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Monday Barton County Commission Meeting Agenda »

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BOARD OF BARTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Agenda Meeting Monday, April 27, 2015 9:00 a.m. Until Close I. OPENING BUSINESS: A. Call Meeting to Order. B. Recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. C. Consider Approval of the Agenda. D. Consider Minutes of the April 6, April 13 and April 20, 2015, Regular Meetings. E. Any citizen wishing […]

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Rotary Club and Young Professionals to host BBQ and wine fundraiser »

BBQ Bears event invite (2)

The community is invited to an evening of “BBQ and Bears, Wine & Wildbeasts” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, hosted by the Rotary Club of Great Bend and Barton County Young Professionals. The evening will feature and appearance from Miss Kansas 2014 Amanda Sasek, live country music by Grant Lambert, 11 […]

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Tornadoes, large hail, beneficial rain from Friday storms »

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RUSSELL –Tornadoes, large hail, and high winds rolled across the state on Friday night. Law enforcement and the National Weather Service reported multiple tornadoes touched down in rural areas of Scott County. Residents in northeast Ellis County reported a tornado. Greeley County residents in southwest Kansas needed a snowplow to clear Kansas Highway 27  that […]

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Hodgeman County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder, child abuse »


JETMORE, Kan. (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in western Kansas man has been charged with killing his 2-month-old son. The Kansas attorney general’s office announced Friday in a news release that 30-year-old Kody Lee Hanson has been charged with first-degree murder and child abuse. Bond has been set at $250,000 cash or surety. The Topeka […]

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Saturday Weather »


Saturday Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West northwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%. Saturday Night Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. East wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance […]

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GBRC hosting NBC Hap Dumont tournament this weekend »


The Great Bend Recreation Commission is hosting the 2015 NBC Hap Dumont Points Tournament on April 25-26th . Team representation from  Hays, Hutchinson, Wichita, Hoisington, Southwest Kansas, Haven, Pratt, McPherson, Larned, McCook Neb., Marysville, Wellington, Salina, Nickerson, Liberal, Colwich, Dodge City will begin play at the Great Bend Sports Complex and Veteran’s Ball Park at […]

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Teen with Hays ties due in court on murder charge »


TOWN OF PIEHL, Wis. (AP) — A teenager accused of killing her mother and stepfather in northern Wisconsin is due in court. Seventeen-year-old Ashlee Martinson has been brought back to Wisconsin from Indiana where she was arrested last month. Authorities say Martinson is scheduled for a Friday afternoon appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court. Martinson […]

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Cop Shop (4/23) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (4/23) Burglary / Not in Progress At 6:46 a.m. Marvin Selle at 261 SE 20 Avenue reported two vehicles broken into during the night. At 7:01 a.m. Angie Anderson at 98 SE 20 Road reported both of their vehicles broken into last night. Great Bend Police Department Service Log […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (4/23) »


BOOKED: Tyler Turner of Great Bend on Great Bend Municipal warrant for failure to appear, bond set in lieu of $1,000.00 C/S. BOOKED: Travis Greene of Great Bend on a Barton County District Court warrant for failure to appear. Bond was set at $1,000.00 C/S. BOOKED: Amy Sneath of Great Bend on a Barton County […]

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Sunflower Early Ed Center appreciates doctors’ referrals »

McKinley Phillips, early childhood special education teacher, interacts

with little Jude Jeska, who was referred to Sunflower’s Early Education Center by 

a local physician for speech and developmental concerns. The center has 

streamlined the referral process.

Cathy Estes and her colleagues have always appreciated physicians who refer children to Sunflower Diversified Services’ Early Education Center (EEC) when a developmental delay is suspected or a medical problem needs intervention. But Estes, children’s services coordinator, wanted to streamline the process and designed a one-page referral form for busy doctors’ offices. “We came up with a simple form […]

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