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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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OSHA investigating Barton Co. oil field death »

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GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A federal agency is investigating the death of a 30-year-old oil field worker in central Kansas. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a release late Thursday the agency’s Wichita office will investigate the June 30 death of the worker, whose name was not released. […]

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Lakes added to the Kansas blue-green algae warning list »


  TOPEKA -The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) samples publicly accessible bodies of water for cyanobacteria, commonly called blue-green algae, when the agency is alerted to a potential algae bloom in Kansas lakes. KDHE, in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) and other lake managers where appropriate, responds […]

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Great Bend Police make narcotics arrest »


A man who was first reported to be staying at Great Bend motel for free, ended up being arrested Wednesday on narcotics charges. According to the Great Bend Police Department, just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to the Highland Hotel in reference to a subject who was trespassing. Upon arrival, officers were informed […]

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Great Bend Fire Department: “Have fun but use common sense this weekend” »


As everyone prepares for an extended 4th of July weekend, the Great Bend Fire Department is urging everyone to have fun but use common sense when using fireworks. That’s Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano who says his department will have extra staff on duty for Saturday the 4th, the only day that fireworks will […]

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