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No reasonably-priced takers for 10th Street water line project »

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About a month ago the water line underneath 10th Street near Marmie Motors broke forcing the City of Great Bend to look into replacing the water main on 10th between Main and Hubbard Streets. City Engineer Rob Winiecke says the options for companies to repair the water main were limited. Rob Winiecke Audio Nowak Construction […]

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Rep. Huelskamp tours area job sites »

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SALINA, KS. – Today, Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01) made multiple stops in Salina including Philips Lighting, Eaglecrest Retirement Community, the Salina Regional Airport and Schwan’s. “Today, I had the opportunity to tour a world-class manufacturing facility right here in Salina. Philips is at the forefront of consumer innovation, and I am proud to have them […]

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A Barton County Commissioner goes public about his feelings concerning a fatal motorcycle wreck this summer that killed two people »


It has been over two months since a Reno County couple were killed in a motorcycle accident on West 10th Street in Great Bend. Now a Barton County Commissioner and the sister of one of the victims want to know why it has taken so long for the County Attorney’s Office to wrap up their […]

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Russell man unhurt after car goes down embankment, hits tree »


HAYS- A Russell man apparently was unharmed after his car shot down an embankment, striking a fence and tree at approximately 9 p.m. Sunday. According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Mark Moore, 27, was eastbound on Commerce Parkway offramp at the Interstate 70 exchange. The report said Moore was attempting to blow into an […]

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Young Professionals group surpasses 600 members »

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“It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we kick-started the Young Professionals program, but it’s been hugely successful… and time flies when you’re having fun,” says Kristy Straub, founding member of the Barton County Young Professionals Steering Committee. The growing group, catered to working adults between 21 and 40ish who live in the […]

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Early Tuesday meteor shower »


The early morning sky will put on a show for those willing to get up and watch. The National Weather Service reported that before sunrise on Tuesday the earth will pass through a stream of dusty debris from Halley’s comet. It will be possible to see up to 25 meteors an hour. Clear skies are […]

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Cop Shop (10/17 – 10/19) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (10/17) Non Injury Accident At 8:36 a.m. Fred Beck at E K-4 Highway & NE 10 Avenue reported an accident with a deer. Injury Accident At 11:33 a.m. Robert Crist at W K-4 Highway & NW 70 Avenue reported a truck rear ended his vehicle three times. 24-year old […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (10/17 – 10/19) »


10/17 BOOKED: Bo Jack Coley of Great Bend on a Russell County District Court warrant for probation violation with bond set at $500.00 cash only. BOOKED: Juan Flores of Great Bend on Great Bend Municipal case for serve sentence. BOOKED: Codey Elsasser of St. John on Stafford County District Court case for serve sentence. RELEASED: […]

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Midwest Energy team takes first at International Lineman’s Rodeo »

Photo caption, MWE Senior Team 1: Midwest Energy Journeyman Senior Division team 

members Mike Stremel, Operations Training Manager at Hays; Bill Nowlin, Line Foreman at 

WaKeeney, and John Horesky, Line Foreman at Russell, gather before competing at the 31st

International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Oct. 18. The team would take 1st

the competition, with the only perfect score among 24 senior teams from some of the country’s 

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A three-man crew of Midwest Energy linemen from Hays, WaKeeney and Russell took first place at the 2014 International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Kan., in the Journeyman Senior’s Division, with the only perfect score among 24 teams of the most experienced linemen from the country’s largest utilities. Mike Stremel, Operations Training Manager at Hays; […]

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Jobless rate down in Barton County and the region »

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TOPEKA – While the statewide unemployment rate remained relatively flat, the jobless rate in Barton County fell from August to September, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. Barton County jobless numbers fell from 3.3 percent in August to 2.9 percent in September. There was a similar drop in Pawnee County 3.7 to 3.4%.  Rush […]

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