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FHSU campaign reaches goal by more than $50K »


FHSU University Relations At Fort Hays State University, 2014 was a year of change. The university welcomed a driven new president, Dr. Mirta M. Martin, and the largest freshman class ever, with an official count of 988. Much more took place throughout 2014, and an especially ambitious initiative was the Power of One scholarship campaign. […]

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Barton County sees their insurance premium drop in 2015 »

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At Monday’s Barton County Commissioner meeting, Alliance Insurance notified Barton County that its insurance coverage will be reduced in 2015. Last year’s premium was $238,851 and this year it came in at $230,165. Cassidy Smith with Alliance Insurance said the substantial decrease was mostly accredited to the county’s work comp insurance. Cassidy Smith Audio County Administrator Richard […]

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Barton County takes pride in providing breastfeeding stations »

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Last summer, the Barton County Health Department initiated a campaign to locate dedicated lactation rooms in local businesses. The County wanted to reach out to mothers to make the area more family friendly for its workers. Janel Rose, Health Educator, says the initiative started when commissioners approved a breastfeeding policy for employees in August of […]

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Bo Black one and done, leaving Hays »

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By DUSTIN ARMBRUSTER The Bo Black era at Hays High school lasted all of one season. Coach Black today announced he has accepted a teaching and head football coaching position at Shawnee Mission Northwest.     Black led the Indians to an undefeated Western Athletic Conference title and was named coach of the year. Hays […]

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Barton County holding special pertussis vaccine clinic »


Barton County Health Department will hold a special pertussis vaccine clinic on Thursday, January 8, from 8:30am to 7:30pm. We are asking families and other infant caregivers to be sure that they are protecting our most fragile population—infants and very young children—from whooping cough. One confirmed case of whooping cough has been reported in Barton […]

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GBRC – Imagination Playground »

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Bring your little ones to the Great Bend Activity Center and let their imagination run wild as they play with the Imagination Playground.  The playground will be set up on Wednesday, January 7th,  inside the Great Bend Activity Center located at 2715 18th from 9:30 – 11:00 am. This free drop in activity is recommended […]

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Cop Shop (1/5) »


Barton County Sheriff’s Office Service Log (1/5) Theft At 7:40 a.m. Tyler Sander at NW 60 Avenue & NW 150 Street reported a skid loader and trailer missing. Fight in Progress At 2:19 p.m. there was a report of a fist fight at Highway 281 & Hudson turnoff. Great Bend Police Department Service Log (1/5) […]

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Barton County Sheriff’s Booking Activity (1/5) »


BOOKED: Michael Wheeler of Great Bend on Barton County District Court case for serve sentence. BOOKED: Ryan Lang of Great Bend on Barton County District Court case for serve sentence. BOOKED: Tyce Hurst of Hoisington on a Great Bend Municipal Court warrant for failure to appear, bond set at $500.00 cash only. BOOKED: Jamie Baldwin […]

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Shafer Gallery installs new educational display »


Story and Photo by Joe Vinduska The Shafer Art Gallery has installed an educational display to illustrate the complex process the Gallery’s namesake Gus Shafer utilized to create his famous bronze statue collection. The exhibit was paid for through private donations from the Bill McKown estate. McKown’s generosity is recognized via signage, which names the […]

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Former Great Bend banker indicted for embezzlement, money laundering »


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused a former bank official of falsifying credit applications and making loans without the purported borrower’s authority. A 23-count indictment unsealed Monday charges Brian W. Harrison of Great Bend with embezzlement, money laundering and other financial crimes. Harrison was a vice president and loan officer at Farmers Bank […]

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