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Burned duplex was a place of hope

When fire gutted a duplex at 8th and Hickory Street Monday afternoon, it destroyed more than a building.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

J and D Raceway shut down by acts of vandalism

Someone broke into the building at J and D Raceway on Tuesday, set fire to paper towels and threw feces around in the bathroom. Great Bend Police are investigating the case as arson, estimating damage at $350.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC enrollments grow for 6th straight year

Barton Community College has been on a steady growth streak for six years now. The institution as a whole drew 17,819 students in 2012-13, which is an increase of about 4,000 students since the growth trend began in 2007-08, according to the unduplicated headcount data gathered at the close of the spring semester.

July 03, 2013 | | News

Sports Complex a hit

Great Bend Recreation Commission Director Diann Henderson summed up her report on the Great Bend Sports Complex in a few words.

July 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Drilling comment period extended

Luke Cory, Regulatory Team Leader with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers said Wednesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had requested the public comment period for an application to drill a vertical oil well on land included in the The Nature Conservancy's Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Preserve near the designated Wildlife Area be extended from 21 to 30 days. The new deadline is Saturday, July 13.

July 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Stafford resident faces charges in stabbing incident

STAFFORD - A Reno County man is hospitalized in serious condition and a stabbing suspect faces pending charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

July 02, 2013 | Jim Misunas | News

IFYE student shares Taiwanese culture during Great Bend stay

Lan-Lan Wang, Taiwan, arrived in Kansas on June 17 as one of four IFYE students visiting rural communities in the United States from Taiwan this summer. Other students are visiting Montana, Colorado and South Dakota.

July 02, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Hoisington child mauled by pit bull

HOISINGTON – Authorities here are continuing their investigation into the attack on a 4-year-old boy by a pit bull early Monday evening.

July 02, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

City hires new clerk

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to appoint Amit Patel as the new city clerk/finance director. He fills a position left vacant since the retirement of Wayne Henneke last December.

July 02, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Fashionistas of Barton County

The annual 4-H Fashion Revue, leading up to the 2013 Barton County Fair, brought glamour to the catwalk at the Crest Theatre in Great Bend Monday evening. Participants in the buymanship and clothing construction projects were spotlighted as they followed the yellow brick road. Club members modeled outfits they painstakingly built with an eye towards economy, and the garments they constructed with attention to detail and creativity in the weeks and months leading up to the show.

July 01, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Homemade explosives lead to arrest

The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Fires damage homes in Great Bend

A rental house and a duplex were damaged Monday in separate fires, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. No on was injured.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Landfill rates to rise

Barton County is required by the state to have funds set aside to close the county's landfill in the event of an emergency or at the projected end of its lifespan in 20-some years.

July 01, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

Fire chief: Have a safe, fun Fourth

It was a year ago that the Barton County Commission and many area city councils voted to postpone the use of fireworks over the Fourth of July due to the on-going drought as burn bans remained in place.

June 30, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News

‘Schwabie’ named Grand Marshal of AHF

A true craftsmen, Duane "Schwabie" Schwab is the Grand Marshal for the 40th Ellinwood After Harvest Festival on July 18-20. A native Kansan, Schwabie embodies "Home is Where Our Story Begins."

June 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News

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