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The Barton County Sheriff’s Office has appointed a new lieutenant.

The Barton County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday that Steve Billinger has been appointed as the new lieutenant of the Barton County Sheriff's Office.

September 21, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


​Coat drive extended through Friday

Sponsors of an annual drive to collect coats for the community are extending the donation period through Friday, Sept. 25.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bond refinance could save BCC money

A resolution to refinance 2008 certificates of participation at Barton Community College will save roughly $105,000 over the life of the bonds, college officials said. That resolution is on the agenda for the BCC Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

September 21, 2015 | | Local News


Library board prepares to search for new director

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has announced his plan to retire in April 2016. He is also director of the Central Kansas Library System.

September 21, 2015 | | Local News


​BCC Planetarium shows planned

Starting Monday, September 21, the Barton Planetarium will present shows every other Monday evening from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. For new guests, we are located in the Science Building on the north side of campus.

September 21, 2015 | | Local News


​Phone system bid on school board agenda

Bids for a new telephone system for Great Bend USD 428 will be opened Wednesday, and the school board will consider those bids during a meeting at noon Thursday, Sept. 24, at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams St.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GOING OUT IN THE FIELD

On the large flat-screen monitor where the green patchwork quilt aerial images of Barton County. With a few mouse clicks and key strokes, John Remmert of the Barton County Road and Bridge Department could zoom in on individual parcels of land, houses or rural intersections.

September 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Flipping for a cause

The 15th annual Pancake Feed for Sunflower Diversified Services kicked off SDS's Sunrise Campaign to help area people with developmental disabilities and delays.

September 21, 2015 | | Local News


Pickup wrecked in pursuit Saturday

A pickup fleeing Russell County law enforcement went off U.S. 281 at 12:10 a.m. Saturday in Barton County.

September 21, 2015 | | Local News


Foster Parents Needed in Barton County - Saint Francis Community Services to provide free training i

Persons interested in exploring foster parenthood are encouraged to register for a upcoming 10-week course provided free of charge by Saint Francis Community Services, at 6 p.m. starting September 28, at 1508 Main Street in Great Bend.

September 20, 2015 | | Local News


AirFest photos

Photos taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Great Bend AirFest

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Butterflys move cross our nation

A "net brigade" of volunteer butterfly hunters captured, tagged and released 52 monarch butterflies Saturday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Fifty-two monarchs were captured and tagged earlier, for a total of 102, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism educator at the KWEC.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motocross numbers growing

Motocross racers from as far away as California and Florida competed in the third annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout, held Friday and Saturday at the GBMX Park in the Great Bend Expo Complex.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riding shotgun in the sky

Riding in a B-25 Mitchell bomber is something Jack Merten can now cross off his bucket list.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


IN THE CLEAR

After years of battling toxic blue-green algae in Veterans Memorial Lake, City of Great Bend officials finally got some good news from state officials this week. They were informed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that the beleaguered lake was no longer on its warning or watch lists.

September 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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