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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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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


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Budgets on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will vote on publishing next year's budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 ...

July 25, 2015 | | Local News


Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don't have to, said Jan Frenzl ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tickets on sale for Legion Auxiliary’s Hawaiian Luau

The American Legion Auxiliary's fifth annual Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser will be held Friday, Aug. 7, at American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., Great ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes an ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Pawnee County will spearhead breastfeeding grant

By JIM MISUNAS

July 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Kansas communities will share more than $13 million in Community Development Block Grant funding

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 49 Kansas communities will share a total of $13,049,583 in federal grants for residential handicapped ...

July 24, 2015 | | Local News


Saturday event to benefit food bank

A memorial food drive that will collect items for the Community Food Bank of Barton County is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday ...

July 23, 2015 | | Local News


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