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Airplane forced to make emergency landing

At 12;35 p.m. on Thursday one mile south of Bushton, a 1968 piper fixed wing aircraft flown by Brad Fitchett, 51 of Ellsworth ...

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Posted: aug. 26, 2016 11:25 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Main Street Dillons invites first responders to free dinner

First responders in Barton County are invited to a free chicken barbecue dinner, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Dillons No ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2016 4:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Pump prices headed upwards

 Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 9.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.15 Thursday, according to GasBuddy’s ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2016 3:25 p.m. | 1 Comment
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KDOT requesting comments on STIP amendment

The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is requesting comments on the amendment to the FFY 2016-2019 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) document.

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Posted: aug. 25, 2016 11:23 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Grant renewed for BCC’s Educational Opportunity Center

About 1,000 people per year benefit from the Central Kansas Educational Opportunity Center, which exists to promote educational awareness by helping community members find ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2016 2:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Sanchez new translator at two Sunflower Diversified facilities

Victoria Sanchez is bringing an extra dose of the personal touch to the children and families at the Early Education Center (EEC) and Incredible Years ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2016 12:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Voicing support for Larned State Hospital

LARNED — Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, discussed the future of Larned State Hospital during a public meeting Wednesday ...

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Posted: aug. 24, 2016 7:32 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Second suspect arrested in May 21 shooting incident

The Great Bend Police Department and other agencies responded to a shooting incident in the 3900 block of Forest Ave on May 21. Although the ...

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Posted: aug. 24, 2016 9:10 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Barton County Senior Companion honored

Posted: aug. 24, 2016 11:28 a.m. | 0 Comments
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A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor’s note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington’s newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part ...

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Posted: aug. 23, 2016 9:53 p.m. | 1 Comment
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Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver’s License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

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Posted: aug. 23, 2016 9:20 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery


Staff at Barton Community College’s Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised ...

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Posted: aug. 23, 2016 7:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by First Kansas Bank, 4001 10th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

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Posted: aug. 23, 2016 11:17 a.m. | 0 Comments
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A life turned 'round: Part one

Editor’s note: Jails are filled with people who have committed crimes that ended tragically in ways the perpetrators never intended. Drunken or distracted driving ...

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Posted: aug. 23, 2016 11:39 a.m. |
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Concert to benefit Kans for Kids

 HOISINGTON – Ohio organist Craig Jaynes will perform in a benefit concert for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 ...

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Posted: aug. 23, 2016 10:01 a.m. | 0 Comments
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UWCK thanks county for setting the pace

Earlier this year, Barton County was named a Pacesetter contributor by the United Way of Central Kansas. On Monday morning, the County Commission was thanked ...

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Posted: aug. 22, 2016 6:25 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Dena Popp appointed 911 director

Dena Popp was named director of Barton County 911/Communications at Monday’s county commission meeting. It was an appointment at least one commissioner said ...

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Posted: aug. 22, 2016 6:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Jobless numbers continue upward

TOPEKA - The state’s July seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, the Kansas Department of Labor reported Friday. This was up from 3 ...

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Posted: aug. 19, 2016 4:02 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC trustees meet Tuesday


The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the ...

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Posted: aug. 22, 2016 3:47 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Great Bend woman injured in accident

STAFFORD COUNTY — A Great Bend woman was transported to the Central Kansas Medical Center with possible injuries after the pickup she was driving rolled over ...

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Posted: aug. 22, 2016 9:05 a.m. | 1 Comment
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Car chase ends in crash in Ellsworth County

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a vehicle chase that ended in a crash at 10:48 p.m. on Thursday.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2016 4:38 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Great Bend resident plays in Mozart Festival

Local Great Bend Resident that now lives in Texas performed at Mozart Festival in San Antonio, Texas.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2016 4:37 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Local paramedic receives prestigious award

Being recognized for your hard work, leadership skills and a job well done can be seen through many different eyes, but it only takes one ...

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Posted: aug. 19, 2016 4:35 p.m. | 0 Comments
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‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, “The Last Wild Places of Kansas,” isn’t a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

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Posted: aug. 19, 2016 12:15 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Party in the Park worth the effort

 Sure, it takes a lot of work to throw an event like the City of Great Bend’s Party in the Park. But, Community Coordinator ...

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Posted: aug. 18, 2016 5:23 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

 The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a ...

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Posted: aug. 18, 2016 2:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Baton named CDL test site

Industry demand has driven continued expansion of the Barton Community College Commercial Driver’s License program. Barton is now an official test site and a ...

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Posted: aug. 18, 2016 1:17 p.m. | 0 Comments
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The movies are over, but the fresh veggies remain for now

 The free summer outdoor movie series is over, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington said. This year the city put more movies on Friday nights ...

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Posted: aug. 18, 2016 11:14 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Angel hired to lead Family Crisis Center

On August 16th The Family Crisis Center Board unanimously voted to hire Rachel Angel as the new Executive Director.

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 5:41 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Meet the Panthers on Sunday

The Panther Booster Club will host its first community-wide Meet the Panthers event at 5 p.m. Sunday at the band shell in Jack Kilby ...

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 4:07 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 4:03 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Filling them up

It wasn’t kids getting on the school buses parked outside Great Bend businesses this week. 

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 3:55 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 ...

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 3:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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KDADS awards $580,000 in Mental Health Substance Use Prevention Grants

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) Acting Secretary Tim Keck announced Wednesday the award of 17 grants totaling $580,000 for the Kansas ...

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 1:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Pawnee County Sheriff makes two meth busts over weekend

LARNED — On Aug. 12, 2016 a Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy made contact with a subject traveling from Nebraska to Oklahoma. During the investigation ...

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 3:06 p.m. | 0 Comments
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4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member ...

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 2:59 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Drug arrests made during traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in the early hours of Wednesday produced guns, cash, drugs and drug paraphernalia and two arrests were made.

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Posted: aug. 17, 2016 2:02 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Some reappraisal efforts done, some still ongoing

 Barton County Appraisers Office personnel are done with part of their reappraisal efforts for 2016, but more remains to be done, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld ...

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Posted: aug. 16, 2016 5:09 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Highway Patrol works rollover accident

LYONS — A 2002 Ford Explorer carrying six men from Great Bend overturned Tuesday on U.S. 56, half a mile east of Lyons, the Kansas ...

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Posted: aug. 16, 2016 7:49 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Rolling Sculpture car show announced

Barton County Historical Society will host a car show on Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The car show is free ...

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Posted: aug. 16, 2016 7:16 p.m. | 0 Comments
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