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Wednesday marks opening day for the Barton County Fair »

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Opening day is just a few days away for the Barton County Fair. Musical guests are lined up and the food vendors are getting ready to go. This year the Fair Board wanted to give fair goers a glimpse of cultures around the world and how they celebrate Christmas. Fair Board President Charles Atkinson says since […]

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New tax law will challenge city and county government planning »


Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill clarifying that a new law aimed at reducing local property taxes doesn’t take effect until 2018. According to Barton County Administrator Richard Boeckman, cities and counties generally won’t be allowed to spend an increase in property tax revenues above the rate of inflation as measured by the […]

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Great Bend Chamber of Commerce looks to improve customer service »

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Great Bend…At Your Service. That’s the name of the contest and award program being co-sponsored by the Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce in an effort to stimulate improved customer service and hospitality awareness for front line staff in our community. Rachel Mawhirter, Marketing Director at the Chamber, […]

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Ad Astra Music Festival Advance Tickets Available »


Tickets for the concerts in the Ad Astra Music Festival are available now from the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce located in downtown Russell. The festival comprises of six different programs all to be performed within three weeks. To kick off the festival, Michael Davidson and Janie Brokenicky will perform a joint recital with Leann […]

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Monday Barton County Commission Meeting Agenda »

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BOARD OF BARTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Agenda Meeting Monday, July 6, 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 June 29, 2015, Regular Meeting. E. Any citizen wishing to make statements during the […]

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Is Kansas Mental Health System Near Breaking Point? »


BY DAVE RANNEY The filing of a murder charge against a former patient at the Osawatomie State Hospital is prompting questions about the state’s mental health system. On May 14, Brandon Brown, 30, was released from a five-day stay at Osawatomie. He was sent to the state hospital after threatening other patients at the Haviland […]

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Kansas woman hospitalized after Hodgeman Co. crash »


HANSTON – A Kansas woman was injured in an accident just before 5 p.m. on Friday in Hodgeman County. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a 2007 Ford Fusion driven by Jordan Christine Flowers, 21, Eldorado, was east bound on Kansas 156 five miles east of Hanston. The vehicle entered the south ditch and struck the […]

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High speed chase, crash, and foot pursuit ends in two arrests »


RUSSELL–Two people from Nebraska were arrested Thursday evening, July 2, following a high-speed chase through Ellis and Russell counties, ending in a crash and foot chase. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Technical Trooper Tod Hileman of Hays, a KHP trooper attempted to stop a speeding van about 6:39 p.m. Thursday, eastbound on I-70 at mile […]

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The Gift Box opens at St. Rose Health Center; everyone welcome »

The Gift Box volunteer crew at St. Rose Health Center is ready to

offer a wide variety of gifts to the community. From left to right are: Arlene Karlin, 

Marlene Brack, Judy Fox, Ann Lessor and Verna Meier.

Judy Fox and her colleagues are ready to serve the community at the brand new St. Rose Health Center gift shop. The Gift Box is open to patients, families and the general public every weekday. “A lot of our items are pretty unique,” Fox said. “Those who come to The Gift Box should be able to find something […]

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Missing Pawnee County inmate back in jail »

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For the last several days, area law enforcement officers have been on the lookout for Rory Wright, who recently escaped from law enforcement custody in Pawnee County. On June 3, 2015 at approximately 9:00 am, Great Bend Police Officers received information indicating that Mr. Wright was possibly at a residence on Maple Street in Great […]

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