 26, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News


Trail segment and four historic districts among listings added to National Register of Historic Plac

The Kansas Historical Society announced that a segment of the Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch and four historic districts are among the newest ...

July 26, 2015 | | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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