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Hoisington likely to see reduced electrical rates

HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington is likely to see reduced electrical rates after the first of the year with a decrease of 15 percent in the meter and energy charge for 2013 and a reduction of an average of 19.5 percent in 2014 in the meter and energy charge if the recommendations of engineers and consultants, Sawvel and Associates Inc., are followed. At a Tuesday morning meeting, the group presented their recommendations to the Hoisington Utility Task Force.

November 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Holidays are here

The Saturday after Thanksgiving in Great Bend came complete with sunny skies, sunny weather, and little to no wind, an inviting setting for holiday shopping and reveling.

November 27, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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 what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

November 27, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Community invited to help soldiers, vets

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is asking people to adopt a Fort Dodge soldier for Christmas. Meanwhile, the local Military Moms group is requesting donations for care packages that will be sent overseas to active military personnel.

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


New power line could cross Barton County

The central part of the United States supplies grain to the entire nation. It can also supply wind energy.

November 26, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Fatality wreck occurs

HOISINGTON - Janice A. Alyward, 62, died at 7:12 a.m. Monday morning in a single vehicle wreck two miles east of Hoisington on K4.

November 26, 2012 | | News


From postal service to Salvation Army, Bill Dill's optimism just won't quit

Bill Dill used to be a career postal employee.

November 25, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Honor Flights halted after money goes missing

HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

November 25, 2012 | HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press | News


Dogs, mutts and owners walk for GBHS

Labradors, weimaraners and those of mixed descent, also known as mutts, walked with owners in the warm sun at the on Saturday, all in an effort to raise money for the Golden Belt Humane Society at the first annual "Get off your butts and walk your mutts" fundraiser.

November 24, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Bat involved in Walmart sale melee

The 10 p.m. Thanksgiving sale at Great Bend's Walmart got out of hand, with people being "knocked down and trampled," according to police reports. No one was sent to the hospital, but a woman did complain that her arm hurt after the scuffle, according to Sgt. James Buchar at the Great Bend Police Department.

November 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Retailers expect solid holiday growth

With the passing of Grey Thursday and Black Friday, and the coming of Cyber Monday, the 2012 holiday shopping season is in full swing.

November 23, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


USD 431 staff receives ‘Promising Practices’ award

HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School counselor Amanda Brack and art teacher Christine Lamoureaux recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the National Promising Practice Award in Character Education for Creating the Cardinal Core character education at Hoisington High School, which has involved nearly everyone at the school.

November 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Hoisington acquires 60 acres for use as community property

HOISINGTON - At a special council meeting on Monday, the Hoisington City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 60 acres on the west side of Hoisington as a path for growth.

November 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Emergency Aid collecting names for help

The holidays can be particularly stressful for families facing financial upheaval, and Jenny Gordy, Director of the Barton County Emergency Aid and the Barton County Food Bank has been collecting names of people who could use some extra help during this time.

November 22, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


​BCC listens to career advisors

Finding people who want jobs is easy. Finding people who are ready to work and have a basic knowledge of the business they come to is not. That's what business and industry leaders told the Barton Community College trustees this week.

November 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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SPELLBOUND

Great Bend Middle School student Dalton Dicks was seated next to last year's champion Jazmin Garcia. Her good luck rubbed off on the middle school seventh-grader.

January 31, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Home Run: Smithsonian exhibit open in Ellinwood

The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," and a local exhibit on hometown "Heros on the Sideline" opened Saturday at the Ellinwood School/Community Library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


CASA Chocolate Auction helps children in need

Central Kansas CASA will reach a milestone this year, celebrating its 30th year of helping area children. On Saturday, Feb. 7, the nonprofit organization will reach another milestone, holding its 10th annual Chocolate Auction.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman jury selection starts Monday

Jury selection starts Monday for the trial of Jeffrey Wade Chapman, who is charged with the first-degree murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt. District Judge Ron Svaty said 220 potential jurors have been summoned.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Small fires reported

The Great Bend Fire Department responded two small structure fires, one Wednesday and one Thursday, each resulting in about $500 damage.

January 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton administration supports Fort Riley

The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.

January 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DROUGHT IMPACT LINGERING

Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.

January 29, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Whooping cough vaccines available

In response to the whooping cough outbreak that has cause on death in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided the Barton County Health Department additional pertussis vaccine supplies to prevent the disease.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County jobless rate holds steady

TOPEKA – Showing a continued strong jobs market, Kansas' December seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, unchanged from the November revised unemployment rate and down from 4.9 percent in December 2013, the Kansas Department of Labor reported.

January 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Gas prices creep back up a tick

Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $1.82 Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.3 cents in the last week to $2.02.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Huelskamp makes committees

WASHINGTON, D. C. – The leadership of the United States House of Representatives Monday made appointments to numerous House committees for the 114th Congress, including Kansas First District Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler.

January 27, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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