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Steep drop in oil, gas valuations upending county budgets »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Residents in energy producing counties may be paying more property taxes or face cuts in local government services in the wake of the cheaper gasoline prices at the pump. This is the time of year when county commissions across Kansas begin their budgeting process for next year. Those which heavily depend […]

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Barton County close to being removed from Pertussis outbreak »


Barton County is just a few days away from officially being taken off the counties that are considered to have an outbreak of Pertussis. According to Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider, 42 days have to pass without a confirmed case of Pertussis in order to be taken off the list of counties who have […]

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Cop Shop (5/21) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (5/21) Trespassing At 1:18 a.m. Tara Erb at 133 SE 40 Road reported her ex half Brian Erb was at her house. Non Injury Accident At 11:21 a.m. Craig Biggs at 255 Patton Road reported a vehicle hit a building on Patton Road. At 8:06 p.m. Jennifer Steinert at […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (5/21) »


BOOKED: Coletta Kay Mogbo of Great Bend on Great Bend Municipal Court warrant with a $250.00 C/S bond. BOOKED: Laura Black of Great Bend on Barton County District Court warrant for probation violation, no bond. BOOKED: Kenneth Short of Great Bend on BTDC warrant for probation violation, bond set in lieu of $1,700.00 cash only. […]

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Drought Monitor: Small portion of Kan. remains in severe drought »


Substantial rain in May — following a wetter-than normal second half of 2014 — has greatly reduced the drought severity in Kansas. The U.S. Drought Monitor now lists much of northwest Kansas between “abnormally dry” and “severe drought.” In May of 2014, nearly the entire state was listed in the “severe” category, with large portions […]

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Eyes on Huelskamp’s seat, Marshall will appear in Hays next week »

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Great Bend physician Dr. Roger Marshall, a Republican, will be in Hays next week for a campaign kickoff event. Marshall, an OB/GYN, has announced his intentions to be on the 2016 primary ballot against incumbent First District U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler. Huelskamp began his third term in the U.S. House this year after a […]

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Friday Weather »

Rainfall accumulations expected through Sunday evening. The highest accumulations are expected on Saturday through Sunday. These accumulations are likely to produce flooding throughout counties and along rivers in southern Kansas.

Friday Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 3pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. High near 60. Southeast wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after […]

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First doctoral program approved at FHSU by Kansas Regents »


FHSU University Relations A doctoral program in nursing practice was approved yesterday for Fort Hays State University by the Kansas Board of Regents. It will be the university’s first doctoral program. The degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice, will be offered within the Department of Nursing in FHSU’s College of Health and Life Sciences. “It […]

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Watchdog program brings success to Riley Elementary School »


Michelle Daniel says research shows that the more dads are involved with their children’s schoolwork the more likely the children are to stay in school and perform well. Daniel serves as a Family Support Worker for Great Bend’s USD 428 and developed a program known as Watchdogs. The program was designed to get dads of […]

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Great Bend’s Klusener Receives KFDA 50-Year Award »

Larry Klusener, left, receives 50-year Award from KFDA President Dudley Feuerborn.

The Kansas Funeral Directors Association, Inc. (KFDA) held its 118th Annual Convention on May 11-13, 2015 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Topeka, Kansas. At the KFDA Funeral Directors Convention, funeral directors and embalmers gathered in Topeka to participate in many educational opportunities presented by experts in the funeral profession and to view the latest in […]

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