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Student escapes possible abduction attempt at Central Plains Elementary

HOLYROOD — On Thursday a possible abduction attempt happened Thursday afternoon at Central Plains Elementary School in Central Plains USD 112.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2015 1:27 p.m. | 0 Comments

Offering a helping hand

 In an ironic twist, the myriad agencies in Barton County that help the needy are themselves in need.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2015 3:21 p.m. | 0 Comments

Head Quarters provides hope

By JIM MISUNAS

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Posted: aug. 22, 2015 5:29 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Tot Spot to open Saturday

The grand opening of Great Bend’s newest playground area, The Tot Spot, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2015 4:02 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Stafford commissioner receives nomination letter


Re: Martin Cemetery—U.S 50 1 1/4 mile west of U.S. 281, St. John, Stafford County

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Posted: aug. 27, 2015 1:16 p.m. | 0 Comments

OTR for August 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

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Posted: aug. 27, 2015 1:16 p.m. | 0 Comments

Prieto joins Sunflower’s early ed team; brings bilingual skills

     The new early intervention specialist at Sunflower Diversified’s Early Education Center (EEC) brings a love of children and bilingual expertise to her new position.

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Posted: aug. 27, 2015 11:15 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Tickets available for Sunflower’s annual pancake dinner

   It’s not just a chance to have breakfast for dinner – it’s an event, said Connie Oetken, director of development at Sunflower Diversified Services.

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Posted: aug. 26, 2015 6:01 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Chamber Coffee

This week’s Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Diesel Control Technicians, 5006 8th Street, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2015 11:19 a.m. | 0 Comments

Welding Lab bid goes to Great Bend firm


The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2015 8:12 p.m. | 0 Comments

Digging up history

STAFFORD COUNTY — The Martin Cemetery, researched by Taylor Clark as a 4-H leadership project, has been approved for placement on the Kansas Register of Historic ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2015 7:54 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Jobless rate on the rise

 TOPEKA - State labor officials are pinning an ongoing upward unemployment trend in part on a dwindling labor pool, according to the jobless report released by ...

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Posted: aug. 25, 2015 2:30 p.m. | 0 Comments
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TRAINING FOR GRAIN

ELLINWOOD — In 15 seconds, a person who weighs 165 pounds can be engulfed up to their waist inside a grain bin under some conditions. 

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Posted: aug. 25, 2015 8:13 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Water balloon fight calls attention to United Way

 After the dust, and water, settled Thursday afternoon, who won the United Way of Central Kansas water balloon fight between the Unified School District 428 ...

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Posted: aug. 24, 2015 2:19 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​BCC board to approve welding purchase

The purchase of welding equipment is on the agenda for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday in ...

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Posted: aug. 24, 2015 2:11 p.m. | 0 Comments

Russell teenager killed in accident


RUSSELL COUNTY — A 13-year-old youngster died in an accident Saturday involving an off-road utility terrain vehicle, according to the Russell County sheriff.    

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Posted: aug. 24, 2015 12:12 p.m. | 0 Comments

County honored for United Way giving

 When Julie Bugner Smith took over the helm of the United Way of Central Kansas in 2011, Barton County employees gave $1,600 to the ...

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Posted: aug. 24, 2015 9:46 a.m. | 0 Comments

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night

The annual Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area Information Night will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The KWEC ...

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Posted: aug. 19, 2015 1:14 p.m. | 0 Comments

Here Comes Fall!!!

The air is different. The tomato plants are changing to a different production mode. School has started. Shore birds are migrating with more urgency through ...

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 1:24 p.m. | 0 Comments
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The Wetland Explorer

About this time last year, I introduced the term zugunruhe (pronounced zue-gun-rue) to you in our Wetland Explorer column. This word is used in the ...

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 1:34 p.m. | 0 Comments

Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

  The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee’s Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed ...

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Posted: aug. 22, 2015 10:56 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Ellinwood City Council special meeting Monday

The Ellinwood City Council will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the city office for a special meeting to discuss the reestablishment of ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 2:41 p.m. | 0 Comments

More Familiar Faces - image gallery

Shafer Art Gallery’s “Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances and Some Folks We Hardly Know” exhibit opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 12:58 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Familiar Faces

Each year, the Barton Community College faculty and staff get to strut their artistic talents in the Shafer Art Gallery’s “Faculty Staff Friends Acquaintances ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 12:50 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​Red Cross to accept blood donations

The next opportunity to donate blood in Great Bend will be Monday, Sept. 14, at St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Donations will be accepted ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 11:59 a.m. | 0 Comments

​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 11:46 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Warrent Task Force a success

The Great Bend Police Department’s Warrant Task Force was deployed and made 10 arrests on Monday.

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 11:20 a.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 a ...

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 11:09 a.m. | 0 Comments

Health Department warns of rabies upswing

The Barton County Health Department continues to deal with what officials believe to be an increased number of potential rabies cases, Health Director Shelly Schneider ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 11:00 a.m. | 0 Comments

Hoisington stand-off ends without incident

 Thursday night, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m., Hoisington Police and deputies from the Barton County Sheriff’s Office were called to 673 W. 3rd ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 8:54 a.m. | 0 Comments

Power washer stolen from shed at Sonic Drive-in

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a man that was seen by surveillance cameras breaking into a storage shed located at 3908 10th St. in ...

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Posted: aug. 21, 2015 8:48 a.m. | 0 Comments

Great Bend mobile app features Wetlands Center

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area visitors can now guide their own tours of the state park using the Great Bend 2 Go mobile app, a free ...

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 11:32 a.m. | 0 Comments

Solida tells officers he shot his wife

WOODWARD, Okla. – Initial reports indicated that the rural Oklahoma man charged with shooting his wife shot her accidentally last Friday. However, in a 911 call ...

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 9:22 p.m. | 0 Comments
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New apartments open with all units leased

A project years in the making was realized Thursday with the ribbon cutting on a new apartment complex, The Reserves at Trail Ridge.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 9:04 p.m. | 0 Comments
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​School budget growth exceeds consumer price index; budget hearing Monday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the District Education ...

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 2:31 p.m. | 0 Comments

​Truck overturns, injuring driver

A Hoisington man was injured Wednesday when the 1999 Kenworth truck he was driving overturned on K-156, 8 miles northeast of Great Bend.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 12:20 p.m. | 0 Comments

Sunflower’s Aktion Club helps collect school supplies for youngsters

       Three local non-profit entities recently teamed up to donate approximately $350 worth of school supplies to local and area children.

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Posted: aug. 20, 2015 11:25 a.m. | 0 Comments
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Stuff the Bus

Donita Wolf from Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice takes another shopping cart of donated items to a waiting bus, Wednesday afternoon in front of the ...

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Posted: aug. 19, 2015 6:00 p.m. | 0 Comments
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BCC Theater: All the drama stays on stage

Barton Community College Theater Director Erin Renard welcomed students to campus Wednesday with an open house in the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium.

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Posted: aug. 19, 2015 5:51 p.m. | 0 Comments
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Hoisington Labor Day celebration starts with Kick-off, BBQ and more

Hoisington’s Labor Day Weekend will starts with the Chamber Ambassador’s Community BBQ and 5th Quarter Beer Garden at the corner of 7th and ...

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Posted: aug. 19, 2015 5:10 p.m. | 0 Comments

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