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Trash clean-up going gang busters

After Great Bend City Sanitarian Gregg Vannoster reported on his office's abatement and property cleaning efforts for 2012 at the City Council meeting, he said he is already back at it for 2013.

January 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


HITTING THE TRAIL

Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes has put some numbers on the holiday season, numbers that were presented to the City Council Monday night.

January 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Taxing issues

From a new apartment complex to a new medical office building to support of Fuller Brush to a new discount store, the Great Bend City Council Monday night gave a nod to incentives and initiatives to spur economic development.

January 08, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Prairie Enterprise Project faces “most crucial” time

Editors note: It's no secret that the biggest driver of the rural economy is small business. In fact, small businesses and entrepreneurs are the vehicles that bring diversity and quality of life to rural communities all over Barton County and surrounding counties. One important resource, the Prairie Enterprise Project, has helped to pave the way for several small businesses for the past decade. Due to the elimination of tax credit sales by the State of Kansas, a major source of funding for this program has disappeared. This is the second of two stories detailing the impact the program has ...

January 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


MOVING ON UP

When John Edmonds walked into the Barton County Commission chambers Monday morning, he was greeted by fellow Commissioner Don Cates.

January 07, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Cuts threaten to close doors on business coaching program

For 10 years, the Prairie Enterprise Project has been offering free and confidential business coaching to entrepreneurs in Barton, Russell, and Edwards counties. Karmi Green, the non-profit organization's Enterprise Facilitator, has helped business start-ups get off to a good start and helped tweak existing businesses, bringing and helping to retain jobs and tax dollars to the towns and counties where they locate. Sadly, unless it can secure new funding, the project will have no choice but to close its doors. That's especially bad news at a time when many in the Golden Belt area are experiencing unemployment for ...

January 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


BEARING ARMS - Semiautomatics popular at gun show

Back for the third year, the Gun and Knife Show drew a crowd Saturday at the Great Bend Expo. Anthony Lutz, a promoter for event sponsor U.S. Weapons, based in Manchester, Iowa, said they've seen a spike in attendance at their shows in recent months.

January 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Flashes of the Past

ST. JOHN - The twentieth century saw great technological, sociological and historical changes, perhaps more than any other century before. At it's opening, ladies wore long dresses that brushed the floor, everyone rode in a wagon and faced disease and death without the benefit of antibiotics.

January 04, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Two Great Bend men seriously hurt in Scottsdale accident

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Two Great Bend men in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Fiesta Bowl were seriously injured early Friday morning when the pedicab they were riding in was struck by a car, the Scottsdale police department reported.

January 04, 2013 | Dale Hogg | News


Economic development projects on council agenda

The Great Bend City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the City Office, 1209 Williams. The agenda includes plans for the construction of an apartment complex using housing tax credits, a public hearing regarding industrial revenue bonds and property tax abatements for Great Bend Regional Hospital to construct a medical office building, property tax exemption for economic development purposes for Fuller Industries, a petition for the creation of a community improvement district for Golden Belt Cinema 6 and an update on the Great Bend Convention Center.

January 04, 2013 | | News


New Year’s baby 2013 arrives

The first baby of the new year is a special club, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, Mason Allen Leroy Verstraete became the latest member when he was delivered at 4:28 p.m. at Great Bend Regional Hospital to mom Brandi Cook and dad Dylan Verstraete of Stafford.

January 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Local teen collects war memorabilita

ELLINWOOD - A sophomore at Ellinwood High School, Forrest Williams and his friend Collin Werhahn have an unusual hobby for boys of that age-they collect war memorabilia.

January 03, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


TURKEY IN THE SNOW

It's not difficult to find the wild turkeys living in Jan Westfall's backyard on 19th Street in northwest Great Bend.

January 03, 2013 | Dale Hogg | 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.

January 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County Sheriff's Office works injury accidents

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to three minor injury accidents on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

January 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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St. Rose donates portable cooling units to Barton County Fair

A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.

March 26, 2015 | | News


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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