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Former Honor Flight secretary reviews checks

The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks — including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 11:00 p.m. | 0 Comments

OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

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Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what’s usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 9:54 p.m. | 0 Comments

Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents.  The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 4:48 p.m. | 0 Comments
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The next step

The long-running campaign to clean up Veterans Memorial Lake took another step forward Monday night when the Great Bend City Council approved the application of a chemical jolt to help eliminate the toxic blue-green algae.

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Posted: mar. 03, 2015 1:47 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Some new faces

 The City of Great Bend has a new police chief and a new City Council member.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 9:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Council OKs fund transfer for library

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a resolution  allowing the transfer of funds for the Great Bend Public Library heating and air conditioning system loan. The amount being transferred is $762,012.92.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 9:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

Hoisington honors Seuss

Monday, March 2, was “Read Across America Day”.   This year, the book is the Seuss classic, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.”  At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 5:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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For the Love of Reading


Students at Lincoln Elementary school arrived at school Monday morning dressed in the costumes of beloved book characters.  Hours of work went into preparations for the school’s celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  The popular children’s author would be 111 years old this year.  

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 5:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington gaining ground on EMT shortage

At the Hoisington City Council meeting Feb. 23, EMS Director Scott Fleming announced the successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training for five new volunteers.   

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 5:42 p.m. | 0 Comments
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County shop remains in the cold

A lengthy discussion over the replacement of a heating and air conditioning system in the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop ended in a stalemate at the County Commission meeting Monday morning.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 4:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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County ups jail fee for Great Bend

A 40-plus-year-old arrangement between the City of Great Bend and Barton County over the cost to house inmates in the Barton County Jail has been revised, Sheriff Brian Bellendir told the Barton County Commission Monday morning.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 1:51 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Weather preparedness important

This is Severe Weather Awareness Week 2015, and to mark its importance to the safety of area residents, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a resolution denoting this observance locally.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 1:43 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Jury selected for LaVeta Miller trial

A jury was selected Monday for LaVeta D. Miller’s trial in Barton County District Court. Miller has entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of theft by deception.

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Posted: mar. 02, 2015 10:56 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Burkes to chair BCC Foundation fundraiser

The Barton Community College Foundation will kick off its Annual Academic Enrichment Fund Campaign, “Changing Lives – One Gift at a Time,” on Sunday, March 1.  Lifelong area residents and supporters of the college Gary and Anna Burke will serve as honorary co-chairs for the month-long fundraising drive.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 10:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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NOW PLAYING

Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version), produced by Great Bend High School Theatre Department, opens March 1, and runs through March 3.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 9:21 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Storm Fury on the Plains coming to Great Bend


With spring approaching, Great Bend will participate in the statewide tornado drill on Tuesday. That will also be the date for the annual presentations of “Storm Fury on the Plains,” a weather and storm safety program.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 4:39 p.m. | 0 Comments

GODSPELL

Barton Natural Gas student James Mayes, 29,  is knee-deep in his coursework to become a member of the natural gas industry, but he has always had the desire to be on stage. He found a way to do both and is a cast-member for the upcoming Barton Community College Theatre Spring Musical “Godspell,” which opens Thursday at the college’s Fine Arts Auditorium.  The musical is at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, 7 and at 2 p.m. March 8.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 4:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Pratt woman injured in rollover accident

STAFFORD COUNTY — A Pratt woman was injured Friday when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving, 6 miles south and 2.5 miles west of Stafford.

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Posted: feb. 28, 2015 4:11 p.m. | 0 Comments

Mellor named to statewide commission

Barton County staff and administration announced that Amy Mellor, assistant Barton County attorney, was appointed to the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training by Governor Sam Brownback.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 3:27 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Setting a heck of a pace

The United Way of Central Kansas hosted its first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon to honor the 2014 campaign’s top 15 payroll companies and other honorees Thursday afternoon.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 3:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 10:09 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock’s ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan.  That’s because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court.  The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 5:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Driver injured on U.S. 281


A Russell man was injured Wednesday in a one-car accident on U.S. 281, half a mile south of NW 180 Road. The Barton County Sheriff’s Office reports that Nicholas T. Clenney, 24, was transported to the Russell hospital by the Hoisington Ambulance Service.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:26 p.m. | 0 Comments

Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington’s City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan.  Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation.  This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 5:57 p.m. | 0 Comments

USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School’s library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them.  A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread.  Students in Kerri Batman’s family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream.  Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 6:02 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 5:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 4:59 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Commercial vehicle renewal deadline Friday

For anyone one who has to renew a commercial vehicle tag, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra has two important pieces of advice.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 4:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

