Wednesday Weather

Temperatures will run several degrees above average for early September the next few days with highs in the low to mid 90s. Occasionally gusty south winds can be expected each afternoon. While dry weather is expected for most of the area, there is a slight chance for thunderstorms across north central Kansas.

Tonight A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. Breezy, with a south wind 14 to 24 mph, with gusts as high […]

2 Russell residents arrested after Interstate traffic stop

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SALINA – Law enforcement authorities arrested two Russell residents on drug charges Monday night. Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said a deputy pulled a 2003 Dodge Stratus over around 11 p.m. near the Interstate 135 junction with Interstate 70 after the driver kept changing lanes. During the stop, the Sheriff’s K-9 indicated there might be […]

Criminal damage reported at the SRCA Dragstrip in Great Bend

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On Sunday morning, SRCA President Hank Denning reported someone vandalized equipment at the dragstrip west of Great Bend. Denning believes the criminal damage happened Saturday night, August 29 when a party was held at the Expo Complex. Timing blocks were kicked off their mounts and a lot of glass was broken according to the police […]

Barton County moving forward with Landfill expansion

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Barton County is moving forward with plans to increase the life span of the landfill. Commissioner’s Monday signed off on a request to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for a permit modification to expand permitted airspace. Landfill Manager Phil Hathcock explained what the permit will allow the county to do. KDHE requires local […]

GBRC – Stop ‘N Learn: Does your home have radon?

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The Great Bend Recreation Commission will be hosting a free Stop ‘N Learn Session titled, “Does Your Home Have Radon?” on Wednesday, September 2nd, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Great Bend Activity Center (2715 18th). Radon is everywhere and the only way to know if your home has high radon levels is to […]

Sign vandalism in Barton County continues to be a problem

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Sign vandalism continues to be a problem in Barton County. During his county services report to Commissioner’s Monday, Administrator Richard Boeckman informed the board that 12 road signs had been vandalized South and East of Claflin resulting in almost $1,800 damage. When asked by Commissioner Homer Krukenberg if his office is having any luck tracking […]

Great Bend, Garden City selected as finalists for shipping hubs

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Garden City and Great Bend have been selected as finalists for development of transload shipping centers. The two communities emerged from a group of seven cities, whose representatives made formal presentations in August before the Transload Facility Site Analysis Selection Committee, which includes private sector representatives. The seven cities are among 111 sites that were initially proposed. The Kansas […]

Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (8/31)

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BOOKED: Carol Davis of Heizer on Saline County District Court warrant for probation violation, bond is set at $341.09 cash only. BOOKED: Christopher King of Great Bend on Barton County District Court case for possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, bond set at $5,000.00 C/S. BOOKED: Jacob Hoch of Ellinwood on […]

YP5K and Half Marathon volunteer shares transformation story

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Ten years ago, Golden Belt Bicycles Mechanic Neil Frizell was overweight. “Really overweight,” he said. “I got winded going through Walmart. I was in really poor shape.” His highest recorded weight was 303 pounds. Some things improved after a surgical procedure to address sleep apnea, but he didn’t really change his ways, until he received […]