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Thursday Weather »


Thursday A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Thursday Night Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 21 mph, with […]

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Barton County man indicted by the feds on gun, drug charges »

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WICHITA — a Federal Grand Jury in Wichita has indicted a 28-year-old Claflin man on gun and drug charges. Shawn D. McCollum, Jr., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have […]

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Golden Belt Community Foundation announces 2015 scholarship awards »

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GREAT BEND, Kan. – Golden Belt Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 scholarship award winners.   Out of 89 applicants, a total of $45,050 in scholarships were awarded to 40 deserving students. Allan V. Miller Family Scholarship The scholarship was established by Chari Miller and her family, in memory of Allan Miller.  The intent […]

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Pawnee Valley Community Hospital uses new tool to identify sleep apnea »


The Sleep & Diagnostics Center at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital is introducing new technology to determine if patients have sleep apnea. Instead of coming into the sleep center for a study, patients can take a monitor about the size of a cell phone home to conduct their own testing and identify how they are sleeping. […]

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Barton Auto Tech student fulfills lifelong dream »

Brance Barnard’s shop, Barnard Tire & Automotive, at 202 N. Main St. in Hoisington specializes in automotive wheel alignments, tires, oil changes, brakes, suspension service, tune-ups, computer diagnostics and more.  Barnard is a Barton Auto Tech graduate and has been operating a successful business since January.

In his spare time, 29-year-old Barton Auto Tech graduate Brance Barnard loves to work on cars.  It is his favorite hobby.  Lucky for Brance, he has turned that hobby into a career. “It feels great,” Barnard said. He started 2015 in a big way and opened the doors to his own automotive repair shop, Barnard […]

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Golden Belt Community Foundation helps fill needs for area cancer patients »

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GREAT BEND, Kan. – June is National Cancer Survivor Month. In an effort to continue the support of individuals in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford Counties with a current cancer diagnosis, Golden Belt Community Foundation continues to find additional ways to make life a little easier. Established with the transfer of assets from the St. […]

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Cardinal Legacy Committee sends reminder to Hoisington voters »


From the Cardinal Legacy Committee…Watch the mailbox for the opportunity to help grow the USD #431 school district and the entire Hoisington community. Ballots for the Cardinal Legacy Bond will arrive in the mail on or around June 1. These ballots must be post-marked by June 16 for eligible voters to participate in this important election. The ballot […]

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Cop Shop (5/26) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (5/26) Traumatic Injuries At 12:51 a.m. Michelle Fisher at 370 SE 30 Road reported a 100-year old female fell. Theft At 12:36 p.m. Alicia Hughes at 22 NW 50 Road reported someone has stolen a homemade black horse wreath from Hillcrest Cemetery on her husband’s grave. Burglary / Not […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (5/26) »


BOOKED: Christopher Stamm of Little River on Rice County charges serve sentence. BOOKED: Lisa Tisdale of Topeka on a Barton County charge of theft, bond was at $5,000.00 C/S and a Shawnee County District Court for probation violation, no bond. BOOKED: Timothy Chism of Great Bend for BTDC court. Hold for Ellis County. BOOKED: Kelly […]

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Storms the focus of weather study, plane stationed in Barton County »

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By JONATHAN ZWEYGARDT Hays Post Those summertime thunderstorms that pop up at night in the Great Plains are the focus of a large weather experiment that will be centered in Ellis County. A group of government agencies, according to Karen Kosiba, atmospheric scientist with the Center for Severe Weather Research, will be collecting data during […]

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