Veterans’ hunt delivers much-needed camaraderie

BARTON COUNTY — The Wounded Warriors Pheasant Hunt started as a way to thank veterans for their service by Crosby’s Wildgame Adventures and members and sponsors of Pheasants Forever Chapter No. 504 of Barton and Stafford counties.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 11:24 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Family Crisis Center receives sexual assault services grant

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced the recipients of the $267,572 grant from the 2015 Federal Sexual Assault Services Program. SASP grants provide intervention; advocacy; accompaniment to court, medical facilities, and police departments; support services; and related assistance to adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of sexual assault victims; and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault victimization.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 3:59 p.m. | 0 Comments

Kansas must match jobs to those wanting them

Ostensibly, the employment picture in the nation as a whole and in Kansas is a rosy one, said Linda L. Bonewell, human resources manager for Fuller Industries. But, the numbers only show part of the picture.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 11:38 a.m. | 0 Comments
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CHAMBER PRIDE

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development leaders want to give members every advantage to being a Chamber member.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 10:02 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Dannebohm eyeing resignation

TOPEKA – Although it remains unofficial, a heartbroken J. Basil Dannebohm said Monday he may  resign his seat in the Kansas Legislature due to the debilitating ravages of his young onset Parkinson’s disease.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 4:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Arson reported on Plum Street

The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office, police were asked to take an arson case.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 4:39 p.m. | 0 Comments

County honors FFA, future of agriculture

The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.

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Posted: feb. 23, 2015 3:26 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Nels Lindberg honored as NextGen Leader of the Year

Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 10:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Community pride earns Westfall 2014 Citizen of the Year award

There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 10:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Great Bend Co-op Association earns Business of the Year honor

Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend’s landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.

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Posted: feb. 21, 2015 10:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Fort Zarah Club celebrates 86 years

Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider’s mother.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 9:57 p.m. | 1 Comment

Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug.  Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met “Miguel,” the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.  

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 2:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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From sports to space

The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.

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Posted: feb. 20, 2015 2:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Vocalist Les Lankhorst to headline Jazz Festival


The 21st annual Great Bend Jazz  Festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Crest Theater, featuring jazz vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina. He will perform with the Prairie Winds Jazz Combo made up of area musicians.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 8:53 p.m. | 0 Comments

Webster’s passion is hope Barton offers

Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 7:43 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Great Bend meets potential new chief

The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening.  An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 7:42 p.m. | 2 Comments
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Injured parties airlifted

Eagle Med began airlifting injured people from Great Bend Regional Hospital to Wichita following a two-vehicle accident south of Great Bend on U.S. 281.

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Posted: feb. 19, 2015 11:49 a.m. | 0 Comments
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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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 5:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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A MATTER OF VALUES

The Barton County Appraiser’s Office is in the middle of establishing 2015 valuations, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said. Real Estate values will be mailed on or before March 13.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 3:31 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Plans forming for June Jaunt

Community Coordinator Christina Hayes met with the K-96 Regional June Jaunt Committee, plans are coming along nicely, she said.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 10:57 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Rec Commission planning youth programs

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has some programs planned for children on Friday, Feb. 27, when school is out for the day, GBRC Program Coordinator Garet Fitpatrick said.

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 10:11 a.m. | 0 Comments

Education is near and dear to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

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Posted: feb. 18, 2015 9:00 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital’s foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College.  One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff’s turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 4:49 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Snowpacked road causes rollover accident

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible injury accident at 1:05 a.m. Monday on K-4, about 1 mile west of the K-4/U.S. 281 junction, or half a mile east of NW 50 Ave. Although a 2008 Ford F-150 slid off the snow-packed highway and rolled 1.5 times, everyone was wearing seat belts and they were not injured.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 2:33 p.m. | 0 Comments

Police to enforce seatbelt use near schools

Beginning Feb. 23 and running through March 6, the Great Bend Police Department will join other Kansas Law Enforcement agencies to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – teens not using seatbelts.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 2:40 p.m. | 0 Comments

GBPD cracking down on overly tinted windows

Overly dark vehicle windows are a threat to the safety of the public and to the police officers patrolling the streets, Great Bend Police Sgt. Jay Bachar told the Great Bend City Council Monday night. So, the City of Great Bend Police Department is undertaking a strong effort to monitor window tinting.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 10:59 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Two confirmed whooping cough cases in county

As of this weekend, there were two laboratory-confirmed cases of whooping cough in Great Bend, Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning. One of the cases is in a school-age child and the other in a younger child, both of whom had been vaccinated.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 10:24 a.m. | 0 Comments

STICKING AROUND

The county employees honored for longevity by the Barton County Commission represented 270 collective years of service to the county. Recognized were folks who have had continuous employment for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 35 years.

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Posted: feb. 17, 2015 10:22 a.m. | 0 Comments
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