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Friday Weather »

A very warm weekend is in store for all of the area. Highs will be around 20 degrees above normal for this time of year with all locations in the 80s.

Today Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph. Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 53. South southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. Saturday Sunny, with a high near 86. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds […]

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Former Barton County prosecutor appointed district judge »


SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a veteran public defender in Salina to fill a soon-to-be vacant district court judgeship. Brownback announced Thursday that Paul Hickman will replace Saline County District Judge Jerome Hellmer, who plans to retire in January. Hickman is the deputy public defender in the state’s Salina public defender […]

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10th Annual Rosewood Rodeo Branded A Success »

Rosewood Rodeo rider Keith Boyer places the flag in the pole during one of three events he performed in during the 10th Annual Rosewood Rodeo at Great Bend Expo III Arena on Oct. 11. Leading Boyer’s horse is Rosewood Ranch manager Eric Hammond. Boyer was one of nearly 40 Rosewood Ranch Horse Therapy Program riders to participate in this year’s rodeo.

Rosewood Services celebrated a decade of showcasing the abilities of horse riders with disabilities during the 10th Annual Rosewood Rodeo on Oct. 11. The milestone event took place at Great Bend Expo III Arena and it was an overall success, said Rosewood Services executive director Tammy Hammond. “Our rodeo lived up to its commemorative billing,” […]

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Whooping Crane migration is underway »


Whooping Cranes have begun leaving their breeding grounds to migrate south from Canada, and will soon be passing through Kansas on their way to Texas. One of the best places to look for them will be Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in central Kansas. Annually each fall, a few dozen of these rare birds are sighted […]

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New Sunflower Recycling machine opens up opportunities for glass »

Clay McHenry, Sunflower Recycling supervisor, left, assists Randy

Reed, Sunflower client, with the new glass crusher. The recycling center now has 

a good market for recycled glass products.

Sunflower Diversified Recycling has accepted glass products for a number of years because it keeps them out of the landfill. But now, thanks to a new piece of equipment, Sunflower will have a profitable market for glass bottles and jars, said Jim Johnson, Sunflower executive director. Sunflower serves infants, toddlers and adults with developmental disabilities […]

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Cop Shop (10/22) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (10/22) Burglary / Not in Progress At 8:17 a.m. Jerry Steiner at 790 E. K-4 Highway reported a cut cable and lock at the shop. Theft At 10:38 a.m. Moriah Estes at 384 N. Washington Avenue reported a caseworker will not give her E-Cig back. Great Bend Police Department […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (10/22) »


BOOKED: Tyler Leech of Great Bend on Barton District case for DWS 2nd, bond set in lieu of $2,500.00 C/S. BOOKED: Jacob Wayne King of Claflin on Barton County District Court warrant for burglary. Bond is set at $20,000.00 C/S. BOOKED: William Corkill of Great Bend on Barton County District Court serve sentence. BOOKED: Harold […]

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Barton celebrates inmate success at Ellsworth Correctional Facility »

One of four General Education Diploma recipients moves his tassel after graduating Tuesday evening during the 10th Annual Ellsworth Correctional Facility Learning Celebration.

Second chances and renewed hope for brighter futures for inmates were underscored by the speakers at the 10th Annual Learning Celebration on Tuesday evening at Ellsworth Correctional Facility. As a team, Barton Community College and the Kansas Department of Corrections are a force to be reckoned with, giving inmates the opportunity to improve themselves through […]

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Barton Community College artists do well at Russell exhibit »

“Golden Koi” is a watercolor painting by Steve Dudek.

Artists at Barton Community College got a chance to showcase their talents at the annual Russell Original Art Review Exhibition at the Russell 4-H Building.  The show ran from Oct. 10 through 12 and Barton students received awards. The show had 262 entries from 91 artists from 33 cities.   Art Instructor Steve Dudek took first […]

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Bag Lady Brunch rakes in $11,500 and four dozen new Godmothers »


Saturday morning, more than 130 members of the Prairie Godmothers group gathered at the Best Western to raise money and awareness for their namesake funds at the Golden Belt Community Foundation during the first ever Bag Lady Brunch. The event included a casual brunch, mimosas, silent and live auction items, an engaging program, and lots […]

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