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NTSB releases preliminary Cates report

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the tragic accident Tuesday that killed Barton County Commissioner Don Cates. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.

April 26, 2014 | | Local News


Fort Hays State University student killed in crash

HAYS – A Fort Hays State University student was killed in a crash about 9:50 p.m. Thursday.

April 25, 2014 | | Local News


Barton County Health Department awarded for efforts to make working and breastfeeding easier for emp

The Barton County Health Department has received the Gold Level "Breastfeeding Employees Support Award" from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and its Business Case for Breastfeeding program.

April 25, 2014 | | Local News


GBHS Instrumentalists place high at Regional Music Festival

Barton County Community College hosted the Kansas State High School Activities Association Regional Music Festival on April 5. "I" ratings were awarded to: Allison Regehr, french horn; Anna Frizell, clarinet; Jordan Otten, Michael Raymer, alto saxophone; Ozioma Ofoma, tenor saxophone; Ben Diel, Gatlin Reed, trumpet; Michelle Rooney, euphonium; Clara Kachanes, Dorian Lueth, strings; and the Brass Trio of Ben Diel, Kayn Milholland and Andrew Erb.

April 25, 2014 | | Local News


Severe storm watch forecast for weekend

By Alex Sosnowski

April 25, 2014 | | Local News


Birthday service project

April 24, 2014 | | Local News


Thelma Northcutt hits the trifecta with Sunflower Diversified’s help

It is not at all uncommon for a Sunflower Diversified Services client to reach a new milestone. But Thelma Northcutt has hit the trifecta in recent weeks, taking personal growth to the next level.

April 23, 2014 | | Local News


A check from the chili cookoff

Danny Riggs presents a $700 check to Donita Wolf, director of St. Rose's Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, while Lori Grauer, left, and Annette Schremmer look on. The three joining Wolf represent the Bikers of Central Kansas, who raised money for GBHH&H at their recent Chili Challenge.

April 23, 2014 | | Local News


​New grief support series starting soon

Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice (GBHH&H) will sponsor a Monday evening grief support group in Great Bend from May 5 through June 30. It will meet each Monday (except Memorial Day) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room 103 of the Medical Building at 3520 Lakin. Entrance is on Lincoln Ave.

April 23, 2014 | | Local News


Local cattlewoman Beran elected to national board

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Hereford Women Board of Directors recently elected Hereford enthusiast Michelle Beran of Great Bend to its board representing the northwest quadrant of the United State. The quadrant includes Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

April 23, 2014 | | Local News


Weather spotters can submit information

WICHITA - The National Weather Service in Wichita has launched a new online storm report form for storm spotters and the general public to use.

April 23, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Local News


Music teacher to give Kansas travel program

Steve Elmore, early childhood music teacher from Wichita Collegiate School, will offer a presentation about his travels through Kansas. The presentation, "Kansas Like You've Never Seen It," conveys information about interesting or unusual Kansas sites. The sites are little known to most tourists.

April 23, 2014 | | Local News


Barton opera standout Jessica Perez to present recital

Barton Community College music student and opera specialist Jessica Perez will present a special recital at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel in the Fine Arts Building.

April 22, 2014 | | Local News


Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting to be held April 25

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be hosting a Regional Mitigation Plan Kickoff Meeting at 1 p.m. on April 25, in the Stafford County Annex Building, 201 E. 3rd St., St. John. Entities, including school districts, municipalities, special districts, and certain non-profits, within Barton County have been invited to attend the meeting. Interested individuals are also invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the plan and the planning process.

April 20, 2014 | | Local News


CPI Barton County Endowment accepting ideas for projects

The CPI Barton County Endowment was established in 2009 through the Golden Belt Community Foundation when CUNA Mutual Group acquired CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) and made a generous donation establishing the corporate grantmaking fund. Since then the fund has grown and CPI employees have begun reviewing projects that will benefit Barton County. Earlier this year CUNA Mutual Group announced the rebranding and newly targeted focus for CPI, which included a new name: CPI is now known as CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions.

April 20, 2014 | | Local News


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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


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


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