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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 ...

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Posted: jul. 28, 2015 8:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 28, 2015 7:47 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 4:56 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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 ...

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Posted: jul. 28, 2015 4:09 p.m. |
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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 ...

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Posted: jul. 28, 2015 1:11 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 28, 2015 10:32 a.m. | 0 Comments

​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.

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 5:20 p.m. | 0 Comments

​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 ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 4:42 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 4:44 p.m. | 0 Comments

Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff’s Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 3:49 p.m. | 0 Comments

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.

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 2:51 p.m. | 0 Comments
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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 ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 2:47 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 2:31 p.m. | 1 Comment
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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 ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 11:35 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 11:30 a.m. |

Free 4-year-old preschool openings available

Helping Hands Preschool, along with Great Bend USD 428, has a limited number of openings available in the 4-year-old Pre-K program for the upcoming school ...

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Posted: jul. 27, 2015 10:08 a.m. | 0 Comments

Where Are Those Polts?

There are several breakfast or coffee meetings in our area. They are usually comprised of the same core group with a few occasional stragglers that ...

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Posted: jul. 23, 2015 11:42 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Trail segment and four historic districts among listings added to National Register of Historic Plac

The Kansas Historical Society announced that a segment of the Smoky Hill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch and four historic districts are among the newest ...

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Posted: jul. 24, 2015 11:18 a.m. | 0 Comments

Century Road Trip


The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The ...

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Posted: jul. 25, 2015 7:13 p.m. | 0 Comments
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CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2015 6:57 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Budgets on BCC agenda

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will vote on publishing next year’s budget when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 ...

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Posted: jul. 25, 2015 6:01 p.m. | 0 Comments

Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

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Posted: jul. 25, 2015 5:55 p.m. | 0 Comments
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USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don’t have to, said Jan Frenzl ...

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Posted: jul. 25, 2015 5:41 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Tickets on sale for Legion Auxiliary’s Hawaiian Luau

The American Legion Auxiliary’s fifth annual Hawaiian Luau Fundraiser will be held Friday, Aug. 7, at American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., Great ...

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Posted: jul. 24, 2015 2:40 p.m. | 0 Comments

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 an ...

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Posted: jul. 24, 2015 2:39 p.m. | 0 Comments

Pawnee County will spearhead breastfeeding grant

By JIM MISUNAS

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Posted: jul. 24, 2015 10:39 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Kansas communities will share more than $13 million in Community Development Block Grant funding

The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced that 49 Kansas communities will share a total of $13,049,583 in federal grants for residential handicapped ...

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Posted: jul. 23, 2015 11:14 a.m. | 0 Comments

Saturday event to benefit food bank


A memorial food drive that will collect items for the Community Food Bank of Barton County is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday ...

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Posted: jul. 23, 2015 5:22 p.m. | 0 Comments

Barton County Extension one of six in state picked for expansion grant

With the start of school right around the corner, its almost time for clubs to become active again, and with church and sports gearing up ...

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Posted: jul. 23, 2015 1:27 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Mel and Darnell Holopirek named Old Bill Honoree

Each year the Barton Community College Foundation Board chooses someone to honor with the “Old Bill” honorarium. This year's honorees are Mel and Darnell ...

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Posted: jul. 23, 2015 1:12 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC releases new 'Prairie Ink'

Editors of Barton Community College’s literary journal, “Prairie Ink,” aim to provide a venue for local authors to showcase their creative writing talents and ...

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Posted: jul. 23, 2015 11:31 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 ...

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Posted: jul. 22, 2015 4:08 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: jul. 22, 2015 4:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Rush County wind farm helping to decrease Yahoo! carbon footprint

The Alexander Wind Project in Rush County is beating the odds that face proposed wind energy projects, and will be going online very soon.  That ...

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Posted: jul. 22, 2015 4:11 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Prescription assistance program moves to Kirby Building; applicants welcome

  The office for the local program that helps with the cost of prescription drugs has moved but its services are still available for those who ...

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Posted: jul. 22, 2015 3:44 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Several events on horizon for Great Bend

 There are a lot of activities coming up in Great Bend, it was reported to the City Council Monday night.

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Posted: jul. 22, 2015 2:05 p.m. | 0 Comments
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AT A CROSSING

 Great Bend remains on track for a new train-truck shipping hub following this the announcement this week of the seven finalists for a proposed Kansas ...

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Posted: jul. 22, 2015 11:38 a.m. | 0 Comments
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“Soda Fountains of Kansas” presentation

Journalist and Kansas historian Cindy Higgins will give a PowerPoint presentation about “Soda Fountains of Kansas” at 7 p.m. on July 27, at the ...

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Posted: jul. 20, 2015 1:01 p.m. | 0 Comments

BCC seeks candidates for trustee opening

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is seeking applicants for a vacant Trustee position, which will be filled by appointment. The vacant position’s ...

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Posted: jul. 21, 2015 11:44 a.m. | 0 Comments

Information available about Kansas tax amnesty program, state to start accepting applications Sept.

Taxpayers who owe personal or business back taxes accrued before December 2013 have an upcoming opportunity to erase their debt with Kansas.

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Posted: jul. 21, 2015 12:14 p.m. | 0 Comments

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