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Barton administration supports Fort Riley

     The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members’ input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 5:05 p.m. | 0 Comments

DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

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Posted: jan. 29, 2015 4:18 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500.  The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties.  This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed  in Hoisington.   The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city.  A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 5:26 p.m. | 0 Comments

Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 5:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

Temporary library outpost opens Monday

     With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 4:51 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas’ December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 2:25 p.m. | 0 Comments
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A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 9:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 1:57 p.m. | 0 Comments

Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 1:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD — Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America,” will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian’s collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 8:23 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Take time to immunize

It was sobering news Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider delivered to the County Commission Monday morning. The county, she said, is in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 3:13 p.m. | 0 Comments

Commission district to remain unchanged

The Barton County Commission districts, last set three years ago, will remain the same for another three years, it was decided at the commission meeting Monday morning.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 2:45 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Whooping cough outbreak hits Barton County

  With five current cases of whooping cough and one fatality from the disease in the past month, Barton County is now in the throws of a pertussis outbreak, Health Director Shelly Schneider said Monday morning.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 10:54 a.m. | 0 Comments

Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, “senioritis” is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed “senior excite-is,” a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

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Posted: jan. 24, 2015 7:52 p.m. | 0 Comments
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United Way of Central Kansas tops goal

United Way of Central Kansas Executive Director Julie Bugner Smith had good news for her board members and campaign co-chairs Wednesday. She announced that the 2015 fundraising drive had met and surpassed its goal.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 2:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Commission OKs Community Corrections staff increase

It is much cheaper for an offender to be to be supervised than it is to throw them in jail. For that reason and due to increasing demands for its services, the short-handed Central Kansas Community Corrections requested the addition of an extra supervisor.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 2:23 p.m. | 0 Comments

ALL OUT OF OPTIONS

TOPEKA – Seven-year-old Owen Klug suffers from a severe form of epilepsy and endures dozens of seizures every day.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 1:51 p.m. | 1 Comment
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​Driver seriously injured in rollover

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 1:18 p.m. | 0 Comments

Suspicious fire destroys home

A two-story home in rural Barton County was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 1:09 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Stafford suspect escapes search

STAFFORD — A suspect wanted on arrest warrants fled to Pratt County and escaped a search from various law enforcement agencies south of Stafford Wednesday evening.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 11:11 p.m. | 0 Comments

Ticket to Work helps people with disabilities find jobs

People of central Kansas who are on Social Security disability have a new partner available who can help transition them to long-term employment. Rosewood Services has contracted with Social Security to become an Employment Network for the five-county service area of Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 10:17 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college’s board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 10:15 p.m. | 1 Comment

Health Department wants to boost HPV vaccination rates

The Barton County Health Department has been chosen to participate in the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Initiative, Health Director Shelly Schneider said.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 3:14 p.m. | 0 Comments

Two cars stolen, recovered

Two cars were stolen Wednesday in what appears to be related cases. Both vehicles have been recovered by the Great Bend Police Department, Detective David Bailey said Thursday.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 2:45 p.m. | 0 Comments

Winter isn’t over yet

Although the Golden Belt area has experienced a warm-up over the weekend, Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller cautions that winter weather can return at any time to the area.

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Posted: jan. 22, 2015 2:19 p.m. | 0 Comments

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: jan. 21, 2015 4:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Vehicles collide in Russell County

RUSSELL — A Russell man was taken to Russell Regional Hospital with a possible injury on Tuesday after vehicles collided on U.S. 281, 2 miles south of Russell.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 3:58 p.m. | 0 Comments

Edmonds resigns from House budget committee

TOPEKA — Citing an already heavy work load in the Kansas House, veteran local lawmaker John Edmonds resigned from the state House Appropriations Committee, relinquishing his position as its vice chairman.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 2:51 p.m. | 1 Comment
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A WORTHY INVESTMENT

If one goes back two or three years, they would find the condition of the flood control levees around Great Bend had deteriorated, a fact driven home in less-than-flattering reports from the United States Army Corps of Engineers in the past.

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Posted: jan. 21, 2015 2:19 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Spin fitness

LARNED — LA Psycle is spinning its way to success.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 11:51 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Rollover accident under investigation

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rollover accident that was discovered around 4:15 a.m. Sunday in the 100 block of NE 30 Road. It was determined that the owner of the vehicle, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, was Ahmad Walker, 22, a student at Barton Community College. The occupants of the car were located with the help of BCC security.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 8:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

2015 tax sale in the works

The Barton County Commission Monday morning paved the way for the 2015 tax sale by authorizing tracts of real estate be sold for back taxes.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 8:49 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Fire reported in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office along with the Claflin Fire Department and fire units from Ellsworth County responded to a structure fire 3:24 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19.  The location of the fire was at 1835 NE 150 Ave.

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 4:14 p.m. | 0 Comments

How would the county respond to Ebola?

It’s a frightening possibility, but what would happen if there was an Ebola outbreak in Barton County?

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Posted: jan. 20, 2015 2:17 p.m. | 0 Comments

On the front lines

The Great Bend City Council had a chance to get to know the members of the Police Department a little better when the officers and other personnel were introduced Monday night.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 9:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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B-29 restoration effort approved by council

Noting that the popular B-29 Memorial Plaza is a valuable asset as a historical landmark and tourist attraction, the Great Bend City Council Monday night approved spending up to  $18,050 to help restore the marker.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 9:18 p.m. | 0 Comments

Council says farewell to Roberts

It was with regret Monday night that the Great Bend City Council accepted the resignation of First Ward Council Member Edwin Roberts.

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Posted: jan. 19, 2015 9:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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LOCAL ROYALTY

Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.  

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 10:31 p.m. | 0 Comments
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The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend’s Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he’s the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 5:18 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 4:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Cheyenne Bottoms documentary to be shown at Wetlands Center

HAYS — “The Waters of Kansas — Cheyenne Bottoms,” the first film in a series of short documentaries on water in Kansas by the Kansas Natural Resource Council, will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 10 miles northeast of Great Bend on K-156.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 11:48 a.m. | 0 Comments

Two arrested after pursuit

Two adult males under age 21 were arrested Thursday night after a police pursuit in the city of Great Bend.

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Posted: jan. 17, 2015 11:45 a.m. | 0 Comments

Restoration of B-29 memorial needed

 The Great Bend B-29 Memorial Plaza was dedicated in 2000 With much fanfare. The monument was a gleaming tribute to the city’s rich World War II heritage.

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Posted: jan. 15, 2015 3:14 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons.  All proceeds will be applied to the choir’s much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C.  Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday.  They cost $10 each.  Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door.  The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

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Posted: jan. 16, 2015 10:43 a.m. | 0 Comments
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