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Dillons “Day of Caring”

United Way of Central Kansas received some much needed volunteer hours this past Monday. Dillons and Volunteers in Action teamed up to help the United Way prepared much needed items for their 2016 Campaign and cut out flashcards for Literacy Kits that will be distributed next spring at the Kindergarten Round-ups in Great Bend, Ellinwood, and Larned. The volunteers on hand helped UWCK gear up for their 2016 Payroll deduction campaign by preparing the pledge cards and other information in drawstring bags to distribute to the over 60 companies in our community that participate in our payroll deduction program. This ...

July 29, 2015 | | Local News


BCC cuts its budget

Barton Community College trustees have proposed a budget that asks for about $900,000 less in local tax dollars for the next year - a move designed to hold the mill levy at the 2014 level.

July 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teen Spot saying farewell to librarian

The Teen Spot at the Great Bend Public Library will hold a special party from noon to 5 p.m. this Friday, July 31. This party is two-fold as the library bids farewell to its three teen summer interns and to Young Adult and Marketing Librarian Jennifer King. Teens are encouraged to attend for snacks and games.

July 28, 2015 | | Local News


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Referring to maps spread out before members of the Barton County Commission Monday morning, Northern Natural Gas' Greg Alexander described the company's intricate network of gas pipelines that criss-cross the county.

July 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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's director.

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 had outstanding warrants and was wanted for questioning in relation to several other incidents. When Moore noticed the officer he fled the area on foot. Police officers responded to the area and set a up a perimeter in an attempt to take Moore into custody. Officers seen Moore leaving a yard, and were able to catch Moore and take him into custody.

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 yesterday, According to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas.

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 to shoot a snake in her yard on Charles Street in Albert. At 4:20 she called back, asking if an officer would make sure the snake was dead.

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, 705 10th St. The man called police shortly before 9 a.m. At that time he also identified his alleged attacker, saying they were arguing over money. He was reportedly hit in the knee with a small baseball bat, and then his wallet was taken.

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 County Commissioners Monday morning.

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 occurred throughout Kansas from May 4 through June 21, Emergency Manager Amy Miller told the County Commission Monday morning.

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 colors prompted its name – the same colors as England's Baltimore family crest.

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


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Health Department warns of rabies upswing

The Barton County Health Department continues to deal with what officials believe to be an increased number of potential rabies cases, Health Director Shelly Schneider ...

August 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington stand-off ends without incident

Thursday night, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m., Hoisington Police and deputies from the Barton County Sheriff's Office were called to 673 W. 3rd ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Power washer stolen from shed at Sonic Drive-in

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a man that was seen by surveillance cameras breaking into a storage shed located at 3908 10th St. in ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend mobile app features Wetlands Center

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area visitors can now guide their own tours of the state park using the Great Bend 2 Go mobile app, a free ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Solida tells officers he shot his wife

WOODWARD, Okla. – Initial reports indicated that the rural Oklahoma man charged with shooting his wife shot her accidentally last Friday. However, in a 911 call ...

August 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New apartments open with all units leased

A project years in the making was realized Thursday with the ribbon cutting on a new apartment complex, The Reserves at Trail Ridge.

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School budget growth exceeds consumer price index; budget hearing Monday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the District Education ...

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Truck overturns, injuring driver

A Hoisington man was injured Wednesday when the 1999 Kenworth truck he was driving overturned on K-156, 8 miles northeast of Great Bend.

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower’s Aktion Club helps collect school supplies for youngsters

Three local non-profit entities recently teamed up to donate approximately $350 worth of school supplies to local and area children.

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Stuff the Bus

Donita Wolf from Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice takes another shopping cart of donated items to a waiting bus, Wednesday afternoon in front of the ...

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Theater: All the drama stays on stage

Barton Community College Theater Director Erin Renard welcomed students to campus Wednesday with an open house in the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium.

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington Labor Day celebration starts with Kick-off, BBQ and more

Hoisington's Labor Day Weekend will starts with the Chamber Ambassador's Community BBQ and 5th Quarter Beer Garden at the corner of 7th and ...

August 19, 2015 | | Local News


Solida to be charged in Barton County

The Oklahoma man involved in a four-hour standoff with authorities last Friday with his children in the car will face two counts of aggravated child ...

August 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


United Way kickoff soars up, up and away

Those attending the United Way of Central Kansas' 2016 campaign opener Saturday night didn't have to duck into a phone booth for a quick ...

August 19, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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