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Gag order stands in shooting death case

 On Jan. 8, 20th Judicial District Judge Ron Svaty issued a “protective order restricting extrajudicial comments,” in layman’s terms a gag order, barring all ...

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Posted: feb. 10, 2016 3:26 p.m. | 0 Comments

Local student wins Patriot’s Pen Award

Many young students learn through their parents and grandparents what freedom is and what it means, not only to them but for every American. Some ...

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Posted: feb. 10, 2016 3:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Burn Awareness Week was Feb. 1-7

 February 1-7 was recognized as National Burn Awareness Week, and Safe Kids Kansas and the Office of the State Fire Marshal focused that week on ...

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Posted: feb. 10, 2016 2:02 p.m. | 0 Comments

NARFE meeting

NARFE will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Stoneridge Club. Speaker will be Diann Henderson on the new playground equipment.

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 11:15 a.m. | 0 Comments

Don Davis announces filing for re-election

The future of Barton County is important to all of us. Looking ahead and planning takes a lot of cooperation between all the county entities ...

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 11:39 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College’s Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration ...

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 10:33 p.m. | 0 Comments
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GBRC held monthly meeting on Monday

Great Bend Recreation Commission’s Executive Director Diann Henderson received the prestigious Distinguished Fellow Award given by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association at the ...

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 3:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Bartlett Grain to boost capacity

Bartlett Grain in Great Bend will increase storage capacity by two million bushels on a project expected to be completed by the 2016 wheat harvest.

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 1:47 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Morning has risen

Tuesday morning's sunrise creates a colorful picture.

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 12:10 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCSO conducts canvas of registered sex offenders

According to the Barton County Sheriff’s Office. In recent weeks, in an effort to ensure compliance and foster public safety, the Barton County Sheriff ...

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 10:24 a.m. | 0 Comments
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GBRC to host ‘Concealed and Carry Firearm Regulations’

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop ‘N Learn Session titled, “Concealed and Carry Firearm Regulations” on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from ...

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Posted: feb. 09, 2016 10:23 a.m. | 0 Comments

2015 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest Winners

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center announces the winners of the 2016 World Wetlands Day Coloring Contest. Nearly 400 second graders completed a coloring sheet featuring ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 11:38 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Rush County Memorial Hospital Foundation fundraiser

The Rush County Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold a fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Country Club in LaCrosse. Wine ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 1:19 p.m. | 0 Comments

Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Post Rock Radio at the Chamber Board Room, 1125 Williams, at 9:30 a ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 1:56 p.m. | 0 Comments

​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year’s calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year’s, but the winter break will be two days ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 8:28 p.m. | 0 Comments

Quilts of Valor

Courtesy photos by Marianne Krallman

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 1:45 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Judge rules to keep affidavits sealed

 Little more information about the shooting death of 23-year-old Great Bend man Aron Villegas last November will be made public, at least until criminal proceedings ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 1:44 p.m. | 0 Comments

County to observe Presidents Day

 Barton County Office Buildings will be closed Monday, Feb. 15, in observance of Presidents Day. The Records Division of the Sheriff’s Office and the ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 11:17 a.m. | 0 Comments

Commission takes no action on personnel matter

 The Barton County Commission took no action on an unspecified personnel matter after emerging from two executive sessions Monday morning. The closed-door discussions came at ...

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Posted: feb. 08, 2016 11:16 a.m. | 0 Comments

Veterans Service Representative visit

A Veterans Service Representative from the Kansas Commission on Veterans’ Affairs will be at the Great Bend Kansas Works Center at 1025 Main Street from ...

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Posted: jan. 26, 2016 1:15 p.m. | 0 Comments

Kansas Corporation Commission to hold second educational meeting on Clean Power Plan

The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) will hold an educational meeting to discuss Kansas’ path towards compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 11:44 a.m. | 0 Comments

Future of farming

Matt Stafford, Pride Ag Resources/Ace Hardware Lyons Store Manager, will present a video showing the future of farming in light of technology at 7 ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 12:08 p.m. | 0 Comments

January Marriage and Divorce Filings

Marriage Licenses

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 1:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

Officer Jefferson Davis builds rapport with local students

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of monthly articles about local law enforcement officers.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 1:52 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hobby worth dyeing for

Great Bend’s Jean Aycock is a nature educator at Kansas Wetlands Education Center. A fascination with nature led her to her career as a ...

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Posted: feb. 06, 2016 9:52 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Brough sweeps Spelling Bee

Barton County Spelling Bee champion Jordan Brough expressed the perfect reaction, “Did I win?”

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Posted: feb. 06, 2016 9:46 p.m. | 0 Comments
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100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre’s first play was “Night Watch,” which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 4:39 p.m. | 0 Comments
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‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre’s 100th production is “The Kitchen Witches,” winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 4:36 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​BCC trustees to disucss buildings

This information has been updated. There is no special meeting Tuesday, only the regular study session.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 4:32 p.m. | 0 Comments

UWCK hits 2016 goal

 United way of Central Kansas has reached its goal of $275,000 for the 2016 Campaign, UWCK Executive Director Julie Bugner-Smith said Friday.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 2:07 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Chili Challenge raises money for Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice patients

 The upcoming Chili Challenge to benefit local and area hospice patients will provide an opportunity for chefs to prove they have the best recipe.

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 1:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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First confirmed flu cases of season identified in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has now confirmed the first influenza cases of the 2015-2016 season, the KDHE announced Thursday. Although the season ...

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Posted: feb. 05, 2016 9:38 a.m. | 0 Comments

Family Crisis Center holds a Meet and Greet

Being able to reach and help more people in a community is very important and getting the word out to let people know where they ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 4:55 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Tax season brings out the criminals

This time of the year means extra money in people’s pockets, but this also brings out the criminals that will try and steal that ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 1:13 p.m. | 0 Comments

Former soldier becomes Barton paramedic student

     After graduating high school in 1998, Hoisington-area resident Erik Berger joined the US Army and became an engineer and combat lifesaver. In 2003 he suffered ...

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Posted: feb. 04, 2016 11:33 a.m. | 0 Comments
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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces changes in recreation day use fees

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District announced today a change to recreation day use fees charged for boat launches and swimming ...

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Posted: feb. 02, 2016 1:47 p.m. | 0 Comments

Golden Belt Community Foundation accepting grant applications for March 1

Golden Belt Community Foundation invites proposals for its upcoming competitive grant cycle. Applications now are being accepted from qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 11:26 a.m. | 0 Comments

Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 6:08 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Ellinwood Columbus Club to sponsor fish fry Feb. 12

Ellinwood Knights of Columbus are having a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at St. Joseph Parish Center, 110 W. 2nd. The ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 6:06 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Adopt A Pet serving soup, cinnamon rolls Saturday

Great Bend Humane Society Adopt A Pet will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Orscheln’s Farm ...

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Posted: feb. 03, 2016 6:03 p.m. | 0 Comments

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